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Thursday, 30 August 2012

How to Protect Shared Folders in Windows XP with a Password

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Sometimes we don't wish our folder to be accessed by every user out there in the network. So it must be protected with a password.

I was unknown about this quick trick although i required my folder to be protected with a password since a long time.

Since shared folders are accessed on the network using the guest account, once the password for the guest account is set, a user in your workgroup or network must supply a valid username and password for the guest account to access the shared folders.

Lets get started



Password protecting a shared network folder:
  1. Log into Windows XP as an Administrator
  2. Click Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts, then click on Guest Account and make sure it is turned on
  3. Now Click Start -> Run, type cmd in the box, and click Ok
  4. At the command prompt, type Net user guest password and press Enter
  5. Again, Click Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts, then click on Guest Account
     
  6. Notice that, not you can set a password on the Guest Account. Set a Password of the Guest Account and restart your Computer
                   Set a Guest Password to password protect shared folder

Now, when a person tires to access your shared folder, they will be prompted for a username and password to continue. Use the username "Guest" and "password" you have just set, to access the shared folders from your network.