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Level 2 Contributor

Password protected sharing: Private vs All networks.


In Win8.1's Advanced sharing settings, we have "Turn on/off file and printer sharing" in Private. 

In All networks we also have "Turn on password protected sharing" (for printers, etc).

Since Private is also part of All Networks, which one take precidence?

Turning the setting off in All networks does not also automartically turn it off in Private as expected.



P.S. What's up with the required Labels: Where's the Windows client label?

Level 4 Contributor

Hello Bret, I'm Terry, and I'm pleased to assist you with your question. If you are looking for the best way to share files in your private network, hit on ⊞ Win + I and go to Network and Internet.


Now access Network, after it - Sharing Center. On the left side of the screen, hit on Change advanced sharing settings.


Go to Private, hit on the arrow, and switch on the configuration - Enable network discovery, Enable automatic configuration of network-connected devices and Enable file and printer sharing.


In the Guest or Public menu, hit on the arrow and switch on the configuration - Disable network discovery and disable file and printer sharing.


Go to All networks, hit on the arrow, and switch on the configuration - Enable sharing so that anyone with network access can read and write files in public folders and Disable password-protected sharing.


Hit on Save to save your settings. If you do everything correctly, my advice is to try this reliable office 365 backup software, as you should be always prepared for any issues.

Level 6 Contributor

The Windows Firewall can swap the set of predefined firewall rules (ports blocked or allowed) it uses based on the type of network to which it is connected. The different sets of rules are called “profiles,” and there is one each for Domain networks, Private networks, and Public networks.

Domain networks are detected automatically (by Network Location Awareness service) by the presence of a domain controller from the client computer’s domain.

When NLA starts to detect the network location, the machine will contact the domain controller via port 389. If this detection successful, it will get the domain firewall profile and we cannot change the network location profile. If the domain was not found or process failed, NLA will let you to determine which firewall profile will be used, private or public.

For a non-domain networks, you get to choose between Private (typically a home or small office) and Public (such as coffee shop or public library Wi-Fi hotspots). By default, a network is assigned to the Public profile. You can assign a network to the Private profile when you know and trust the users and computers on that network.

A network connection can only have one active profile at a time so there is no presidence to consider.