How to Connect a Laptop to a Desktop Computer Using a USB Cable

Connecting a laptop to a desktop computer will let you transfer data files between computers and share a single Internet connection, printer and other peripherals. A special type of USB cable is required for this connection to work. Get the cable, then follow these steps to hook up a PC to a laptop.

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Log off and shut down both computers.

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Connect one end of the bridged USB cable to a free port on the laptop computer and plug the other end into a free USB port on the desktop computer. USB ports are typically located on the side and back edge of a laptop and on the front and back of the desktop.

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Power up both computers and wait for the "New Hardware Detected" message to appear on each screen. You can now use both computers to transfer data back and forth.

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Turn the line switch in the USB cable to Link Mode to transfer data between the desktop and laptop.