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    Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    I have a folder on my computer with the properties set to permit sharing and to permit others to change files. My wife's computer finds the shared folder OK, but when she tries to copy a file to it, it says that access is denied. Any suggestions as to what the problem is and how to solve it?
    I notice that one of the MS knowledge base articles talks about being able to set security levels from 1 to 5 (5 being the least secure), but I couldn't find this option available anywhere.

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Chuck,
    On the Share, did you add the check mark to allow files to be change? If NOT do it.

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Yep! My Properties box looks exactly like your example. Maybe I should reboot or something?

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Chuck,

    Same folder as the one in this thread ???
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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Give us the FULL path of this folder.

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    No Dooc, the one I had trouble with was Cocuments and SettingsAll UsersDocuments. AND, mystery of mysteries, I just noticed that I am not permitted access to that folder AGAIN!!!

    Here's the full path to my shared folder: Cocuments and SettingsAll UsersSharedDocs

    I remain as puzzled by this as ever.

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    How is she locating this folder?

    Is she looking in "My Network Places" or in the "Shared Documents" on her drive?

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Hi Dave,

    Actually I'm the one looking but from her computer. On her computer I can go to Network Neighborhood and find my computer's shared file, so I'm sure it's the right place. However, in the interim I have been experimenting and here's what I've found so far.

    1. At my computer I can copy files from the wife's computer to mine, but if I initiate the copy from her computer to a shared folder on mine, she is denied access. So something is blocking her computer from accessing mine.

    2. I thought that maybe my firewall was preventing her access, so I turned it off. I should say that I tried to turn it off. I CAN"T. I go to the control panel, to Security, then to the Windows Firewall dialog box and click on OFF. The OFF option button is selected, but when I close the dialog box and return to the Windows Security Center it shows the firewall as ON!!! Needless to say, it REALLY bugs me when I can't control my own computer.

    I'm beginning to think that there is something seriously wrong with my computer especially with regard to permissions, but I have no idea where you go to set all of these permissions.

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Her machine needs to have the share turned on also. If I remember right, this share MUST be turned ON on all machines.

    I do NOT use this share, I just share the different drives from the different machines. BUT, the "My Documents" from each account are NOT shared this way. We do NOT use "My Documents" much, just for our files we want to keep local.

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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    Chuck,

    Do you have another security suite or firewall installed on your system ?? Perhaps that is what is causing this problem.

    If you don't have another firewall, then you reall should think about it. Windows Firewall is a one way affair. It blocks incoming, but not outgoing traffic. Not a complete protection strategy.
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    Re: Can't access shared folder (XP Home SP2)

    I have Norton AV running, but not Norton's firewall -- just the XP firewall. However, as mentioned earlier, I can't even turn the firewall off! I get the feeling that I'm missing the ability to set permissions on my own system!

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