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Sharing Files

Just as networked computers can share a single Internet connection (as described earlier in this chapter) or network printer (see Chapter 7), they can share disks, folders, files, and devices—specific documents, MP3s, videos, CDs, or DVDs—from any networked PC, including yours. You in turn can access them if you’re logged on to a network computer other than your usual one. File sharing abolishes “sneakernet”—transferring files by carrying floppies or CDs from one machine to another.

Windows XP offers two types of sharing: easy-to-use, slightly risky Simple file sharing and complex, secure Classic file sharing, inherited from Windows 2000. XP Home edition users have no choice: they must use Simple file sharing. Pro edition users can use either Simple or Classic file sharing unless they’re joined to a domain, which always uses Classic file sharing.


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