How to Disable Auto Login to Network Share Folders

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How to Disable Auto Login to Network Share Folders
Protect shared network folders with a password. (cartella file 02 image by DAN from Fotolia.com)

If you are sharing folders over a network, you may want these folders to be password-protected to disable auto-login. Placing a password on shared folders will allow only authorised users to access the files inside, increasing your network security. In Windows XP, you will need to set a password for the guest account to do this. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you will need to activate password-protected sharing.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and choose "Run" from the start menu.

  2. 2

    Type "command" (without quotation marks) and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

  3. 3

    Type "net user guest *" and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

  4. 4

    Type the password you would like to assign to your shared folders and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

  5. 5

    Type the password a second time to confirm and press "Enter" on your keyboard. This will place a password on your network share files and prevent users from automatically logging in to the folders.

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from the start menu.

  2. 2

    Choose "Network and Internet" from the "Control Panel" and then click "Network and Sharing Center."

  3. 3

    Scroll down to the "Password protected sharing" section and click the arrow button next to the header to extend the section.

  4. 4

    Place a mark next to "Turn on password protected sharing" and then click the "Apply" button.

  5. 5

    Enter the administrator password if prompted. Now only people with a user name and password on the computer will be able to log into shared network folders.

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