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Prompted to enter a network password after turning off password protected sharing

Q: Prompted to enter a network password after turning off password protected sharing

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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Windows 8 computer, webroot secure anywhere antivirus.
Password protected sharing is off. With no interaction, turns on.
Has happened a couple of times, not certain of the cause.
Anyone else had this happened and what fix was applied?

A:Password Protected Sharing turning on by itself.

You stated in your post why it is being reactivated. That is the purpose of security software.

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I've got a new Win 8.1 computer (Surface Pro 3), and on that computer, as an adiministrator, I turn off Password Protected Sharing for my network (Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced sharing settings -> All networks). Once this is done, the other computers on the LAN have good access to the disks I have shared. However, when my new computer sleeps and wakes up, or even sometimes if I merely close the cover and open it, something has reset the password protected sharing option and turned it back on. The other computers no longer can access the shared data. I have to open up the control panel (as above) and turn password protected sharing off. Again. Many times a day.

How do I get this option to stick the way I set it?

A:Something keeps turning Password Protected Sharing back on

Internet Security software would be my first guess. Otherwise, may be that Windows 8 is updating from the stored profile on microsoft's servers.

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I have noted a number of threads mentioning this issue but cannot see the precise solution I need.

I have networked two (and sometimes three) XP PCs and one Win 7 Home Premium 64 PC on a wired domestic network. File sharing is fine, except that I have to enter the Win 7 user name and password before opening Win 7 folders from the XP machines.

Previously I had a Vista laptop hooked to the XP machines. I didn't need to provide user name and password on my XP PCs once I had decided to remove them on the laptop. Vista obviously varies from Win 7 in this regard.

I have tried the frequent suggestion that I use the same user name and password on all machines. I then didn't need to provide these between the PCs, except that I needed to enter them every time I booted up a XP machine (but not the Win 7 PC, where it is easy to allow everyone to boot up without identification). I certainly didn't want XP bootup to halt at the Welcome screen.

I have seen the suggestion that I use 'control userpasswords2' to ensure password-free bootup on XP PCs, but I have been bitten by this routine before and don't really want to experiment with it if I can avoid it.

The strangest thing is that when I decided to remove my user name and password from the Win 7 PC I did manage to get password-free access to the Win 7 PC from the XP PCs but the Win 7 PC then couldn't see the XP PCs at all.

Anyone got a quick fix allowing me to get access to all network files without getting that annoying popup ... Read more

A:Network file sharing without evehaving to enter user name and password

Try this:

1) All Pcs on the network should be in the same workgroup, you probably already have this in place.

2) In win7 advanced sharing settings, set password protected sharing to OFF.

3) Specify what you want to share either by dragging the specific folders to Public Folder or by right clicking on the specific folder and checking the Share this folder box.

4) Now because password protected sharing is off, you need to give Everyone access on the shared folders by setting the permissions. Right click on the shared folders and allow Everyone, you can adjust read, write etc.

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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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I have 3 xp computers all of around the same configuration. 2 are attached to a netgear rangemax wireless router and i am connected upstairs via my wireless network card. All has been cool seeing each other and accessing shares etc. Recently had to reformat one of the computers and used same OS etc as have always used. My problem is that when I try to add that computer to my network now (beacause have partitioned differently and called them different names than before) it sends up a dialogue box asking for a password and username to access and finish adding the network place. It does not have one. When I press cancel it says it is invalid. The dialogue box says connecting to cals(Name of computer) has the picture of keys and box for username and password. I have tried different things and cant figure out why it is asking for this when the computer is not passworded. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This hasnt happened before.Will add that this computer, Cals can see and access me, but not the other way around.

A:Prompted for password when adding network place

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I have a network share that I got to often. It used to prompt me in windows 7 for a user name and password. It no longer prompts me and kicks a message Windows cannot access \\TOWER\Share you do not have permission. Some how bad information was entered and saved in Windows 7 somewhere?

How can I get windows 7 to prompt me again so I can enter a new user name and password? Or How can I get rid of the bad auto logon information that is being stored somewhere in Win7?

I have removed and re-added information in Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Manage Your Credentials and still the same issue.
This share is on my NAS so I am the admin. The machine has full access rights configured on my NAS. Nothing has changed on my NAS.
Thank you,

A:Network Share - How to get prompted with user name and password again?

