Windows 7 Tutorial: How To Unshare Your Users Folder In Windows 7
The homegroup and network sharing options of Windows 7 were designed to make it easier to share files and folders between computers in the network. And if all computers in your homegroup were running Windows 7, it would be easy to control which folders you share or not share. It becomes a privacy and security threat however when there are computers running different operating systems such as Windows Vista or XP in your network. Because those computers can see everything in your users folder [C:User/Your-User-Name] even if you opted to not share it in Windows 7.
Shocking, huh? That's how I felt when I accidentally discovered this appalling loophole. Fortunately, there is a way to unshare your users folder even to computers running Vista or XP. Until Windows 7 fixes this issue, you'll have to do it yourself by following these easy steps:
How To Unshare Users Folder (Part 1):
- Open Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Users.
- Right click on your main folder [C:Users/Your-User-Name].
- Go to "Share with" and select "Nobody". (A padlock should appear on the folder icon on refresh.)
How To Unshare Users Folder (Part 2):
- Go to Control Panel > Folder Options.
- Click on the View tab.
- Scroll down to where it says "Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended)" and remove the check mark.
- Click OK and you're done.
Apparently, the Sharing Wizard of Windows 7 automatically shares the users folder [C:User/Your-User-Name] every time you manually share another folder. Following the steps above should prevent it from doing so. But just to be safe, periodically check if your main folder is being shared.