Yes, it works on XP and WIN 7. Trick is finding the patch cord.
Rockwell as some details on it (scroll down this page: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/f5/users-guide.htm)
See also: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...tary/index.htm
I use the MV-1 data reader for the F5/F6 which downloads EXIF data from the camera to a mem card. The MV-1 on eBay typically $70-85.