you need to logon as "Administrator"
or "Standard User" ("Power User") for this step !
You have installed your network card and checked the network
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
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
For Windows XP Professional, you can select :
- to use the "Simple
File Sharing" (as designed for XP
- to switch off "Simple File Sharing"
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
Sharing", 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",
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
Please, do NOT delete this share !
Click on "New Share"
Define the Share-name, which will
be the name of this disk on the
network (no blanks,as short
Warning: if the name is more than
12 characters , like :
it will NOT be displayed in
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 (to
read/write/delete files) .
By definition, this permissions
are assigned for the User-group
"Everyone", which is
usergroup and contains all
users defined on THIS system:
Only users with a username defined
on this system in UserManagement
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",
select now for "Share name" the
- the "Administrative Share" (like: C$ )
- the user-defined Sharename
exit with "OK" to make this definition
||Once a disk is shared,
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
select "Shared As...",
the "Share Name" ,
defne "Permisisons" .
||Once a folder is shared, the
Folder - Symbol changes:
the hand holding the Folder
||Sharing a Printer:
via the Control-panel),right-click on the
printer to be shared and select from the
context . pop-up menu:
system displays the
"Properties" of the printer with the
By defauly, a printer is Not shared.
Select "Shared As....",
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
in "Computers Near Me"
under your OWN Computername:
It should list now all items shared
in the steps above.