Access is Denied on Laptop Harddrive!

By jcy123 ·

I have looked through a previous discussion on sharing folder with a laptop harddrive. However, I am using XP Home and I have no access to the security tab like users of XP Pro have. I was able to "share" the entire Drive but the my documents folder was still denied. I right-clicked the drive and shared the folder and was first denied. I tried again and was successful. Now that I can navigate the My Documents folder, I find that all of the sub folders are Denied and none will allow me to share. How can I overcome this problem?

Thanks for any help.


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When you ran the Network Setup Wizard

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Access is Denied on Lapto ...

Did you enable File & Printer Sharing? By the sounds of things this wasn't enabled as it's not by default so while you can share folders they will not actually share across the LAN.

Just run the Network Setup Wizard again and enable File & Printer Sharing and that should cure your current problem.


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Figured it out

by jcy123 In reply to When you ran the Network ...

I figured out (through the internets) that if you have XP Home you can not turn off basic file sharing. To accomplish this with XP home you have to boot in safe mod and turn over your permissions and ownership. A little searching did the job!

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