Sharing any folder in the network is one of the best ways for sharing files with other users on Windows 10 devices, in the place of having to email files or using a USB flash drive. Sometimes, users need to stop sharing folders and files no matter whatever the reason may be. Below we provide two simple ways to easily stop files and folders from using Command Prompt and Computer Management methods are discussed below. In this blog, we will guide you through a stepwise guide to stop sharing a network folder on Windows 10 are mentioned below. The steps are discussed below.
Steps to Unshare a Network Folder Using Computer Management on Windows 10
In order to unshare a network folder on Windows 10 using the Computer Management option, one may need to follow the steps in the same manner as mentioned below. Here how to do it:
- Launch the ‘Start’ menu by pressing the ‘Start’ icon appearing on the Windows 10 screen.
- Under the search menu, search out the ‘Computer Management’ and tap on the first result to launch the experience.
- Now, expand the ‘Shared Folders’ branch located on the left side panel of the screen.
- Press the ‘Shares’ item option.
- Right-press on the folder that you don’t want to share with someone and click on the ‘Stop-Sharing’ option.
- Tap the ‘Yes’ tab to complete the process.
- Once steps are completed, you are unable to access the folder by any network.
However, one can stop sharing a folder within the exact location of that particular folder, this article utilizes the Computer Management experience option, as this option will allow users to see and stops all those shares from one location.
Steps to Unshare a Network Folder Using Command Prompt on Windows 10
To unshare or stop a network folder, try using Command Prompt. As this method will help you in stop sharing folders and files. The steps are quite simple and easy, which are as follows:
- Click on the ‘Start’ menu to open it on the screen.
- Then, search for the ‘Command Prompt’ option and right-tap on the top-result and choose ‘Run as administrator’ option.
- Under the ‘Command Prompt’ field, type the command mentioned below just to check that all the shared folders on the computer system and click on the ‘Enter’ key.
- Alternatively, enter the command to unshare the folder and click on Enter key: “net share ShareOne2 /delete.”
- Inside the command, ensure that you modify the ‘ShareOne2 for the name of that folder which you are sharing with another device.
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