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"Simple File Sharing" needs to be turned off on this WinXP Pro machine. But it needs to be seamless, so that clients connected to it do not encounter errors/disconnects or permission issues.

The machine has a number of drives that are shared to a workgroup.

How can this be done?

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Simple file sharing is purely a UI interface. The logic behind it is the same permissions that the advanced dialog uses (ACLs and Share permissions).

You can turn off simple file sharing under Explorer Tool Menu/Folder Options/Simple File sharing.

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I don't have to explicitly set permissions on existing shares after turning off "Simple file sharing" then? – Zeno Dec 30 '11 at 4:52
No, the current shares keep their permissions. – surfasb Dec 30 '11 at 4:55

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