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unable to un-share C:\Users folder

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    Windows 8 Pro

    unable to un-share C:\Users folder


    After discovered that my C:\Users folder was shared by default, I right clicked the folder and unchecked "Share this folder" in Advanced Sharing under Share tab. I also went into Control Panel - Folder Options - View and unchecked "Use Sharing Wizard". However, as soon as the computer restarts, the C:\Users folder is back to being shared again. "Use Sharing Wizard' under Folder Options remains unchecked after reboots. I am using Windows 8 Pro. Any idea the reason the setting is not saved?

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    Besides unchecking the advanced sharing for the User folder you will also need to go into the Security tab and remove Everyone from the share with list.

    You will want to go to local disk C, right click the User folder, choose "share with" then choose Advanced Sharing, Security tab, highlight Everyone, click edit, click the Remove tab with Everyone highlighted, the Everyone entry will be removed, you will need to hit "Continue" a bunch of times as the new security settings are applied to all User folders.

    Your problem should now be fixed.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Actually I tried that already and Access Denied errors poped up to all folders despite being logged in with Administrator account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namsilat View Post
    Actually I tried that already and Access Denied errors poped up to all folders despite being logged in with Administrator account.
    Access denied to your own User folder? Nope you aren't reading it right.

    I'm pretty sure what you are seeing is what I mentioned earlier, it says access denied unless you click through all the folders to approve the changes that you just made.

    When you see this message Hit "Continue" a bunch of times, this is giving admin approval for all the changes you just made, it will go through all the files you are changing security for, I mentioned this earlier.
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    I certainly hope if I can use a computer installed with Windows system then I can read properly :]

    I checked around and found out the reason for all the access denied popup. The ownership of the folder is set to System, which I guess is higher up than Administrator. I changed ownership of the folder to Administrator, the Access Denied popup no longer happens. Coming back to my original problem, I was then able to remove Everyone from Security tab, but that did not solve the sharing problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namsilat View Post
    I certainly hope if I can use a computer installed with Windows system then I can read properly :]

    I checked around and found out the reason for all the access denied popup. The ownership of the folder is set to System, which I guess is higher up than Administrator. I changed ownership of the folder to Administrator, the Access Denied popup no longer happens. Coming back to my original problem, I was then able to remove Everyone from Security tab, but that did not solve the sharing problem.
    From what you are saying here, you are seeing the ownership somehow changed to System.

    Well by default you should be the owner and have an admin account in your name so I'm not sure how the ownership could have changed. On my machine, System has full control with check marks to show that, and also my Admin account has full control as it should.

    My original instructions to un-share the C drive should still be working to fix this issue. I've tried it on my own machine and it worked for me, settings saved no problem.
    Last edited by chev65; 27 Nov 2012 at 11:56.
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    Are you using "Homegroup"? If memory serves me correctly, in Windows 7 removing the share for the Users folder would break Homegroup. maybe Windows 8 takes it one step further and reshares it automatically if Homegroup is enabled. I don't use Homegroup and have unshared the Users folder without any problems. I also disabled the sharing wizard.
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    Turning off Homegroup solved the problem, thank you!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No problem,
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    Quote Originally Posted by namsilat View Post
    Turning off Homegroup solved the problem, thank you!
    But Homegroup only shares 4 folders by default, not the entire User folder, and it only shares them with other Homegroup machines. It has nothing to do with the share permissions for the C drive User folder which is still viewable by Everyone on the network by default. Those are the directions I gave you.

    It's also ridiculously easy to un-share those Homegroup folders. You don't need to turn off the Homegroup in order to un-share the Homegroup folders, you simply right click them and choose "Share With" then choose "Stop Sharing". If you did this with all 4 Homegroup folders then they would be un-shared.

    You never once mentioned using Homegroups or that it was a problem with Homegroup folders, you said C drive User folder so I gave you directions to unshared the User folder with Everyone on the network, my answer had nothing to do with Homegroups because that isn't the question you asked.

    You might want to check the ownership for system now as that might give you problems in the future.
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