Windows 10: Is it possible to Share a Windows 10 machine on a WorkGroup

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  1. Posts : 23
    windows 10 Windows 7
       29 Oct 2015 #1

    Is it possible to Share a Windows 10 machine on a WorkGroup

    Hello I'm trying to access a Windows 10 Machine on a Worgroup from My Windows 7 Machine
    From the Windows 7 machine I can browse the Windows 7 Machine
    But when I try to acces the windows 10 Machine it requires Username Password and the single ADMIN username / Password used on my Windows 10 machine does not work

    I look around on internet and just found some tricky solution that needs Registry editing

    Is it really so complicate to configure Windows 10 for networking ?

    Thanks for your comments / suggestions
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 6,415
    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       29 Oct 2015 #2

    When you define your shares, add the Everyone account with whatever access level you want. Read, Read\Execute or Full Control then Share it.

    For instance, to make the C: drive available to other network computers:

    Add Everyone
    Open This PC
    Right click on C: and select Properties
    Click on the Security tab
    Click the Edit button under Group or user names box
    Click Add
    In the Enter object names to select box, type everyone then click Check Names.
    You should see Everyone
    Click OKSelect Everyone then check the Permissions for Everyone boxes in the Allow column that you want to allow
    Click OK and OK.
    Share drive or folder:
    Click on the Sharing tab
    Click on Advanced Sharing
    Click hare this folder
    Give the share a name. I use names like Lenovo_C, Toshiba_C or HP_C, something that makes it easy for me to know what shares I'm looking at when viewing over the network.

    Turn off password protected sharing:
    Right click on Network and select Properties.
    Click on Change advanced sharing settings at left.
    Click the down arrow next to All Networks at the bottom.
    Select Turn off password protected sharing.
    Click the Save changes button.
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  3. Posts : 23
    windows 10 Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       30 Oct 2015 #3

    Thank You Ztrucker

    Indeed Right click on network to go to Advanced Sharing is the first point : I had missed it
    I'll continue to test
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  4. Posts : 23
    windows 10 Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       01 Nov 2015 #4

    Hello Ztruker

    Thanks again for your help, I start to understand better how it should works but it still doesn't

    So I've shared the D drive on my Windows10 machine and removed Password protection
    Now at least I can see the Machine and the D drive from my Windows 7 machine
    However it is still impossible to browse the D drive

    I get a message

    Windows cannot access \\Newbara1\d
    You have not the rights blabla..

    However in the security of my D drive
    I set full control to
    - authenticated users
    - Newbara1 users

    Ok I can understand that authenticated users is not exactly the same as "everyone"

    The questions now is
    1- I suppose that if I need Authenticated users instead of "everyone" I need to re-activate password
    2- But when Password was activated I can't get the remote connection with my Admin login on that machine ?

    So is there a way to be able to remote connect using the local Password I have on that machine
    Or do I have to grant "everyone" anyway ?

    For now Windows10 does not make life easier for networking
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 6,415
    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       01 Nov 2015 #5

    I don't have an answer for you. I have 4 computer and share all drives between all of then and the Everyone account as full control on all shares so I never see this problem.
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  6. Posts : 23
    windows 10 Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       02 Nov 2015 #6

    Thank you Ztruker
    So if no one have an idea about the correct use of password I will add the everyone Group, it is better than nothing
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  7.    02 Nov 2015 #7

    olibara said: View Post
    Thank you Ztruker
    So if no one have an idea about the correct use of password I will add the everyone Group, it is better than nothing
    Hi Olibara

    I have a mix of Win7 and Win 10 all connected via a workgroup. What sharing settings do you have - I've attached mine below:
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    Can you access the Win7 PC from the Win10?

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  8. chideock's Avatar
    Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro 1709 16299.192
       02 Nov 2015 #8

    For my situation I did the following hope it helps.

    On the computer that I wanted to share a folder (a win10 pro desktop on my outlook login) which I named "Main"
    Add "everyone" as post #2 above. Don't know if it is required or not but did not hurt. I had settings as post #7
    I added a user called "myguest" with a password. Note this computer's name was "Main" case sensitive.

    On the other computer which was a win10home with my wife's outlook login in "file explorer" I selected my computer which showed in "network" as "MAIN". When the popup asked for a username I typed in the case sensitive name of my computer, backslash, user for my computer thus - Main\myguest. Then entered the password I had assigned.

    It worked and as long as your permissions are set you can open the folder & files.
    Last edited by chideock; 03 Nov 2015 at 15:04.
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  9. Posts : 23
    windows 10 Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       03 Nov 2015 #9

    Thank you UKmedia & chideock

    I will take the time to try again tonight with your suggestions
    But Microsoft have definitely something to improve here
    It is not normal that it is so easy to get an internet connection and so tricky to get a workgroup working
    This is one of the reason I'm scarred to upgrade my two other machines to Windows 10
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  10.    04 Nov 2015 #10

    It isn't hard when you know how! Win 10 is not so slack with security as earlier versions.

    After giving control to Everyone, make sure you follow chideock's advice with the specification of the username. Preface it with the computer name as shown.

    Good luck - keep at it!
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