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I'm trying to restrict access to a share in a workplace network using username/password credentials. For that I've added a new user via netplwiz that belongs to the Distributed COM-User group according to this video. In the advanced sharing settings I have the following settings under both public and private:

  • Network discovery: On
  • File and printer sharing: On
  • Public folder: Off
  • Password protected sharing: On
  • Allow windows to manage homegroup connections: On

In the sharing settings of my shared folders I have added reading permissions for my new user account test01, and under the security tab I have added the groups Authenticated Users and Users, and the new user account.

The problem is this: The other computer discovers the share, but it never prompts to ask for a password. When I leave the Everyone group in the permissions dialog of the share, I can simply access and view all files in the folder without password. When I just leave user test01 in the list, I cannot access the share at all on the other computer. It simply displays the following error message:

Windows cannot access \\Server\TestShare
You do not have permissions to access \\Server\TestShare. Contact your network administrator to request access.

What is wrong?

  • Ensure you don't have any (wrong/old) saved credentials (in Windows' Credential Manager) on the client box you're trying to access the share with. Also, is this a Workgroup, or Domain-based "workplace network"? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 29 '15 at 18:04
  • I couldn't even once enter a password on the client box since it never prompted me to. It is a workplace network without a domain but with a workgroup. – Lenar Hoyt Dec 29 '15 at 18:31
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Is workplace network always in relation to a domain? – Lenar Hoyt Dec 29 '15 at 21:49
  • Never mind. The problem was elsewhere. The user/password combination I've tested it with matched exactly the current user on the client box, so apparently Windows 7 does silently check these credentials against the host machine so that it was immediately logged in without asking for the password. Could that be? – Lenar Hoyt Dec 30 '15 at 0:58

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