How to Share a Folder in Windows XP

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How to Share a Folder in Windows XP

Many users and clients in computer networks need to exchange files quickly and easily across the network.  Instead of manually copying files and folders to every computer, you can use sharing properties in Windows XP to make files and folders accessible to everyone connected to the network.  Here’s how you can share files and folders in Windows XP.

How to Enable Folder Sharing

Files and folders are shared by default in Windows XP through simple file sharing.  To enable simple file sharing on an owner or an administrator account, follow these steps:

  1. Click the “My Computer” icon on the Start Menu, or double-click the “My Computer” icon on the Desktop, to launch Windows Explorer.
  2. Go to the “Tools” menu.
  3. Click “Folder Options.”
  4. On the bottom of the list of options, click “Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended).”

All file sharing levels provide unrestricted control and read/write access for the owners of the file or folder, or if the file or folder is located in the system.  There are five levels of file and folder sharing in Windows XP:

  • Level 1 sharing disables file and folder access to everyone in the network, including network administrators.  Only the system user can access or modify chosen files and folders.
  • Level 2 sharing disables files and folder access to everyone in the network except system administrators, who can access and modify chosen files and folders.
  • Level 3 sharing provides read access to network users, but does not enable sharing.  Administrators still have full control on files and folders in the system.
  • Level 4 sharing provides read access to network users, and enables sharing only on read mode.
  • Level 5 sharing provides full read/write access and sharing to everyone in the network.

Sharing Tips

Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when sharing files and folders in Windows XP:

  • Remember that when you share a folder, you may end up making your system or network open to malicious users who may compromise network and system security.  Choose the appropriate security level for file sharing to ensure the integrity and security of your network.
  • If you need to share specific files from the main server, ask your network administrator to enable sharing for those files.
  • Use the needed network security software and utilities to protect the network before enabling file and sharing.

File and folder sharing is an important part of network tasks.  With these tips, you can share important files and folders over a network to get the job done.

 

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