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Windows 7: User hierarchy keeps Sharing itself on network!

05 Dec 2010   #11
paul1149

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1
 
 

Then what is the significance of them being listed under Network?


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05 Dec 2010   #12
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

They are listed under the network because you have elected to allow files to be shared. If you have any files or folders shared, then they will be listed under network. That's so you can see, at a quick glance, what you've allowed to be shared. You can right click on any of them and check out the sharing properties to see exactly who has access to them.

For example, on my laptop I have file and printer sharing enabled, and I also have the public folders shared. My user files are also shared, by default (but there's a caveat, which I'll explain in a minute). When I go to my CarPC, nothing show up because I don't have an identical logon on that computer (or I don't connect using my user/password that's on my laptop). Now, when I go to my son's computer and log on using my identical user/password, I have access to my shared files, including my user files. Since I use the exact same credentials on both computers, and I have the same file sharing settings on both computers, I have full access to my shared files.

It's confusing, I admit. But once you get a grip on how sharing works it kind of makes sense.
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05 Dec 2010   #13
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

As a follow up: if you ever enable a homegroup, chances are the Users directory will be shared when you switch back to a workgroup. You can right click on the Users folder, select sharing and then advanced sharing, and disable sharing. After that, none of the user folders will show up on your computer (or the remote computer), to include the public user folders.
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06 Dec 2010   #14
paul1149

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1
 
 

Ok then, putting your two posts together would explain this, because I did not manually share the User folders, but as I said, I did switch momentarily to homegroups a few days ago.

And then, once available for sharing, the folders would be seen on the network only according to the permissions I had granted. IIUC, in your case, you've granted permissions only to your own login on certain other computers, so access is quite severely restricted.

If all this is accurate, the mystery is solved. And while one might wish that the same rationale that automatically places the User folders on the network when switching to a homegroup would also take them off when switching to a workgroup, I can see that no real damage would have been done.
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06 Dec 2010   #15
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

The problem isn't so much Homegroups, but trying to set up a Homegroup if there are OP systems besides Windows 7 machines in the network, it seems to cause this problem to occur. I've seen it quite a few times now.

Homegroups is really only made to work with Win 7 machines and for what ever reason when you set up a Homegroup when other Op systems are in the network it seems to share out the entire User folder. Easily fixed by unsharing the User folder but one would think that going to the workgroup would fix the problem but apparently that isn't the case.

This doesn't seem to occur when all the machines are Win 7 based.
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06 Dec 2010   #16
paul1149

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1
 
 

That is the case here. There is an XP home machine on the LAN.

Thanks for confirming the problem, and thanks to everyone here for their insight in getting me through this.

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