Why Don't I See a Security Tab on the Properties dialog for My Files and Folders in Windows XP?

You often need to make changes in the security settings of your NTFS disk, for example to allow your Web server to read or write to certain files. You make these changes on the Security tab of the Properties dialog for the file or folder you are working with. However, on a Windows XP computer that is not part of a network, this tab is often not visible. Follow these steps to enable this tab.
  1. Open a Windows Explorer. To do that choose Start | Run..., type explorer and then hit enter.
  2. Choose Folder Options... from the Tools menu. Click the View tab and then scroll all the way down in the Advanced settings list. Make sure that Use simple file sharing (Recommended) is not checked.
    Although Microsoft recommends enabling simple sharing, in this case you can't use it as it prevents you from making fine-grained security changes.

    The Folder Options dialog with Simple Sharing disabled
  3. Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog..

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On Wednesday, May 3, 2006 4:55:32 PM thanks said:
thanks buddy. it really solved my problem
On Thursday, June 8, 2006 11:28:58 AM david said:
You are just great guyz
It has really given me great headache but now you have given me the asprin
Nice guyz
On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 1:27:03 AM Nikolai said:
Finally somebody found the right way to solve this "missing Security Tab" problem.
All advices I saw before used RegEdit  and other impossible to remember ways.

Thanks a lot!
On Thursday, October 5, 2006 10:17:53 PM Ravi said:
I am running windows xp home edition and I don't see this option
"use simple file sharing"

On Friday, October 6, 2006 6:36:34 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Ravi,

Is your hard drive formatted with NTFS or with FAT32? This won't work without NTFS....

On Friday, October 6, 2006 3:31:11 PM Ravi said:
That explains it, my hard drive is NTFS.

My original problem is that I get the following msg when I try to install software

Error -1607: Unable to Install InstallShield Scripting Run Time

One of the steps (2-B) in the following link led me to this faq

do you have any thoughts on this?


On Sunday, October 8, 2006 8:55:45 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Ravi,

I think you misread my previous post. You *do* need NTFS to make this work.

And sorry, no, I have no solution for your problem.

On Monday, October 9, 2006 3:30:20 PM Ravi said:

No problem, thanks for your help.

On Saturday, February 17, 2007 10:13:45 PM sur said:
Windows XP home edition does not have the "use simple file sharing" option available in normal mode, it's only in the Pro version. You can however access it by booting your computer into safe mode and logging in as an administrator.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 11:39:25 AM chitra said:
thank u it worked.
On Friday, March 23, 2007 2:45:14 PM steve said:
Thanks for you help.  This one had me.
On Thursday, May 24, 2007 5:55:50 AM junior boy said:
Finally I have security tab.
this is so gladful from this post.
I really thank you for your help.
On Thursday, August 2, 2007 12:08:36 PM Harish.R said:
Yes I can view the Security Tab in the Drive properties, Thanks
for the Information.
On Friday, October 5, 2007 1:09:11 PM Ravi Badole said:
thanks u solve my problem
On Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:23:45 AM kanaka said:
If my "Use simple file sharing" is already unchecked and still cannot see the security tab then what should I do (Windows xp Professiona)

On Friday, December 28, 2007 1:48:37 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi kanaka,

Is your disk formatted with NTFS or with FAT?

On Monday, July 7, 2008 9:36:49 AM Al said:
Thanks for the insight.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 7:49:36 PM David said:
I have an NTFS formatted drive on the workstation I want to use to connect to a shared folder on our network. I disabled the "use simple file sharing" and rebooted and I still do not see a "Sharing and Security" option when I right click on the folder I want to share. Any ideas?
On Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:33:14 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi David,

You should do this on the machine that shares the folder; not on the one that uses the share.

Hope this helps,

On Thursday, April 2, 2009 4:06:00 PM Pablo said:
you save my day
On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:53:20 PM jdog said:
Thanks, this helped a lot!
On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:44:56 PM Jeff said:
Another site said to "check" this option, and of course that did not work. Thanks for this post, it works just fine now.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 4:19:21 PM tahir said:
i have unchecked the ''use simple file sharing''but still there is no security tab in my drive properties and still its gives message drive is not accesable,plz solve my problem thanks
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 6:56:37 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi there,

Did you reboot? Is your disk NTFS? Does your OS support this?

In other words: I am not sure how you think I can "solve your problem thanks" if you don't supply any relevant information at all.


On Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:36:17 AM Muthu said:
Thanks soooooo much
On Monday, August 22, 2011 6:52:29 PM abejr said:
Thanks for the big help...
On Sunday, August 5, 2012 4:35:10 AM veswengol said:
Thank you. That was very handy!
On Saturday, August 25, 2012 4:55:00 AM Sajjad Abdullah said:
Thanks a lot dear
On Monday, August 18, 2014 8:35:46 PM Nigel Makin said:
Hi Imar, Google led me to "Why Don't I See a Security Tab on the Properties dialog for My Files and Folders in Windows XP?" Now two years since the last post so maybe XP has changed? I have the same problem but the help above unfortunately doesn't. I'm on an NTFS HDD but Safe Mode Administrator account still does not get me to see the 'Use simple file sharing (Recommended)' to uncheck it and so I still don't get to see the security tab. Windows Home SP3 on a Samsung netbook NC10. Have I missed something here?
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:16:41 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Nigel,

If you followed all the steps in the article and comments, I am out of ideas. It's been a while since I used XP ;-)


On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:52:27 PM Nigel Makin said:
Hi Imar,
Thanks. Yes XP has been around for a while now, but is better than Windows 8odge, imho.
I found a cure to the XP Security Tab missing problem here:
I thought it might help others to mention it here.
Kind regards,
On Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:12:20 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Nigel,

Good to hear you fixed it and thanks for the follow up.

On Friday, October 10, 2014 8:50:29 AM p a kulkarni said:
In xp sp-3  files and folders on c drives shows security option in file properties
But for files and folders on d or any other drive not shows the security option.
In folder option file and shearing is unselected
What additional setting is required?
On Friday, October 10, 2014 11:56:25 AM mar Spaanjaars said:
Hi there,

Is your drive formatted as NTFS?


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