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[W8.1] Share for Everyone still asks for network password?

  1. #1


    The Netherlands
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    Windows 10 Pro

    [W8.1] Share for Everyone still asks for network password?


    Hi there,

    I just bought a new Intel NUC which i installed a clean and fully updated Windows 8.1 Pro on.
    I want to create a networkshare on this machine, which everyone can just access (read permissions) to view the content of a folder or drive.

    I am trying to access the drive on another (my own) installed Windows 8.1 Pro (also fully updated).
    Everytime i try to access the machine through the Network explorer in Windows i will be prompted to enter credentials.

    I have checked the network settings following this article (amongst others): Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8 on both machines.
    I also checked all the sharing settings on both machines (private/home network, allow external connections, allow all types of connections, allow sharing without password etc. etc.).

    I am a bit dazzled as to why the machine keeps asking me to enter credentials.

    Am i doing something wrong, or can someone show me this is standard protocol nowadays?
    (i wonder how that would work on a machine that has a local user without a password).

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    It depends if the credentials are being saved for the user. Also if you have any third party Internet security software on the computers. It can also cause this behavior.
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  3. #3


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    Is this a specific setting for saving the credentials in this case? I would just like to make an 'open' share in the network which everyone can just access without being bothered to enter any credentials. This should work if i share a drive or folder with Reading permissions to "Everyone" right?

    There is no other Internet security software installed apart from the system default (Windows Defender).
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  4. #4


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    I just noticed a difference...

    I made a share on both machines (accessible to 'Everyone').
    As mentioned in my first post... Machine B can flawessly access the share on Machine A.
    The other way around, i keep getting asked to put in credentials.

    The share on Machine B, does concern a shared drive (an external drive) instead of a shared folder.
    Could it be that i had to take ownership of the external drive on that PC first, before i shared it?


    PS.

    This does not explain however, i can just go into "Network" on both machines.
    I can double click Machine A when i am on Machine B and it will open and show me all the shares.
    When i double click on Machine A whilst i am on Machine B, it will prompt me for credentials however.

    Hope anyone can help me!
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  5. #5


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    Could anyone help me with this, please?

    I am dying to finish the setup and start using my new mediacenter/homeserver but this is keeping me from it.
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  6. #6


    Well, first thing I have to ask, are the two computers on the same network? If so, are they in the same workgroup? If not, then they both need to be in the same workgroup or you will be asked for credentials. Let me know what you find.
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  7. #7


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    Hi, thanks for your response.
    Both machines are in the exact same network.
    Same gateway, same subnet, same workgroup (Workgroup).

    Any other suggestions?
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  8. #8


    You mention that one of the shares are an external harddrive, have you tried moving that share to internal harddrive to see if it will make a difference. Also, do the computers use the same user account on both machines or do you have user accounts with a different name? I would make sure that computer A and Computer B both login with the exact user name/password. And if I remember correctly I believe to do the sharing that a user name must have a password...don't quote me on that one though. Let us know what you find.
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  9. #9


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    1. I tried sharing a folder on Machine B, instead of an external harddrive.. no difference (Windows still asks me to enter credentials).
    2. Both machines have different user accounts with different passwords. This is however, plain logic if you ask me. I would like to create an 'open' share on the machine which every user can just have access to (hence why i put Read permissions on the share for 'Everyone'). Say if a friend with a laptop comes over, i want him to be able to access the 'open' share without having to enter credentials as well.
    This is possible in Windows 8 right? I had no problems doing this on a Windows 7 machine.
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  10. #10


    Aha! You're thinking logically...that is the problem...LOL! Just for giggles, create the same user name/password on both computers, and then check the to see if you can see/access the shared folder as you think you should. If you can, then the share is not setup for everyone correctly and or its being denied from somewhere. Later this evening I can walk through the steps of creating a share and being able to access from it anywhere.

    Now on another note, if you are just trying to use Computer A as a media server, why not install Serviio on this computer? I run Serviio and use it as my media server. There is a free version and the pro version. I liked the free version so well I paid for the pro version. Just thinking out of the box...
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