The Importance of Simple File Sharing – Part One
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.