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Using the Create a Shared Folder wizard in Windows XP Pro

Creating multiple shared folders in Windows XP Pro? It doesn't have to be difficult. Greg Shultz tells about the Create a Shared Folder wizard and how it can do a lot of the work for you.

If you ever tried to create multiple shared folders at the same time in Windows XP, you might have found that performing this operation manually can be time consuming; sharing each folder individually involves setting multiple properties and permissions. Fortunately, you can save yourself time and frustration in Windows XP Pro by using the Create a Shared Folder wizard to perform such operations. Here's how:

  1. Access the Run dialog box by pressing [Windows]R.
  2. Type SHRPUBW.EXE in the Open text box and click OK.
  3. When you see the Welcome To The Create A Shared Folder wizard, click Next.
  4. On the Set Up A Shared Folder page, use the Browse button to select the folder you want to share, type a name in the Share Name text box, and click Next.
  5. On the Shared Folder Permissions page, set the level of shared permission you want for the folder by selecting one of the following and clicking Next:
  • Read-only Access For All Users.
  • Read-only Access For All Users But Allow Administrators Full Access.
  • Administrator-only Access.
  • Custom (choose users and permissions).
  1. When you see the Completing The Create A Shared Folder wizard, select the Run This Wizard Again check box and click Next.

Note: This tip applies only to Windows XP Professional.

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About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

8 comments
jmferon
jmferon

to perform bulk sharings ....

RickyF
RickyF

This tip should also be marked as applying to Windows XP Home and Media Center Edition (MCE) as well as XP Professional. As an aside, many people do not realize that MCE includes most of Pro's features plus the media stuff.

jruby
jruby

check out NET HELP SHARE for the syntax. You can add/delete/modify a share and set permissions on it using various parameters. Jim If you think the problem is bad now, wait until we solve it!

jamesxv7
jamesxv7

The difference is that you can't add a machine with Windows MC to a domain.

Cincinnerdi
Cincinnerdi

Jim, I check out net share, but don't see where permission setting parameters are.

Cincinnerdi
Cincinnerdi

Seems those brain cells go on vacation more and more often.

jruby
jruby

You're right, there's no obvious way to set the permissions using the NET program. I'll dig a little deeper and post an update when I find the right command and syntax. I know I've seen it somewhere, just have to activate the correct brain cells.