Set up network access on Windows 10 and share a folder without creating homegroup

One of the most popular questions concerning networking in Windows 10 is “How can I share a folder on network?” Here is our simple step-by-step guide on how to set up network access without setting up a homegroup in Windows 10 and share a folder to everyone on your local network (LAN). 

Set up a network access on Windows 10 without creating homegroup

Step 1. Enable network discovery and turn off homegroup-based access

  1. Right-click the network icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center: 
  2. Click on Change advanced sharing settings: change advanced sharing settings windows 10
  3. In the “Current Profile” section select:
    – “Turn on network discovery”,
    – “Turn on file and printer sharing”,
    – “Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers”: 
  4. In the “All Networks” section select “Turn off password protected sharing”: 
  5. Click “Save changes”.
  6. Sign out to apply changes (or just reboot your PC): sign out to apply network sharing settings

Step 2. Configure folder sharing for everyone

Here is how to share a folder in Windows 10. In our example we will show you how to share a folder for Everyone (for all users even those who don’t have an account on your PC).

  1. Right-click on the folder you want to share for your local area network.
  2. Select “Properties“: folder properties
  3. Go to the “Sharing” tab.
  4. Click on “Advanced sharing“: advanced sharing
  5. Set the checkbox “Share this folder“.
  6. Then click “Permissions“: share this folder
  7. Specify full access or read-only access for “Everyone” and click “OK“: share permissions
  8. Now go to the “Security” tab.
  9. Click “Edit“: edit security permissions
  10. Click “Add“: add users to security permissions
  11. Type “Everyone“: permit everyone to read the contents
  12. Now click “OK“, “OK” and “Close“.

As a result, you can access the folder from another machine on the LAN without entering any user credentials: network access to folder


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