Windows 10 has password protected sharing enabled by default. In this case, access to the shared files, folders and printers on your PC is limited to those who have a password protected user account. If you want to allow anyone to access these resources ( including those without an account) you will need to disable password protected sharing in Windows 10.
Password protected sharing is a security feature designed to prevent any unauthorized user from accessing shared resources. For this reason, disabling it can pose security risks, especially if you use your PC in public places such as an office, or at school, for example.
How to disable password protected sharing in Windows 10
If you’d rather keep your shared files secure and not disable password protected sharing in Windows 10, you can easily create a HomeGroup – it will automatically generate a password and any network-connected PC will be able to access your shared resources using that password, no user accounts needed.
However, if you’re in a safe network environment, you can just disable password protected sharing and make your files accessible to any user, including those without accounts. Here’s how to do it:
Before proceeding to the instruction, make sure the user account you’re currently signed into has administrative rights and if not, switch to the one that has them.
Open the Control Panel app and navigate to Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center. Click the link called “Change advanced sharing settings”.
On the next screen, expand the “All Networks” section.
The last subsection of the “All Networks” section is called Password protected sharing. Navigate to it and select the option called “Turn off password protected sharing” then click the “Save changes” button.
If you ever want to re-enable the password protected sharing, go back to the Advanced sharing settings and turn it back on.