On each of your computers, is:
1. Windows firewall enabled or disabled? (if enabled
, goto STEP 1A
2. If disabled, are you using a third-party firewall software such as Mcafee, Norton, Avast, etc?STEP 1AHow to configure "File and Printer Sharing" in Windows XP Home SP3
If you have windows firewall Enabled
, then perform the following steps:Note: The following steps require administrator permissions.1.
Open Windows FirewallStart>Control Panel>Classic View(if not already)>Windows Firewall2.
Verify "On (recommended)"
is checked, if not, ignore these steps.3.
There should be an "Exceptions" tab, if so click it.4.
Scroll down if needed, and make sure "File and Printer Sharing" is checked.If its not checked, then click the empty box beside it to check it.5.
Repeat steps 1-5 on the other notebook.7.
Proceed to Step 1BSTEP 1BHow to configure a folder for sharing across a LANNote1:
Performing the following steps could allow your files to compromised accross a "LAN" network without setting proper permissions.Note2:
You will only need to apply these steps on the notebook you wish to access files from (Host).1.
We will create a test folder. On the host notebook, open Start>My Computer>Local Disk (C:)2.
Create a new folder, name it Test Only
Left click the folder, click Properties
in the menu.4.
Click the "Sharing" tab. Once there, click inside the empty circle beside "Share this folder".5.
Give it a name, in our case, name it Test Only
. (If you wish to configure proper permissions, click permissions button.)6.
Click Apply, then click OK.
After performing the above steps, perform the following on your client notebook to view the folder you create above:7.
Goto Start>My Computer8.
Click inside the Address bar, scroll down and select My Network Places.9.
Look for the folder with the name we created earlier, Test Only. Click it.Since we didnt put any files in this folder, it should be empty. You may also delete this folder, as it was used for testing purposes only.
Repeat steps 1-6 for the folders you wish to access on your host notebook.
I hope this guide helped you. Let me know of your results