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How to Turn off Microsoft File Sharing: Windows 7


(Adapted from http://www.it.cornell.edu/security/howto/filesharingwin7.cfm/.)

You may need to turn off file sharing on Windows7 or setup new file sharing configurations. Those procedures are below.

Turn Off File Sharing

  1. From Start, click Control Panel then click Network and Sharing Center
  2. On the left panel, click Change advanced sharing settings, then click the arrow on the right for Home or Work (making it current profile).

  3. left panel of Network and Sharing Center


    Change sharing options for different network profiles

  4. Check the following settings:
    • Network Discovery: Off
    • File and Printer Sharing: Off
    • Public Folder Sharing: Off
    • File Sharing Connections: Use 128-bit encryption...
  5. Click Save Changes.

  6. sharing options popup list

Even with file sharing and public folder sharing turned off, you can still share folders but with limitations. The next procedures explain

Limit the Permissions for Shared Folders

  1. From Start, click Control Panel then click Network and Sharing Center
  2. On the left panel, click Change advanced sharing settings, then click the arrow on the right for Home or Work (making it current profile).
  3. Under Public Folder Sharing click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public Folders.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. Request your ITC to set up accounts and passwords for shared folders.

Create a Shared Folder

    With password protected sharing is on, access is limited to people who have a user account and password on the computer containing shared files, printers, or Public folders.

  1. Right-click the folder you want to share.
  2. Select Share with then select Specific people...

  3. share with menu

  4. Click the arrow to select user names.
  5. Click Save Changes.
  6. Click Share (In the File Sharing box, you'll see a list of all shared folders.)
  7. Click Done.

  8. File Sharing Done popup

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