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HomeGroup username and password?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    HomeGroup username and password?


    Well I finally got some of the folder sharing to work.. but its not quite the way I wanted it. In Windows 8.1, when you set up a HOMEGROUP and share a folder, it provides a password to access the folders.. The problem is, when you try to access the shared folder from another computer on the home network, a box pops up asking for a username and password. Huh? I'm just assuming the password is the one that was assigned when homegroup was set up, but what username??? A username was never provided. Can someone enlighten me on this username?

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    If you did not connect all computers through the Library Home Group. You will be asked for a Network share username & Password for the user who owns the folder on the other computer.

    Two different items. Home Group uses a Authorization code that you enter in when you connect to the Master of the Home Group.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If you did not connect all computers through the Library Home Group. You will be asked for a Network share username & Password for the user who owns the folder on the other computer.

    Two different items. Home Group uses a Authorization code that you enter in when you connect to the Master of the Home Group.
    Please correct me if I am mistaken, but it seems to me that the "library" created by the homegroup settings creates a bunch of folders and sub-folders that I don't want. There's USERS, and then pictures, and documents and video's and other stuff.. What idiot decided to set it up that way? I don't want all those folders shared because it creates confusion. I just want one folder with a name that I specify.

    With the help of this forum and its members like yourself, I have been successful in setting up something that is very very close to what I want.. I'm sharing just one folder "Dads Shared Folder" on my home network and I have been able to set its permissions so anyone else connected to my home network can add or delete files from it.

    That said, I would rather have it set up so only specific computers could even see the folder rather than the entire network.. And then those specific computers would require a password to get access.

    I'm thinking about just encrypting the shared folder to achieve something close to the same result. I have to figure out what encryption software doesn't have back doors built into it like microsofts bit-locker. I hear true-crypt is really good but there's some controversy and differing opinions over that now too.

    Any suggestions?
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    All the "Library" icon is, is a shortcut to the actual folder, which can reside anywhere.

    No idiot set it up that way. If you do not want users to access certain folders. Use Security controls to restrict them. Otherwise use a NAS if you want to share files or folders with certain users.

    There are no encryption programs with back doirs. Bitlocker does not have one, nobe of them have any.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    All the "Library" icon is, is a shortcut to the actual folder, which can reside anywhere.

    No idiot set it up that way. If you do not want users to access certain folders. Use Security controls to restrict them. Otherwise use a NAS if you want to share files or folders with certain users.

    There are no encryption programs with back doirs. Bitlocker does not have one, nobe of them have any.
    You have to talk to me like I'm an idiot because compared to some of you folks, when it comes to Windows 8.1, I am an idiot.

    What is a NAS? Network Access XXXX??? Am I close?

    I've been reading articles about the NSA basically directing these software developers to use their encryption protocols so that they get easy access to data. At least that's how I understand it.. Not that my data is anything they'd want.. but my philosophy is that if someone can do it, pretty soon everyone will be able to do it.
    Or am I mistaken?
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