How to share any folder without password in Windows 8/10 in a home network if a Microsoft account is involved? RRS feed

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  • How to set up file sharing correctly, in a home network, with Windows 8/10, so sharing any folder with "Everyone" (File Explorer->Right click on folder->Properties->Sharing->Advanced Sharing->Share this folder) actually shares the folder with everyone, without password, even with Microsoft account?

    ---->when Microsoft accounts are involved, solutions does not work.

    I have a home network, with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 machines, all in the same Workgroup. No Homegroup. I want to be able to share individual folders on the network, by setting them to shared through File Explorer. In Windows 7 and Vista, I just go to Network and Sharing Center, enable file and printer sharing, disable password protected sharing, and it all works. In Windows 10 and Windows 8, the same still works, but only if both machines use local accounts. As soon as one of the machines - either the one accessing the files or the one sharing them - uses a Microsoft account, it is no longer possible to access any files or folders on the other machines. Specifically, if the machine with the Microsoft account tries to access the machine with the local account, it will prompt for a username and password, and access will fail unless username and password of an actual user on the target machine are provided. Changing the Microsoft account to a local account immediately fixes the problem, with no other configuration changes.

    I've found several reports of the others users but no solution. the problem seems to be same in windows 8 and 10.

    Thanks in advance.

    Monday, December 21, 2015 6:04 AM