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Is it possible to share files over lan with password protection turned on for file sharing but at the same time have the printer not prompt for password?

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No. Once you enable password protection, all filesharing / printer connections must be authenticated with a valid system username and a password. The closest you could achieve would be to create a guest account and set a password on it (i.e., guest), and then let people use that if they do not have another account on the Vista computer.

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Thanks, looks like serving fiiles a file server might be more suitable. –  Uku Loskit Oct 7 '10 at 18:47

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