Saturday, September 20, 2014

How to disable simple file sharing in Windows XP

Windows XP allows for two different types of file sharing: "normal" file sharing and simple file sharing.  Simple file sharing is a mode that often comes enabled by default, which makes sharing files and folders easier, but also limits how you can control and manage sharing options.  If you wish to disable simple file sharing on your Windows XP computer, follow the steps outlined below.

Open up a folder on your computer and click on Tools on the menu bar.  When the drop-down menu appears, click on Folder Options.  Then go to the View tab.

In the middle of the window will be a list of settings.  Scroll down toward the bottom of the list, until you see the setting labeled "Use simple file sharing (Recommended)."  If simple file sharing is enabled, there will be a check mark next to this line.  Click on the check mark to remove it, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.  Your computer will no longer use simple file sharing, and you'll have more control over your files and folders that are being shared.

(Originally published on, November 2013)

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