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I am using Windows Server 2008 Enterprise. I want to share a disk folder and I want users to be able to access directly (e.g. using \\\shared in Windows resource explorer) without using user name and password. Guest account does not work for me since it needs user name (Guest). Any solutions?

BTW: the same solution for Windows XP is also ok.


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Have you tried disabling 'Password Protected Sharing' in the Network and Sharing Centre?

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In the "Network and Sharing Centre", I did not see an option called 'Password Protected Sharing'. Do you mean Windows Server 2008 or Windows XP? – George2 Jul 3 '10 at 9:46
Just a thought, if you're running a Domain this won't work, otherwise – Pulse Jul 3 '10 at 10:23
To achieve your requirement, use 'Public Folders' shared to the 'Everyone' group. Once password protected sharing is disabled, you will not need a user name or password to connect. – Pulse Jul 4 '10 at 7:32
When you share the folder, you provide a name, for example 'documents'. So in explorer you simply type \\\documents There should be nothing else needed. – Pulse Jul 4 '10 at 11:35
You don't need a domain for this to work, being in a 'Workgroup' is fine. To set-up the share, open 'My Computer'. expand 'Libraries' and then which ever of the four sub-folders you desire, for example, 'documents' right click on 'Public documents' and select 'Properties\sharing\Advanced Sharing' make sure 'Share this folder' is selected then enter a name, Select 'Permissions' and add who ever you wish. That should be it. Here's a good read… – Pulse Jul 4 '10 at 13:28

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