1.    31 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro

    Can't connect two PCs using Ethernet cable any more - Win 10 & Win 7

    This used to be a simple network trick -> connect two Windows PCs using network cable, go into adapter settings -> IPv4 -> set one IP to and the other, then you can easily see the other computer and copy/move files.

    Not when I upgraded one PC to Windows 10 (can't upgrade the other one yet, as it's work machine). Tried the above, can't see the other Windows. Symptoms include:
    - Windows 10 PC adapter status shows a lot of incoming traffic but outgoing traffic stays 0 bytes.
    - tried to edit group policy for default location for unidentified network (which is the case on both PCs) to be Private so I could share files
    - For "Private" networks, the network discovery is set to ON.

    Any ideas?
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  2.    31 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,887
    Windows 10 Pro

    You cannot connect two computers together using a normal network cable. Normal network cables are wired so that they are straight pass through. You need what's called a crossover cable, as these connect the transmit from one computer to the receive on the other.

    These cables are fairly hard to find, so it's usually much easier to simply get a cheap network switch.
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  3.    01 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    You cannot connect two computers together using a normal network cable.
    Modern network adapters don't require crossover cables -- they can accept normal network cables and mine did work fine before the Windows 10 upgrade.

    So I'd like to find out what's changed in Windows 10 network settings and how it does things differently. Thanks.
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  4.    11 Aug 2016 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    I realize that it's been a year, but I was curious if you had any luck resolving this issue.
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