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This article is intended for people who use a computer that is part of a network or for people who have a single computer that has more than one user account.
By default, simple file sharing is enabled on most Windows XP-based computers. If simple file sharing is enabled, everyone in your workgroup has access to your shared folders. If simple file sharing is disabled, members of your workgroup cannot access your shared folders until you choose to share particular folders or drives with those users or groups that you select.
If simple file sharing is enabled, the simple file sharing user interface is displayed instead of the Security and Sharing tabs. By default, this new user interface is implemented in both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional if you are working in a workgroup. If you disable simple file sharing, the classic Security and Sharing tabs appear, and you can specify which users and groups have access to shared folders on your computer.
Note You cannot disable simple file sharing in Windows XP Home Edition.
To have us disable simple file sharing for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you would rather do this yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
Fix it for meTo disable simple file sharing, click the following Fix this problem link. In the File Download dialog box that appears, click Run, and then follow the steps in this wizard.
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Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.
Did this fix the problem?
Let me fix it myselfTo disable simple file sharing yourself, follow these steps:
Did this fix the problem?Check whether the problem is fixed. If it is not fixed, you can contact support.
To share a folder or a drive with specific users or groupsNote To share folders and drives, you must be logged on as a member of one of the following groups:
To manage all shared folders from one locationThis method is intended for advanced computer users. If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you might want to ask someone whom you know for help, or contact Support. For information about how to do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactusYou can use the Shared Folders snap-in to work with your shared folders. This snap-in lets you create and manage shared folders, view a list of all the users who are connected to a shared folder over a network, disconnect one of or all the users, view a list of files that are opened by remote users, and close one of or all the open files. To start the Shared Folders snap-in, follow these steps:
TroubleshootingIf the Sharing tab is not visible
Use the Services snap-in to start the Server service. To do this, follow these steps:
If none of these methods helped you, you may want to ask someone whom you know for help, or you may want to contact your Internet service provider (ISP) or network administrator for help. You can also use the Microsoft Customer Support Services Web site to find other solutions to your problem. Some services that the Microsoft Customer Support Services Web site provides include the following:
Article ID: 307874 - Last Review: August 28, 2013 - Revision: 15.0