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I want two user accounts of my Windows 10 PC to have full access to a particular folder and its subfolders and files.

So, I right clicked over the folder from UserX account and went to Give Access To and then, below, I clicked over UserY which I want to share the folder with.

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Then, below, I chose Yes share the items option: enter image description here

Then, I am asked if I want to turn on public network sharing or just private. I don't want to turn any network sharing at all.

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So, even if I choose the "No" option above, the folder will still be shared with other computers when I connect to a private Wireless network. I don't want this folder to show even on private networks. With this setup, I can access the folder from my other PC (from Network) connected to the same wireless network.

Is there a way to share a folder between users of the same PC without making it visible over a wireless network?

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  • File and Folder Sharing is a general option which must be ON for any sharing to happen. Beyond this, you control who has access by the user name (and password). It may be visible to other users but not accessible if no permission. Private Network connection is necessary for sharing. Public Network precludes most sharing – John Jan 9 '20 at 14:13
  • @John but what defines a "Public" and a "Private" network? I often work in cafes and I am connected to their password-protected wireless network. That's a private network, but others are also connected and can see my computer. Yes, they don't have my user account username/password to be able to see my files, but that doesn't sound very secure still. – multigoodverse Jan 9 '20 at 14:24
  • Public Network setting stops sharing and is used in locations that are unsafe – John Jan 9 '20 at 15:16
  • If you have a single Windows 10 PC, don't share anything over the network, just set permissions on the folder. – Peter Hahndorf Jan 9 '20 at 15:28
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You'll need to configure Advanced Sharing:

  1. Right-click directory to share > Properties > Tab: Sharing > Advanced Sharing...
  2. Tick: Share this Folder
  3. Share Name: Shared$
    • The $ hides the share, so the name must be known to access the file path
  4. Permissions
    1. Remove Everyone
    2. Add... > Advanced... > Find Now > Select each user/group that should have access > OK
    3. Highlight each user/group > Permissions for User / Group
      1. Assign either Full Control or Change and/or Read permissions
  5. View or Change Caching settings
  6. OK > OK

Access share via \\hostname\Shared$ or \\IP\Shared$. Users should then be asked to authenticate via their Windows username and passphrase.

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