[Samba] Unable to access Samba shares from Windows XP home edition

Anders Widman andewid at tnonline.net
Thu Feb 21 16:39:13 GMT 2002

Nope. Windows HOME EDITION can access Samba share, and shares from
other Windows machines. However, Windows HOME EDITION can not JOIN a
DOMAIN. It can only be apart of a WORKGROUP.


> No, no. no!  You missed the really important part of his question: "Windows 
> XP Home".
>    ^^^^

> If I am not mistaken, XP Home is written so it CANNOT connect to a 
> domain-based (read: Windows server) network.  Since Samba is an 
> implementation of the same SMB protocol that Windows servers use, I would 
> expect that the limitation would extend to Samba as well.  :-(

> - john

> --On Thursday, February 21, 2002 8:04 PM +0100 Anders Widman 
> <andewid at tnonline.net> wrote:

>> You should be able to access Samba. You could choose "map to guest"
>> and set "guest account" to a valid linux accountt, or to root. But
>> that is not a very safe way to do it.
>> Have a look at: http://www.installkernel.com/samba
>> //Anders
>>> Can Win XP home edition access Samba shares?  I have a wide-open smb.conf
>>> and still cannot access.
>>> Do I have to purchase XP Professional?  That's not going to happen.

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