Hi Jim,
Open Device Manager, on the Network adapters, click to open. Right click and select Uninstall BUT keep the drivers. Re boot and repeat for other adapters.

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Windows 7. I have a desktop and a laptop that were installed clean with the same OS version.

On a network, the laptop is able to stream my shared media to all other PC's on the network (one is running XP, another is running Vista). PASSWORD PROTECTED SHARING IS OFF

On the same network, any PC that tries to network into the desktop is prompted to enter a password.

The laptop is sharing folders on the home network from C:\. The Desktop is sharing folders on the home network from a second hard drive labeled E:\. The media on E:\ is mapped into the libraries (pictures, videos, etc).

These are all of the things I have tried.
- turned password protected sharing ON: prompts a password
- turned password protected sharing OFF: prompts a password
- Disconnected E:\ to share C:\ only: prompts a password
- Set permissions to all computers on the network under Admin control: prompts a password
- Allowed access through firewall: prompts a password
- Disabled firewall completely: prompts a password
- disabled wireless card and used LAN: prompts a password
- used a completely different router: prompts a password
- allowed sharing on E:\ in advanced settings: prompts a password
- set permissions to Everyone on every single folder in E:\: prompts a password
- banged head against the wall: prompts a password
- raged: prompts a password

Something to note: If I try to network into the laptop from the desktop, it too is prompted to enter a password for the laptop (this only happ... Read more

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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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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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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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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.

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A:Xp password protected sharing with win 7


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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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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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I have an "server" with windows 7 ultimate running.
Here I have earlier shared the whole hard disks and no protection everyone on the network could access them.

But now I would like to share folders to specified people\computers.

iv'e made user accounts on the computer and chosen to share only with them.
But the problem then is that I cant access the server anymore, and I don't get an option to log in to the server, only an error message that I don't have permission.

The computers are part of an network run by an sbs 2011 with an domain.

I've googled and searched but cant find any solution to my problem, with no log in over the network.
When i find the server on an other computer and try to open it I only get an error message.

If I than share an folder with everyone alowed to se it, I can connect to the computer and see the shared folders, but cant acsess the ones with password only the one without and I still don't get an option to log in.

Hope somone has an idea i've feel like i tried everything, with advanced sharing ans local permisions.

A:Cant make password protected sharing

Hi ITW, Welcome to Seven Forums.
In my mind, trying to setup password protected sharing with various people is not only complicated to do but a waste of time and energy. If you want to share certain files with John Doe, put the files in a folder called John Doe, use 7Zip to password protect it and give J D the password. Repeat for all others.

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In Network and Sharing Center turned on password protection but when i try to login from another system it won't connect(user name and password incorrect)  

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I have been successfully networking all systems from XP to Win8 with each other and with Tiger to Mt. Lion forever. Fortunately, I have never had to do anything extraordinary because I wouldn't have known how. The strangest thing I have encountered in this regard is Windows password protected sharing. Despite all my practical experience, this "feature" almost never does completely what I expect. For the most part, I always just say "whatever," and set my Windows machines so they work as close to the way I want as is possible (for me). I know there are some good networking people on board so I finally have decided to ask if others find password protected sharing to be as strange as I do. I have read numerous explanations of password protected sharing, but I never think those doing the writing have ever tried to use password protected sharing from what they say. A couple of examples will partially illustrate what I am talking about.

All my Win machines (2 Win7's and a Win8) currently have password protected sharing enabled. Yet, they virtually never require a user name and password when sharing. The user names and passwords are different on each of the machines. Sometimes they do require user names and passwords after restarting all, for example, of the machines. My Macs currently require user names and passwords to connect with the Win machines. However, they did the same thing when password protected sharing was off on all the Wins. Go figure.

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I want password protected sharing on because I like to log into my desktop computer and be able to access files as if I'm there. However I want to share one folder on that computer so that people who don't have username/password can still log in and share that one folder.

Is this possible? My understanding is if password protected sharing is on, then they need login credentials. If it is off, than I can't login into my account on that computer and share the files.

