You don't need an ethernet cross-over cable. A straight, regular, normal 568A to 568A (or 568B to 568B) is auto sensed by the RPi.
You can predefine an ip address for the ethernet interface with ip=169.254.3.14 on the end of /boot/cmdline.txt (beware it can cause the kernel boot to hang if there's no active cable connected to the interface, so take it out when you switch to using WiFi).
Plug the other end into your Windows system and it will (automagically) assign a 169.245.xxx.yyy address to the Windows end. You can then use PuTTY to connect to 169.254.3.14.
I use that method all the time as a quick way to work with my RPi.
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