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I have a home network with a hub and 3 computers connected to it.
Yesterday I noticed that I could type \\EARTH\C$ in the address bar of explorer on my Win98 machine and be able to browse my Win2K machine folders with no authentication, which was a bit scary. The user logged in Win98 machine was not known to Win2K machine. It even wasn’t in the same workgroup and I didn’t type in any passwords to start my Win98 machine.
The important issue was that “netstat” didn’t show any trace of the connection between machines.

Can someone please help what the hell is going on with these Windows machines!!!

Many thanks

codez80
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by:magarity
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On the Win2000 machine, right click drive C and select 'properties'.  Then 'security'.  You will see that 'everyone' has all permissions.  This includes browsers.  Just set 'everyone' to 'read' (or nothing) and ADD yourself, administrator, and the 'system' account with full permissions.  Be sure to not forget 'system'!  Bad Things (tm) happen when the system has no permission to use its own disk!
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by:codez80
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i used to do this with my previous builds.
it causes other applications such as Windows Installer to act
very strangely.
how about "netstat", we know there is a connection between two machines with ip addresses like 192.168.0.10 and 192.168.0.12, but why I see nothing. (oh God)!!!

PLEASE HELP!

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by:heskyttberg
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Hi!

Well instead the c$ share is an administrative share and should not be availible to any other then lcoal administrators of that machine.

Unless you have manually created this share and change the share permissions.

Are you really using NTFS on the w2k machine or FAT32, if you are using FAT32, convert it to NTFS and you won't be able to access the share anymore.

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/Hans - Erik Skyttberg
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by:codez80
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thanks for your reply heskyttberg, but hey i'm not that stupid.

i found out why!!!

it was all because of netbeui protocol, so of course it cannot be seen through "netstat" which shows tcp/ip protocol connections.

i removed netbeui protocol, and now even my firewall works properly within my home LAN.

but, thank you all for your responses, it is appreciated.

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