How to Change File Sharing Connections Encryption Settings in Windows 8 and 8.1


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Windows 8 uses 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections. Some devices don't support 128-bit encryption and must use 40- or 56-bit encryption.

This tutorial will show you how to change the file sharing connections encryption level if it needs to be changed.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.




Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open the Network and Sharing Center.

2. On the desktop, right click on the Network system icon in the taskbar notification area, click/tap on Open Network and Sharing Center, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, and go to step 4 below.

4. In the left pane of Network and Sharing Center, click/tap on the Change advanced sharing settings link. (see screenshot below)

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6. To Set "File Sharing Connections" to 128-bit Encryption in Windows 8
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on (dot) Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 5)

7. To Set "File Sharing Connections" to 40- or 56-bit Encryption in Windows 8

A) Click/tap on (dot) Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56-bit encryption, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 5)

8. Click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshot below step 5)

9. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

10. You can now close the Network and Sharing Center window if you like. (see screenshot below step 4)



That's it,
Shawn