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Windows 7: Make Shared Folder Fully Accessible (unconditioned)

18 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64 ,Windows 8 Ent x64 and Windows Xp SP2
 
 
Make Shared Folder Fully Accessible (unconditioned)

Hi,

My 5 Windows 7 ultimate x64 pc will share their drive with each other completely. Without any restrictions (full read/write/modify access )

I do not want any PC asking for User Id and password when the access the shared drive.

What i know basically is i will be having same workgroup on each PC .
I will turn on Network Discovery and enable file and printer sharing.
Will turn off Password Protected Sharing radio button.


Now doing this what i need is,

1. what type of user accounts i need on my each pc? (every pc log in to with its own different user name and password)
2. In advance sharing tab,just using EVERYONE will solve my problem?(along with NTFS permissions)
3. Do i need guest account on ?
4.should i disable the user id and password for booting ?
5.Will creating homegroup instead of workgroup a better option ?

best wishes

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18 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The way that you want it do would be more secure if each PC was in the homegroup. Without the homegroup you would also have to do 1 of 2 things. Add Everyone to the NTFS permissions and share permissions, or create each user account on the PC and give them NTFS permissions.

Unless you're on a domain then you can just add the domain accounts to the NTFS permissions.

With a homegroup all you need to do is add each PC to the homegroup Then set the access level.
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18 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 ,Windows 8 Ent x64 and Windows Xp SP2
 
 

Parman

so if add each pc to homegroup,the share wont ask for password at all ? (i will be sharing a whole drive ) and whatever username / id on individual pc be,it will still work flawlessly ?
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18 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Homegroup doesn't work that way. You can only libraries though Homegroups. I suppose you could attempt to add the whole drive to a library but i don't know if you can.

Sorry that i missed that part of your first post. Its something you could try though.
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18 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Parman View Post
Homegroup doesn't work that way. You can only libraries though Homegroups. I suppose you could attempt to add the whole drive to a library but i don't know if you can.
Parman, by default, the entire User folder is already shared with Everyone, but only with the Sharing tab, the Security tab and the NTFS permission settings are not set to share with Everyone.

Still your statement about setting up a Homegroup is true, and it's by far the easiest and safest way to share files and folders in a Workgroup. You can also do selective sharing by just keeping certain Users outside the Homegroup.

So by default, you can share Library's and also all folders which reside in the User folder unless someone unchecks the share in the Sharing tab.

With Windows, you only want to allow for access through the User folder and not the C: drive. This is by default and is much safer than sharing out the entire drive.

Therefore if you are in the Homegroup you will have access to every file in the User folder of all Homegroup machines and all Workgroup machines which are outside the Homegroup.

With Windows 7 SP1 the entire User folder is share out by default through the C:>User sharing tab only.

For sharing with Users who are in the Workgroup but not in the Homegroup, it's best to use the Public folders for that rather than bringing down the NTFS permission settings.
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18 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the correction, and i agree that just sharing the users folder is a lot safer and probably only thing that actually needs to be shared between the PC's.

It it not correct that if you add a folder to your libraries that they will be shared via homegroup?
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18 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Parman View Post
Thanks for the correction, and i agree that just sharing the users folder is a lot safer and probably only thing that actually needs to be shared between the PC's.

It it not correct that if you add a folder to your libraries that they will be shared via homegroup?
Yes but any Homegroup user can either uncheck any Library folder to never share it out, or you can choose Nobody when you right click on a Library folder.

And to share an entire Library "attached drives included" with anyone outside the Homegroup but in the Workgroup just choose "Everyone" after right clicking the Library folder, where it say's, "Share With" Specific People, choose Everyone.
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18 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Right on, I need to get my homegroup setup so a can stop working with theory, and start working with application.
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18 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Parman View Post
Right on, I need to get my homegroup setup so a can stop working with theory, and start working with application.
Yes you need to get hands on with a Homegroup then set other machines outside the Homegroup and see how many selective sharing possibilities are available. It's so much safer and easier this way.

I'm an idiot for messing with those NTFS permission settings when there was NO reason to do so.
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18 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I'm an idiot for messing with those NTFS permission settings when there was NO reason to do so.
Right but without the homegroup that's the only way. I think thats what makes homegroup so powerful.
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