Turn Off Password Protected Sharing In Windows 10

How to Turn Off Password Protected Sharing In Windows 10

November 02, 2016 10:23 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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If password protected sharing is on, only those people who have your user account and password can access your shared files, folders and printers. To give direct access to shared files to others without being asked credentials each time on your computer, you can turn off password protected sharing for them. This tutorial will show you how to turn off password protected sharing on your Windows 10 PC. Please note that You should be an administrator of your machine to follow them.

Part 1: What is password protected sharing?

Password protected sharing is a networking based feature in Windows 10, with which you can allow or block other users on your system to access shared files, printers and public folders provided that they sigh in to a password-protected local user account on the computer. By default, this feature is turned on and someone else having a user account on your system can go to Network pane in the File Explorer, to access the shared data.

Part 2: Turn off Password Protected Sharing in Windows 10 Via Control Panel

Just follow the steps below to Turn off Password Protected Sharing in Windows 10

Step 1: Enter sharing in the search box and choose Manage advanced sharing settings from the result.

manage advanced sharing settings

Step 2: Click the down arrow on the right of All Networks to expand the settings.

arrow down

Step 3: Select Turn off password protected sharing or Turn on password protected sharing, and tap Save changes.

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Part 3: Turn off Password Protected Sharing Using Registry Editor

Some users have reported that cannot turn off password protected sharing after updated to Windows 10. Actually, all you need to do is find and remove the GUEST account password, so the system will allow password-protected sharing to be modified. Now follow this detailed tutorial to disable password protected sharing in Windows 10.

Step 1: On the Start screen, type control panel. Once the search results are shown, select Control Panel.

Step 2: Click User Accounts and family safety then choose User Accounts. After that, select Manage Another Account, then click the Guest Account.

Step 3: Select Remove the password for the Guest Account or Turn off the Guest Account.

If in case you will encounter issues in removing the password for the Guest account, follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Press the Windows logo + [R] keys to launch the Run window.In the Open field, enter control userpasswords2 then click OK.


Step 2: Select the Guest Account and click Reset Password Button.

reset password

Step 3: Leave the New password and Confirm new password fields blank. Then click OK.

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