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unable to un-share C:\Users folder

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm not meaning to stir things up but why is the Users folder shared to begin with? I know for a fact on my Windows 7 PC's if you unshare it Homegroup doesn't work. Also, turning off Homegroup doesn't unshare the "Users" folder. I don't see the point of it being shared to begin with, which is why I unshare it so it doesn't show up in the Network view. Just my 2 cents.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I'm not meaning to stir things up but why is the Users folder shared to begin with? I know for a fact on my Windows 7 PC's if you unshare it Homegroup doesn't work. Also, turning off Homegroup doesn't unshare the "Users" folder. I don't see the point of it being shared to begin with, which is why I unshare it so it doesn't show up in the Network view. Just my 2 cents.
    I'm not sure why the User folders are viewable but not writable by Everyone on the network by default, it may be just to show users that adding the Everyone tag makes folders sharable with Everyone on the network, but you can remove the Everyone share and the Homegroup folders still work fine for me.

    And yes that was my point, the Op said he turned off the Homegroup and that magically fixed the problem but that would only un-share the Homegroup folders not the User folder showing up on the network problem which is what I gave directions for but for some reason they weren't followed correctly.

    With the Everyone tag removed and with Homegroups set up, you only see the 4 Homegroup folders when you open up the User folder on other Homegroup machines. Apparently just those 4 Homegroup folders are the ones the Op was referring too, it wasn't the entire User folder, they easily could have been removed by right clicking each Homegroup folder and choose to stop sharing them. I think the Op was just confused on which folders were which and that is understandable with this double file system that Windows is using now.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Ok, I got you now. I just assumed turning off Homegroup finally let him un share the folder manually, which he couldn't do before for some reason.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    I finally found out how windows 8 is sharing the user folder and you can't stop it from being shared. You can do all of the things listed above but when you restart your computer it is being shared again. I had to reinstall windows 8 several times to finally get it from being shared. During setup do not do the recommended setup instead do the custom install. During the custom install it will ask something about letting your devices such as tv and other computer or phones find your computer. Check no or public computer this will prevent Microsoft from sharing the user folder and writing the setting in the boot file. I tried everything that is mentioned above and nothing would work until I made my computer a public computer. I can't believe that Microsoft would be so dumb as to make it a default setup during installation and not give anyone access to change the setting. I hope this answers everyone's question about the user folder being shared.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    I just found this on the internet from Microsoft.


    The C:\Users folder is shared when any sub folders from C:\Users\<username>\ is shared

    I hope that this helps everyone. Also read the bottom of the page
    It says that there is no work around for this problem yet.
    It also says that smb will not let you share with anyone on on the computer but I
    used another computer in my network and could access any file or folder under my
    user folder. The user folder was published to anyone on the internet and to all bots
    such as bing and google so that they could get my info and publish it or what ever
    they wanted to do with it.
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  6. #16


    I would explain that differently as the link implies that if you share a User folder then all User folders are automatically shared. What this really means is that none of the User folders are sharable unless the main User folder is first shared out. So sharing a single User folder or Library folder can't work unless the main Users folder is shared out.

    Sharing a subfolder with sharing turned off on the main User folder may have the effect explained in the link but that doesn't explain how sharing in Windows is meant to work.

    The way it works is that you always share the main Users folder , which is why it's enabled by default, then if you want to protect certain User folders from being accessed on the network, you simply right click a Library folder or other User folder and choose the "Share With> Stop Sharing, option. You would do this for each folder that you don't want to be shared.

    So rather than trying to share only one User folder which doesn't work, you would share them all then simply Stop Sharing the ones you don't want to be shared out. For some reason it's difficult for people to wrap their heads around this.

    Windows 8 even added another tab under Homegroup that shows the User name folders all spread out for easier access to each User folder, as in the picture below.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails share with nobody user folders.PNG  
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