Prompt for Username / Password when browsing a network computer Windows XP pro

I have 3 computers in my home network, all running windows xp pro.  When browsing the computers in the Mshome workgroup, I can access the shared contents of two of them by just by clicking the network computer icon (I don't like that)... However, there is one computer that will prompt for Username and Password before it will even display the shared directories.  This is how I want all 3 of my boxes to act.  
All 3 boxes are using simple file sharing .. and from what I can tell, all other settings are the same but all have unique system usernames.

In addition, I would like to know how to dissable having the username/password cached once it has been entered.  If possible, I would like to have this prompt EVERY time any network computer is accessed.

I don't care about restrictions on specific files/directories that are shared.  I want to completely restrict the viewing and browsing of the entire computer untill the username and password is entered.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Hi dcodez,
Try diabling the guest account on the PC's that dont prompt for a password.

Go to add user profiles and add the two profiles and apply the restrictions you want....i hope that helped
One thing you might want to do is disable simple file sharing.

>In addition, I would like to know how to dissable having the username/password cached once >it has been entered.  If possible, I would like to have this prompt EVERY time any network >computer is accessed.

With this, do you not want the username and password cached per session? In other words, it doesn't matter if you access the network box, then close the window, and then open it again, you want a password every time, correct?
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dcodezAuthor Commented:

A session cache is fine.  Currently, the one box that prompts for a username/password when browsing via the network only seems to ask for it the first time you access it.  The most important thing is that I want users to be required to enter a username/password before they can even view the shared folders on a network machine.  I don't know why one box has this feature and the other two don't.
Another question: does the box that prompts for the user / pass have more than one account on it? Say, your account and then another account?

I'd start by disabling simple file sharing. Then, set up another account on all systems, say with the username "share" and the password "enable" to use as a limited account login. I believe that this will require someone to log on to each machine, retain their session cache, but then require that they login to the network shares before accessing them again on their next login.

Also, by setting hte account as a limited account, you'll be enhancing the security of all the boxes on the network.
dcodezAuthor Commented:
All 3 boxes have different names for the admin user.

Box 1: Admin name: Foo   PW: Foopass  (this is the box that works how I would like the others to work)
Box 2: Admin name: Bar   PW: Barpass
Box 3: Admin name: Baz  PW: Bazpass

when I'm on box 2  or box 3 and I try to access box 1 via the network I am prompted to enter my username and password before it allows me to even see the shared directories.  I must then enter Username Foo and PW: Barpass (this is the admin username and pw for the box i'm accessing, not the box I'm on).  If I'm on any box and try to access any other box besides box 1, I can view the shared directories without having to enter any username/pw.

I am using simple file sharing on every box.  I've tried disabling simple file sharing, but that only seems to help with restricting access to browsing certain shared directories.  This is nice, but not what I want.. I want to prevent the browsing and most importantly viewing of shared directories on every machine.  I want each box to act like box 1 and required that the admin username and pass for that box is entered before that box can be browsed.
What are the login types on box 2 and 3? Are they set to login automatically, or do you have to enter a user / pass when you login?
dcodezAuthor Commented:
username pw is required when the computer is booted
Open the "Administrative Tools" in "Control Panel". Double click the "Computer Management". Expand the "Local Users and Groups". Click on the "Users" folder. Right click the "Guest" name then choose "All Task" then "Set Password...". Click the button "Proceed". Do not fill the "New password" and "Confirm password" forms. Just click the "OK" button. Close the "Computer Management" window.


You just put the files or folder that u want to share into the "Shared Documents", locate in "My Computer" (Double click the icon "My Computer" on your desktop. :)
I found something this morning while messing with my network that might help you. On each machine, do the following:

1. Control Panel
2. Administrative Tools
3. Computer Management
4. Local Users and Groups
5. Users
6. Right-click on the account you want to modify (say, the one that will usually be used to login with) and select Properties
7. Un-check password never expires

Say you did the above on box 2. Now, try to login to box 2 from box 1, with the username you modified. You should be asked for a user / pass. If you are, enter the username and password. Then, logoff of box 1, log back on, and try again. You should be asked for the password again.
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Hello this question has been open a while please take the time to come back and clean it up.

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