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Windows 7 stopped sharing with no password / blank password

Q: Windows 7 stopped sharing with no password / blank password

This computer was set up about a year ago with sharing enabled. It worked perfectly the entire time.
Then a few weeks ago, it started prompting for a password. I've been racking my brain out since. Unfortunately, I let too much time pass before realizing I could roll back using System Restore so now I'm screwed. My best guess is that a security update caused this problem. I unstalled all the security updates in Jan (except the .NET 4 updates which I figured aren't the cause).
Here's my setup:
Windows 7 Home Premium on 5 computers
No HomeGroup
No passwords for any computer on the network
Sharing for each computer works fine except on this desktop. The desktop can access everything else but no one can access it
Printers are shared by the desktop and are no longer accessible
Network Sharing Center: Password protected sharing: Off (Tried On also)
Let Windows/Homegroup manage: On (Tried Off also)
Firewall completely disabled on desktop
The following registry settings have also be changed to no effect (in HKLM/Control/CurrentControlSet/Lsa)
forceguest: 0
LimitBlankPasswordUse: 0
LmCompatibilityLevel: 1
everyoneincludesanonymous: 1
restrictanonymous: 0
restrictanonymoussam: 0
Passwords are not required to login
Why is this not working? This is starting to royally irritate me. I've never had this problem before, and I've never used anything but blank passwords.

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A: Windows 7 stopped sharing with no password / blank password

can u delete the share, reboot and then create the share anew perhaps -- and give the share a new name too.

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I have been using windows 7 as my sole operating system since build 7087 and have never had sharing issues. I have it setup so that my desktop is a file server for my laptop. I setup sharing using the advanced panel under drive properties, I also set the security through there. Everything is set on "Everyone: Full Control". Up until today it worked just fine. I uninstalled and reinstalled my wireless drivers on the desktop (which resolved my internet issues) and now I get a box "Enter Network Password". I don't even have a password on either of the computers.

I reset all the settings, changing them to something else then changing them back, but nothing works. I can't see how nothing works with all of the same settings.

I feel that the network setup for both vista and 7 is stupidly difficult. Its like they don't really want you to share an entire drive, so they make you jump through hoops to do so. Sharing should be simple, right click, share, say who can share, done. What's so hard about that?

oh, i also tried to just share a folder (which has always been much easier, and this doesn't work either)
Anyway, anyone have an idea on this one?

A:Network sharing stopped working? password required?

In Network & Sharing center, click 'Advanced sharing settings' and select 'Turn off password protected sharing' this will stop the annoying message. It's default value is ON.

Hope this helps


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As above really. Trying to create a network for file sharing, as have upgraded the 'server' (part of a Workgroup, not a Domain) from WinXP to Win7 and experienced problems ever since. Ironically the problems haven't mainly been with sharing files between Win7 and WinXP systems, but between 2 Win7 systems.

I bought a new Win7 laptop and tried to connect it to the server, but it hasn't had Read/Write privileges over the files in the Win7 server. Entering a username and password to gain access to the servers folders has not been a problem, and as far as I know, opening files such as documents has not been a problem either. However, when trying to save an edited document, access is denied, and if I try to open an executable file (this is necessary for a node installation), it prompts me for a network password.

Every combination possible of username and password from the 2 systems (including '\' or 'SYSTEMNAME\' before the username) has not worked. I tried syncing the times which was apparently a previous problem, but to no avail. I am unable to access Local Security Policy, as the server is running off Home Premium. I have tried creating a new workgroup, removing and changing passwords, enabling guest access to the network through the Windows Resource Kit Command Shell, creating identical users on both computers, but nothing appears to have worked.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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I've read through pages and pages of search results for this, but they all seem to be between Win7 and XP, or something not quite the same as my problem.

Here at home we are all using Windows 7 (a mix of Home Premium and Ultimate). I have an HTPC which has all our DVDs on. This PC has a few shares so we can access our movies across the network.

I have set up the shares using the Sharing Wizard thing, and set 'Everyone' to Read/Write. I can verify the permissions for the shares in Advanced Sharing > Permissions, and see that 'Everyone' has full control.

In the Network and Sharing Center, the settings for sharing are as follows:Network discovery = ON
File and printer sharing = ON
Public folder sharing = OFF (no need for it)
Media streaming = ON (for WMP, Xbox)
Use 128-bit encryption = ON
Password protected sharing = OFF
Allow Windows to manage Homegroup connections = ON
I should point out after the last bullet point that we are not using a Homegroup.

