Monthly Archives: June 2007

The Importance of Simple File Sharing – Part One

Screenshot of Folder Options dialog box, showing how Simple File Sharing in Windows XP Professional is enabled or disabled

Screenshot of Folder Options dialog box, showing how Simple File Sharing in Windows XP Professional is enabled or disabled

I have read a few so-called definitive guides on Windows XP file and printer sharing; honestly none of them were even in the same zip code as definitive.

I have always been concerned about the importance and the role of Simple File Sharing in Windows XP networks, configured via Control Panel → Folder Options → View tab → Advanced Settings list → Use simple file sharing (Recommended) checkbox at the bottom of the list. But after all these years, Microsoft Support article 304040 just made me realize that the importance of this piece of configuration is vastly underestimated. I recommend all Windows XP administrators and their assistants  to review the article as soon as possible.

Solution to Windows XP Autoplay Problem: Corrupt entries and missing providers

I did not know when exactly it began but annoying corrupt entries had appeared in my Windows XP autoplay dialog boxes, like the one in this picture. When the problem proved persistent and my standard maintenance tools failed to fix it, I decided to go for a manual fix.

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Since there was no strong evidence about the source of the problem, all I had was assumptions and all I could do was investigating their validity. Read the rest of this entry

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