XP Home - How do I Turn Off File and Printer Sharing and Other Unwanted Home Network Crap?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Clark Kent, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. Clark Kent

    Clark Kent Guest

    Win XP Home edition seems to be configured out of the box for a home
    network. I have a few computers in my house that share the same
    router for the internet, but the computers have no need to connect to
    each other.

    Because part of my network is wireless I would be more confortable
    turning off the unneeded file and printer sharing on each machine.

    Also, is Netbios needed?

    In Control Panel/Local Area Connection, it lists "Client for Microsoft
    Networks," and "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks."
    Should I just uncheck these? Or uninstall them? If I do will
    anything else be affected?

    Thanks for any replies.
    Clark Kent, Mar 21, 2006
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  2. Clark Kent

    Duane Arnold Guest

    Uninstalling the MS F&P sharing will close the Windows networking ports
    on the machine. If you're not using F&P, then you don't need Client for
    MS Networks I would suspect too.

    I got XP Pro on a dialup laptop and not using either one of them. The
    computer works just fine.

    I am not even using a NIC.

    You don't want to network you don't want to network. :)

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Mar 21, 2006
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  3. That's what turning off file sharing will do. You can also block
    access with the Windoze XP firewall and unchecking the "File and print
    sharing" exception, on the exceptions page.
    Control Panel -> Network
    Find the wireless icon. Right click. Note the various items listed
    in the window. Uncheck "File and print sharing". Don't remove it as
    you might wanna use it later. Do the same for the ethernet connection
    if you're using that.
    Yes, all Windoze networking is NETBIOS over TCP/IP. It comes with
    Windoze Networking and cannot be individually disabled.
    Uncheck "F&P sharing", but don't uninstall or remove anything. I'm
    not sure about Client for MS networks. Probably safe to uncheck.
    If you wanna do some real damage, try disabling some services:

    Keep a record of what you change. Also, run System Restore to create
    a restore point before blundering onward.
    Jeff Liebermann, Mar 21, 2006
  4. Clark Kent

    dold Guest

    NetBIOS is not needed, and can be turned off.

    Adapter properties, TCP/IP properties, Advanced, WINS, disable NetBIOS.

    I have file sharing and Remote Desktop running with NetBIOS disabled.

    $ ipconfig /all
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
    dold, Mar 21, 2006
  5. hath wroth:
    Oops. I was wrong. NETBIOS over TCP/IP is only used for
    communicating with W95, 98SE, and ME machines. It can't be disabled
    in W95, 98SE or ME, but can in W2K and XP.
    Most of my networks have legacy hardware attached so I just leave
    NETBIOS running.
    Jeff Liebermann, Mar 22, 2006
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