If you have other computers forming a network, or you want to access a
computer from the Internet you can make Drives/Folders/Files available over
the Network/Internet to other computers/users. If checked the computer can
be set to make it available, otherwise the computer content is blocked from
being accesses through the Network/Internet.
As an example when File Sharing works you can have your Songs, Movies, etc.
on one computer, and they can be used/viewed/played from another computer.
How to configure?
Vista File and Printer Sharing-
Windows XP File Sharing -
Printer Sharing XP -
Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista -
"JoJo" <swiftTrades@comcast.net> wrote in message
> By clicking on that taskbar icon that allows for NIC configuration, I know
> that when I check the box that says "File and Printer Sharing For
> Networks" this allows other computers to access resources on your computer
> using a Microsoft network.
> * However, can someone explain to me exactly what is going on in the
> background or behind the scenes when this box is checked/unchecked ?
> * How are the computer resources made available/unavailable when I
> check/uncheck this ?