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First each of the computer needs to be in the same workgroup (i.e. home) and share the same internet connection. So if all three computers are in the same area, they all need to be connected to the internet via the same router, or via wifi.
Once that is done you'll be able to set up the homegroup to be able to share files between computers..
There is a step by step guide here to walk you through that process.
HomeGroup from start to finish Windows Help
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Posted on Apr 28, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
1) I believe that Windows XP is not setup for that by default,
you may need to install the old BETBUI service.
2) Also, if the 2000 machine has a login password installed,
it will NOT allow any other machine to browse it, without
3) Password-less file sharing over NETBUI was available
on the consumer side of windows:
Windows 3.11 for Work groups
Windows 95, 98 and Millenium.
The professional versions of windows, built on NT
technology require a login:
Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP,
and now Vista.
4) The best work around is to login to the 2000 machine when
it prompts you for a password, using your regular USER ID
If the 2000 machine is not setup with a secure login,
just create a new account, ranking power user or higher.
5) Note that you only need to login over the network ONCE,
because windows XP can REMEMBER your password,
and login automatically the next time.
6) Make sure that the firewall (or A firewall) is not
blocking access to either machine, just disable the
firewalls for testing.
Similarly, if your LAN is behind a residential router, using
the router as a smart hub or switch, make sure that
the routers MAC address access blocking is disabled,
until you get everything setup and tested.
7) Finally if a PC is not visible in a work group, this does not
mean that it is not accessible. This is a Windows quirk.
You can try to access another computer by using the
default/administrative shares. These shares cannot be
disabled in XP, at least they will not stay disabled, as
they will restart during every reboot, whether you like it
This means that you can ALWAYS access all the drives
on another machine, whether you share them or not, unless
you take extreme measures in the local policies.
To access drive "E:" on a computer called "Henry" on a
machine in the same work-group,
open up windows explorer, and tyr the following into the
This should access drive E:, after some delay, and possibly
a login prompt, even though drive is is NOT marked as
Down you just love windows ?!
Security by obscurity ?!
Microsoft is getting very good at hanging massive steel doors
on paper walls.
Hope this solves your problem, or gets around it.
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Posted on Jul 05, 2008
SOURCE: file sharing
it is possible
If you have multiple computers in your home and they are connected through a home network, you can share files among your computers. That means you no longer have to copy files to a floppy disk or USB flash drive to transfer them to another computer. Once you configure your computer to share files, you (or another user with the appropriate permissions) can, by using Windows Explorer, open them from other computers connected to the network, just like you’d open files that are stored on a single computer. You can also choose to have folders visible—but not modifiable—from other computers on the network.
To share files on your computer with other computers on a network, you need to:
• Share a folder on your computer. This will make all of the files in the folder available to all the computers on your network (you can’t share individual files).
• Set up user accounts on your computer for everyone who needs to connect to your shared folder. If any of the accounts are Limited User accounts (unless an account is a Computer Administrator account, it is a Limited User account), follow the steps in Set permissions for files and folders to enable them to open your files.
To access shared files that are on another computer on your network, you need to:
• Connect to the shared folder from other computers on the network. This procedure is described in Map a network drive.
Note: By default, file permissions only allow your user account and administrators on your local computer to open your files, regardless of whether a person is sitting at your keyboard or at another computer. It may help to keep these three things in mind when setting up file sharing:
• Files have user permission settings.
• Every computer has its own user database.
• Some accounts are administrator accounts and some aren’t.
Configure your computer to share files To share a folder on your computer so that files stored in the folder can be accessed from other computers on your home network
Log on to your computer as an administrator. For more information, see Access the administrator account from the Welcome screen.
Click Start, and then click My Documents.
Right-click the folder that you want to share, and then click Sharing and Security.
Tip: If you want to share your entire My Documents folder, open My Documents, and then click the Up button on the toolbar. You can then select the My Documents folder.
If you see a message that reads, As a security measure, Windows has disabled remote access to this computer, click the Network Setup Wizard link. Then follow the instructions in How to set up your computer for home networking. On the File and printer sharing page of the Network Setup Wizard, be sure to select Turn on file and printer sharing. If you do not see this message, skip this step and go to step 5.
Note: If you do not see the Network Setup Wizard link or the Share this folder on the network check box, your computer probably has Simple File Sharing disabled. This is a common change made to computers used for business. In fact, it happens automatically when a computer joins an Active Directory domain. You should follow these instructions to share a folder instead.
In the Properties dialog box, select the Share this folder on the network check box.
If you want to be able to edit your files from any computer on your network (instead of just being able to open them without saving any changes), select the Allow network users to change my files check box.
Windows Explorer will show a hand holding the folder icon, indicating that the folder is now shared.
To connect to the shared folder from another computer, follow the steps described in How to map a network drive.
Note: By default, only you and other people with an administrator account on the computer sharing the folder will be able to open your files. To limit access of specific users with an administrator account on the computer sharing the folder, read How to set permissions for files and folders.
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
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.
Posted on Dec 02, 2008
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