So with all that as it is, whenever I try to connect to the HTPC shares from another computer, I still get prompted for a username and password, with the "X Invalid user name and password" message beneath the text boxes. I can, however, connect without a problem from my laptop, which has the same username and password as the admin account on the HTPC.

The strange thing now - if I type "anonymous" into the username box and try to connect, I get in. Everything then works as it should. So either all... Read more

A:Password protected sharing is OFF, still asked for username/password?

You might want to check that the time/date settings are correct on the HTPC. If they aren't correct on one of your machines it will give you a password prompt as you described.

Also under power options, make sure that it's not set to require a password when coming out of sleep state.

Go to Control Panel, then Power Options "look upper left side". Click "Require a password on wakeup".

Select the radio button "Don't Require a Password" and then Save Changes. Your done.

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A:Password change to blank and enter password again

HI Put this code: 27162229 Regards.

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how do i set the password for password protecting sharing?

A:password for password protecting sharing

I have found a tutorial for you to use on Home Networking and File and Printer Sharing. I hope it helps you:

Password Protected File Sharing in Windows Vista

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Hello all. I have been pulling my hair out to try and solve this problem. I have two Windows 7 computers, and I wish to set up file sharing between them. I don't want to go with a Homegroup, because I have WinXP computers on this network. I want the sharing to be setup so that when I connect to the computer ie. \\computername it pops up with a login box to login with that computers account. I have gotten this to work so far going from a Professional computer to a Home Premium setup, but not the other way. If I try to connect from Pro to HP, it says:
\\computername is not accessable. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
Login failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.Click to expand...

Also if I posted this in the wrong place, feel free to move it to the Windows 7 forums.
Any suggestions?

A:Password Protected Sharing in Windows 7

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This is an article that I am writing up because I have not been able to solve this problem over the past 3 years that I have had Windows 7Öuntil now. Does anyone remember how file sharing in XP went? All you had to do was share a folder and it was available on the network. At the time, I wasnít doing media sharing. Windows 7 made that a bit harder. Someone had the idea of putting user account level security at the forefront of file sharing as a better means of file protection. Mind you, I have the utmost respect for Microsoft at making better file security. Itís just that it made it more difficult to try and figure out a new means by which we could re-share our existing shares.

As I said, Windows XP had a much easier means by which you could share folders over a network. Just right click the folder, click share (maybe a couple of other options), and the folder was shared. Mind you, at the time, I wasnít doing media sharing over the network. So, I didnít need that extensive of a network sharing system. When Windows 7 came along, you had the options of micro-managing your network sharing capabilities. The thing is they donít tell you that if you select something, you suddenly lose half the capabilities of your PC. Up until now, Iíve had to create users for every network share I intended to share with a specific person over the network. I have finally figured out what it was that I did that crippled my network sharing:

At the bottom right of your Windows 7 layout, there... Read more

A:Password Protected Sharing in WIndows 7

Does anyone remember how file sharing in XP went?Click to expand...


All you had to do was share a folder and it was available on the network.Click to expand...

Not quite. You also have to enable file and printer sharing and use "Simple File Sharing." With Advanced you can get user level access control.

It sounds like your entire post is to say that if you do not want to use password protected sharing you should turn password protected sharing off. I can certainly agree with that.

However, in general I would advise to not permit file sharing on a public network. That's pretty dangerous except in special cases.

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Dear all,

I'm trying to share a folder on a network,on different Computers,

I'm given a password also individual user, For every time its should ask a password , but its not like .

Please let me solve this problem.

Thank you


G S Talikoti.

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What I am trying to do...
I want to share certain drives and folders between a Windows 8 PC and XP with read and write access for "Administrators", but protected by a password. Only computers on the LAN should have visibility of the shares - that is, no access from the internet. I would prefer to achieve this by mapping network drives. (I use the term "share" loosely to include mapped network drives.)

The system...
A simple wired Ethernet LAN with two computers. One with Windows 8 and one with XP. A broadband router gives internet access.

What I have managed to do...
I can share with access for "Everyone" but without a password. Alternatively, I can set up read-only access for Administrators but without a password, using mapped network drives.

The bones of the problem...
How do I give write access to a subset of users and how do I require a password?

Any help will be much appreciated.

A:Solved: Sharing between Windows 8 and XP with password

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I apologize in advance if this question was already answered somewhere else. I did search the forum for an answer to this issue before starting this thread.

