if you use the windows firewall, the box "checked" means "allow my printer to be shared"
if you turn the (windows) firewall "OFF" then any rules you have set up are ignored...
To Change or remove permissions for a printer
Open Printers and Faxes.
Right-click the printer for which you want to change or remove permissions, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
Click the name of the user or group whose permissions you want to change or remove.
In Permissions, click the Allow or Deny check box for each permission you want to allow or deny, if necessary. Or, to remove the user or group from the permissions list, click Remove.
To view or change the underlying permissions that make up Print, Manage Printers, and Manage Documents, click Advanced.
To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Printers and Faxes.
Windows XP Home, SP2, this is a single-computer, NOT networked with any other computer. I use a cable connection.
I turned the XP Firewall off (we use Norton.) In the XP firewall control there is a tab called "Exclusions." It has File and Print Sharing checked. What does that mean? I unchecked it because this made it sound like I WANTED file and print sharing, which I DO NOT.
With XP firewall turned off, what happens to file and print sharing Blocking, is that turned off too? (Is using the XP Firewall the only way to Block it?) And finally, should that "Exclusions" box be checked or not checked? We are very confused and really do not want file and print sharing enabled. Also don't want to use XP Firewall. How do we handle this matter?
Thank you kindly.