I have two computers in my home on a shared workgroup. Both computers share the same printer. Both computers can access the other's "Shared Documents" folders. Is it possible to password protect the Shared Documents folder from one of the computers (wireless, windows xp professional sp3)? The other computer (wired to a router, windows xp home sp3) is used by other people. I did not use the network set up wizard to enable file sharing because it said a network cable was unplugged (I clicked "just share files")
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Re: password on shared documents on a workgroup
Password Protect Folders in XP
To password protect a folder built into Windows XP (for other Windows flavors, there are some freeware/shareware programs out there).
If you have a log in password for your account, this can be used to protect folders from other users. If not, you need to creat one. Your hard drive must be formatted using NTFS (which it probably is unless you're dual booting with another operating system). Here's what to do...
Right-click the folder that you want to make private and choose "Properties" (or Alt+Double-click). Go to the "Sharing" tab and check the "Make this folder private" box.
Click Apply . If you do not have a password on your account, a box will pop up asking if you want to assign a password. This must be done if you want to make the folder private, so click Yes . You will need to use your password to log on to your computer from then on.
Type in a password then confirm it. Click the "Create Password" button then close the Password window.
Click OK in the Properties dialog box.
Now anyone else logged on to your computer can't access that file without knowing your password.
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FILE SHARING BETWEEN COMPUTERS ON A NETWORKBasicallyif you have a wireless router with several laptops and desktop PCs, which canaccess the Internet at the same time, then you have working network withthe laptop and PC.First makesure the laptop and PC have the same Workgroup name(it may already have Workgroup as the Workgroup name, you can change it if you wish). To changethe Workgroup name open Control Panel - System -click on Computer Name tab - click Change and you can change the Computername then select Workgroup and enter orchange the Workgroup name - click OK and OKagain.Nextenable Sharing on both the PC and laptop open My Computer - right click onthe C Drive - click on Sharing tab - tick Sharing this folder on thenetwork - add a Share name to identify the computer/folder (eg Cdrive on PC).If you donot enable sharing on the drives or folders then they will not be available tothe computers on the network.If you havemore drives, then repeat this for the other hard drive and or CD or DVDdrives.Re-boot thecomputers and you will be able to see the computers on your network through MyNetwork Places.SETTING UP A SHARED NETWORK PRINTER Any printer that isconnected to a computer and is connected on a LAN can be configured so allother computers on the same network can print to this printer. This means thecomputer with the printer attached to it MUST be booted up at all times whenother computers want to access the printer.You need to install theprinter driver on the computer and configure it as a Shared printer.The other computers on thenetwork need to add this printer to their computer.Follow these steps toset-up a shared network printer :-1. Connect the printer tothe computer and install the printer driver.2. Open Printers and Faxes- right click on this printer and click Sharing - click Sharing tab and click Share this printer, and then if you wish you could change theShare name, then click OK3. Right click on theprinter - click Properties - click Print Test Page to confirm printerinstallation.Follow these steps toconfigure the computers on your network :-1. Open Printers and Faxes- click Add a printer - Next - select a network printer, or a printer attached to another computer - Next.2. Select Browser for aprinter - Next3. Click on and expand theMicrosoft Windows Network down to the computer with the printer - Next4. Select Yes for - Usethis printer as the default printer - Next - Finish5.Right click on the printer - click Properties - click Print Test Page toconfirm printer installation.
This is a common issue with XP and later versions of windows. Check that both computers are in the same workgroup. On XP right-click My Computer, select properties, go to the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. On Win7 right-click My Computer, select Properties, click Advanced System Settings, go to the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. If the workgroup name is the same on both machines but neither come up in My Network Places then try changing the workgroup name to something else on both machines and restarting them, this usually clears up that issue. If they still don't show up check that you have Network Location Awareness and File And Printer Sharing turned on on both machines. On Win7 this is checked under Network and Sharing Center, Change Advanced Sharing Options. Make sure that Turn On Network Discovery and Turn On File And Printer Sharing is marked for the current profile (Home or Work, normally). On XP go to Network Connections, right-click the connection for your LAN and select Properties, make sure that File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks is checked. Then, go to Administrative Tools, Services and make sure that the Network Location Awareness service is running. Both machines may need to be restarted after this, but that should fix the issue. If not, please let me know.
You might be able to set up password protection on some of your interneted computers but going through "connect to" and the choose your computer you want to connect to and you should be able to make a password.
3.When it comes to sharing folders, there are two main ways to do this. You can either 1) right click the folder and enable sharing through the shortcut menu., or 2) add the file/folder to ‘Shared Documents’ (for XP) or ‘Public Folder’ (for Vista).
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Goto to the properties of the Printer - one of the tabs should be for sharing. Set the printer up for sharing. Now goto the each computer control panel and make workgroup called your intinals-home. This is important. All computers need to be a part of the same workgroup for it to see the printer. after all that is done - reboot everything and be paient - it will appearafter 5 minutes or so.
Sounds like something is not right with the sharing... Assuming that computer 1 (the computer with the printer) is sharing and everything is set correctly, I would change the workgroup name. Instead of using "MSHOME" use say some basic word like "example" or some other name.
Ironically for my workgroup here I call it "StarWars"
needless to say my printers and everything shares just perfect. When you use "MShome" there's restrictions on what XP professional and XP home machines see on the network. I changed the workgroup name and that solved that problem.
Be sure to put all computers on the same workgroup name that you pick. You can even choose your first name if you want.