Windows 7 prompts for password even though password protected sharing is off

You may run into this:

  1. You are sharing files between two Windows 7 computers on the same network.
  2. You go into the Network and Sharing center and turn off password protected sharing.
  3. You try to access the shared resource from another computer and it still prompts you for a username and password.

Here’s what I did to solve it. On the computer that hosts the shared resource:

  1. Make sure the Guest account is not disabled
  2. Make sure the Guest account does not have a password. To make sure of this, go into Local Users and Computer and reset the Guest account password. Give it a blank password.
  3. Make sure the Guest account is not denied access from the network. To do this, go into Local Security Policy and drill down to Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment. Look for a policy called “Deny access to this computer from the network.” If the Guest account is listed there, delete it.

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