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
- Right-click the network icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center:
- Click on Change advanced sharing settings:
- 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”:
- In the “All Networks” section select “Turn off password protected sharing”:
- Click “Save changes”.
- Sign out to apply changes (or just reboot your PC):
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).
- Right-click on the folder you want to share for your local area network.
- Select “Properties“:
- Go to the “Sharing” tab.
- Click on “Advanced sharing“:
- Set the checkbox “Share this folder“.
- Then click “Permissions“:
- Specify full access or read-only access for “Everyone” and click “OK“:
- Now go to the “Security” tab.
- Click “Edit“:
- Click “Add“:
- Type “Everyone“:
- 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: