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by Bill Silvers / June 4, 2006 3:01 AM PDT

I have two computers in a small office network with plans for two more to be added. Both computers have the Windows XP service pack two operating systems. The two computers are connected by a Netopia router with cables.

Computer 1 can access all shared files on Computer 2 including printer.

Computer 2 can access the printer of Computer 2 and the DSL connection, but cannot access the shared files on Computer 1. The computers are operating in a Workgroup on a peer to peer system.

Computer 1 is operating with the windows firewall blocking access of sights not approved. I've tried many things including turning the fire wall off. Can you give me an ordered steps to solve the problem.

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First of all, get a firewall.
by chuckieu / June 4, 2006 6:00 AM PDT

Windows firewall is a "starter" that doesn't block outgoing. After that, make sure file sharing is checked for all computers on network. chuck

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Bill, Did You Check Permissions?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 4, 2006 9:39 AM PDT

You don't mention whether the computers are using XP HOME or PRO as it makes some difference in the way you handle the shared files.

You also don't mention whether computer 2 can "see" the shared files on Computer 1. You mention "access" but can you "see" the shared files when you access the computer on the network. If you're getting a error message such as "Access Denied", you'll need to make sure that "Everyone" has full permissions in the Security settings for the files.. On XP PRO, on computer 1, RIGHT click on the shared directory, choose "Security", then change the "Everyone" setting for "full" permissions. On XP HOME, RIGHT click on the shared directory, choose "Sharing and Security", then place a CHECK mark in the box "Share this folder on the network" in the "Network Sharing and Security" section. And if you need full read/write access, place a CHECK mark in the box to "Allow network users to change my files". Click on "Apply", then OK.

In addition, on Windows XP HOME, you may need to enable the "Guest" account in the Control Panel/User Accounts section.

Hope this helps.


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