Password Protect Network Shared Folders in XP Pro

madison castro February 18, 2010
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I have a several computers on a small network. These computers are shared with several users of that network. There is one computer that acts as a file server. It has shared folders in C:\ & D:\ drives that are shared with all computers on the network. They all run on windows XP Pro.

Is it possible to password protect the shared folders on the file server? What i really want is once user try to gain access to the shared folder on the file server he or she will have to supply a password. I’m talking about across the network, not on the local computer.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I suggest you do not reinstall your Windows XP or take it to an computer expert for repair, it may cost you some time or result in losing data, or cost some money.

    You can totally reset the password by yourself by creating a bootable cd with these Windows password recovery tool, such as Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 , Ophcrack, Windows Password Key .

  2. Aibek
    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

    By default Windows XP doesn't offer this feature however it's possible to password protect default shared folders on your computer. Only the network users who know the username and apassword will be able to access those folders.

    Simply make sure that your Windpws has guest account option turned on and then add a password to the guest account. Once that's dne, any computer that tries to access your shared folders over the network over a network will be asked for a username (default will be 'Guest') and the guest password.

    If you dont know how to vcreate guest accounts and add passowrd to it, follow the steps below:

    1. Log into Windows XP as an Administrator (unless your account has Admin priviledges)

    2. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts, and then click on Guest Account.

    3. Make sure that Guest account option is turned on

    4. Go to Start -> Run, and type cmd in the entry box. Hit Enter.

    5. At the command prompt, type 'Net user guest password' (without quotes) and press Enter.

    6. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts, then click on Guest Account. Now you should be able to set a password on the Guest Account.

    7. Add a Password and restart your Computer. Done!

    A similar question was also asked here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/425898-how-do-i-password-protect.html