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Chapter 25. Managing Users > Simple File Sharing

Simple File Sharing

Although home users are typically happy letting anyone at any computer read or modify any file, business users usually need to restrict access to files with payroll, personnel, and proprietary information. Windows XP's predecessors Windows NT and Windows 2000 were designed for business use, so they have a security system that lets computer owners restrict access to sensitive files on a user-by-user basis.

Unfortunately, this is difficult to set up and manage. Microsoft gave Windows XP Home Edition a new security system called “Simple File Sharing.” (It's available in Windows XP Professional, too, where it can be turned on or off.) The strong security foundation of Windows 2000 is still present in Windows XP Home Edition, but it's been pre-configured.


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