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how to enable file sharing win98

Posted on 2003-03-13
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01

i'm using win98 and i'm trying to share my drive c:\, unfortunately the sharing feature is disabled when you right click the drive/folder. taking note that i have checked the file and print sharing under the network neighborhood.  

thanks in advance for those who can shed a light on my problem.

Question by:Centeris

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ID: 8126701
You will first need to enable File & Printer sharing from Control Panel -> Networks (I don't remember the exact window name. u should be able to find it easily)

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ID: 8126705
oops, i see that u appear to have already enabled this!
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ID: 8127161
Check properties for network client - logon properties. Primary logon should be Microsoft Network logon. I think you must do a login at startup, even if you use blank password.

Verify that your protocol(s) are properly installed.


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Are you sure that the file and print sharing have been turned ON ?
If yes, the next posible culprit is your network is not up. Maybe you just pulled out your PCMCIA card (if you are working in a notebook).


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SuperCitrixMan earned 375 total points
ID: 8130463
First look in your device manager, check and make sure your NIC drivers are intalled and working properly.  If you have no weird conflicts in the device manager then go to next step.

(Make sure you have OS CD on hand)
Right click network neighborhood, go to properties, check and see if Microsoft Networking is installed (most likely is) if it isn't there install it and that will fix it, if it is remove it (we will put back later.

Leave that up for a minute...

Go to start - Find - Files or Folders...
Search for *.pwl under your C:
Delete anything that shows up
(these are just dumb Win98 profiles they don't really do anything but cause problems, I'm removing them just incase you have a password problem, these deletes all windows type passwords)

Exit out of the find.

Back to the Network Neighborhood, we just removed MS Networking, hit okay... Yes to reboot.

We come back up with a Windows logon screen.  Type a username but no password and hit enter.  This clears out any password problems you may be having.  If you get asked for a password again leave it black and hit enter.  You will never see this again.

Now go back to Network Neighborhood and reinstall Client for MS networks, Also add File Print Sharing.  Set it up so that Primary Network Logon is Windows Logon, MS logon is not required for F/P sharing.   Hit Okay... yes restart.

When it comes back up you should not have any kind of logon screen it should bring you directly to a desktop, if you get a logon, check you settings you missed something or MS wasn't listening and you need to change that Primary Logon to Windows Logon again.  Anyway all we just did was reinstall your F/P sharing and cleared out any dumb profile jams.  You should be good to go.

Let me know what happens.  If C: still won't let you share we may need to pull out a tool to see if you are doing a system share on it, doubt it though, never seen Win98 do a system share, unless you have Exchange on it or something but who would do that...

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