I am running Windows 7 Starter on a Dell Inspirion Mini. I have set the Power Options to require my password when the computer wakes up, but for some reason Windows is not asking for my password when waking up or coming out of hibernation.

I changed my password just to see if maybe that would help, it didn't. Any suggestions on other settings I might want to check? The PC just started doing this, I've had it for 2-3 years.

Thank you.

A:Windows Stopped Asking For My Password

Interesting. I would try jogging the settings by turning off the password requirement, rebooting, then turning it back on. You could create a new power profile also, in case the existing one is corrupt. More radical would be to create a new user account, and then there's a partial or full system reset.

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So I've enabled password protected sharing for Windows 7 (for my first computer).

So now, when I used my second computer to access my first computer's shared files, it obviously prompted me with a password.
My question is, I don't know what's the username and password for that. I was wondering if someone can help me to find my username and password (or guide to reset this password) so my second computer can access the shared files with my first computer while preserving the password security.

A:How To Change The Password On "Password Protected File Sharing"

Use the username and password that you use when you log onto the first computer.

If that does not work, try
user = computername\user
password = password

...where computername = the name of the first computer.

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Can I use a blank password in Windows 10 as I did in other versions? I will be getting a Windows 10 computer shortly.

A:Windows 10 Blank Password

Originally Posted by pepegotsi

Can I use a blank password in Windows 10 as I did in other versions? I will be getting a Windows 10 computer shortly.

As in, no password?
Or do you mean blank characters?

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Dear everyone,

I would like to make a folder share from a tablet with windows 8 with password protected to a laptop of windows 7 and another of vista.
I have followed the tutorial of File Sharing - "Share with" & "Stop Sharing" in Windows 8. My PCs have been set in the same workgroup and same user account, network discovery and file and printer sharing turned on.
At the first time, it is OK for windows 7. However after some changes of account (delete and create them on both windows 8 and windows 7), it doesn't work anymore with the error from windows 7 "Login failure: user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer" whenever password protected turned on in windows 8 and only OK when password turned off.

Could you give me a recommendation.
Thanks a lot.

A:File sharing with password protection from windows 8

Hi everybody,
The current status has been changed as follow (I don't know exactly what setting causes these changes):

(1) When I log in Windows 7 with the same account as in Windows 8 and even if turn on or off password protected sharing at Windows 8, the PC icon of Windows 8 in Network can be opened but its sharing folders cannot be opened from Windows 7 with the error "Windows cannot access \\<PC name>\<folder name>. You do not have permission to access \\<PC name>\<folder name>. Contact your network administrator to request access".

(2) When I log in Windows 7 with the different account from Windows 8:
- If turn on password protected sharing at Windows 8, the PC icon of Windows 8 cannot be opened from windows 7 with error "Login failure user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer"
- If turn off password protected sharing at Windows 8, the same error as the case (1) arises

Please give me a solution to make sharing with password protected.

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I have window 10. When I click password protected sharing to off my laptop gets access to the files in my pc.  Is the security of my pc files compromised by other computers in the area because password protection is off?

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When I turn off password protected sharing in the network and sharing center's advanced settings, I save settings but when I go back in, it's turned on again.† Turning it off doesn't stick.
This is what seess to be forcing a password and prevents me from setting up a backup to a network share drive.
Any ideas?

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I want to share folders on my network and I would like people to have to log in when trying to access a shared folder. I can't get a dialog box to pop up and ask for a username and password, it just says access denied. I'm using advanced file sharing. This works fine at work but they are using 2003 server. I don't want my local machine to have the same user id as the host, I simply want to force users to login when trying to access shared folders remotely. Thanks

A:Windows XP File Sharing Password prompt

I'm surprised that you can't do this or that no one knows how.

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I just bought a WD TV live and I cant access my share directories. I've read that I have to allo blank password (ACCOUNTS: LIMIT LOCAL ACCOUNT USE OF BLANK PASSWORDS) to make it worked. But I don't have LOCAL SECURITY POLICY on my Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools.

Any suggestions ?


A:Allow blank password in windows 7 home

Hi gouletjo. Group Policy are not available on home edition of windows 7

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I have Windows Xp Home!

I have a folder shared and some how i have made it so i have to have a password to get to it on a networked pc...

My question is... Why is my password not working...

Well let me explain. In the box it asks for a user name which is blacked out with my computer name and user name which is GUEST

So i am thinking, or wait it the guest password.... Guest= nothing....

