Windows 10: User folders State is Shared.

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  1. Posts : 769
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1709
       14 Jun 2017 #1

    User folders State is Shared.


    I've just noticed that my Document, Download, Pictures folders are showing as State: Shared. I haven't got any Homegroup or network sharing enabled that I'm aware of so why would I be seeing this?

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  2. Posts : 7,000
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       16 Jun 2017 #2

    Hi Kol12.

    I assume this means you've set these to be Shared, or said another way. if someone was able to connect then those files are accessible.

    Have you checked. Right click on Documents, properties, Sharing Tab, Advance Sharing ....

    Is there a check mark to Share.


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 769
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1709
    Thread Starter
       16 Jun 2017 #3

    Hi Caledon,

    Neither the Doc, Download or Picture folders have sharing tabs in properties just security tabs. Now that I think of it I'm running from a standard user account but I frequently access these (my) folders from the administrator account. I'm guessing these folders would have initially needed admin privileges granted to them and that's how they became shared?
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  4. Posts : 7,000
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       17 Jun 2017 #4

    As the administrator you should be able to navigate to these folders on your standard account. You should then be able to right click. I would think you would then see Sharing tab.

    In any event, if you access these folders from your admin account then indeed they are being shared so windows is showing the correct status.

    I know the first thought in everyone's mind today, who has access to my data? It's good we think like that, wish security was tighter so we didn't have to think like that.

    Ken
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  5. Posts : 769
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1709
    Thread Starter
       21 Jun 2017 #5

    Hi Ken,

    The Docs, Pics, Downloads folders in my standard account definitely don't have sharing tabs in their properties. This standard account is the account I use the most and I only ever pop over to the admin account to run admin related tasks and install new programs. Also as mentioned I access the above folders from the admin account occasionally which is likely why they have become shared. I'm not sure why these folders don't have sharing tabs but I will check if they appear in the admin account instead.

    Ha yeah, luckily only I use my computer and I like to think I run a pretty tight ship!
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  6. Posts : 7,000
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       21 Jun 2017 #6

    You do.

    I try to convince my customers to run as Standard and then just enter Admin password if needed. No dice, to awkward. So they continue as admin and continue to do things they shouldn't. Helps to keep me busy.


    Ken
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  7. Posts : 769
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1709
    Thread Starter
       23 Jun 2017 #7

    People I've spoken to also find it to much trouble, the security benefits I feel greatly outweigh the inconvenience of having to enter an admin password every so often...
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  •    23 Jun 2017 #8

    The shared status icon only appears when the folder is actually shared on the network. It does not appear when only multiple users of the same computer have access to the folder. You don't need a homegroup for a folder to be shared.
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  • Posts : 769
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1709
    Thread Starter
       26 Jun 2017 #9

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The shared status icon only appears when the folder is actually shared on the network. It does not appear when only multiple users of the same computer have access to the folder. You don't need a homegroup for a folder to be shared.
    I have one other computer on the home network but they are not connected to each other with any Homegroup. I don't understand how these folders on my computer can be shared on the network...
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  •    26 Jun 2017 #10

    Please post results of get-smbshare in powershell. Then you can see for sure what folders are shared.

    These are the defaults with the exception of downloads folder which I shared explicitly.

    Code:
    PS C:\Windows\system32> get-smbshare
    
    Name      ScopeName Path                    Description
    ----      --------- ----                    -----------
    ADMIN$    *         C:\Windows              Remote Admin
    C$        *         C:\                     Default share
    Downloads *         C:\Users\Hali\Downloads
    IPC$      *                                 Remote IPC
    Users     *         C:\Users
    
    
    PS C:\Windows\system32>
    If you have ever shared anything in C:\Users then C:\Users remains shared.

    This quote applies to windows 10 also..
    When a C:\Users\<username>\<folder> subfolder is shared using the shell UI, the C:\Users folder and its contents are shared as well. Additionally, when sharing is revoked on C:\Users\<username>\<folder>, the C:\Users folder remains shared
    The C:\Users folder is shared when any sub folders from C:\Users\\ is shared
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