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    password (xp home sr1)

    In win98 I can share my drives on my network and set a password for each one for access. On xp I can share the drive on the network but I don't see anywhere to set a password to restrict access. Am I just not looking hard enough? Thanks.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    If you have Simple File Sharing enabled (the default in XP), any share you create is open to anyone on the network. You can disable it by opening Windows Explorer, and going to Tools - Folder Options. Once disabled, users will need an account set up on the system in order to access files, with the appropriate share permissions set.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Thanks Mark, I was hoping I could do like in 98 and share but with a password. Oh well.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Ah, you can - as long as you turn off Simple File Sharing. You can then set up share permissions, and just give the "Everyone" group the access rights you want them to have. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> You can assign a password if you want at that time.
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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Mark, I can`t find this option in Tools/Folder Options. I have XP Home and a LAN set up. To share a drive on my computer I have to Right click the drive and select "Sharing and Security" There is no provision for passwords. To share an individual file, I have to Right click etc. same as before, but here there is an option to either share or make it private. So you could share a complete Drive and then pick individual files to make private. Or only select the files you want to share without sharing the whole Drive. Most likely I am missing a setting somewhere else, but I cannot find it. Can you tell us where else to look? Thanks
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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    I can't find the option either. I opened windows explorer, tools, folder options and didn't see anything about sharing. I can right click the hard drive and pick sharing and I see share this folder on the network and allow network users to change my files. But no password option. I do want to be able to access the hard drive from my other computers but I don't want the kids to be able to access the drives. In 98 I just assign each shared drive a password under sharing. Is there somewhere else to look or am I just not understanding what you are saying? Thanks.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Sorry, I spoke too soon (actually it was quite late at night) when I replied. You do need to set up a user account in the Users and Passwords applet in the control panel, and then when someone attempts to connect to the drive, they will need to enter their credentials. What I actually meant was that you can restrict the actions a user can take by right clicking on the shared folder, choosing Sharing and Security and then the Security tab. You may find what you need there, or you could create a user group instead which requires a password. On a network, you can add "objects" including other computers and users.

    Hope that helps instead of muddying things up! <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>
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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Understood Mark,the water has cleared again. Thanks.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    That is where I have been going. I don't see anywhere to require a password. On the user group, do you mean creat a user group other than the one already on my network? I guess this is not really a big deal, it's just that I require a password for accessing drives on the network on all computers except the XP one. That's kind of funny as I hear all about enhanced security ect build into XP. I kind of like XP but I don't think it's really ready for prime time yet. I hope MS comes out with version 2. Thanks for your help Mark. I'll just live with it the way it is. This laptop isn't left on all the time anyway.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    This is the way file sharing has been done since the days of NT 4.0, so I don't expect that it's a matter of prime time or XP version 2. Compared to the Win9x series of operating systems, XP is exceptionally secure - but in order to get that security, it comes with a commensurate level of inconvenience too. Longhorn, the next release, will likely build on what's already been done with XP. File sharing in many operating systems is functionally similar.

    An alternative to the user group idea is to share the drive and remove the Everyone group, and provide a single user account that you create, giving that account access. You could then allow the individuals access with a single username/password combination. Said user account(s) could also be used to log in to the laptop, but that's a choice that you could make, it's not necessary. In fact, it can be disabled using some advanced settings that are buried in the Group Policy Editor.

    Hope that helps....
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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    I'm sorry Mark, I dont think I am understanding what you are saying. What is the Everyone group? I have a single user account on my laptop. Is that what you mean or is it a single user account network I should create? It seems I had to pick a workgroup name when I set up my lan and all the computers use that same workgroup name. Am I supposed to give the XP machine a different workgroup name? I don't log onto to the laptop. It just boots right up to the start menu and task bar. Is that a problem with the network? Thanks.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    The Everyone group is a default user group on all NT platforms. You should see it when you are setting share permissions. It's not related to the workgroup, which is a local group of machines, not users, on a network - so don't change that, there's no need. To manage the groups on your system, right-click on the My Computer icon and then select Manage. You will see a category called Local Users and Groups. You can add to or modify the default user groups. From here you can also manage shares, and in fact I find this a much better way of doing things. You can drag and drop other computers there from Windows Explorer (I believe) and you can also browse network machines when you click on Add.

    Hopefully that gets you going in the right direction - if you run into problems, of course, post away!
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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    OK I tried that. I got to computer management. I didn't see local users and groups though. I did see shares but I did't find anything to do with them except delete them. It lists my C:/ and other shared folders.

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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Hmmn, I wonder if that's due to the fact that XP Home doesn't support domains? <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> I recall that you can trick XP Home into this by using TweakUI and setting an autologon, but I don't know if that also enables Users and Groups in the management snap-in.
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    Re: password (xp home sr1)

    Or if it's just some files anf folders you don't want messed with or changed by the kids, you can download a little program called ddcrypt and Encrypt the files or folders with a password. I use it and it is a great little tool and easy to use. It will encrpt files, folders, pictures and ETC. And it's free
    ddcrypt Also check out the last program on that page called Lockout. I have not used it but it might be of help.

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