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    Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    How to Turn "Password Protected Sharing" On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Turn "Password Protected Sharing" On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to turn "password protected sharing" on or off in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    When password protected sharing is on, people locally or on the network must sign into a user account with a password on your Windows 8 PC to be able to access shared files and printers and Public folders on your PC.

    When password protected sharing is off, people on the network will be able to access shared files and printers and Public folders on your Windows 8 PC without having to sign in to your PC, and local user accounts on your computer will not require having a password.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    If you have a home (private) network and a PC thatís a member of a domain (for example, if you bring home a work laptop), you can access items that are on your home PCs using your work laptop, but not the other way around. Make sure the user accounts on the home PC have passwords. To access items using your work laptop, you might need to enter the user name as home PC name\user name and then provide the password.

    warning   Warning
    Password protected sharing will have no affect on computers in a homegroup.


    EXAMPLE: "Password Protected Sharing" Turn On
    NOTE: This is an example of what a user on your network will see when they try to access a share on your computer from the Network folder. They will be presented with a sign in dialog to sign in to a user account on your computer.

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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open the Network and Sharing Center.

    2. On the desktop, right click on the Network system icon in the taskbar notification area, click/tap on Open Network and Sharing Center, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    OR

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, and go to step 4 below.

    4. In the left pane of Network and Sharing Center, click/tap on the Change advanced sharing settings link. (see screenshot below)

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    6. To Turn On "Password Protected Sharing" in Windows 8

    A) Click/tap on (dot) Turn on password protected sharing, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 5)

    7. To Turn Off "Password Protected Sharing" in Windows 8

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on (dot) Turn off password protected sharing, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 5)

    8. Click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    10. You can now close the Network and Sharing Center window if you like. (see screenshot below step 4)




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Hy @Brink
    i always wondered after enabling password protected sharing,. What is the actual password ?
    i dont have any password on my computer but i still get promoted with the "enter network password " if i try to access it from another computer on the same network !

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    Hello coldlm,

    This is normal when you have password protected sharing turned on. Since you don't have a password for you account, it may not let you get past the prompt to enter the password since there isn't one.

    The password would be the same as the user account sharing the file. In this case, your account on your computer the file is located on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello coldlm,

    This is normal when you have password protected sharing turned on. Since you don't have a password for you account, it may not let you get past the prompt to enter the password since there isn't one.

    The password would be the same as the user account sharing the file. In this case, your account on your computer the file is located on.
    Makes sense
    is there a tutorial on here on how to set up password protected sharing!
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    This tutorial shows you how to turn on or off password protected sharing, but there's nothing to set up since it just uses your account's password.

    If you like, the tutorial below goes into more details about file sharing.

    File Sharing - "Share with" & "Stop Sharing" in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    This tutorial shows you how to turn on or off password protected sharing, but there's nothing to set up since it just uses your account's password.

    If you like, the tutorial below goes into more details about file sharing.

    File Sharing - "Share with" & "Stop Sharing" in Windows 8

    Thank you very much
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    You're most welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're most welcome.
    Hy i found this tutorial on how to set the password, Because the password for sharing is not the same as the windows account's pass! at least for me


    Hope this helps someone
    cheers
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Jan 2017 at 10:09. Reason: removed link full of pop ups
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    The password would be for the account the shared file is owned by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    The password would be for the account the shared file is owned by.
    Im just starting to learn about it
    truly sorry about the pop up,. I have poper blocker extension so i had no idea.
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