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I got my shiny new copy of Windows 7 today from MSDN. It became available to MSDN subscribers earlier this week. If you have access then give it a spin, there are some excellent improvements over Vista. I installed it today to test some of our software. One issue, that is also in Vista, is […]


File and printer sharing is used primarily for…you guessed it…sharing your files and printers. By default Vista is configued with these disabled. Many times file and printer sharing is also needed for remote administration tools that access the admin$ share. The first step to getting this to work is enabling an exception in the firewall. […]

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Since the release of Windows XP SP2 file and printer sharing has been blocked by default in the Windows firewall. This includes all versions of Vista, and even XP SP3. Heck the same is true for the pre-release versions of Windows 7 that I have looked at. This creates a problem for many of our […]


File and Printer sharing is used for sharing printers and files. In addition, a special share, called the admin$ share is used to remotely manage and install software on Windows XP systems. By default file sharing is blocked in the firewall. What do you need to do to get this working under Windows XP? Here […]


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