So i push ok with nothing in the password, it saids wrong password... So i am like w/e...

START--- RUN--- CMD--- net user guest password I changed the password and to make sure i logged out and tried it.. It worked..

I went to my networked computer and the password still is wrong.. What am i doing wrong???

A:Solved: Windows Home Sharing of File and a Password

Guess I spoke to soon, lol

Thanks to all that read..


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I am having trouble sharing files between Windows 8 and Windows XP; workgroup name is the same on both pcs; I can see both pcs on each pc (the other and itself). I can access the Windows XP files in Windows 8 under network or by typing it \\thecomputername

However, I have a few problems.

1) In Windows 8, when I right click on a file and choose Share With, the other pc is not there, and if I also choose the submenu of specifc people, typing in \\thecomputername does nothing

1b) Selecting a File and then going to the Charms bar and choosing Share, does not show my other pc there

2) On the Windows XP computer, I can't access the Windows 8 computer via the workgroup. i.e. \\win8comp because I am being asked for a username and password. What do I put there? On the Windows 8 computer under advanced sharing settings for All Networks, Under Password Protected sharing, I chose the option of Turn off password protected sharing, but this doesn't seem to make a difference. I am still asked for a username and password on the Windows XP computer.

A:Solved: Sharing Problems between Windows 8 and XP; Share With; Username & Password in

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any idea what could cause this?? it really freaked me out - i'm sure i was putting in the right password and no caps were on.
any help is much appreciated.

A:password stopped working for windows login until i restarted pc

Is this you user password, or a Microsoft Account password?

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Our Windows 7 users are prompted when their passwords will expire in 14 Days, however They are not forced to change thier password before it expires. If the users ignore the expiration warning they can only get logged into the network after having the helpdesk
reset thier password.
Is there a way to force Windows 7 users to change thier passwords on the day it expires. Our WinXP users get the 14 day warning and are forced to change thier passwords on day 14.
I have the GPO configured to notifiy users when thier passwords will expire in 14 days
Thank you,

A:Windows 7 Expired Password - Recvd Warning prompts but not forced to change password

After applying above settings, the user can change the password by default at the expire day. Please create a new domain profile and test the issue on several Windows
7 machines. Can the user be enforced to change password at expire day? If not, please refer to the following steps to collect the information for research.
1. On the DC, open GPMC, right-click Group Policy Results, choose Group Policy Results Wizard, follow the wizard to collect a Group Policy result for problematic
Windows 7 client.
2. On the Windows 7 machine where GPO failed to apply, please perform the following steps to collect log files:
a) Please add the specified registry key to enable group policy log (%windir%\debug\usermode\gpsvc.log), and remove or rename it to disable group policy log after
collecting data. You may need to create the Diagnostics key if it is not there.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics

Value: GPSvcDebugLevel

Data: 0x30002 (hexadecimal)
b) Then on the problematic Win7 machine, run command “gpupdate /force”.

c) Then on the problematic Win7 machine, run command “gpresult /v > gpr_win7.txt”, send me gpr_win7.txt file.

d) On the problematic Win7 machine, run command “eventvwr”, then expand to Applications and service logs -> Microsoft -> windows -> groupPolicy
-> Operational. Right-click on it and ... Read more

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Hello, so I've just found an old laptop I've had hoarded with windows 8 on it. Everything on it is super outdated, and I noticed it had my account on it which was basically my Microsoft account. I tried to sign in, but it says it's incorrect. I know my
password, and I've changed it over the years, but since the laptop is so old, it wants me to put in the last password I used to sign in on it. Problem is that I had so any password changed and I cannot remember what password I used. It will not let me use
my new password, because it says it's incorrect. Any way to fix this?

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So, I installed Windows 10 last week. Yesterday I explored a bit and discovered Windows Edge, their new email/ outlook client. I attached my personal Gmail address to the service as well as my corporate address. My corporate account required me to create a new password that fit my company's security standards, which I did, but, after feeling like my company address was restricting how I use my personal home computer, I removed that address. Here's where I get fuzzy, I cannot, for the life of me remember, if I changed my password back to one that didn't conform to my company's security standards or if I left it alone. All I know is that once my computer locked later that night, I was unable to get back in. I've tried every permutation of every password, including that corporate password, I've ever used with no success.

I do not have a password reset disk nor do I have a system repair disk with which to reinstall Windows 10.

