Disable auto login to access shared folders on network

October 2016

Restricting access to shared folders on the network is necessary for the security of the data in the folders. It is possible to disable auto login to access shared folders on the network by changing the security and access permissions of the shared folders. In the XP Windows operating system, the sharing permissions options for folders is disabled by default. The sharing permission must be enabled first and then the settings can be changed to customize the access to a particular folder. To disable auto login to access shared folders on the network, it is necessary to remove 'everyone' from the permissions tab and add users in the list.


Every time I access the folder from the network computer using the IP address \ it opens easily.
But I want to use a user name and password when I access network shared folders.
Other computers on the network are working normally.
My computer's system is Windows XP Service Pack 2.


XP has the same sharing/permissions options as Vista but they are disabled by default.

Open up a folder and browse to the Tools Folder, Options and click the View tab. Scroll down until
you find Use Simple File Sharing -> it's at the bottom, and remove the tick. Hit apply and right click a folder.
Your options should now be visible.
  • 1. Right click on the shared folder and select properties.
  • 2. From the sharing tab select permissions.
  • 3. Remove everyone.
  • 4. Add your user name and select permission type "read only" or "full control".

Now only your username has permissions to access this folder.

Hope that's what you were after.


Thanks to Spike and hafeez for this tip on the forum.

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