A:Password protected sharing on, but still share?

in the security tab: Add or Modify the "Everyone" group: With Modify or Read/Write permissions.
Share the folder with the same permissions as the "Security" tab

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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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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 7…until 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 wasn’t 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. It’s 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 wasn’t doing media sharing over the network. So, I didn’t 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 don’t tell you that if you select something, you suddenly lose half the capabilities of your PC. Up until now, I’ve 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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I am trying to setup a password protected file sharing network for our small office. We have a couple machines running Vista home basic 32 bit, a couple running XP home, and one running XP pro. We have been file sharing without password protection for awhile but we are worried about waking up to a nasty prank, or worse. Most of the posts I've come across are people trying to figure out how to turn off password protection, but we actually want it on. To start, I am just trying to protect the files on a vista home basic 32 bit computer. Once I get that to work, I will move on to the other computers. I turned on password protected sharing. I setup user accounts on all the computers with the same user name and password as an account on the protected computer. Nevertheless, I get prompted for the username and password when I try to access the shared folder. I type in the username and password and the prompt screen just refreshes itself, this time with the network address and username in the username field. I can't figure out why. I read somewhere that it will only prompt you for this info if you are logged in under a username that isn't on the machine you are trying to access, or if the correctly named user account has a different password.
In that instance, you enter the correct info and get access. Well, I do have the correct username and password and it prompts me anyhow. Then, it still doesnt grant access when I put in the correct info. So, I am stuck.

Thank you i... Read more

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I can't perform a network scan using my brand-new Xerox MFP and I am pretty sure it is because I can't disable Password Protected Sharing. I can't disable it because there is no link to it in Vista Network and Sharing Center (see pic). Does anyone know the registry switch that would allow me to activate the link???

Asus G51VX-BD Laptop
Vista Ultimate x64

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Been trying to do this for a couple of hours now,but it just
wont turn off.As soon as i turn it off and then check back again
it's turned back on.
I now this is quite a common problem and i've tried quite a few fixes
but nothing will turn it off.
My last attempt was using Winshare manager i got all the folders
showing yes yes and i clicked the registry fix but still no joy.
I'm using a wireless connection and trying to get my media server
the Mede8erx3d1000 to show folders on the pc,but it just goes straight
into asking for user name and password instead of showing the folders on
the pc.
Thanks for any help with this problem.

A:Can't turn off password protected sharing

There might be some program running in the background preventing it from turning off. Please try a Clean Boot to see if that will eliminate that problem. Its also possible the media server is forcing it back on. Check both of their settings.

Clean boot:

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Confirming that this is what you did as described here:

Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7
Other related tutorials:

Public Folder Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings

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I have an interesting situation and I am not sure how to go about it... I have many local users all connecting to a network that has a shared hard drive open to all users....

What my users are hoping to achieve is that they each have private folders on the network hard drive where they can privately back up their data. I was fiddling around trying to make it possible for them to access a pc remotely and then access a shared folder on their individual pc's, but I don't know if you can give a specific user on another machine access to a folder on another local machine...

So what I am looking for is a solution in XP to make it possible for each user to have a secure folder in which they can safely and privately store data on a shared and open network hard drive

Thanks in advance!


A:Password protected file sharing over LAN


Originally Posted by span98


I have an interesting situation and I am not sure how to go about it... I have many local users all connecting to a network that has a shared hard drive open to all users....

What my users are hoping to achieve is that they each have private folders on the network hard drive where they can privately back up their data. I was fiddling around trying to make it possible for them to access a pc remotely and then access a shared folder on their individual pc's, but I don't know if you can give a specific user on another machine access to a folder on another local machine...

So what I am looking for is a solution in XP to make it possible for each user to have a secure folder in which they can safely and privately store data on a shared and open network hard drive

Thanks in advance!


There are 2 ways that you can Password Protect a Folder.

#1: If the Folder is Zipped, you can add a Password to it. Double-Click and open the Zip File. Select File in the Menu Bar and click "Add Password". Type in your selected Password in the Password Box, Confirm it, then click OK.

To access this File, the user must type in the correct password.

#2: Right-Click the folder that you would like to password protect or make private and select properties. Select the Sharing Tab and check Make this Folder Private. Click Apply. You will then be prompt to a box asking yo... Read more

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as the topic states, i cant turn off password protected sharing

i go into "Network and Sharing Center"
i click on "Passwrod protected sharing"
i click "Turn off password protected sharing"
i click "Apply" and it asks if i wish to continue
i click continue and then it goes back to "Network and Sharing Center" and "Passwrod protected sharing" is still "On"

please help

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Hello all! I'm new to this forum, but have been a member of SevenForums for many years!

