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Configuring shared Windows folders for maximum network protection

STEP 1

Configure the shared Windows folders for maximum network protection

  1. Press the Windows + E keys to open the My Computer window.

  2. Depending on your version of Windows, do one of the following:

    • For Windows 8/7: Right-click drive C, and select Share with > Advanced Sharing

    • For Windows Vista: Right-click drive C, and click Share...

    • For Windows XP: Right-click drive C, and click Sharing and Security...

  3. Depending on your version of Windows, do one of the following:

    • For Windows 8/7/Vista: In the Local Disk (C:) Properties window, under Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing.

      If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

      In the Advanced Sharing window, examine to see if Share this folder option is checked. To disable sharing, uncheck it.

    • For Windows XP: Click the link "If you understand the risk but still want to share . . . " if it is present.

      In the Network Sharing and Security section, examine to see if either of the two check boxes is checked. To disable sharing, uncheck them.

  4. Click Apply and then click OK.

  5. For Windows 8/7/Vista: In the Local Disk (C:) Properties window, click Close.

STEP 2

Configure Advanced Share settings

    You can use the Windows Advanced share settings on Windows 8/7/Vista.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.

    control

  3. In the Control Panel window, on the top-right corner, in the search box, type network, and then click Network and Sharing Center.

  4. Depending on your version of Windows, do one of the following:

    • For Windows 8/7: In the left pane, click Change advanced sharing settings. Click the arrow button to expand the All Networks profile and view the Public folder sharing options.

    • For Windows Vista: Under Sharing and Discovery, click the arrow button to expand the Public folder sharing options.

  5. Under Public folder sharing, select one of the available options, and click Save changes or Apply.

    If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

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DOCID: kb20090304041652EN_EndUserProfile_en_us
Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Last modified: 07/20/2015