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Windows Firewall Blocks File Sharing

Posted on 2006-07-17
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I am running Win XP Pro on a Thinkpad. I am finding that if the Windows Firewall is enabled, other computers cannot access the files on this PC.  If I turn it off, sharing is fine.

Of course, I went to the Windows Firewall and much to my surprise I found that "File and Printer Sharing" IS checked in the exceptions area.

So where do I look now?
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There are "scope options" which can restrict , by IP, which computers can access resources. It would be odd that this would have been set, unless the users are on another subnet, but worth checking. To do so under exception, highlight the file and print option and choose edit, and then scope options to see who is allowed access.
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Add port 445 in the exception list.

This would allow you to share folders.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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why are you bothering with windows firewall? I think most here will know that i beleive it is a hunk of crap and that any base level DSL router will have a firewall 100 times as strong....don't waste your time configuring it, just turn the thing off its good for nothing unless you have a single home pc that you like to type word documents on
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Thanks for the ideas!
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Thanks Issaquah,
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