From this thread, Windows Easy Transfer is a solution to connect two Windows computers over USB to USB, but this software only transfers user settings, documents, and application, all in one step. It is used to migrate a user from one PC to another.
I need a netbook to access the DVD drive of a laptop. The netbook does not have an optical drive.
Is this impossible over a USB-USB cable?
Is it impossible to use USB in the same way ethernet it is used for networking? Why is a USB-USB connection different for computer-computer versus computer to specific devices like printers/scanners etc? A computer is simply not detected as a device, while printers are.
Update: I'm aware I can use a cross-over ethernet cable; I simply don't have one. I will try a normal cable though, at the suggestion below that Windows might detect and update the direct connection.