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Posted on 2000-03-28
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I am on a predominantly Win9x Windows network and would like to share files in the same way as in 98.

I have tried adding users on the LAN to groups but they are always asked for a password - how do I simply share files, and how can I get users and groups to work properly?
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Question by:niico
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by:breakspear
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I'm afraid I find your question a bit vague.
As it is posted in the win2000 area I assume a win2000 network is involved somewhere, so could you tell me:
Do you have win2000 pro or server and howmany?
Is your network set up as a workgroup or a domain?
Are you attempting to eliminate password secutity or make it work for you?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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On a windows 2000 machine, you need to be an administrator or power user to be able to share files.

If you are trying to connect the Win9x machine to the Win2K machine, you need to be logged in as a user that exists on the Win2K machine.  For example, if you have the "Administrator" account on the win2k machine, log in using the "Administrator" and the same password on the Win9x machine.  Then you will be able to connect to shared resources on the win2k machine.  If you don't know what accounts exist on the Win2K machine or wish to add more, go to the "My Computer" icon and right click on it - select the manage option and in the window that appears you should see a section for "local users and groups"  (You'll need to be logged in with administrative rights to change or add or possibly even view any of the user information.  Further, you will NEVER be able to simply read passwords - you can only change them.

To get around this need, You should set up a Windows NT/2000 domain controller and have your 9x and NT/2000 workstations log in to the domain.  
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If security is not a concern and you wish to share files the same way as in '98 then enable the guest account in win2k and it will no longer ask for the $IPC passowrd.
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