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    Public Folders


    Hey Guys, Ive just installed Windows 8 and am about to start personalising it.

    I want to get rid of the public folders or public USER

    Could you please advise on how to remove as only I shall use this PC

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    Windows 8 Pro With media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by WTechnologies View Post
    Hey Guys, Ive just installed Windows 8 and am about to start personalising it.

    I want to get rid of the public folders or public USER

    Could you please advise on how to remove as only I shall use this PC
    Right click on each one and select sharing - advanced sharing, and uncheck the box share this folder.
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    So i have to do this to every public folder? Will this remove the folders?
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    Windows 8 Pro With media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by WTechnologies View Post
    So i have to do this to every public folder? Will this remove the folders?
    Nevermind i read your question wrong, i thought you just wanted to stop sharing them. You need to take ownership of the C:\users\public folder, and then delete it. Thats what i did. I share specific drives and folders and have no use for the public folders.
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    Thanks for help but how do I take ownership in win 8?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTechnologies View Post
    Hey Guys, Ive just installed Windows 8 and am about to start personalising it.

    I want to get rid of the public folders or public USER

    Could you please advise on how to remove as only I shall use this PC
    The Public folders don't relate to a particular user.

    They are there to provide a safe method of sharing without having to bring down the NTFS security permissions on any of the User folders.

    They also provide an easy way to share folders outside the Homegroup or to down share with older Op systems.

    In just about any network sharing scenario you would be far better served by keeping those folders available in case you need them.

    It could also be true that deleting those folders could cause other things not to function correctly so it might be worth while to create a system image before hand just in case.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by cmlusco View Post

    You need to take ownership of the C:\users\public folder, and then delete it. Thats what i did. I share specific drives and folders and have no use for the public folders.
    I followed these instructions, and it still asks for permission from user Me! how do I give it my permission??? I'm the administrator and the only user. Seems like this shouldn't be so hard!
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