Windows 10 & network share access denied - Solution


Updated: February 18, 2015

Your problem might be as follows. You have recently upgraded your Windows 10 Preview to the new Build 9926, and all of a sudden, network shares, like other Windows machines you may have in your environment, are no longer accessible. Best of all, they worked fine right up until the upgrade.

I have outlined this issue in my review, and now, I'm sharing the promised tutorial that solves the problem. Get it? Sharing. I'm sharing a solution to a sharing problem. That's so damn witty. Now, follow me.

Symptom

This is what you see when you try to go to any \\something network share:

\\something is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The account is not authorized to log in from this station.

Share access problem

Obviously, this is a bogus message. You are the administrator, and everything worked until one reboot ago. So it must be a change in the Windows 10 internals, and indeed it is. The new build simply does not allow anonymous (guest) access to shares by default, as a silly security measure. You can resolve this by creating a new registry key in the right hive, reboot, and then move on with your precious life, all the while thanking me by buying my books and such. There's a subliminal marketing message for you.

Solution

Fire up the registry editor (regedit). Navigate to:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters

Create key for network access

Here, you will need to create a new parameter (32-bit DWORD). Right-click:

Add new key

Then, name it AllowInsecureGuestAuth and assign it a value of 1.

Value

The hive should look thusly:

View after, key added

And you're done. Reboot, and enjoy your network access.

Conclusion

I do not know why Windows folks suddenly decided to change the way network sharing works. It should not happen. First, I had file sharing and network access for everyone allowed on some of my Windows 7/8 machines, therefore Windows 10 should not meddle and interfere, especially since everything worked smoothly before the upgrade. Second, there are no meaningful messages in the Event Log, which is the natural way of problem solving.

Hopefully, this little guide will save you a lot of frustration and anger, and it might also teach you a few new tips and tricks for handling Windows. And since this comes from a Linux guy, it's even more mind-boggling. There you go fellas. I am going to follow up with articles and guides on Windows 10 privacy configuration and tweaks, Classic Shell setup, and other cool things. Sacrificing my own nerves so you don't have to.

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Cheers.

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