WinXP Important note: By
default, Windows XP Professional (not Home Edition) installs a hidden share for
EVERY drive. This means that every file on your XP computer can potentially be
accessed from the network or the Internet. Since XP Professional was designed to
be used in a business network environment, these shares were intended to allow a
network administrator to access important files remotely. Only members of the
Administrators group on your computer can access these shares.
Of course, the users created during the Windows XP install are
members of the Administrators group... And they do not have passwords until you
assign them manually.
Fortunately, unlike Windows 2000, XP does not allow remote file
sharing by default, so you are not vulnerable until you enable this. If you
intend to share files with other computers on your network, ensure that every
account you have created has a password.
This can be done through the control panel/user accounts. It is
also a good idea to change the name of the administrator account, since everyone
knows that 'administrator' is the default user name for Windows 2000/XP.
To enable sharing in Windows XP first open
'My Computer' and browse to the drive or directory you wish to share. Right
click the drive or directory and select 'sharing and security.' Under
'network sharing and security' select the 'enable sharing of files without
running the network wizard' option. Select 'share this folder/drive on the
Share name specifies the name that will
appear for the share on remote computers. Check the 'allow network users to
change my files' box if you want remote users to be able to add, delete or
modify files within the folder or drive. By default it is unchecked, giving
read-only access. Click ok.
Now that wasn't too difficult in the end was it? If you have had
any problems getting you home network up and running, go to the next page
to scan through the Troubleshooting section for some help.