Buttons/Menus for File Sharing missing

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 8 Feb. 1999 / Last Updated on 8 Feb. 1999]

You installed "File-and-Sharing for Microsoft Networks", but you cannot share a drive or folder, the "Sharing" option is missing in the context menu:


Have a closer look to your Network applet in the Control-Panel:


Is the button for "File and Printer Sharing" missing ?

Did somebody use POLEDIT to disable File-Sharing on your system ?


You can also look in your Registry under the key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network:



If the key "NoFileSharing" is set to "1", that explains your problem.
Change the value to "0" and then restart (=reboot) your system.

The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.

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