I've been meaning to transfer the files from my laptop to PC for a while and today I've finally bought Ethernet crossover cable... But unfortunately I do not know where to go from here.

They are both running XP with SP1. As I want to transfer files form laptop to PC, I understand laptop is going to be host computer and I have tried using Network wizard but still with no success. What I have realised is during Network setup wizard it asks to select a device either COM1 or LPT1. Maybe the problem is on my laptop it only shows LPT1 and not COM1. Could this be the problem? From my understanding communication between 2 computers uses COM1 so what do I need to do in order to get COM1 on my laptop?

I've even tried setting similar IP addresses for both PCs, but as I didn't fully understand how to do that either I have set my IP address to what it was before.

Can somebody please help me! Thanks in advance.