System hacks: away from the home group can also share files

Windows 10 version 1803 turns off the Family Groups feature, and Family Groups will not show up in File Explorer, nor in Control Panel, so it will not be possible to create, join or leave a Family Group either. So, for users who used to share files using Family Groups, how can they share files now? Can files that have already been shared still be shared for use?

1. Enable the new file sharing method

First, you need to enable “Network Discovery”. Click on the “Network” icon at the bottom of the left navigation bar of Explorer, and if Network Discovery is not enabled, a message will pop up that Network Discovery is closed (Figure 1).


Click “Enable network discovery and file sharing” and then click “No” to achieve a more secure sharing (Figure 2). After setting this up, your computer will only be visible in the “Network” of other computers.


To share a file in this way, simply right-click on the file, select “Grant access → Specific users”, and then select the user you want to share with (Figure 3). If you want to share to everyone, select Everyone and click the “Share” button to complete the sharing.


Tip: To see the options under Authorize Access in the context menu above, you must turn on the Use Sharing Wizard option in the File Explorer Options window (Figure 4).


Once the file has been shared, you can directly access the shared file by clicking on the send email or by copying the link (Figure 5).


To cancel the sharing of an already shared folder, select “Grant access → Remove access” in the right-click menu of the shared folder.

2. Using files that have been shared with Family Groups

Although Windows 10 version 1803 disables the Family Groups feature, any folders, files, and printers previously shared using Family Groups will continue to be shared, and shared network folders will still be available.

To open these folders in File Explorer, simply type the name of the computer and then type the shared folder name using the following format: \homePCSharedFolderName

where homePC is the name of the computer and SharedFolderName is the name of the shared folder.

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