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UN-SHARING YOUR FILES ON WINDOWS XP COMPUTERS

If your computer is running Windows XP, you may be inadvertently sharing your files with others on the Smith network. This is because some XP computers are shipped with file-sharing enabled by default. This configuration is desirable for many home users, but does not provide sufficient security and privacy for users connected to a campus network.

We recommend that you disable file-sharing on your XP computer, as follows:
  1. Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.

  2. In the Control Panel window, double-click on Network Connections.

  3. In the Network Connections window, right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties from the pop-up menu.

  4. In the Local Area Connections Properties window:

    1. De-select Client for Microsoft Networks.
    2. De-select File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks.
    3. Click OK to return to the Network Connections window.

  5. In the Other Places area on the left side of the window, select My Documents.

  6. In the My Documents window, under File and Folder Tasks, select Share this Folder.

  7. In the My Documents Properties window:

    1. Click on the Sharing tab.
    2. De-select Share This Folder on the Network.
    3. Click OK to return to the Network Connections window.

  8. In the Other Places area on the left side of the window, select Shared Documents.

  9. In the Shared Documents window, under File and Folder Tasks, select Share this Folder.

  10. In the Shared Documents Properties window:

    1. Click on the Sharing tab.
    2. De-select Share This Folder on the Network.
    3. Click OK to return to the Network Connections window.

  11. Close all windows.
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