Windows operating systems offer pretty good security for things like your files and folders to prevent unauthorized access to these items by individuals who should not be getting into them. Microsoft often has different versions of Windows for different purposes like Windows XP Professional and Home Edition or Windows Vista Home and Business Edition. These versions often have different security features included with them.
Windows XP Home edition by default doesn't have the security tabs that allow users to configure and change the permissions and rights for Windows folders and drives. This is most likely because the Home edition of Windows XP is meant to be used in a home environment rather than in a business environment where you don't necessarily need to have such strict security rules.
You can download and install the Security Configuration Manager Tool from Microsoft to unhide the Security Tab in Windows XP Home. The Security Configuration Manager Tool is a used to set and configure security for Windows NT and 2000 server computers.
After installing the tool and rebooting your computer you should be able to see the Security tab when you right click a file or folder in Windows XP Home and choose Properties. Now you can change security attributes similar to the way you do it in Windows XP Professional.