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Unsharing folders / files in Vista

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A colleague of mine has accidentally shared a large number of folders / files on their computer when they installed a utility "Network Magic" - it asked would he like to share any folders and, not relasing the implications, said "yes" and selected one folder in his system to share. The resultant effect has been that 5000 folders / files are shared - from the folder he selected downwards through the file structure. This is causing him problems when trying to move folders around his machine as he is being prevented from doing so because the operating system is telling the folder is shared.

What we need is a way of reversing the process - i.e. selecting the top level folder which he previously shared and then saying "unshare". We have tried the obvious, RIGHT CLICK > SHARING and choosing not to share, however this only unshares the selected folder and not child folders. How do we unshare the entire hierarchy in one go??
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Try this:  On the desktop right click My Compute>Manage.  In the Computer management window select Shared Folders>Shares.  In the right pane of the window select the share that you would like to stop sharing, right click it and select Stop Sharing.  That should stop sharing the whole folder hierarchy.  Let me know if that works.
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