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
XP has "File-and-Print
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.
for a disk to be shared (for
example in "My Computer") ,right-click on the disk-icon
to get the context / popup-menu : Select "Sharing
||Compared to previous version of Windows,
Microsoft has put in much more information
to warn users on security issues, and this is
an example : Sharing a complete disk can
be a security problem.
||Sharing only folders is more
selective and not such a high
security problem :
Once you have selected the
folder to be shared, make
either a Right-click to get the
Context/Pop-up menu and
select "Sharing and Security..."
or select from the
"File and Folder Tasks"
(on the left side) to :
"Share this folder"
previous versions of Windows,
where it is sufficient to just have File and Print
installed to be able to share, Windows XP suggests
to run first the "Network Setup Wizard"
||If you know how to handle later the setup of
the firewall, you can select to share files without
running the Network Setup Wizard :
- confirm again, that you just like to enable File
and you skip the Wizard.
However, if you are new to networking and not sure
about the security issues, it is a good idea to use the
Network Setup Wizard:
||Once you have run the
Network Setup Wizard,
the checkbox to share become active :
I share my drive, define the name to be displayed
on other systems as the Sharename and I allow
other network users to change my files.
Once a disk or folder is shared,
the icon will show it via the "holding hand :"