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You receive an "Access is denied" error message when you try to access shares on a Windows XP Home Edition-based computer that is connected to a network
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When you try to map drives or access files on shares on a Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition-based computer that is connected to a network, you receive an "Access is denied" error message.
In Windows XP Home Edition, all network connections (logons) are mapped through the Guest account. If the Guest account is not enabled, the connection will be denied.
To resolve this problem, make sure that the Guest account is enabled. To enable the Guest account, follow these steps:
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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300489/ )Description of the Guest account in Windows XP