5. In the next dialog box, make sure that the Browse for a Printer option is activated
and click Next.
6. In the Browse for Printer dialog box, use the Shared Printers list to select the
network printer you want to use. (To see a computer’s shared printers, double-click
the computer name.)
7. Click Next and then complete the wizard normally.
Sharing Resources with the Network
In a peer-to-peer network, each computer can act as both a client and a server. You’ve
seen how to use a Windows XP machine as a client, so now let’s turn our attention to
setting up your system as a peer server. In Windows XP, that means sharing individual
drives, folders, printers and other resources with the network.
Deactivating Simple File Sharing
The first thing you need to do is deactivate Windows XP’s Simple File Sharing feature.
This feature is designed for novice users who, understandably, don’t want or need to learn
about technical topics such as maximum users and file permissions. Windows XP acti-
vates Simple File Sharing by default, even on Windows XP Professional installations.
(Note, however, that you can’t turn off Simple File Sharing in Windows XP Home; yet
another reason to always choose Windows XP Professional.)
To help you understand the difference between simple and classic file sharing, Figure
22.19 shows the property sheet for the My Music folder on a system using Simple File
Sharing. Notice the following in the Sharing tab:
• In the Local Sharing and Security group, you activate Make This Folder Private to
prevent other users from accessing the folder.
• In the Network Sharing and Security group, you activate Share this Folder on the
Network to share the folder, and you type a name in the Share Name text box. If
you want network users to be able to modify the files, you activate the Allow
Network Users to Change My Files check box.
As you can see, what this approach adds in ease of use it takes away in power and flexibil-
ity. It’s an all-or-nothing, one-size-fits-all-users approach. To regain the power and flexibil-
ity to share your resources properly, you need to run off Simple File Sharing by following
1. Launch Control Panel’s Folder Options icon (or, in Windows Explorer, select Tools,
2. Display the View tab.
3. Deactivate the Use Simple File Sharing check box.
4. Click OK.
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FIGURE 22.19 The Sharing tab on a system using Simple File Sharing.
Creating User Accounts
You need to set up an account for each user that you want to access a shared resource. I
discussed creating user accounts in Chapter 6, so I won’t repeat the details here. Here are
some notes to bear in mind for creating users who will access your computer over a
• Windows XP does not allow users without passwords to access network resources.
Therefore, you must set up your network user accounts with passwords.
• The usernames you create do not have to correspond with the names that users
have on their local machines. You’re free to set up your own usernames, if you like.
• If you create a user account that has the same name and password as an account of
a user on his or her local machine, that user will be able to access your shared
resource directly. Otherwise, a Connect To dialog box appears so that the user can
enter the username and password that you established when setting up the account
on your computer.
Sharing a Resource
With Simple File Sharing turned off, follow these steps to share a resource:
1. In Windows Explorer, right-click the drive or folder and then click Sharing and
Security. Windows XP displays the object’s property sheet with the Sharing tab
selected, as shown in Figure 22.20.
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