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Give Permission to access your resources Win2000

This page is for Windows 2000 / XP Professional
(there is a slightly different procedure for Windows 95/98/ME and Windows XP Home )


you need to logon as "Administrator" or "Standard User" ("Power User") for this step !

You have installed your network card and checked the network configuration.

The question is now: do you only want to connect from your system to another computer on
the network or do you want to allow other computers also to access resources on your system ?
(a network resource is either a complete disk, a folder with all files and subdirectories or a printer)

Unlike Windows95/98/ME, where you need to install "
File-and-Print Sharing" as part of the
check/adjusting of the network configuration, Winddows 2000/XP has "File-and-Print Sharing"
installed by default.

You need now to decide, to which part of your computer other system should have access:
which part of your system to SHARE.

You can give access to a
complete disk on your computer or to just a folder.
You can allow other system
to print on your printer.

Microsoft has changed on Windows XP the method of Sharing a disk/folder

Microsoft has changed on Windows XP the method of Sharing a disk/folder
to a new method, designed for the
Windows XP Home Edition.
For Windows XP Professional, you can select :
- to use the
"Simple File Sharing" (as designed for XP Home)
- to switch off "Simple File Sharing"

Note :
By default, "Simple File Sharing" is activated on Windows XP Professional !
Open "My Comuter" and select
from the menu "Tools" to display the
"Folder Options..." :
Tab : "View",
section "Advanced settings" :

To deactivate the "Simple File Sharing",
uncheck the option :

If you do not deactivate the "Simple File
", then you have to
make your
sharing like on Windows XP Home

Windows XP Professional File-Sharing will work now like on Windows 2000.

Sharing a compete Disk:

In "My Computer", right-click
on the disk to be shared and
select from the menu:
The system displays the
"Properties" of the disk,
with the Tab:"Sharing"

By defauly, a Windows 2000 disk is
already shared , using "C$", "D$",..
This is the "Administrative Share",
used in company networks to
allow a network administrator to
access your system. It is NOT visible
in the Network Neighborhood.
( see Hidden Shared Resources )
Please, do NOT delete this share !

Click on "New Share"

Define the Share-name, which will
be the name of this disk on the
(no blanks,as short
as possible)
Warning: if the name is more than
12 characters , like :

it will NOT be displayed in the Network
Neighborhood of a Windows95/98/ME
system (
more details )

Click on "Permisisons..."
You can decide the level of access:
that other users can
Read data from your disk,
or have Full-Control
read/write/delete files)

By definition, this permissions
are assigned for the User-group
"Everyone", which is a hidden
usergroup and contains all
users defined on THIS system
Only users with a username defined
on this system in
will be able to connect !
You have to possibility to add
other UserGroups or Usernames
to this list and assign different
permisisons to each of them.
Back on the tab: "Sharing", you can
select now for "Share name" the
different names:
- the "Administrative Share" (like: C$ )
- the user-defined Sharename

exit with "OK" to make this definition
Once a disk is shared, the
Symbol in "My Computer" changes:
the hand holding the disk

Sharing a Folder :
If you do not want to give access
to your complete disk, you can
allow access (=share) just a folder:
other systems will then see only
the files and sub-folders in this

Select the folder to be shared,
right-click and select from the menu:
Like Sharing a complete Disk,
select "Shared As...", define
the "Share Name" , and you
defne "Permisisons" .
Once a folder is shared, the
Folder - Symbol changes:
the hand holding the Folder

Sharing a Printer:

In "Printers",(via "MyComputer" or
via the Control-panel),right-click on the
printer to be shared and select from the
context . pop-up menu:
The system displays the
"Properties" of the printer with the
Tab:"Sharing" pre-selected.

By defauly, a printer is Not shared.

Select "Shared As....", define a
Share-Name, under which the printer
will be listed in the Network
Once a printer is shared, the
Symbol in "Printers" changes:
the hand holding the printer.

Check that you did the operation properly:

Look in "My Network Places"
in "Computers Near Me"
under your OWN Computername:
It should list now all items shared
in the steps above.


Next Step: Network Neighborhood / My Network Places

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