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Can't disable password protected file sharing

  1. #1


    janie Guest

    Can't disable password protected file sharing

    Hello, I have 2 networking/file sharing problems with Vista Home Premium
    that appeared suddenly and arbitrarily.

    I successfully added a Vista Home Prem machine to my existing network over 6
    weeks ago. A printer is attached to the Vista machine. I do not have a
    print server on my router, so I need to ensure the Vista machine is booted up
    in order to print from the XP machine. The addition of the Vista machine
    went flawlessly. I changed the security settings in Vista to Private
    Network. I enabled file sharing, but did not enable password protection.

    We could share files (simple file sharing in XP) and print from the Xp
    machine until 3 days ago. Suddenly we were denied printing and prompted for
    User names and passwords when navigating to the Vista machine's public
    folder. No new programs had been installed (we had been on vacation) and no
    settings had been changed. Right before we left for vacation, I printed off
    directions for our trip, then when I returned - printer access denied and
    password prompts. We went from Camelot to HADES. Blast it, I'm never going
    on vacation again. Here's where I need help:

    **TURN OFF PASSWORD? I have tried to turn off password protected sharing in
    the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing window, but am
    unable to complete the change. I select the appropriate radio button and
    click Apply, but nothing changes. I am an administrator on the computer.

    **LESS CUMBERSOME PROCESS? The work around I'm using is tedious. I changed
    the XP machine to Advanced File Sharing. In order to use the printer
    attached to the Vista machine, I must navigate to the other machine's public
    folder, which prompts me for a user name and password. Only after inputting
    this information, I can print. Is there an easier way to do this?

    This is frustrating as heck, so any help would be appreciated. Janie!

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  2. #2


    Join Date : Nov 2007
    Posts : 1
    Vista Home Premium 32bit
    Local Time: 19:39


     

    Re: Can't disable password protected file sharing

    The not being able to turn password file protection off problem happened to me after I put a password on the Guest account, via running prompt command as administrator and typing Net user Guest password. I had to go back to command prompt as administrator, type Net user Guest "" and then it was possible again to deactivate password protected file sharing.

    I saw in another forum a guy who had the same problem when he was adding new users to the machine, and he had to change passwords of all accounts (or add ones to the accounts that didn't had password) in order to resolve the problem. I hope this helps you a little... Good luck!

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  3. #3


    janie Guest

    Re: Can't disable password protected file sharing

    Thank you for responding. I will try your suggestions.

    "petruc" wrote:

    >
    > The not being able to turn password file protection off problem happened
    > to me after I put a password on the Guest account, via running prompt
    > command as administrator and typing _Net_user_Guest_password_. I had to
    > go back to command prompt as administrator, type _Net_user_Guest_\"\"_
    > and then it was possible again to deactivate password protected file
    > sharing.
    >
    > I saw in another forum a guy who had the same problem when he was
    > adding new users to the machine, and he had to change passwords of all
    > accounts (or add ones to the accounts that didn't had password) in order
    > to resolve the problem. I hope this helps you a little... Good luck!
    >
    >
    > --
    > petruc
    >

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  4. #4


    Join Date : Nov 2007
    Posts : 1
    Vista Home Premium 32bit
    Local Time: 19:39


     

    Re: Can't disable password protected file sharing

    Thank you a lot, I had this same problem, and disabling the Guest's password allowed me to disable the file sharing password.

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  5. #5


    Join Date : May 2008
    San Diego
    Posts : 1
    Vista Ultimate 32bit
    Local Time: 14:39
    usa us california

     

    Re: Can't disable password protected file sharing

    Thanks. Even the /? help dialog did not mention the "" to remove the guest password.

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  6. #6


    Hank Arnold (MVP) Guest

    Re: Can't disable password protected file sharing

    ronc wrote:

    > Thanks. Even the /? help dialog did not mention the "" to remove the
    > guest password.
    >
    >
    In the future, could you please attach at least a portion of the post
    you are replying to? I have no clue as to the specific problem or any
    responses.... Thanks.

    BTW, why do you even have a guest id active? This could a *HUGE*
    security exposure.

    --

    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services

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