Windows 10: Password help when sharing on a home network

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  1. Password help when sharing on a home network


    Hello, sorry if this is a repeat question but I've searched the forums and haven't managed to find the answer I'm after and I don't think I fully understand how to set up my home network correctly.


    I'm trying to set up a network connection between several computers over my wireless network at home and I would like the access to be password protected. I have set the network as private, turned on file sharing and turned on password-protected sharing. The network access works and the first time I connected through explorer I was asked for a password, however I have never been asked for a password since. Even when both computers are restarted they have full access to each other. Is this expected behaviour? Ideally I would like to be asked for a password whenever I try to establish a connection between the machines. I have a third computer in the house and when this tries to access the other computers through the network it is asked for a password (although I haven't input the password as I don't want this machine to have constant access to the networked computers!). Please let me know if there is a way to achieve what I'm after or if I just misunderstand how password protection should work over a network.

    :)
     
    NicholasCohen1, Dec 2, 2019
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  2. Network Sharing

    Hi Arya,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Provide us additional information to assist you better with this issue:

    1. Are you trying to share the wireless network connection from Windows device to phone?
    2. What is the make and model of the phone?
    3. Which version of Windows is installed on your device?
    Refer the article ‘Which version of Windows operating system am I running
    to provide the details.

    If you’re referring to sharing the Wireless network connection in Windows 10, I suggest you to follow the steps mentioned below.

    1. Press Windows + I key on your keyboard and click on Network & Internet.
    2. On the network & Internet page, click on ‘Mobile hotspot’.
    3. Turn On’ Share my Internet connection with other devices under Mobile hotspot.
    4. The default network name and password will be available under Mobile hotspot.
    5. Enter the same password on the device which you’re trying to connect and check the status of the issue.

    If you’re trying to share the internet connection, then refer the article
    Use your PC as a mobile hotspot
    for more information.

    If you’re referring to ‘File sharing’, I suggest you to refer the section ‘How do I troubleshoot sharing and folders’ from the article ‘File
    sharing over a network in Windows 10
    .

    Get back to us for further assistance on this issue. We will be happy to help you.

    Regards,

    Muralidhar

    Microsoft Community Moderator
     
    Muralidhar_G, Dec 2, 2019
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  3. Try3 Win User
    Share a folder over a home network without password prompting

    There used to be a need for an extra step in some conditions** but I thought that need had disappeared [I still do the extra step routinely so I have not tested its need for several years].

    ** when using different Windows versions on a network that is connected by an ethernet cable directly between the two computers without any router

    You used to have to
    1 Set password protected sharing On
    2 Create a local Admin account with the same name on every computer and set the same password for each of those accounts.
    3 Enter the Admin's password when first challenged [when first trying to access a shared folder across the network].
    [4 There was no further call for this password - it was a first-use-only thing.]

    Perhaps this is still a useful step? Hopefully, a network buff will chip in soon.

    In the meantime, you might check if you have included all the steps in Share Files and Folders Over a Network - TenForumsTutorials and that your Workgroup name is the same on all network computers.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
     
    Try3, Dec 2, 2019
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  4. Arun B J Win User

    Password help when sharing on a home network

    Windows 10 intermittently prompts for network credentials

    Hi,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community..

    I understand your concern and will assist you to resolve this issue.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps.


    • Press Window Key, and type Network and sharing

    • Click on Change Advanced sharing settings

    • Select all network

    • Under Home Group connections

    • Select Use user Account and Password to connect to other computer

    • If don’t want the password follow the steps below

    • Select all network

    • Under password protected Sharing

    • Turn off Password Protected Sharing


    Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we would be happy to help.
     
    Arun B J, Dec 2, 2019
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