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Password for shared folders over network

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Password for shared folders over network


    I have Windows 8.1 Pro installed signed in with my Microsoft a/c. I have some folders shared on the network through Wifi. I also have an Android device with a File Manager that has SMB capabilities.

    Now I want the to connect to my shared folders through the app which works perfectly fine. But what my requirement is that if anybody else want to connect to those shared folders (with the same or another app), I have to give out my Microsoft Account password for that.

    Is there a way that I can avoid this password giving? What I'm looking is for creating another set of credentials to access the shared folders without giving away my Microsoft account details. I assume I can create a local account and do the same. Is there any other way I can do this?

    Thanks for taking time to read this.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you don't want to block anyone from reading I would try creating an account called "anonymous" with password "anonymous" and give that account Read access in the folder permissions. Or you can set it to something else if you don't want strangers to guess the login details.

    Edit: You may want to change your MS password once you get the alternative to work.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    If you don't want to block anyone from reading I would try creating an account called "anonymous" with password "anonymous" and give that account Read access in the folder permissions. Or you can set it to something else if you don't want strangers to guess the login details.

    Edit: You may want to change your MS password once you get the alternative to work.
    I did think of creating another account and I know that's the easiest way out. But I'm hoping if I could do it some other way. If all else fails then I'll so it.

    I haven't given out my MS Password yet... I have manually inputted it. So nobody knows about it yet.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    The other way is to enable the Guest account and allow it read access. That is simpler since any changes are abandoned at log off(or aren't allowed in the first place unless something has been changed without me noticing.)
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    The other way is to enable the Guest account and allow it read access. That is simpler since any changes are abandoned at log off(or aren't allowed in the first place unless something has been changed without me noticing.)
    I created a local account which is password protected. Using that to share files and folders.

    Thanks for the help.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Ok. Thanks for posting the resolution.
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