My issue just all of the sudden came up out of the blue. One of the PC's on my home LAN all of the sudden switched settings from having the password setting turned off to now turned on under "All Networks". I have several PC's, a couple of laptops, a Amazon Fire and WD Live. All of them share appropriately on the network through either W10 or W7. They have all been working and sharing fine and no deliberate changes have been made to any devices. I know how to set up LAN network systems and file sharing and have been doing it for many years. I'm not an expert, but not a novice either.

I went to pull up a shared folder on the AF, and it could not find it. I go to re-link to the folder and it asked me for a password for the one PC that all the media files are on. I go to the PC in question, and the sharing configurations had changed. Public folder sharing was off, and password protection was set to on. I could change the folder sharing back to on and it would stick, but the password protection will let me choose the OFF radio button, but it will not stick, not even after reboot. I have never used password protected sharing either, none of my systems are set up that way. This has really got me puzzled and I cannot find a solution anywhere. At this point none of the systems that i have can connect to this one PC with the password issue. I do not use the Homegroup either. Thanks in ... Read more

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I see that WinXP sharing is far more complicated than Win98... I need to share files and protect them with password so only authorised people may download them... How do I do that? And what services have to be started? :)

A:Sharing files protected with password


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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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How can I use PowerShell to turn on/off "Password Protected Sharing" setting in Advanced sharing settings?

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Networking gurus please read. The post is long, but I need to be thorough in stating my problem. While longish, my post should be easy to grasp.

I am trying to get password protected sharing (PPS) to work properly (as I understand "properly") among the 3 machines identified below. I am ignoring several Macs that connect either via Ethernet or wirelessly because they work the way I want on my network--always requiring user names and passwords regardless of sharing direction and whether PPS is used or not.

Here is info about the 3 machines I am concerned about:

General: All machines have different user names and passwords.


Machine 1 = Win7 1
Connects via Ethernet
PPS on
HomeGroup on
Connecting Specifics:
Win7 1 connects to Win8 without user name/password.
Win8 connects to Win7 1 without user name/password.
Win7 1 connects to Win7 2 with no user name/password.
Win7 2 connects to Win7 1 with user name/password.

Machine 2 = Win7 2
This machine is supposed to simulate that of a friend connected to my network to use internet via Ethernet.
Connects via Ethernet
PPS on
No HomeGroup membership (HomeGroup off)
Connecting Specifics Not Covered Above:
Win7 2 connects to Win8 with user name/password.
Win8 access is denied to Win7 2.

Machine 3 = Win8
Connects wirelessly
PPS on
HomeGroup on
Connecting Specifics Not Covered above: None

The most troubling of the situations above are:

Win8 access is denied to Win7 2. This situation of concern because my "fri... Read more

A:Trying to Get Password Protected Sharing to Work Properly

I think you may need to add those User accounts as a local account on your machine in order for password protected sharing to work with Homegroups. Or as least that is what I'm getting from these tutorials.

If you don't add the local accounts then the User names won't show up on the shared list which prevents the password protected sharing from working. Or so the story goes.

Password Protected File Sharing in Windows 7

To create a local account on your machine go to step 7.
User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8

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hey guys !!!!!!!!!!!
any one please help me out here coz i am not getting how to
CHANGE PASSWORD in password protected sharing

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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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Running three systems, Win 7, XP Media and a Vista system. My problem is with the Vista system. I need to share an external USB drive with the other two systems. Access from either of the other two systems is not allowed, get "Logon Failure: the user has not been granted logon type at this computer" Attempts to turn off "Password Protected Sharing" in the Net and Sharing Center do not work. Click OFF and then Apply results in returning to the ON status. I don't even get a request for a password on the other systems when attempting to map the drive that is on the Vista system. The Vista system is running with no windows password required. I tried setting the same user ID and Password on the Vista system as is used in the WIN 7 system but since there is no request for a logon that was not any help.

There has been no problems in sharing the files on the WIN 7 system and the XP Media system, just the Vista.

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A:Solved: Can NOT turn off Password Protected Sharing

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I regularly use my laptop over the wireless network to access folders on my desktop machine - both are Win 7.

