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How to Turn Off File Sharing: Microsoft XP

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Windows XP Pro

By default, simple file sharing is enabled on most Windows XP Pro computers. Because simple file sharing does not offer password protection, you must turn it off.

You should also review your current shared folders to make sure they are all password protected. 

Turn off Simple File Sharing: Windows XP Pro

  1. On the Start menu, click Control Panel, and then click Folder Options.
    If you do not see the Folder Options icon, on the left-side of the window, click Switch to Classic View.

  2. Click the View tab.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list.

  4. Remove the check from Use simple file sharing.

    Simple File Sharing

  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.

  6. Close the Control Panel window.

Even with simple file sharing turned off, you can still share folders, if necessary. For more information, see the Review Permissions for Shared Folders: Windows XP Pro procedure.

Review Permissions for Shared Folders: Windows XP Pro

With simple file sharing turned off, you can still share folders. Use this procedure to check which folders are shared and to set more secure permissions for shared folders.

  1. On the Start menu, click Control Panel, and then click Administrative Tools.

    Admin Tools

    If you do not see Administrative Tools, on the left side of the window, click Switch to Classic View.

  2. Double-click Computer Management.

    Computer Management

  3. On the left side of the window, under System Tools, double-click Shared Folders.

  4. Click the Shares folder to display the list of shared folders.
    By default, IPC$ should be listed in the Shares folder.

  5. For each shared folder, right-click the folder and then click Properties.

    Sharing Properties

  6. Click the Share Permissions tab.

  7. In the Groups or user names list, select Everyone, and then click Remove.

    Sharing Permissions

  8. Click Apply and then OK.

  9. Repeat steps 5-8 for each shared folder.

  10. Close the Computer Management window and the Control Panel window.

Note: Do not change sharing on IPC$.

If you're on a departmental network, consult with your local technical support provider to set up sharing permissions for folders.

Turn off File Sharing: Windows XP Home

File sharing is enabled by default in Windows XP Home Edition. Because it is not possible to password-protect a shared folder in the Home Edition, you should turn off file sharing.

  1. On the Start menu, click Control Panel, and then click Network Connections.

  2. Right-click Local Area Connection.

  3. Click Properties.

  4. Remove the check from  File and Printer Sharing, and then and click OK.

  5. If you are asked to restart your computer, click Yes.