Do Not Require Login to Access Shared Folders

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

Open access to shared folders so users don't have to enter a username and password.

If you share folders on your Windows PCs, you can require remote users on the network to login in order to access them. If you don’t want remote users to be required to login, you can also disable this functionality:

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

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

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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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