i have a fairly new laptop running xp home and a computer runnining windows 98 i would like to transfer programmes etc from the laptop to my other computer i have asked my local computer shop but to be honest i dont think he has a clue so i thought i would ask the experts help much apprecited thanks
If all you want to do is copy files, you could do worse than Fastmove - comes complete with serial cable for direct connection and can set up one as local and one as remote. You then see the equivalent of 2 Windows explorer's side by side anc can compare and move or merely update changes. I've gotan old version from Checkit, but I have heard that it then moves to Touchstone and more recdently was bought up by Smith Micro Software.
Simpler than installing network cards, and much faster than a serial port link, is a USB to USB link. Available almost anywhere, from a simple file transfer facility to nearly a proper network.
You can then copy across whatever files you want.
But as has been said earlier, you cannot copy installed programs and expect them to work, as there are many extra files that you won't know about and pretty unrecognisable, in the Windows, Windows/system and other folders, plus registry entries and other settings.