Windows 10: Ideal home sharing settings?

  1.    08 Dec 2016 #1

    Ideal home sharing settings?

    I'm experiencing a few odd (to me) network conditions and my first step is to confirm here that my Windows settings for a non-homegroup network (1 desktop, 3 laptops, 2 printers) is correct/optimal for home (ease of) use without concern of some strange person just popping in a slipping off with data.

    I'm attaching 3 screenshots.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Net 1.PNG   Net 2.PNG   Net 3.PNG  
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  2.    08 Dec 2016 #2

    In screenshot #3 under public folder sharing, I like to keep that turned off. I want to decide which folders get shared on the computers and public folder sharing turned on allows Windows to share some folders that I might not want shared.
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  3.    09 Dec 2016 #3

    I may have a further question regarding your answer to 3 and will get to that once home.

    In the meantime, 2 immediate problems/questions I'd like to raise now--

    1. When any of the machines boot, regardless of the OS, they present a message in the lower right corner to the effect 'could not connect to all drives'.
    a. Is that message referring to network hard drives?
    b. If so, the message pops up so quick post windows loading it's almost as if the OS isn't giving the loading machine a chance to connect to the other machines.
    c. If the loading machine isn't connected how does it know it's not connected?

    2. The time it takes for my laptop, for example, to connect to the other machines on the network after opening file explorer (depending upon the other machine) ranges from slow to glacial. I know this time behavior isn't normal going from previous experience. Is there a reasonably easy (for those of us with a dis-affinity to networks) way to determine/resolve the cause for the slowness?

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