Windows XP Help

Sharing files and folders

In any network, it is normal to share files with other computer users from other computers whether it is servers or workstations. This is normally done through Shares.
To set up a shared folder, use this procedure.

a) Select a folder to share, right click the folder and select Sharing and Security,

b) If you do not get the above Sharing tab, you need to turn off Simple Sharing. Click on Tools menu, Folder Options, View. For XP Home
users you will only get Simple Sharing so you can only access the Shared Documents folder (in All Users\Documents).

c) Once that is done, return to step a) and tick Share this folder and it will add a name for Share automatically, this you can change to another name if you wish. To
make the share hidden, add a $ sign to the end of the name. Administrative shares such as C$, D$, ADMIN$ are provided automatically.

d) Click on Permissions, by default Everyone will get Read access only, so other users can only read files from your share. To allow them access, enable Change and
optionally Full Control.

e) Click OK.

f) You will also need to change the Security Permissions on NTFS volumes to allow users access to the share, if you forget to do it, then your users will not
be able to get access to files. Below we have added Users to the permissions with Modify rights.

g) Click OK andthe share can now be accessed. The Share can be access via My Network Places or you can get to it direct via Start, Run \\computername\Sharename
e.g. \\WINXP\Documents.

h) If unable to view or access shares, then make sure the following services are not disabled:

Computer Browser - Used to maintain a list of computers on the network
Print Spooler - maintains print output ready to spool to a printer
Secondary Logon - Needs for processes to login with different credentials
Server - Provides file and print services over the network
Workstation - Creates and maintains client connections to file and print shares on remote pcs

In Network properties make sure that your network connection has Client for Microsoft Networks enabled.