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Sharing Problem

Discussion in 'Networks' started by Fergal1982, Jul 13, 2004.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    ok, as i understand it, if i want to let my limited users (in xp home) play a game, i need to give them write access to the game folders (so they can save the games, etc). in order to do this, i have to go to the folder properties, under the sharing tab, and select share it on the network (including with other users of the same pc), give it a sharing name, then allow other users to change my files.

    being part of a workgroup, i dont particularly want these files to be accessible to anyone outside the pc, but i cant see a way around this! any suggestions?

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  2. Phoenix
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    er i could me miss reading this
    but sharing has bugger all to do with this situation
    are you running an NTFS hard drive?
    if you are its the SECURITY tab you need to add the users too not the sharing tab, sharing is for accessing across a network (something you mentioned you didnt want) and game files rarely get edited 'across the network' for save games

    check for the security tab!
     
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  3. Fergal1982

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    thats the thing phoenix. xp home doesnt actually HAVE a security tab for its files and folders. thats about the only way i can see to do it.

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  4. Jakamoko
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    When you installed XP, Fergal - did you choose NTFS, or is the drive formatted with just FAT32 ?

    If not NTFS, then you wont get security options.
     
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  5. Fergal1982

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    nope, its definately an NTFS drive. when i got the laptop, it was in fat32, but i was given the choice for changing to NTFS, which i took. the thing about home is that the only real option is to make a folder private. or allow sharing!

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  6. Phoenix
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    Fergal goto

    Tools -> Folder Options
    change to 'View' tab

    the VERY last option (in Pro atleast) is to enable/disable simple file sharing

    disable this
    and it should activate advanced sharing and the security tab
     
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  7. Fergal1982

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    nada phoenix. i tried it, but under home it isnt there!

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  8. Phoenix
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    hmm i thought as much, you cant seem to enable advanced file sharing on xp home, but there must be a way to edit security parameters :/
    ive never actually used it so cant give it much better a guess than that

    have you tried this out with a game yet? most games shouldnt require special permissions for save games, or save them to the user profile, its usually only system directories that get the special lockdown, meaning installing the game would pose problems, but not running/saving
     
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  9. Fergal1982

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    yep, tried it with divine divinity. the game wont run cause the user doesnt have write permission in the folder!

    never mind i spose - its just further incentive to pick up a copy of xp pro soon!

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  10. mufftak

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    as a work round ..........

    could you not set up a new user profile for games use only,
    and install games & log on users via that user name.

    just a thought ??? :unsure
     
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  11. AJ

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    One workaround I have used in the past is to make a new folder on the root of the drive and share it so that everyone has full access and install the game into that folder.

    After reading the previous opst's i'm not totally sure it would work though. :blink
     
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  12. Fergal1982

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    the problem with that mufftak, is that i already have that really, my main acc, but i want my girlfriend to have a limited account so that she cant accidently delete system files, etc.

    as far as installing it all into one folder, whilst it would make it easier than having to share every individual game folder, it still leaves me with the problem that im sharing those folders not only between users, but across the network too! if it was a standalone pc i wouldnt have a problem with it, but its just cause its connected to a network!

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  13. mufftak

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    if you apply a local group policy to the gaming user account, you could restrict the account in any way you choose....
     
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  14. nugget
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    How about putting it in the Shared Folders folder.
     
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  15. Fergal1982

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    Not with xp home Mufftak. the only option for sharing is share with the network (including other users), or dont share. you can set any group policies in home!

    as for in the shared folders nugget, thats the problem, i can do that fine, but that shares the files with the ENTIRE network. i dont want that!

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  16. mufftak

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  17. Fergal1982

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    thats a cool list mufftak, thanks. now.... to figure out what to do!

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