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Can't Access XP Pro Shared Drive from XP Home PC

By CORMACHSMITH ·
I recently bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v with XP Home SP3 installed. XP Pro was not an option, unfortunately.
The Mini does not have an optical drive.
I have a Dell Optiplex desktop running XP Pro SP3 that does have a CD/DVD RW drive.
I want to share the optical drive on the Optiplex so that I can access it from the Mini. When I try to access the drive, I get "Access is denied." The icon for the drive shows in My Network Places, but I get the error when I click to open it.
I can access shared folders in both directions, and can print to the printer on the Optiplex from the Mini
They are on the same workgroup with the same username and password.
I have tried it with Simple File Sharing on and off for the source drive.
The Windows Firewall has an exception for File and Printer Sharing on both PCs. I've tried it with both firewalls off, too.
There is a CD with accessible files in the drive on the Optiplex.
I tried it with the Mini in Safe Mode with Networking and it still did not work.
I'm using a wireless network through my Linksys wireless router, just in case that matters.

I searched this forum and MS TechNet with no result. Also, no answer to my post on TechNet. I am hoping this community can be more helpful.

Anybody have any other ideas?

Thanks

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Mark the optical drive for 'Sharing' ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Can't Access XP Pro Share ...

Right-click and check in the 'Properties' for the optical drive. Look in the 'Sharing' TAB.

As a temporary measure until you sort out the problem, try (using the DELL Optiplex) transferring the files from the CD to your 'Shared Folders' directory and access the files from there.

You can then copy them to the Inspiron and install from the hard drive.

Or, you could physically transfer the files with a USB thumb drive. :)

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Can't Access XP Pro Share ...

your settings.

Right click on the drive and select Sharing and Security. Select Share this folder. Give it an appropriate Share name. mycd

Click on Permissions and give Everyone Full control. You can also add the User Account that you are using to access the System and give them full control.

You should be able to access it through My Network Places or use a Batch file EG:

net use R: \\sharename (mycd)

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