So now you know: there are actually two different ways to share out a folder in Windows XP. One is Simple File Sharing, the other Classic Sharing. However, only XP Professional can use the Classic Sharing option. If you're using XP Home, you're saddled with Simple File Sharing as the only option.
Ostensibly, SFS makes sharing out a resource very simple (as in Simple File Sharing), allowing users to make XP folders available with just a few clicks. It is intended mostly for single XP installations that are shared by multiple users, an implementation which is pretty rare.
To share out a folder with SFS, follow these steps:
The drawback of SFS is fairly self-evident: once the folder has been shared, the configuration and security options available are very limited. More to the point, you have only two security choiceseither allowing changes or not.
As mentioned, the Home edition uses Simple File Sharing exclusively. Only Professional gives you the option to use either SFS or its more robust cousin, classic sharing, which is discussed next.