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Enable file and printer sharing on XP SP2

by Steve Wiseman on January 13, 2006 · 7 comments

in Windows


How to enable file and printer sharing on XP SP2

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When Microsoft released Service Pack 2, we noticed more and more trial users complaining that they could not connect to their Windows XP machines. We couldn’t figure it out. We had tested with XP SP2 and it worked fine for us. The trick was that Microsoft had created different settings for users that were not part of a domain.

Effectively file and printer sharing are disabled when XP SP2 comes out of the box – this broke our automatic install feature since IntelliAdmin could not connect to the $admin share.

After scouring the internet we found how to re-enable file and printer sharing for your stand alone XP SP2 machine – and it is secure.

Here are the step by step instructions for turning it back on:

1. Open the control panel. You will find this by clicking on start, then settings, and then control panel. Click on the icon that says “Network and Internet Connections”

2. Once you are in there. Click on the icon that says “Network Connections”

3. Now you will find your network cards listed here. You will need to right click on the card you want to enable file sharing. Select the properties menu

4. Go to the advanced tab, and click on settings

5. Go to the exceptions menu and make sure file and printer sharing is checked.

6. Click OK, and in the “Network Connections” Folder click on the tools menu, and select “Folder Options…”

7. Go to the view tab. Scroll down and make sure “Use simple file sharing” is unchecked.

8. Click OK. Sharing is now on, but if you have not set a password for your username you still will not be able to share – Once you do this you will now be able to share printers and files again.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nima October 6, 2009 at 4:55 am

Very useful boud

2 Maz December 28, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Awesome! Great article! I spent hours (unsuccessfully) trying to troubleshoot why I couldn’t connect remotely. Wish I’d found tnis article sooner. Turning off simple file sharing did the trick.

3 Mike February 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Still facing problems, I exactly followed the same instructions, but it still shows the same error – The installation requires File and Print Sharing to be enabled. Please enable this service and run setup again.

4 Steve Wiseman February 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

What software are you trying to install? Maybe there is an issue with it that keeps it from detecting F&P sharing.

5 ekhorasan April 27, 2010 at 12:57 am

I did it but the file and printer sharing Properties is not enabled.I need to enable Browse-Master of my computer by Properties button of File and printer sharing.What is your Solution?

Best wishes

6 KARTIK BEEMSINGH April 30, 2010 at 8:48 am


7 Peter January 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou

Tearing what little hair I had out. Sorry wasn’t using your tools but struggled to find why I couldn’t find an answer and needed to remotely install software.

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