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Topic # 230799 13-Mar-2018 20:18
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I've finally taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 10 from my trusty old XP machine (which is slowly dying). Got my printer setup however I'm running into an issue with Network Sharing.

 

On my XP machine, other users on the network could just access the shared folders on the network by double-clicking the folder they wanted. Note that my desktop is the only machine running 10 - one runs Vista, one runs 7.

 

Now when trying to access the 10 machine, they get prompted for a password, and shared folders are not visible - I setup a test folder on the desktop but it's not visible when I try to look from the Vista machine which was (somehow) able to access the desktop.

 

Some questions:

 

- how can I remove the password? I trust the other users on the network to not need to enter one

 

- can I name my 10 machine the same name as my old XP one, with the same folders shared, and it will just work?

 

- how do I setup a shared folder on the 10 machine so it can be viewed (and modified) by other users on the network?

 

The reason I found out this wasn't working was I tried to share my printer over the network but it's not sharing that properly either. (edit: I got the printer working, but folder sharing still eludes me).

 

I did Google for this but couldn't find too much useful stuff for my situation.

 

Thanks in advance for any help smile


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  Reply # 1974203 13-Mar-2018 20:20
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Note, the only shared folders visible are "Printers" and "Users" - neither of which I want visible, just the folders I want to choose to be shared.


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  Reply # 1974209 13-Mar-2018 20:29
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You want to turn off password-protected sharing in the Advanced sharing settings of the Network and Sharing Center in the classic Control Panel.

 

 




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  Reply # 1974210 13-Mar-2018 20:30
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Also - while I'm here, how do I create a shortcut to Windows Explorer on the desktop? Or My Computer (or whatever it's called here)? It's a nuisance to have to keep pressing <Ctrl> <E> all the time...




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  Reply # 1974215 13-Mar-2018 20:46
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Thanks yitz. I just checked but it's already set to that frown


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  Reply # 1974224 13-Mar-2018 21:06
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To share a folder you need to add the group 'Everyone' and set permissions for the 'Everyone' group to Read or Read/Write (as applicable).

 

You should then be able to access the share from another PC via \\WIN10-PC\Users\quickymart\Desktop\myfolder

 

 

 

 

 

To share a folder and specify a share path/name e.g. \\WIN10-PC\myfolder then you must follow the above step and and then use Advanced Sharing to set a Share name and Permissions.

 

 




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  Reply # 1974258 13-Mar-2018 21:27
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Thanks so much, I think that's got it. Cheers for your help smile

 

Any idea how to make a shortcut to My Computer etc on the desktop?


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  Reply # 1974261 13-Mar-2018 21:33
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quickymart:

Any idea how to make a shortcut to My Computer etc on the desktop?

 

 

See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027090/windows-10-show-desktop-icons



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  Reply # 1976435 14-Mar-2018 12:03
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Think I've got it sorted, thanks again for your help yitz. Now for the tedious task of moving everything over...


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