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Can't Share C Drive on XP

Trying to share my C: drive on my home LAN. Workgroup is set to the same name. When I try activate file sharing I get

"An error occurred while trying to share C" "Server Service not started."  "The shared resource was not created at this time."

???

The user has administrator privledges.

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arncas
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arncas
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Doesn't matter if you have administrative privilages if the server service is not started - check your services - what is the server service set to and is it started?
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GuruGaryCommented:
Look at your Network properties for your Local Area Connection, and be sure that "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" is existing and enabled.  If it is, then the Server Service should be starting automatically.  If not, go to a command prompt and try:
net start server
... and see if it gives you any error messages
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DCreatureCommented:
I think it should be as simple as it sounds. The "Server" service is probably not started. You want to make sure it starts whenever it is required, go to Services console (Start > Run > services.msc), look for "Server" right click it and select Properties, under Startup Type, select 'Automatic', click Apply, click OK.

Try to enable the share again.
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shambhusingh2004Commented:
Please make sure following services :

1) "File and Printer Sharing" is enable on your local LAN cards.
2) Server service is startt.
3) Workstation service is start.
4) Remote registery is start.

If all the above service up then try to repair local LAN connection.

Warm Regards,

Vipin Gupta
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MereteCommented:
it is not recomended to share this entire folder your asking for it truely. why not share a specific folder within instead.
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John-BaylesCommented:
"it is not recomended to share this entire folder your asking for it truely. why not share a specific folder within instead"

....because he doesnt want to
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MereteCommented:
Hi John I see your new to EE, why not offer a suggestion rather than this waste space writing senseless comments, we are here to assist and offer constructive suggestions based on our expert experience.
Merete
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DCreatureCommented:
Based on Merete's suggestion, the asker can choose use Administrative share which is C$. If the computer the C: drive will be share from is 192.168.1.5 then typing this in address bar or Run dialog in another computer will prompt for username and password of an administrator account:

\\192.168.1.5\C$
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KromptonCommented:
arncas,

Are you running Home or Pro?
XP Home does not support Admin shares (thoses with a $ after them to hide them).
And I don't think you can share the C drive (persae) on Home either. You will have to open Windows Explorer (click the "Folders Button" if the folder list is no displayed in the left pane) and drag C:\ and drop it into the Shared Documents folder.

If you are running XP Pro then ensuring the necessary services are running as previously mentioned should fix you up.

Good luck
Krompton
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1_UPCommented:
Just a note...

***********************
John Bayles,
Sharing a root drive such as C: is not a good idea for obvious reasons...To say that because a person "doesn't want to" is not doing your job as an expert...you should never knowingly allow someone to do something dangerous just because "they want to"...you can't stop them, but it is your ethical obligation as an IT expert to advise against any obviously flawed course of action. Nuff said...
******************************


arncas, I wouldn't share the whole drive if I were you(even internally it isn't a good idea, if someone manges to catch your wep key(not hard) off of your wireless router and logs into your network...ooohh).  As Merete said, it would be much wiser to create a shared folder within C: rather than sharing the whole drive...but you can do as you please I guess, good luck...
And Krompton is on the money...

1_UP
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KromptonCommented:
arncas,

1_UP is also on the ball in what he said. Sharing C is definetly not recommended. I didn't mention it since it had already been stated.

If I may ask, what is the reason you are doing this? That information may allow us to offer you a better solution. Of course you should have sufficient information to resolve your original question.

Krompton
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arncasAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the suggestions.

I tried starting the server as recommended and get the following:

"A system error has occurred.

System error 2001 has occurred.

The specified driver is invalid."

Now what?


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DCreatureCommented:
Maybe a bad network card driver? Uninstall, then re-install the network card driver. Have you also checked that the TCP/IP is installed?
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1_UPCommented:
arncas,

Have you tried to share anything other than root??? Sounds like you have but just wanna verifiy...

1_UP
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MHurtaresCommented:
Go to Device Manager and uninstall your network adapter.  Reboot.  This should reinstall your NIC driver and hopefully solve your problem.  You may also want to search for updated drivers for your NIC.
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arncasAuthor Commented:
Okay. Removed and reloaded drivers.  Also updated the drivers. Still the same problem:

Then started the diver from Admistrator Control Panel.

"Could not start the server service on local computer.

Error 2001.  The specified driver is invalid."

I could reload Windows XP I guess. Kind of equivalent to putting a new motor in the car to change the spark plugs but usually has the desired result.

As for sharing, I have tried sharing only a file or folder with the same result.

The NIC drivers are for Intel Centrino wireless NIC cards and the Intel NIC for the Ethernet connection.



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DCreatureCommented:
I believe we should continue to investigate if the problem is not critial and in need of immediate fix. Arncas, I would agree with you that it's like changing car motor to have spark plug fixed.

Re-installing Windows XP should only be used as the last resort, or we will have most of the OS threads resulting in "Just re-install Windows".

Arncas, can you confirm with us that all other network operations are not experiencing any issues and that you could create and actually publish other shares other than the root of a drive? Can you access network resources on other nodes on the network?
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arncasAuthor Commented:
Yes I can access my NAS device on my LAN. Also I can access shared files on my Dell 870 server and I can print on my HP printer which is using the print sever on the Linksys NAS device. Curiosly I seem to be having this same problem with my wife's T41...but one thing at a time.
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DCreatureCommented:
Did this problem started occurring after Windows installation or has the system been up and running for a good period of time before the problem surfaced out of no where?

Have you tried also tried a different network card? Ran any network diagnostic tools?
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MereteCommented:
LOL DCreature  also good question,
I would like to know if this problem only appears when trying to share a system folder.
As it is a server there maybe policies in place for high security risks.
I am beging to think it may have to do with how the server.
Comment from arncas, and I believe holds the key:
Yes I can access my NAS device on my LAN
HP printer which is using the print sever on the Linksys NAS device

For everyone FYI
NAS
network-attached storage
  A network-attached storage (NAS) device is a server that is dedicated to nothing more than file sharing. NAS does not provide any of the activities that a server in a server-centric system typically provides, such as e-mail, authentication or file management. NAS allows more hard disk storage space to be added to a network that already utilizes servers without shutting them down for maintenance and upgrades. With a NAS device, storage is not an integral part of the server.

 Instead, in this storage-centric design, the server still handles all of the processing of data but a NAS device delivers the data to the user. A NAS device does not need to be located within the server but can exist anywhere in a LAN and can be made up of multiple networked NAS devices.

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MereteCommented:
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1_UPCommented:
I am gonna watch and see how this one gets resolved...
Thanks to Merete for the link and the FYI...

1_UP
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rae_raeCommented:
HOLY COW that's alot of information....lol! :-\
Just download and run this program:
http://www.nettekk.com/Downloads/Tools/Installs/network.zip

You can erase the user it creates after you are done in the add/remove users appi in windows ;)
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arncasAuthor Commented:
I found the answer and fixed the problem. Here is the link that explains it.

http://www.mcse.ms/archive62-2005-9-1863316.html
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MereteCommented:
yes seems like arncas solved it himself. Googling.. Apparantly running sfc fixed it acording to the link he supplied and points to the solution.
A thank you would have gone down well. You ended up googling the answer yourself lol.
Oh well.
Cheers Merete
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What is PAQ?
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The Questions isn't deleted, but moved into the database for future reading.
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