Note: Verify that you have a crossover Ethernet cable.
Step 1: Examine the wire color patterns at each end of the Ethernet cable to determine whether or not the colors match up.
Step 2: Plug each end of the Ethernet cable into an Ethernet network port on each computer to connect the computers together with the cable.
Step 3: Go to any one of your computers, and click on the “Start” menu->”Control Panel”
Step 4: Type “network” into the search box provided to you within Control Panel.
Step 5: Select “Network and Sharing Center” from the options displayed in the window.
Step 6: Select and open the icon labeled “Unidentified network” from the network map at the top of the Network and Sharing Center window. This icon may display as “Multiple networks” if you have more than one network.
In Windows 8, click change advanced sharing settings (on the left list).
Step 1: Click on the message that prompts you to change the network discovery and file sharing settings, then click on the option that reads, “Turn on network discovery and file sharing. “
Step 2: Type the administrator password for the computer if prompted to do so, then press “Enter” on your keyboard. Both of your computers will now be visible in the Network and Sharing Center window, and you will have the ability to share files and other resources.