Require Login to Access Shared Folders

by Eric Geier [Published on 28 Sept. 2011 / Last Updated on 28 Sept. 2011]

Require users to enter a username and password when accessing shared folders.

If you share folders on your Windows PCs, you can require remote users on the network to login in order to access them:

Open the Run dialog or a Command Prompt, and then enter the following and hit Enter: control userpasswords2

On the dialog box that appears, check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer check box, and then click OK.

Remember if you have a simple Workgroup network without a Windows Server Domain, remote users must login with a Windows account on the PC hosting the shared folder.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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