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Windows 7 Can’t View XP Share?…Turn off Simple File Sharing on XP

This article discusses the pitfall of simple sharing in XP and why it may fail when one tries to browse the share from Windows 7 or even Vista.

I had two events which conspired against me. I updated a shared resource (hard drive) on an XP SP3 machine and updated my primary computer to Windows Seven. On my XP machine I turned on sharing and opened it up.

When I went to browse the share from Windows 7 I got this message:

Network Error 
Windows cannot access \\OMEGA\Terra
You do not have permission to access \\OMEGA\Terra. Contact your network administrator to request access. For more information about permissions, see Windows Help and Support

It stumped me for awhile until I realized that my previous hard drive was setup long ago and the sharing was the advance share. I also vaguely remember years ago thinking simple sharing was a crock…but that was a long time ago.

The new hard drive used the simple sharing, why I don’t know,  and it frankly falls short. Here are the steps I took to get XP to be viewable from Windows 7 and Vista. All on the XP machine:

  1. Windows Explorer-> Tools menu –> Folder Options –> View –> (Scroll list down til you see) Use simple file sharing. Uncheck it and close the dialogue.
  2. In Windows…Right Click the Computer Icon (maybe on desktop or will be on Start Menu) and select Manage.
  3. Open Computer Management –> System Tools –> Shared Folders –> Shares and open the folder to list the shares.
  4. Find the share in question, highlight it and right click and select Properties –> Shared Permissions.
  5. In the Share Permission it should have the group Everyone listed. If it is not there add it and check all three permissions: Full Control, Change and Read.

Once done go back to Windows 7 and browse the share. HTH

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Make My Machine Use HyperThreading

In starting a new job, I was given a Hyper-Threaded machine with Windows XP, and the OS was not utilizing the hyper-threaded aspect of the PC. I just knew that was wrong! So in searching the web I found the top article after a google search which gave information on how to enable hyper-threading on XP. That link is at the bottom of this blog. The document was not a user friendly document and I was documenting this for other co-workers to update their machines. Because of that I decided to publish what I wrote up.


What is hyper-threading?

 Hyper-Threading is basically a sofware solution, in the OS, but an internal hardware solution on the chip, which creates two logical processors on one physical processor. If the chip was designed for hyper-threading, it will allow for the CPU to work on more items in a multhi-threaded environment. For more info check out Hyper-Threading Explained.

Do I have Hyper-Threading Currently?

Check out the Task Manager Performance page (right click on the task bar and choose Task Manager, then open the performance tab). If you don’t see two running cpu boxes, then either your box does not have hyper-threading, or it is not enabled.

Enable Hyper-Threading

To enable HyperThreading do these steps.

  1. Set a System Restore Point for safety.
  2. Find the file Protected System Operating file boot.ini at the very top level of the C:\ drive and make a copy of it. You may have to uncheck Hide protected operating system files in the options of Window’s Explorer, to see the file in Explorer’s list.

  3. Update your copy of Windows via the Windows Update Site. (May have to reboot and recheck until all updates are completed. If you don’t have service pack 1 you may not find the files needed).
  4. Search for these two files, using Windows Find Tool in the windows directory on the hard-drive. Take the latest version of the file found:
    1. ntkrnlmp.exe
    2. halmacpi.dll
  5. Copy the two files to the System32 folder found in the Windows (or WINNT) folder.
  6. Change boot.ini system property to be writable.
  7. Edit the Boot.ini file and remove the option /NoExecute=OptIn.
  8. Where you removed the NoExecute add these options and do not add a newline to the line:
    /kernel=ntkrnlmp.exe /hal=halmacpi.dll
  9. Save boot.ini and restart. Upon restarting it will discover the new logical processesor as a new device and immediately request a restart. Do the restart.

At this point you should see two logical processors after the second restart. If you don’t check your bios during boot-up time. Some bio’ses have the hyper-threading option turned off.

If you system has problems, go back to the original boot.ini file and restart.


This article is based off of Enable Hyperthreading after upgrading motherboard

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