Shared Network but not for everybody

Recently I ran into a problem where I needed to password protect a shared folder on a public network. Without a domain controller Windows XP has some very basic network sharing settings. For the most part it’s an on or off switch.

I know you could disable ‘simple file sharing’ (yup, that’s what Microsoft calls it) and have some domain-esk features, but what if you just want to throw a password on a folder? I found this little fancy how-to and It seemed to work very well.

Now when someone needs to access the share they are prompted for the password, or if you have a second machine that will be accessing this share often. You could check the ‘Remember Password’ box or easier, have the same password on both machines.

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