So, how screwed am I? Will I have to reinstall Windows 7, the last OS I have a disk for, and hope I can reupgrade to Windows 10?

I did not attach my MSN email address (aka my Microsoft Account) to my computer, so resetting my password that way is a no go.

A:Forgot Windows 10 password, no repair or password recovery disk.

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I recently suffered a trojan virus attach and ultimately have changed my password on my email server.

I have tried to reset it to the new password in Windows mail multiple times. It keeps reverting to the old password as the saved password, and I continually have to retype in the new password. I tried resetting the password to nothing, and rebooting, and the old password comes back again.

There must be a preference file or an ini file that I can edit. Can I do that without loosing my address book, etc.?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Trouble resetting password in Windows Mail to new server password

You might try clicking "Apply" before "OK" in the same window that you entered the password. (I'm guessing that since you are using Windows 7, your email program is Windows Live Mail, not Vista's Windows Mail, although the procedure would be the same anyway.)

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU J1800 @ 2.41GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 55 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3987 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -2038 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 467518 MB, Free - 431506 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0KXN37
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
Don't know if I have a virus or not but when I tried to put in my password to open windows today it was already filled in with a long password, my password is only 10 letters long, and when I hit enter it would say wrong password. After trying about 5 or 6 times it finally let me type in my password. Now I'm afraid to shut off this pc thinking I may not be able to get it back on, machine is only a month old ! This is the first time this problem has happened. Just ran AVG scan and it came back as no threats. Is this just an 8.1 glitch or do I have a virus problem ? Another strange thing that happened recently just before my windows 7 died was I couldn't type my windows password into the password space, couldn't see any cursor, but if I took the pc downstairs to the main floor I finally found it worked just fine downstairs but if I took the pc back upstairs I couldn't type in a pass word again, to fix the problem I just removed the password window but the windows died right after that. but thats one for the books !!

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I found that once I upgraded to Windows 8.1 I had to use my Email account to Log In to my PC.
The User has to have a Windows Account (Mine is originally Hotmail - Live - Outlook).

I can not stand having the same Password and account info from my Email account the same as my PC.

I had to reinstall Windows 8 and then I was able to use a Personalized & Custom User Name & PC Password.

*This coincides with certain software I use when I install the same titles on multiple PCs. *(Serif - WebPlusX6 - I use a common User Name and file location).

***I will not tolerate having to be constricted to a Windows Account that makes me use the same password and user name for my Email Account and my PC.

*****Therefor, WINDOWS 8.1 is useless to me at this time.

P.S. I still get rapid boot times and custom features from Windows 8. *I assigned the Power Button where the old *Start button would be & pinned shortcuts to my task bar to navigate to apps I use frequently.

A:Seperate Windows Account, Email Password From PC Password

Hello Majestone, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You can sign in to Windows 8 with any "local account" or "Microsoft account" you want.

You do not have to setup a "Microsoft account" when installing or setting up Windows 8.1. A trick to this would be to temporarily disconnect the internet when you get to this point to then be able to setup a "Local account" instead.

If you want a Microsoft account, then you could have two Microsoft accounts, and use one to sign in to Windows 8 with and the other for your emails.

Either way, you could easily switch to a local account afterwards.
Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
...or switch back to any Microsoft account you wanted instead.
Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8
Hope this helps,

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Cannot get past login window.  Need to reset laptop but can't get anywhere.  Thank you. I am on the Windows 7 Professional page.

A:Forgot windows password. Cannot get in to reset password. ...

Dear Customer, Welcome to HP Support Forum and we are glad to assist you. It looks like you're not sure of the Windows Login Password for your Notebook.We will surely assist you with this. Please find the explanation as shown below for this scenario:If you've forgotten your Windows password and you're on a domain, you should contact your system administrator to reset your password. If you're not on a domain, you can reset your password by using a password reset disk or by using an administrator account. If you forget the administrator password and don't have a password reset disk or another administrator account, you won't be able to reset the password. If there are no other user accounts on the computer, you won't be able to log on to Windows and will need to re-install Windows. Note: Please reply to this post and let us know if you have setup any Security Questions during the Product Registration  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,K N R K

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My sister has passed away & Ive been copying her pictures off of her laptop for the family & I havent finished. It logged off last night & now its asking for password & no one knows the password.. Im almost positive there is a way to go around this password but I cant seem to figure it out on my own! Please Help ASAP THANX

A:how do i bypass the windows password without password recove...

log into safe mode and log into the administrator account.  If there's no password, then it will just let you right in, or else press [enter] without typing anything in the password field and it'll log on. change the password in control panel. reboot.

