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On this computer and my friends laptop, I am trying to network them so I can take pictures, documents and stuff from the laptop onto this computer to do a clean install...

I enabled every shareing option possible... even make my computer discoverable and enableing shareing files/folders across the network and my computer still can't connect to my laptop and says "Enable to find \\\\friend-pc\\"

Remote assistance is enabled as well and I can't establish a connection to that either... But the laptop can easily accecs my computer though and browse through the files,

I disabled every firewall possible and this still doesn't help.

P.S, This is being done over a direct ethernet computer to computer connection, no router involved becasue I want maximum transfer speed possible.
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You can't use just a regular ethernet cable to connect directly from one PC to another PC. It has to be a cross over cable. They look identical, but are wired differently at one end. I suspect this is your problem.

Using a router will not hamper your transfer speeds at all, as long as it is rated for the same speed (or higher) than the NIC's in both computers. I suggest getting another ethernet cable, and plugging both computers into a router. See if that solves the problem.
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You can't use just a regular ethernet cable to connect directly from one PC to another PC. It has to be a cross over cable. They look identical, but are wired differently at one end. I suspect this is your problem.

Using a router will not hamper your transfer speeds at all, as long as it is rated for the same speed (or higher) than the NIC's in both computers. I suggest getting another ethernet cable, and plugging both computers into a router. See if that solves the problem.
Well, I will give it a go, Last time I don't it my way, it worked perfect with a direct connection to computer to computer and was able to do it with no problems.

But today, the laptop refuses to show accecs to my computer but the laptop can view the files on this computer... *meh...*
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Almost all current NICs can auto-negotiate so a crossover cable is rarely necessary.
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Almost all current NICs can auto-negotiate so a crossover cable is rarely necessary.
That isn't always true. Though alot are, I have seen alot of marvell, and realtek nics that can't. Besides that I would go through a router just to be on the safe side.
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