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You need XP pro to join a domain and to use single sign on.
You can still use the "security=user" or "security=share" modes. You can't use the "security=domain" mode.
Check if you have a samba-doc package available. It supplies the "Samba 3 Howto & Reference Guide" and "Samba 3 By Example" books. If you can't find the package, you can download them from the samba.org website. The Reference guide explains about XP home, and what works and what doesn't.
You need to add the XP users as Linux users. Those users need to be members of the group that has access to the directory you are sharing. Look at the smbpasswd command documentation, and reread the first two chapters of the "Samba 3 by Example" book. You seem to have skipped the parts of the examples dealing with creating Users on the Linux machine, and on the permissions of the share.
Its a permissions thing, I can even see the files in the homes directory. The homes directory is called /jpfiles, owned by everybody file group users. Right now Owner and Group have read write execute permissions and others only have read execute. If I give Others write permission will I be OK? What command do I use to do that?
I know that that method would be crude, what would be the best way?