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I have a user that has a Windows XP laptop that travels. She connects to our office via PPTP. She has two different passwords. One for the domain and one for the firewall VPN connection. If she gets on the internet and connects to the VPN it connects fine. Shortly after however, she gets locked out in Active Directory. When she re-boots and logs back in the only password that will work is her VPN password. It stays that way until she connects directly to the domain, either from our corporate office or one of our remote offices. The problem that this causes is when she is in outlook, outlook keeps trying to use the password she got into the computer with, which is the VPN password, and it fails enough times to lock her out. I know that I can match the two passwords to be the same but when her domain password expires we would have to change the firewall one as well. We're trying to avoid this and I'm expecting this to happen with more people. Any ideas?

A:PPTP password replaces the Windows password

Can the firewall be set to use Windows authentication? RADIUS may work, but if you don't already have a server for that, you would need one.

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Can someone explain to me how you go about syncronising the Windows 98 password with a network password, for when dialling in remotely to access corporate Network

A:Syncronising windows Password with Network Password?

Are you referring to your win98 windows logon pass, like at system startup?

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I have 3 machines, two of them are Windows 7 and one of them is Windows Vista.

The main machine (One of the Windows 7 ones) has lots of files in the public folders area that I want to share out.

I have connected the other machine to it via Homegroup and thats fine. The problem is with the vista machine, it can see the share and connect to it but it wants a username and password every time.

I have turned off password sharing, I have turned on network descovery and checked all the other settings. There is a remember the user / pass tick box but ticking it does not make it work for next time I log in.

Is there a way I can make it stop asking for the username and password and just work normally? It's a pain that when I load up the machine I have to access a network share and put in the details just to gain access to shared printers and files...

Thanks for your help

A:Sharing without password

due your information, did you already check about the permission file?? that's full control or have something special permission?

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I installed Windows 7 the other day and I it said that I could set a password for sharing files over the network it also said that I could skip this section of the installtion if I wanted to so I decided to skip it. My question is now how do I go about setting up a password for sharing and select what files to share?

Can you please let me know,



A:Sharing Password

This would be Homegroup
Windows 7: HomeGroup Overview

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Hi. I want to share a partition on my computer over the home network. However, this partition contents secure information I'd like no one else to see. So, I tried Password protected sharing feature. From the other computer (OS Windows XP Professional SP 2) I tried accessing it via View Workgroup Computers, and it demanded a username and password. Using a username and its respective password from the partition-containing computer resulted in an Access Denied message (although the partition-containing computer was in a welcome screen state, with all user accounts unlogged, and the username and password were absolutely the same, even case-sensitive).

Now what's that supposed to mean, and can I somehow protect this shared partition with a password?

A:Password protected sharing

Still waiting for an answer...

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If I want to share my pics over the network using XP Home, can I put a password on them?


A:file sharing password

You can put them in a zip or rar and password-protect the file.

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Hello. I have problems configuring Windows 7 to share folders using password protected sharing while being accessed from Windows XP. I have tried many thing but failed. Either Windows XP users are recognized as "Everyone" or they don't have permission to access the Win 7 folder. They are never asked for password no matter what I select from "Advanced network sharing". I make additional password protected user and give permission to exactly this user but is it needed to change "userpasswords2" in Windows XP because a friend of mine said I have to change something in the Win XP system to be able to get asked about User and password while trying to access the shared folder?

Same problem is showed here but it doesn't seem to be resolved nor explained fully in the two suggested threads:
Xp password protected sharing with win 7
although the user tried adding his own user account but I tried adding another user account which appeared in "Share with" list as option.

A:Using password protected sharing.

This should help File sharing.pdf

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Hey guys,

I am trying to get a networking issue between Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Windows XP Pro resolved.

Here goes..

So I use advanced sharing in Windows XP and I am sharing one folder. I removed the "everyone" permission and added my current user name to the permissions list. I give this user full control. Now when I try to access this from Windows 7, it gives a permission error and I cannot get in. The folder shows up fine on Win 7 and I can ping machines back and forth. This is not a firewall problem for sure.

For testing purposes I removed the user in the permissions list on the XP share and I added "everyone." Then I go back to the Windows 7 pc to try and access the share and BAM... it works. Opens in a rapid fashion and all is well.

