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Adding files to previously shared folders in Windows XP SP2

I have a problem adding files to previously shared folders. If I set up a new share, the files already in the folder can be shared perfectly. But if I add a new file to this folder, the file cannot be copied or accessed over the network. I can unshare and reshare the folder and then everything works great. I am using Windows XP SP2 with all the latest updates. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have never seen this occur as a result of share permissions. I have seen problems similar to this as it relates to the NTFS permissions on a file system and the inheritance of permissions not functioning correctly. This can be modified by bringing up the Advanced Security Settings Screen (in Windows XP/2003 right click the folder in question, select "Sharing and Security", click the Security tab then click the Advanced button) and check the "Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child objects" check box.

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This was first published in August 2006

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