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Simple File Sharing stumped!?

by jackdashack / March 1, 2011 8:01 AM PST

Have XP SP3 with 1.2M memory and plenty of hard disk space. I have tried in the past and given up but this time I'd like to overcome whatever problem I have. Every article says it's so simple. I have a Verizon wireless router, wireless system that I use for at time up to 3 computers. Each has it's separate name and I think the workgroup name is WORKGROUP. Real original. Anyway the SFS box is checked and enabled in Folder's Options. But when I right click on a Folder and go to Properties, then Sharing, the area where you would check SHARE THIS FOLDER WITH OTHER NETWORK USERS it's not available to be checked. The boxes are unchecked and you cannot check them. I have tried several things including turning off the firewall with no success. I am supposed to be the administrator since that's the way I set it up. Does anyone have any suggestions for this nagging problem? Thanks so much in advance! jack

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This would be XP Pro and not Home, I presume
by Steven Haninger / March 1, 2011 8:21 AM PST

as Home uses simple file sharing by default. I never used simple file sharing. What you might do is uncheck the box and and this allows you to set up sharing and permissions yourself. I'm thinking that the box is unavailable because sharing is, in fact, already turned on. Turn it off and, in this way, you can have full control of the sharing process. Good luck.

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Simple File Sharing stumped still?
by jackdashack / March 1, 2011 8:54 AM PST

The model XP is Tablet PC Edition 2005 but also reports Student version also. When I uncheck USE SIMPLE FILE SHARING and click on PROPERTIES of a folder, SHARING has dissappeard and replaced with SECURITY tab. From there I'm lost and don't know quite what setting up permissions means, well maybe a small bit of understanding. I was looking for the simple way, my brother reports it's so simple. Thanks for some info! jack

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Simple File Sharing
by sheilakmcd / March 1, 2011 7:01 PM PST

Make sure you've enabled File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks on network card's properties. If not you won't be able to do file sharing.

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by jepoore / August 1, 2013 9:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Simple File Sharing

I wish I could report the answer to this. All I know is it worked itself correct as I did various things within the scope of my knowledge, I don't know exactly where it began to work.

Many apologies and thanks for all the answers, they in no doubt moved me in the right direction. Jack ":-D

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