BUT. This is not secure. I want to be able to only allow certain users. When I remove the "everyone" permission and only add the current account name on the XP machine, I am making the share password protected. My xp machine has a user account that needs a password. When I access XP shares from other XP machines, it asks for a user and password to login. Ever since I brought one Windows 7 machine into the network, it gives me a permission error. I want Windows 7 to pop up the same dialogue box that wants a user name and password to access. I also should not need to have my XP and 7 windows have the same user name password.

Windows XP was a breeze.

Basically I want this: Make the s... Read more

A:Xp password protected sharing with win 7


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Hey Guys,

Just noticed a very weird behaviour. In Advanced Sharing Settings, when I select "Turn off password protected sharing" under 'Home or Work' it also turns it off under 'Public'. When I turn it back on under 'Public' it turns it on again under 'Home or Work'. This kind of defeats the point of having the setting under both network types :-) Has anyone else had this problem/found a solution?


A:Password Protected Sharing

Yes, Disable your guest account I'm guessing you set a password on this account?
Disable this, then you will be able to turn off password protect sharing on all.

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ok, am a newbie on this. i have a win2k server and some 10 winxp clients.

i need to create a folder visble to the entire workgroup but it must have a password in order for others to access it.

i dont have a domain controler... nor any fancy network thing going.. its all connected to a hub and it only has one workgroup.

how is this done?


A:sharing a folder and having a password


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Hi all,

i have a small problem. I was reading how to disable password protected sharing and managed to do it successfully on one of my two boxes. Simple to do however on my second box under Sharing and Discovery the password protected sharing option does not show. Both boxes are running Vista business, whats the go here?

See picture for explanation

A:Password Protected Sharing

Thats weird...It should be there.

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Dear all,

I have a printer connected to my Win7 PC. setup the sharing of my printer done.

From another XP PC, I selected the shared printer, but it requires a username/password to connect.

Everything is fine if I define a password with my useraccount on the Win7 PC. But if I want to remove the password, my XP PC still requires one.

Is there a way to access share printers on useraccount without password?

A:need password for sharing printer

Did you give permission for the other user to have access to the printer.

Go to devices and printer and establish the correct permission from there. Use the printer properties, not the last one on the context menu, but in about the middle. It is called printer properties.

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I'm trying to help my sister remotely with her windows 10 desktop which has a printer connected to one of the USB ports. She wants to share this printer with a 2nd computer (also win10) on her network. So I set the printer to shared and gave it a sharing name. Then on the 2nd computer I tried to install the printer using //computerName/printerName. It thought about this for a while and then asked for a username and password. Unfortunately my sister doesn't seem to know the password for her computer. (It doesn't ask for one when it boots up). I also just tried searching for a networked computer on the 2nd computer. Then I selected the 1st computer (with the attached printer). At this point it brings up a window asking for the 1st computer's credentials. I don't know if this is yet a different password, but again is something my sister doesn't know.

Is there any way to share the printer without these credentials, or is she pretty much hosed without it?


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I have a friend that received one of those phone calls from "Microsoft Support" telling him that his machine had problems and they wanted to help. Unfortunately, he let them in remotely. When they told him he had to pay for service, he declined. They then turned on SysKey security so his machine would not boot without a password. I removed that without much problem and XP now boots again.
The problem is that it is asking for a password on all four accounts and the administrator account. I used PC Unlocker and blanked all accounts (it already said they were blank too). When we rebooted, all of the accounts still require a password. The linux boot disk I used to remove the syskey security can also clear passwords, so I booted that again and it also says that all the accounts have blank passwords but none of them will log in. Each and every one pops up the little bubble saying that the password is wrong.

Has anyone seen this before and what can we do to fix it?

A:Win XP blank password won't log in

Try one account and set a simple password. If that fails too, then investigate changes to encryption software.

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Under Network and Sharing Center / Advanced Sharing Settings / All Networks / Password Protected Sharing, I'm unable to turn off the option for "Turn off password protected sharing".

I'm doing this in my Windows 8.1 administrator account. I can select the option and save the changes, but when I go back to the screen it shows that password protected sharing is still turned on.

Is there a fix for this please?

A:Can't Turn Off Password Protected Sharing

I solved this by Google research. The solution is weird but works for me. Can someone explain why this fix works?
Enable guest accountRun netplwiz and set no password for guest accountTurn off password protected sharing for all networksDisable guest account

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