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Sharing drives/folders on WinXP

Posted by AnyoneEB [send private reply] at May 11, 2002, 08:43:32 PM

I have Windows XP Professional and I want to make both my hard drives shared to anyone on the network. One of them is FAT32, the other is NTFS. I was setting up file permissions on my NTFS drive so I have "Use simple file sharing (recomended)" off. My other computers with Windows XP Professional have this on and they share drives to all fine. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to get a drive shared to any network user?
NOTE: At least one of these other users will have Windows 98.

Posted by metamorphic [send private reply] at May 12, 2002, 06:35:27 AM

step one: create boot disk for XP
step two: boot pc up with disk in drive
step three: at the menu select dos prompt (if it has it)
step four: type format C:\

all problems will cease to exist in a few minuites. Then just head on down to redhat.com , suse.com , mandrake.com or debian.org and get yourself a better OS.

Seriously though, i don't think win 98 can read NTFS type file systems so you may have some probs with that. The way you shared a reasorce in NT was to right click on the disk, drive or file and select the 'shared' tab. then you can select who can access or modify it.

Posted by AnyoneEB [send private reply] at May 12, 2002, 12:19:46 PM

I like your first idea, but I like to be able to run Windows apps.

I don't want Win98 to read NTFS, I'd only want the Win98 machines to read FAT32, but thx anyways because I wasn't sure what Win98 did about NTFS, I just knew you couldn't install Win98 on it.

I think I should have been more clear on what my problem is. When I try to access my computer over the network it shows an error message that says basically that you need to log-in to access that computer. I'll upload a screenshot/type it up later because I don't have time now.

Posted by unknown_lamer [send private reply] at May 12, 2002, 03:46:54 PM

WINE (http://www.winehq.com) can run a number of Windows programs...if you want games you can use TransGaming WineX which is supposed to work very well. For stuff like IE and Office you have Konqueror (or Mozilla) and OpenOffice.org (or KOffice, abiword + gnumeric, whatever). GNU/Linux can even read NTFS (I think write support is still experimental though). You could also purchase VMWare and run Windows inside of GNU/Linux too.

Posted by AnyoneEB [send private reply] at May 12, 2002, 04:14:45 PM

Tx, for the WINE link, I'll look into that. I've been planning on installing Linux on another partition for a while.

I still would like to be able to share even my FAT32 drive over the network. When another computer tries to get a listing of what my computer is sharing they get the error.

Posted by AngelOD [send private reply] at May 12, 2002, 05:10:22 PM

unknown_lamer: WineX is good, though it still needs some work. I recently bought a subscription at Transgaming, and just being able to move that more into Linux is a true pleasure. :)

Posted by AnyoneEB [send private reply] at May 12, 2002, 05:57:58 PM that's the error message. The title on it is the title of the foldder I was in.

Posted by buzgub [send private reply] at May 13, 2002, 01:02:30 AM

The easy solution, but only to be done if all the computers on the network is trusted, is to look in the sharing properties for access control and allow access to everyone. XP should let you do that. A better solution would be to allow access to the username that the machine generating the error is using. I dunno if you can do that, though.

The fact that it's NTFS is irrelevant, because it's not reading the filesystem directly. It's asking another computer to read it on it's behalf, and the other computer can read it perfectly well.

Posted by AnyoneEB [send private reply] at May 13, 2002, 05:18:18 AM

/me screenshots sharing properties and premission screens.

That's the settings, and I do want anyone that wants to be able to access this. When I'm on a network that I don't trust everyone on I just have one shared folder.

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