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Chapter 16. Using a Windows XP Network > Sharing Folders and Drives

Sharing Folders and Drives

Windows automatically makes your computer's Shared Documents folder available on the network. However, you may wish to share other folders with your network cohorts. This capability is built right into Explorer.

CAUTION

When you share folders on a computer running Windows XP Home Edition, anybody can see the files, and if you allow modification, anybody can modify them. They don't even need a user ID or password—just a connection to your network. (If you have an unsecured wireless network, this includes random people driving by your home or office.) Be very careful to share folders that contain only files you want others to be able to see.



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