Quote: Originally Posted by palz
What I mean is, without getting a server OS (ex. Windows Server 2008 or 2003), can I make my desktop a server so, if you enter the name in the "Map Network Drive", you can view the files on it (from the root)?
ALSO: Can I make it so a web page shows up when I enter my IP in the address bar instead of an error?
Guys, i have the gut feeling that the OP is talking about using IE as a means to access his "server", a visual representation, a desktop on IE. If so then this is what servers can provide through the use of, RSA connectivity (Remote Server Admin/Assistance). A connection to the "server" through RSA port. But lets assume he isn't talking about this cos it's a whole new level of complexity there.
@ Palz, a server especially a File server is nothing more than a machine that you can connect to it to retreive files. This can be a desktop, laptop or any other hardware loosly speaking. No special "server" software is required. The means can be RDP-ing, share mappings, FTP-ing etc.
All that said, i believe what you are after is something in between. IIS service (as my man RedBirdDad has mentioned). will give you a direct link to your folders, directories for transferring files. Access is with IE as you have denoted.