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Network file sharing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RobotGymnast, Mar 29, 2008.

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  1. RobotGymnast

    RobotGymnast Thread Starter

    Mar 29, 2008
    Hi, I'm connected to my friend via a network. I have been trying to share files with him, which was a problem in itself. I had to make them shared, and then enable him through the security. Unfortunately, I can only choose users on my computer to set security settings for, and I can't find a way to let him through from his computer, so I have to let anyone in the user group NETWORK through (which is very annoying, I'd much rather just allow his computer, but I can't find out how to). But if I share a folder, I don't want him able to access ALL of the subfolders, so I manually go to their security settings and disallow reading. However, he can still see the folders, he just can't open them. Next I tried just sharing the allowed folders individually, and not the parent folder. This makes them available in the main window when he connects to my computer however. I'd much prefer to keep the directory structure the same, and have some folders not exist when he connects, as if they aren't there at all. Is there any way to do this? I've attached a screenshot of me trying to add a user from a different computer (UPSTAIRS is my computer name, and it's the only location available)

    EditL Sorry, I didn't realize my other thread topic had actually worked. I've had a problem on other forums where my threads don't post, and when I went to the forum and saw threads that all looked the same, but mine was missing, I thought it hadn't posted.

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  2. helpmerick


    Apr 30, 2007
    I think a simple method of accomplishing what you want to do (share folders with your friend) is to simply hide the shared folders from all other workgroup users. This link explains how to do this. I've had good success doing this in a small business environment.

    Good luck.
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