Win98SE and XP or Vista File Sharing

By NetCablesPlus
May 22, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I have an old Win 98SE laptop that I would like to copy about 250 Mb of data from onto either a newer XP or Vista computer at home. They are all connected (hardwired) to a Linksys router. The BIG problem (I believe) is that I long ago forgot the Windows login password for the old laptop and simply hit the 'escape' key when the login screen comes up (you could do that with Win98 and I have done so for years), so the laptop is not seen on the network by the other machines.

    Any thoughts as to how I might be able to access the old laptop? Would connecting via a crossover cable directly between the two machines make it any easier to do this? Any other ways to do this? Thanks.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    the router is the right way to go and will be less complex than a direct cross-over connection.

    you issue WILL be the Win98 password. If you can get onto the system, then
    use the CP-User Accounts and set a new one.

    Vista has some tricks of its own to solve -- see this

    ALL machines need the same workgroup name and to be able to ping one another.
  3. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 228

    Thanks jobeard! I will try to work this out over the holiday weekend. Adding an account was not something that I thought of to get around the password issue.
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