Need to know how to setup pier-to-pier network in Windows XP.

I want to setup a pier-to-pier network between 2 machines running Windows XP Prof.  I want the second machine to only have rights to a few folders with pertinent data.  Does anyone know of a good resource that could explain this process to me or can anyone tell me how to go about doing it?  The machines are going to be upgraded so I will have the opportunity to set them up anyway they need to be.

Thanks.
vsllcAsked:
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and235100Commented:
General setup guides:
http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/homenetworking/a/homenetguide.htm

Personally - I would make sure all firewalls are switched off - make sure that all computers are on the same subnet and IP range, as well as in the same workgroup - make sure that Simple file sharing is disabled (http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/winxpnetworking/ht/winxpsfs.htm) then just set up identically named user accounts on each PC - and authenticate that way...
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hydrokidCommented:
1) Use static ip.

Computer 1
IP: 10.1.1.1
Subnet: 255.255.255.0

Computer 2
IP: 10.1.1.2
Subnet: 255.255.255.0

2) Get a crossover LAN cable

3) Share what folders on computer 1 you what computer 2 to see
4) Go to computer 2 and map the folder from computer 1
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vsllcAuthor Commented:
The machines are connected through a router.  Could I skip #2?  To share a printer, I would just share that the same way as I share the folders right?  No special installation.  Just install locally to one PC?
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hydrokidCommented:
You can skip step 2 if you've a router
Right click the printer and select share
then from PC1 go start > run > type //10.1.1.2
you will see your printer that is shared.
Right click and select connect.
you can select as default print and start printing. =]
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vsllcAuthor Commented:
I must be doing something wrong.  When I go to share, I do not have a sharing option it only says to share drag to shared documents.  How do I set the IP and subnet.  Also, when I click on the Network Places, nothing opens.  i have to go through a process of opening it and then searching for pc's ont he network.  i have 2 computers.  I named pc1 and one named pc2 and both on workgroup.  I must be doing something wrong because I don't see the screens that are listed int hese tutorials and I really need a step by step guide.  Please help!!
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vsllcAuthor Commented:
Nevermind.  I ran the network wizard and then had the options to share the drive.

Quick questions though.  each PC has 1 user on it.  On the main pc with the shared drive, I activated the Guest id.  Does this need to remain active in order for the 2nd pc to access the shared folder without keying a password or can I turn the Guest off?  Currently, the 2nd pc does not need a password to access the share folder.  i opened it for anyone on the network.

Thanks.
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and235100Commented:
You can turn the Guest account off (should be off anyway). Then set up identical accounts on each computer.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040 explains it in more detail.

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vsllcAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.  Everything is up and running.  Quick question though, I setup accounts on each machine with different names.  You said to set up identical accounts.  Is there a benefit or just a preference for doing this?
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hydrokidCommented:
I believe just preference.
They is no need to use the same accoutn name
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