Today I bought a new Win 10 laptop and when I try accessing the desktop machine, the new Win 10 laptop asks for UN/PW via the dialog "Enter network credentials."

I have no idea what to enter. Assistance is greatly appreciated.


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I created a shared folder on a Windows 7 laptop on my network and I'm trying to connect to it with this Windows 10 laptop. I am being prompted to enter a un/pw and have no idea what to enter. The account on the Windows 7 laptop doesn't have a password.

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Hello there

So I'm experiencing strange BitLocker behaviour. I have this PC at work. Clean Windows 8 x64 installation, 3 HDD (AHCI), no SSD.

After I set up BitLocker to encrypt "C" partition, it gave me pop-up window, that I should restart PC to test the BitLocker loader. So I clicked Yes. And after few seconds I got this:

JPG IMAGE - http://www.eightforums.com/attachments/f1/f2/22871d1370880908t-very-strange-bitlocker-enter-password-startup-screen-5jkippr.jpg

Mind, I'm still ABLE TO type password (i can't see sh** though), after I hit enter Windows IS booting, but it's really weird to see above picture instead of:

My GFX is OK, I tested it with games, benchmarks etc.
BitLocker simply cannot, for whatever reason, use my video card properly and displays those weird lines. After all - it hasn't loaded the whole Windows yet. Than again, it IS a bit strange, as Windows installers tend to work fine.

Any thoughts people?

Kind Regards


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I was trying to share some media from my W7 computer to an XBMC-classic console. It used to work fine with Windows XP + Simple file sharing but i had to fiddle around a little bit in Win7 to get it to work, one of the things I did was to enable Sharing without password.

This however has a side-effect, that the Guest-account is able to log on locally to the computer as well. I believe this wasn't the case in XP Simple File Sharing, the guest account would only be used as a way to access fileshares.

Is this possible in Windows 7? I really do not want the Guest-account as an option on the logon-screen.

A:Disable Password-Protected sharing and Guest account

Quote: Originally Posted by warmblanket


I was trying to share some media from my W7 computer to an XBMC-classic console. It used to work fine with Windows XP + Simple file sharing but i had to fiddle around a little bit in Win7 to get it to work, one of the things I did was to enable Sharing without password.

This however has a side-effect, that the Guest-account is able to log on locally to the computer as well. I believe this wasn't the case in XP Simple File Sharing, the guest account would only be used as a way to access fileshares.

Is this possible in Windows 7? I really do not want the Guest-account as an option on the logon-screen.

I suspect you are running homegroup. Homegroup is for win 7 machines only. Since you have a classic on you should be running the workgroup model instead. Workgroup also allows you to run without password should you need.


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I know we can change win7 settings with command, regedit or Rundll32.
1) Rundll32:
rundll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /File:"C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes\basic.theme"

Result: Change themes

2) regedit:

Result: Disable UAC

3) command:

Result: Monitor timeout.

So How to turn on/off Password Protected Sharing with command, regedit or Rundll32?
I cannot find any info. from GOOGLE?
Are there any books and documents that you suggest me to read? I want to more understand them.
Thanks in advance.

A:How to turn on/off Password Protected Sharing with command, regedit or

Windows 7 Forum rule # 6.
6) No discussions of hacking someones system, network, password, etc.

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Greetings to all,

I've tried sharing files in Windows 7 with a computer running XP over a Home network. These are some of
my finding and CONCERN over the files that are actually being shared if Public Folders Sharing is turned ON
in Windows 7.

I will refer the computer running on Win 7 as Comp A
and the on running on XP as Comp B for the rest of the entry

In the Advanced Sharing Settings on Windows 7 I've made these changes

NOTE: C:\Users\Username is an ADMINISTRATOR Profile on Comp A (running Win 7).Case 1

In Home or Work (which is my current profile)

i) I've turned Public Folder sharing ON

ii) Password Protected Sharing sharing is turned OFF

Both Comp A and Comp B has been set to the SAME Workgroup name

Everything is fine, I can view all the network computers on both PC's although I've
have to run a search on Comp B to find Comp A.

What I can see on Comp B (running XP) are ONLY the Public Folders of Comp A (Win 7)
OK, Good.....it's the expected behavior. BUT......

