How to Share Files, Folders and Partitions? (Win XP)

Sharing Files,folders and Partitions

Through sharing files and folders users (locally or remotely) can access these files, Local users log on to your computer directly through their own accounts or through a Guest account. Remote users connect to your computer over the network and access the files that are shared on your computer.

What is the Simple File Sharing?

It is the way the sharing properties interface represented, by default this option turned on; it is located only in Windows XP versions. In Windows 7 and Vista, the simple and advanced options of Files Sharing are shown on the same location. [scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”left” icon=”info2″]Note: If you turn off Simple File Sharing, you will be having more control over the permissions to individual users (local or remote users). However, you must have advanced knowledge of NTFS and share permissions to help keep your folders and files more secure.[infoclose color=”grey”]

How can we turn on or off the Simple File Sharing option?

Simply by following the below steps:

  • Double click My Computer icon
  • Click on the Tools menu and select Folder options

folder options

  • Under the view tab, tick the check box of “Use simple file sharing (recommended)” then click ok.

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How can I share a file, folder or a Hard Disk partition?

Sharing a file or a Hard Disk partition is the same concept, you just follow the simple steps below :

File, Folder and partitions Sharing for Windows XP:

  • Right click on the desired file and select “Sharing and security” or click on Properties then select the Sharing tab

  • You will find two sections in the next window, the first one is the “Local Sharing and Security” and the second one is “Network Sharing and Security”.

Local and Network Sharing

  • The first section designed to be used only for local users by dragging and dropping the file into the Shard document folder (as shown in the picture below) and the second one is designed to be used by the remote users over a network.

Drag and Drop

  • Click on “Share this folder on the Network” and give a name for this sharing (e.g. my daily updates).

Sharing Name

  • If you want to let the users to modify the shared file content you can simply tick the below option of the same window “Allow Network Users to change my files”
  • Click on apply then Ok.
[scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”none” icon=”info2″]Note: For sharing a partition the only different thing you would face is the first user interface, as shown below once you click on the link” If you understand the risk but still want to share the root of the drive, click here“ you will be redirected again to the same window as mentioned in the steps above and simply follow the same steps.

Partition Sharing

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This article also available for:
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Firas Sameer

This is me Firas Sameer the founder of Dealing With Windows, I am a computer and telecommunication engineer with over 14 years of experience, I love helping people and I love spending some of my free time posting useful articles for free about Microsoft windows.

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