Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - USB port (Total Commander >=7.55)
Q: Which operating systems are supported by the
USB port connection?
A: Total Commander supports connections between any combination of Windows XP, Vista and 7, both 32bit and 64bit. Unfortunately older Windows versions cannot be supported because the used WinUSB driver from
Microsoft doesn't work on them.
Q: What kind of cable do I need for the USB port connection?
A: You need a special Windows Easy Transfer Cable, see this page for a
list of supported cables (tested by ourselves and/or our beta testers). WARNING: You cannot use normal USB cables! Connecting two PCs with a cable without a transfer device in the middle can damage your PCs. Only use a
cable listed at the above link!
Q: Do I need to install a driver?
A: On Windows Vista and 7, you do not need any driver - just plug in the cable and use it with Total Commander (Menu Net - Port
connection). On Windows XP, you need to install the driver coming with the cable. If there was no driver CD, you can also download the driver directly from Microsoft.com.
Q: How do I use the USB connection with Windows XP 64 bit?
A: This is a bit tricky, because the driver installer does not install the 32-bit winusb.dll to the SysWOW64 directory. This file is needed by
Total Commander. The only way to use the cable is to install the 64-bit driver from the above link, and then copy the 32-bit winusb.dll from 32-bit Windows XP/Vista/7 (System32 directory) or from 64bit Vista/7 (SysWOW64 directory) manually
to the Windows\SysWOW64 directory.
Q: Each time I plug in the cable, Windows wants to start the Easy Transfer software! Can this be changed?
A: Yes, please start the tool TcUsbRun.exe once.
It registers Total Commander as a handler for the USB connection. Each time you plug in the cable, you will then be asked whether you want to start Total Commander as a client or as a server. On one side you need to start it as a server, on
the other as a client.
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