Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:21 AM
At the simplest, you can just connect an ethernet cable between the two computers, make sure they are configured for the same Windows workgroup, and go. They will pick self-assigned addresses in the 169.254.x.x network, but will find each other in the Windows explorer (if you have file and print sharing turned on in both). I believe the laptop is new enough to have Auto-MDX (auto crossover), but if you don't get a link when you plug the cable in you may need an Ethernet crossover cable. Pick one up at the local office supply or computer store. This setup will not allow you to connect to the internet from the desktop but will allow local file and print sharing.