How do I enable Windows 2000-like file sharing and security in Windows XP workgroups?

A. In the FAQ Under Windows XP in a workgroup, why don't I see the Security tab for a file/folder?, we saw that to bring up the Security dialog box for files/folders/shares, you had to hold down the Ctrl key. To eliminate this requirement, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Local Security Policy snap-in (Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy).
  2. Expand the Local Policies branch.
  3. Select Security Options.
  4. Double-click "Network access: Force network logons using local accounts to authenticate as Guest."
  5. Select Disabled, and click OK.

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  7. Close the snap-in.
  8. Reboot the system for the change to take effect.

Now you have share permissions and file security on NTFS volumes. On FAT volumes, the Security menu will remain unavailable.

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