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    Sharing files over a Network

    I have a working network created between 2 XP PCs. On the Client PC I have enabled sharing for "C:drive" and also allowing other users to change the files on that drive. However, when I try to open certain folders on the Client's "C:drive" from my Host PC, e.g., Program Files or Documents and Settings for the current user (there is only one account), I am denied access. How can I get access to ALL the folders? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    I'm not sure what you mean by "client" and "host," Jeff. Is this a peer-to-peer network, in which case no machine carries client or host status? One thing I can tell you is that in order to acces a valid "share" on an XP machine, there seems to be a need to have a user account on the "destination" machine which is the same as the user name from the machine trying to view or access the share. In case you feel up to a search, there have been a number of mentions of this in the XP forum.

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Al,

    What I mean is what has always been officially designated, as best as I can tell, from all the books I have read and even in Microsoft's Help files. They all state, then when setting up a home or office network, one computer is named the "Host" and all others are named "Clients". It is through the "Host" machine that all the "Clients" will share, e.g., a single Internet Connection, whether it be via ICS, router, hub, etc. So, I'm simply using the terminology which I'm accustomed to reading about! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Now, back to my personal setup. My PC (Host) is the one through which my wife's PC (Client) accesses the Internet connection, using ICS. On her PC I have enabled "Sharing" for certain folders, drives, printers, etc. I have no problem accessing most of those folders or drives or using her printer. However, even though her "C:drive" is a shared drive, neither the "Program Files" nor the "Documents and Settings" folder under her account name are accessible. This is what I was asking about, re: why are these not accessible?
    <hr>One thing I can tell you is that in order to acces a valid "share" on an XP machine, there seems to be a need to have a user account on the "destination" machine which is the same as the user name from the machine trying to view or access the share.<hr>
    I have seen this mentioned before by someone. But to be frank, I find this absolutely incomprehensible. I simply cannot fathom that in a network system, e.g., with 10 computers, that each one would have to have an account created for the other 9 people on that network. Sorry....... no offense intended at all.... but it just sounds ridiculous to me. Let me say also that before I moved, I had these same two PC's networked together and I was able to access any and all files that were designated as "Shared" from either PC. Only one account existed on each of them; mine and hers respectively. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Jeff,
    The ICS needs a "HOST" and that is all that term is needed in a P2P network. I have had a lot of problems with users and their "HOST" machines.

    If the wife's machine is running XP, then her account was set up not to share her Documents and Setting folder. you may need to go in and turn on the sharing to her folder under the Documents and Settings folder.

    Also are you using NTFS? If so you need an account on her machine with same user name and password as on yours.

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Dave,

    The files/folders that are giving me trouble have already been "shared enabled". And yes, both are running NTFS. What is frustrating is that I CAN access most of the files/folders on her "C:drive" now, except, "Program Files" and "Documents and Settings". I'm wondering if I should see if enabling them individually in addition to the global "Share" that already exists for the entire "C:drive" might work.

    BigAl already mentioned this thing about having to have an account established on each computer. But as I replied to him, with no personal reference at all, hahaha, I find that ludicrous. In principle, it is a horrid security breach, if you know what I mean? <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> I'd rather not have access than do that. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    "horrid security breach" yes, but this is ONLY a P2P which has never been that secure. When one is running Win 2K on a P2P the "Guest" account has to be actived in order to just share a printer. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Okay...... so I'll activate the "Guest" accounts on both and then try that. Otherwise, if that doesn't do it...... forget it! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/rofl.gif> There's no way I want my other half to have ANY kind of access to my computer! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/zapped.gif>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    She will NOT have access to your computer unless you set up the shares on your machine. If you do NOT give her the password on either machine, which is the same, she still could NOT log into your machine

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Neither machine is password protected right now. But my machine is not physically accessible as it is in a locked room. But I still don't care to create a separate account which she could have access in any possible way. Believe me, I have my reasons! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> But, I will see if enabling the Guest account(s) make any difference. Again, if not.... then I'll just be satisfied with having to run up/down the stairs with a zip disk containing any files, information, etc. that I have to work with on her PC. Yeh, I know..... this sounds bad! <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Dave,

    While trying different things I came across this little "exception" notification in one of the Help files for networking:

    <font color=red>The Sharing option is not available for the Documents and Settings, Program Files, and WINDOWS system folders.</font color=red>

    Gee, and it just so happens that these are the folders I was unable to get access to. So that resolves that quick and easy enough! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    I <font color=blue>THINK</font color=blue> if you create YOUR account on your wife's computer, and grant it ADMINISTRATOR access, you'll be able to reach those folders. It's been a while, but I think that's how I got around the problem accessing me XPH machine from a ME system.
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    Re: Sharing files over a Network

    Maybe reading this article will help; It describes the implications of Windows XP's "Simple File Sharing" setup, including situations which enable access to the My Documents folder only to a local user.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;304040

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