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I'm using a Windows 2008 R2 Server (Workgroup) as file sharing server. Even though Everyone has full control (both Share permissions and NTFS permission) to the folder and Password protected sharing is on, I still get a login prompt when trying to access the share from another 2008 computer. From a Win7 client it works as expected with no prompt.

What could I have missed?

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your answer is quit fine but first you should enable the Gust Account from the Local Security Policy then it will work – user202298 Dec 12 '13 at 10:27
Thank you Imtiaz, your suggestion pointed me to the final piece to get this working for a client. – Thor Erik Feb 27 '14 at 13:00

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Make sure the "ANONYMOUS" security object is granted access. "EVERYONE" doesn't count.

You also might need to allow anonymous access within group policy. Open Group Policy Editor and navigate:

- Computer Configuration
  - Windows Settings
    - Security Settings
      - Local Policies
        - Security Options.

Change “Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users” to Enabled

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Thanks for the suggestion. I granted access to ANONYMOUS LOGON and changed the Security Option in question. I also ran gpupdate for good measure, but I still have the same behaviour. – Zano May 20 '11 at 14:54
After reading this answer I changed Network access: Sharing and security model for local account from “Classic-local users authenticate as themselves” to “Guest only-local users authenticate as Guest”. Now it works. – Zano May 20 '11 at 16:14
@Zano, your recommendation works for me! Thank you! – Sergey Nov 2 '12 at 8:40

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