How to Connect a Laptop to a Desktop PC Via USB

Laptops provide users with the convenience of portable computer use. While you may be comfortable with the freedom your laptop allows, you may need to communicate data or transfer files between the laptop and your desktop PC. This can be especially true if one serves as your primary computer. You can connect your laptop and desktop PC using a bridged USB cable to transfer files freely between the two without having to use an Internet connection and additional download steps therein. Unlike standard USB cables, bridged USB cables contain a bridge chip and an electrical circuit ideal for computer-to-computer connection and transfer.

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Use a USB cable to connect your laptop and desktop computers.

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Install the bridged USB cable's setup file on both your laptop and desktop PC. Insert the setup CD that comes with the bridged USB cable into the laptop's CD-ROM drive and follow the installation wizard's on-screen instructions. Repeat this step for the desktop PC.

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Turn off the power on both your laptop and desktop PC.

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Insert one end of the bridged USB cable into an available USB port on your laptop computer.

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Insert the other end of the same bridged USB cable into an available USB port on your desktop PC. Doing so establishes a preliminary physical connection between the two devices.

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Turn on both the laptop and desktop PC. They will share the USB connection after booting completely.