Windows 10: Entire user folder is shared even though "Share this folder" unchecked

Discus and support Entire user folder is shared even though "Share this folder" unchecked in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Windows 10 Home 1803. If I check the "Sharing" tab in my User folder properties, it shows up as shared. So I go into Advanced Sharing to uncheck the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by ljones86, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. ljones86 Win User

    Entire user folder is shared even though "Share this folder" unchecked


    Windows 10 Home 1803. If I check the "Sharing" tab in my User folder properties, it shows up as shared. So I go into Advanced Sharing to uncheck the "Share this folder" box, but it's not checked. Logged into the share with my phone, and sure enough, everything is shared. Why is it doing this, and how do I make it stop?


    Entire user folder is shared even though "Share this folder" unchecked [​IMG]


    :)
     
    ljones86, Dec 22, 2018
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  2. Kol-12 Win User

    Entire Users folder is shared.

    I've recently created a new administrator account and converted my original admin account into a standard user account for "best practice security"

    I noticed that as a standard user I'm able to access the administrators user folder which AFAIK a standard user should not be able to do.

    On checking the properties of the "Users" folder and the "Advanced sharing" section of the "Sharing" tab the "Everyone" group has full control over the users folder. The folder is also indicated as being in State:Shared.

    I did not initiate these permissions on the users folder so the only thing I can think of is that when I created a Homegroup that the Homegroup initiated the share. I only created the Homegroup for testing purposes and removed it afterwards. I've read a
    similar report about Win 7 where in the creation of a Homegroup or public sharing automatically shares the entire users folder and even after removing the Homegroup the users folder remains shared!

    https://scottiestech.info/2009/09/2...ing-the-entire-user-directory-shared-problem/

    Is it possible Windows 10 has inherited the same behavior? At this stage I'm purely speculating about what's happened but the Homegroup issue does seem feasible.

    Basically I want to get this all set back to normal or default and I'm concerned that this also a security issue. Not knowing exactly what's happened here I'm unsure about what permissions to go and start changing without breaking anything or making things
    worse. Can anyone help me?
     
    Kol-12, Dec 22, 2018
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  3. Dice Vil Win User
    Entire Users folder is shared.

    Hi,

    As you surmised, setting up the Homegroup environment could be one of the factors why that's happening.

    If I'm not mistaken, there is an option to control sharing permissions by right-clicking the folder (in this case, your Users Folder), selecting
    Share with, and clicking either Stop Sharing or
    Specific people.

    You may also refer to this
    link
    for more information regarding a similar issue that happened in Windows 7 and see if you can apply the same steps in your system.

    Regards.
     
    Dice Vil, Dec 22, 2018
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  4. Frogger Win User

    Entire user folder is shared even though "Share this folder" unchecked

    ?? How do I PW protect Folders in windows

    hmmm?
    Sharing files and folders overview You can share the files and folders stored on your computer, on a network, and on the Web. The method you choose depends on whom you want to share files with, and what computer they will use to access the files.

    When you share files or folders, they are not as protected as they are when you do not share them. People with access to your computer or your network might be able to read, copy, or change files that are in a shared folder. You should always be aware that the files and folders that you share are available to other people and be sure to monitor your shared files and folders on a regular basis.

    Important

    If your computer is not joined to a domain, you can use the Network Setup Wizard to automatically turn file and printer sharing on or off. To start the Network Setup Wizard, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Setup Wizard.
    If you both use the same computer

    You can put the files you want to share in the Shared Documents folder. Files stored in the Shared Documents folder or its subfolders are always available to other users on your computer.

    Step-by-step procedure
    Note

    If you are connected to a network domain, the Shared Documents, Shared Pictures, and Shared Music folders are not available.
    If both computers are on the same network

    You can share a folder or drive on your computer with others on the network. You can also control whether the files in the shared folder can be modified by other users.

    If your computer is connected to a network domain, use this procedure:

    Step-by-step procedure
    If your computer is connected to a workgroup, use this procedure:

    Step-by-step procedure
    Note

    If you are connected to a network domain, you will need to set the Access control for the folder or drive after sharing it. For more information, go to To set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions.
    If you want to share your files online

    You can publish pictures and documents on the Web using the Web Publishing Wizard. The files will be stored in a private, online folder that you manage.

    Step-by-step procedure

    If you don't want others to access your files

    You can prevent other users from accessing your folders and the files they contain. When your computer is connected to a domain, this is called setting permissions for your file or folder. When your computer is connected to a workgroup, this is called making your folders private.

    If your computer is connected to a network domain, use this procedure:

    Step-by-step procedure
    If your computer is connected to a workgroup, use this procedure:

    Step-by-step procedure

    'HELP' it can be your friend *Smile Entire user folder is shared even though "Share this folder" unchecked :)
     
    Frogger, Dec 22, 2018
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