I have two PCs, both with their own local accounts.
\\THINKPAD-T61P OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit Username: Lappy \\Matthew-PC OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Username: Matthew
Both of these users are on the same Homegroup, each PC can "see" each other from the Homegroup folder.
Matthew-PC, I have a folder that was shared with the Homegroup (by right clicking on folder and clicking Share With > Homegroup (Read)).
THINKPAD-T61P logged in as
Lappy, I can see the folder I have shared on
Matthew-PC, however when I try and open the folder to access the contents, it asks me for user credentials.
Why do I need to provide credentials of a user on the machine I'm trying to read files from?
I tested and indeed if I put in the user
Matthew and the correct password it will give me access. This is pointless for me as I want to be able to share files with other people without them knowing my password.
On both machines, the Advanced sharing settings are the default for Windows 7, but most notably, the following (defaults) are used.
- Turn on password protected sharing
- Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections (recommended)
How do I share these folders without sharing passwords?