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Is it necessary to add users to enable password protected sharing in XP?

Is it necessary to add users to enable password protected sharing in XP?

I'm trying to set up a basic file server at my work (a workgroup, not a domain), and am new to sharing beyond windows simple sharing. The "server" computer is running XP Pro, and all of the other computers are running XP Home. The catch is that I would like certain folders to only be accessible to certain computers and/or users. I've turned off simple file sharing already, and the basics of setting up permissions seems easy enough. The problem I'm having is that I'm only able to add users that are on the XP Pro machine. I can't add a location, which I think is what I need to do. Is that right? If I can't do it, should I just add a bunch of user accounts on the XP Pro machine and go from there?

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Guest [Entry]

"How are you connecting to the ""server"" computer? Are you going to \server\share, or are you mapping a drive letter?

In either case, try the following command on the client computer from the command line (start>run>type ""cmd"", press enter):

net use * /delete

That should remove all connections you have to the server that may have bad credentials attached.

Good luck!"
Guest [Entry]

"Let me see if I'm understanding the situation clearly:

You have an XP Pro machine with several file shares.
You have created user accounts on the XP Pro machine that match the usernames of the xp home machines
Each share's permissions have been set to allow the appropriate users of the XP Pro machine (you will never be able to add users from another machine unless you join a domain... I think).
You are unable to authenticate from the XP Home machines to the XP Pro machines

Are you editing the permissions in the Security tab or the Sharing tab? Security tab is for local access (sitting in front of the machine), and is independent from the permissions on the sharing tab.

I'm betting that this is where the permissions breakdown is occurring. The two different settings tabs can be confusing at first.

Are you mapping drives on the XP Home machines to the shares?"