If simple file sharing is enabled, you see the simple file sharing user interface appears instead of the Security and Sharing tabs. By default, this new user interface is implemented in Windows XP Home Edition and in Microsoft Windows XP Professional if you are working in a workgroup. If you turn off simple file sharing, the classic Security and Sharing tabs appear, and you can specify which users and groups have access to shared folders on your computer.
To disable simple file sharing, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click My Computer.
- On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
- In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
- Click OK.
To share a folder or a drive with other users, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click My Computer, and then locate the folder or drive that you want to share.
- Right-click the folder or drive, and then click Sharing and Security.
- On the Sharing tab, click Share this folder.
- To change the share name of the shared folder or drive, type a new name in the Share name box. Other users see the new name when they connect to this shared folder or drive. The actual name of the folder or drive does not change.
- To add a comment about the shared folder or drive, type the text in the Comment box.
- To limit the number of people who can connect to the shared folder or drive at the same time, click Allow under User limit, and then type the number of users.
- To set share permissions on the shared folder or drive, click Permissions.
Note To share folders and drives, you must be logged on as a member of any one of the following groups:
- Click OK.
Applies to: Microsoft Windows XP Professional.