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Windows 7: Network Sharing asks for Password

04 Aug 2013   #1

Win XP
Network Sharing asks for Password


I have 3 computers (1 XP, and 2 Windows 7). Win 7 computers can always access network shares on Win XP without a password. However, I can't seem to get this working Win 7 to Win 7. I have searched the internet for an answer, but so far haven't been able to solve it.

Here's the setup:
1. "Documents" folder shared on Win 7 computer, configured so that "Everyone" has Read/Write access. Windows Explorer confirms this by stating "Shared with: Everyone, User"
2. Password Protected Sharing has been disabled in the Network Control Panel.

Now, I go to the other two computers and attempt to navigate to the share and am prompted for network authentication. How do I disable this completely?


Update: I have followed the guide provided by this forum exactly and still no luck.
Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

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04 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

The link below shows a couple of different ways to fix this problem. Seems to have something to do with the Guest account being active. Also make sure that the time/date settings are in sync.

Windows 7 prompts for password even though password protected sharing is off | Kent Oyer
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Aug 2013   #3

Win XP

Well I'm not exactly sure what did it, but sharing now seems to work without a password. I had never enabled the guest account and the settings in Local Policy editor were already set to allow for all users.
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