Can i password protect my shared directories?

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When I was using windows 98 I could assign passwords to shared directories
so access was based on a password.

I have upgraded to windows xp and can find no way to assign a password to a
shared resource. Can I do this? If not, then I am not happy with this so
called upgrade.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    The P wrote:

    > When I was using windows 98 I could assign passwords to shared
    > directories so access was based on a password.
    >
    > I have upgraded to windows xp and can find no way to assign a password
    > to a
    > shared resource. Can I do this? If not, then I am not happy with
    > this so called upgrade.

    Operating systems that are more sophisticated than Win9x/ME such as
    NT-based systems and *nix do not use password protection for folders.
    They use user/group permissions. If you have XP Pro, you can create
    user groups and then use the Group Policy Editor to set very
    fine-grained permissions on those groups. If you have XP Home, you can
    look at third-party software.

    Malke
    --
    MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    In Memoriam - MVP Alex Nichol
    The world is diminished without him.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    If you are using the FAT file system , you are out of luck. The NTFS is much
    more secure and allows for user or group permissions on file resources.


    "The P" <halien@ihug.com.au> wrote in message
    news:424ea644$0$1864$5a62ac22@per-qv1-newsreader-01.iinet.net.au...
    > When I was using windows 98 I could assign passwords to shared directories
    > so access was based on a password.
    >
    > I have upgraded to windows xp and can find no way to assign a password to
    > a shared resource. Can I do this? If not, then I am not happy with this
    > so called upgrade.
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    "Malke" <noreply@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:uYO0aN5NFHA.3336@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > The P wrote:
    >
    >> When I was using windows 98 I could assign passwords to shared
    >> directories so access was based on a password.
    >>
    >> I have upgraded to windows xp and can find no way to assign a password
    >> to a
    >> shared resource. Can I do this? If not, then I am not happy with
    >> this so called upgrade.
    >
    > Operating systems that are more sophisticated than Win9x/ME such as
    > NT-based systems and *nix do not use password protection for folders.
    > They use user/group permissions. If you have XP Pro, you can create
    > user groups and then use the Group Policy Editor to set very
    > fine-grained permissions on those groups. If you have XP Home, you can
    > look at third-party software.
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > In Memoriam - MVP Alex Nichol
    > The world is diminished without him.

    I have win xp pro. How do I set up permissions for shared folders over my
    network? I cannot see any users logged into other computers that can access
    mine. This being so, I cannot set up any permissions evept for the detault
    "everyone" or myself on this computer.

    Cheers
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    The P wrote:

    >
    > "Malke" <noreply@invalid.com> wrote in message
    > news:uYO0aN5NFHA.3336@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> The P wrote:
    >>
    >>> When I was using windows 98 I could assign passwords to shared
    >>> directories so access was based on a password.
    >>>
    >>> I have upgraded to windows xp and can find no way to assign a
    >>> password to a
    >>> shared resource. Can I do this? If not, then I am not happy with
    >>> this so called upgrade.
    >>
    >> Operating systems that are more sophisticated than Win9x/ME such as
    >> NT-based systems and *nix do not use password protection for folders.
    >> They use user/group permissions. If you have XP Pro, you can create
    >> user groups and then use the Group Policy Editor to set very
    >> fine-grained permissions on those groups. If you have XP Home, you
    >> can look at third-party software.
    >>
    >
    > I have win xp pro. How do I set up permissions for shared folders
    > over my network? I cannot see any users logged into other computers
    > that can access
    > mine. This being so, I cannot set up any permissions evept for the
    > detault "everyone" or myself on this computer.
    >
    > Cheers

    I don't quite understand your post. In order to see the Security tab,
    the following must exist:

    a. The drive must be NTFS
    b. In Folder Options - View, uncheck 'Use Simple File Sharing'. That is
    the level used in Home, and for some strange reason is on by default in
    Pro, too.

    That said, if you want more help then please post back with a clear
    description of your network setup, how many computers are involved and
    what operating systems, if you are using a domain or workgroup, and
    what you have done to create shares. What is your end goal? To have
    only some users be able to access resources on your computer and not
    others?

    In the meantime, here are some links that will help you set up sharing:

    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp_filesharing/index.htm
    (Pro)
    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/howto/
    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp/addxp.htm - Adding XP to
    an existing network

    Malke
    --
    MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    In Memoriam - MVP Alex Nichol
    The world is diminished without him.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    The P wrote:

    >
    >
    > I have win xp pro. How do I set up permissions for shared folders over my
    > network? I cannot see any users logged into other computers that can access
    > mine. This being so, I cannot set up any permissions evept for the detault
    > "everyone" or myself on this computer.
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    >


    On the WinXP computer, create local user account(s), with non-blank
    password(s), that have the desired access privileges to the desired
    shares. Have the other users log on to the other PCs using those
    account(s), and they will be able to access the designated shares,
    provided your network is configured properly.

    HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783

    HOW TO Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q308418


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  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    If you have your network setup as a domain, then you will see the other user
    accounts (because accounts are not specific to any client machine in this
    setup). If you have a peer-to-peer network (you use a Workgroup rather than
    a Domain), then the user accounts must be created on each machine.


    "The P" <halien@ihug.com.au> wrote in message
    news:424eb7ca$0$1888$5a62ac22@per-qv1-newsreader-01.iinet.net.au...
    >
    > "Malke" <noreply@invalid.com> wrote in message
    > news:uYO0aN5NFHA.3336@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> The P wrote:
    >>
    >>> When I was using windows 98 I could assign passwords to shared
    >>> directories so access was based on a password.
    >>>
    >>> I have upgraded to windows xp and can find no way to assign a password
    >>> to a
    >>> shared resource. Can I do this? If not, then I am not happy with
    >>> this so called upgrade.
    >>
    >> Operating systems that are more sophisticated than Win9x/ME such as
    >> NT-based systems and *nix do not use password protection for folders.
    >> They use user/group permissions. If you have XP Pro, you can create
    >> user groups and then use the Group Policy Editor to set very
    >> fine-grained permissions on those groups. If you have XP Home, you can
    >> look at third-party software.
    >>
    >> Malke
    >> --
    >> MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >> www.elephantboycomputers.com
    >> In Memoriam - MVP Alex Nichol
    >> The world is diminished without him.
    >
    > I have win xp pro. How do I set up permissions for shared folders over my
    > network? I cannot see any users logged into other computers that can
    > access mine. This being so, I cannot set up any permissions evept for the
    > detault "everyone" or myself on this computer.
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    >
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