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How File Sharing Works

Now that you’ve got your network up and running, it’s time to learn about all the great things you can do with it. One of the key features of Windows XP is the ability to securely allow or prevent access to files, printers, and other resources. Windows controls the use of files by maintaining for each file a list of which user accounts are permitted access and exactly what type of access is allowed for each account.

Windows XP Professional offers two sharing models, Simple File Sharing and classic sharing. (Windows XP Home Edition uses Simple File Sharing exclusively.) Simple File Sharing uses a simplified interface that makes it easy to set up common sharing arrangements. Classic sharing offers granular control over access to each object on a computer, but it requires understanding concepts and navigating an interface that are beyond the needs of most home and small office users.


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