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Windows 7: Network sharing stopped working? password required?

05 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ult x64
Network sharing stopped working? password required?

I have been using windows 7 as my sole operating system since build 7087 and have never had sharing issues. I have it setup so that my desktop is a file server for my laptop. I setup sharing using the advanced panel under drive properties, I also set the security through there. Everything is set on "Everyone: Full Control". Up until today it worked just fine. I uninstalled and reinstalled my wireless drivers on the desktop (which resolved my internet issues) and now I get a box "Enter Network Password". I don't even have a password on either of the computers.

I reset all the settings, changing them to something else then changing them back, but nothing works. I can't see how nothing works with all of the same settings.

I feel that the network setup for both vista and 7 is stupidly difficult. Its like they don't really want you to share an entire drive, so they make you jump through hoops to do so. Sharing should be simple, right click, share, say who can share, done. What's so hard about that?

oh, i also tried to just share a folder (which has always been much easier, and this doesn't work either)
Anyway, anyone have an idea on this one?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #2


In Network & Sharing center, click 'Advanced sharing settings' and select 'Turn off password protected sharing' this will stop the annoying message. It's default value is ON.

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Hope this helps


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ult x64

already off.

my settings are the SAME as they have always been, meaning no password required. I hate having to type a password to access my own damn files >_<

oh, and I even tried creating an account and password, this didnt work either
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 Jul 2009   #4


You could try setting up an incoming connection, this will give you the ability to add a username & password.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) - Enable Incoming VPN Connections

Might be worth a try until a better solution is found.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ult x64

I guess i could try that, I just dont understand what happened between yesterday and today. Is there any mass reset for ALL settings related to file sharing?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #6


I'm not too sure, have you made any changes to your firewall settings that may have caused this?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ult x64

interesting. my computer has been having trouble connecting to my network, i thought I fixed the problem, but when I removed my network settings and tried to reconnect, I am once again unable to connect.

nope, don't believe I even have the firewall enabled.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #8


Have you tried resetting your router? I've seen many connection issues fixed that way.

P.S i've gotta go, hopefully someone may be able to answer better than I have
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ult x64

yeah, i have changed a bunch of settings on that router today )trying to get it to work on my desktop). it seems to be a pretty unstable router, but it works just fine on the laptop right now, and all the settings appear to be ok right now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 7264x64(main), 7260x86(secendary), XP SP3 Triple Boot

when you get asked for the password, does it ask you for a user as well? have you tried to enter your user/password?
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