Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Password Protected Sharing in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Password Protected Sharing in Windows 10

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    When password protected sharing is on, only people who have a user account and password on your computer can access shared files, printers attached to your computer, and the Public folders.

    To give access to shared files to other people without an account and password on your computer, you must turn off password protected sharing.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off password protected sharing on your Windows 10 PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off password protected sharing.


    EXAMPLE: "Enter network credentials" prompt for password protected sharing
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    Here's How:

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Change advanced sharing settings link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select (dot) Turn on password protected sharing (default) or Turn off password protected sharing for what you want to do, and click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshot below)

    5. When finished, you can close Network and Sharing Center if you like.

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Dec 2015
    Athens, Greece
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1607
       2016-05-10 #1

    Right On!!
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  2. Joined : Jun 2015
    UK
    Posts : 1,324
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       2016-09-02 #2

    I noticed when password protected sharing is turned off (for sharing files between PCs) that the Guest account appears. The Guest account then disappears when password protected sharing is turned on. Please explain this behaviour since I thought there wasn't an active Guest account in Windows 10?

    You can check the presence of the Guest account by clicking on the user account logo in Start, by running net user guest or from a Belarc Advisor report.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,529
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-02 #3

    Hello Steve,

    I just tested, and I also get the Guest account when password protection is turned off. When you select the Guest account to switch user, it doesn't actually show up on the Sign-in screen though.

    Odd bug.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    UK
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       2016-09-03 #4

    Maybe there is a meant to be a hidden Guest account used to enable file sharing between PCs which is not meant to be displayed?
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  5. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Windows 10
       2016-11-08 #5

    Win 10 can be REALLY annoying with changing settings on its own!


    I have long used Password Protected Sharing on my network; however Win 10 seems to keep changing, on its own, settings in several areas, whenever there is a major update--and now I think it wants me to use a home group instead of PPS. (This may be because one of the computers on my network accidentally got set up with a home group, and it pushed another computer to join??) So I first went searching for any article that would give me an analysis of the virtues and downsides of using a home group vs. password protected sharing--and I could find NOTHING on this. That really surprised me. So...

    1) Am I not better off and more secure with PPS than with a home group, and is there anyplace where I could find an analysis of this issue, and these two choices, or can anyone provide one?

    2) Has anyone else noticed this annoying behavior of Win 10 to ignore the settings one has set, and replace them with different settings with an update? (I also found this happening with power settings sometimes.) I understand and expect that this will happen if there is a complete reinstall of the OS, and maybe I understand some items being changed with an in-place upgrade, but I am sometimes finding settings being changed--with no warning!-- in a way that seems unreasonable. Is there any way around it?

    Thanks,
    Michael
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-08 #6

    Hello Michael,

    Q1) It's about the same, but just easier to setup and use with a homegroup. I would recommend to leave PPS turned on even when using a homegroup to help make sure you're more secured.

    Q2) It's annoying, buy common for updates to reset settings back to default.
    Last edited by Brink; 2016-11-08 at 18:44.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Windows 10
       2016-11-08 #7

    Thanks, once again, Brink, for all the help you give.

    Re: Q1) Yes, thanks, that helps to know. I was surprised not to find any discussion of this question.

    Re: Q2) Microsoft seems to have really taken the attitude more and more that the O/S is theirs, and the user is just "borrowing" it. This is very unfriendly to the user, and may yet drive me away from Windows. Have you seen any discussion among Insiders about this--whether they intend to return control more to users as they get Win 10 established, or is it our destiny that the days of being in control of your own Windows computer are gone?
    (I signed up as an Insider, but have had no time at all to participate in those forums.)

    Michael
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-08 #8

    You can disable automatic updates, but the updates (whenever installed) will still sometimes reset settings back to default.
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