There is a PROBLEM if Password Protected Sharing is turned ON in Win 7as explained in Case 2

Case 2
i) Public Folder sharing is still turned ON
ii) Password Protected Sharing is turned ON

When I did this, I was prompt for a Username and Password (on Comp B) when I tried
to view the files on Comp A. So I keyed in the Username and Password of Comp A in Comp B
and I can gain access to the files shared on Comp A.
Here is where the "NIGHTMARE" begins!!!!

I've noticed that not... Read more

A:User folder EXPOSED if Password Protected Sharing is ON

I've found W7 sharing system very confusing. The best way to share folders (IMO) is to open fsmgmt.msc through the start menu and do it through that. I also found that, by default W7 had shared my user folder on my network....worrying!! A sure way to make sure that the folder is blocked it to add network to the ACL of your user folder (or indeed any other folder you want blocked) and set the permissions of network to deny.
You'll get a security warning about your actions.

Hope this helps

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Hi there so I am trying to enable file sharing from my PC with my home network and I would prefer to have protected file sharing enabled so if you want to access the files on my computer you are prompted to login with a username and password. The issue I am having is this prompt never is presented because I have the same username and password on both PC's. Is there anyway to change it so it still has the prompt or am I requred then to have different passwords on both PC's if I don't want this to happen?

A:File protected sharing enabled but no password prompt is required?

By default windows passes the username and password your logged in with if that is correct it wont prompt so someone would have to be logged in with that username etc to access the file. changing user or password would prompt it

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Password protected sharing missing after join domain(CLIENT PC WIN PRO 7 32 )


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Here is my setup:

A wireless router
A Vista Ultimate media center PC/file server with wireless card
An XP Pro laptop with wireless card

I don't have password login screens on any of my computers, so the test share folder I setup was done by turning off password-protected file sharing in Vista so XP could access the Vista media center test folder. I'm okay with this setup so far.

Now I want to share my entire storage drive in the media center, which has all of my files on it. I'm not worried about the people in my house having access to all those files, but my question is: will other people within wireless range be able to join the same workgroup as me and be able to access those files, or would they first have to get through the wireless router, which is password-protected, to access the network?

I'm assuming the latter is the case, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing any loopholes before setting up a full file share of the computer. Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer their advice.

A:Solved: Is Passwordless File Sharing Safe if Router is Password-Protected?

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As the topic says so, i recently cannot access my vista shared folders...

i went to see if the password protected sharing was ON, and it was.... i tried to turn it off and i couldnt, several tries after i went to check the firewall... and it was OFF... at the top of the windows it says something like this "These settings cant be changed due to Group Policy" or something like that ....

1) i'm the owner of the PC
2) i'm the solely admin of the PC
3) there is no other user in this PC..

what can i do to change this settings ??

BTW i tried to log on in safe mod as the Administrator account, and this didnt change anything... the Group Policy thing keeps appearing

A:Vista Group Policy - cannot change firewall nor password protected sharing

try this one, courtesy of bc...
09-Feb-2007 11:43 AM
Bob Cerelli

Distinguished Member Posts: 17,784
Join Date: Nov 2002

The lack of logon password may also be affecting network access.

To change this setting:

Run gpedit.msc
Go to Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options
Double click on Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only
Disable this option
Bob Cerelli

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In the last couple of days I am receiving a pop up box "Enter Network Password". It keep coming back no matter what I do. This happened several years ago but I can't remember how to disable it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I believe it comes from Microsoft Outlook somehow. See photo. Thx. Micromos


A:Enter Network Password pop up

I would assume it comes from your email program as it has your email information entered.

I assume you check the box that says "Save this password...." and it still comes up? Does Outlook still receive email, doe sit still send email? In Outlook you can have it setup so that it has an username and password enabled for sending so maybe only that part is wrong, but that setting is best set to use the same settings as the incoming server.

If so you must enter the correct email password associated with that email address, if you are unsure what that password is you will need to contact WowWay to get the password reset or to find out what is wrong. It may be that they have updated their email service and you need to reenter the email settings in Outlook.

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am using windows 8, and my friend is using windows 7.
we are in same WIFI network.

I shared a folder(new) in windows 7, by right click->share with->specific people->Everyone->finish

I created a short cut in windows 8, ->in location of item->\\\new

now it ask for "network password"!

I tried to write, my pc account name password, friends user name password, and WIFI user name and password.

but failed.

So how do I get "Network password"?
my router is of Belkin.

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