Disable Computer Sharing in Windows 8

Introduction

 
Computer sharing is one of the interesting features of the Windows operating system. The general meaning of sharing is to allow someone else to access the information you want to share. In some sense in computer sharing you allow your computer to share another's computer which belongs to the same local network; sharing a computer means to give permission to others to share your computer files, folders, and other items that you want to share. To make the computer share in a local network you should first check whether your computer is visible or not in the local network. Generally, network discovery of the computer is enabled which allows the sharing of computers in a local network but for security reasons, you can disable network sharing of your computer.
 
So in this article, we will give you some instructions on how to disable network sharing of your computer in a local network if you do not want to make your files and folders public.
 
Step 1
 
Open the Start Screen of Windows 8 Metro applications and go to the right-hand-lower corner of the screen, click on Search.    
 
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Step 2
 
A new window will open; type Control Panel in the search box of applications; you will see the icon of the Control Panel on the left side of the screen.
 
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Step 3
 
To open the Control Panel click on it. After making the click a new window will appear, search Network and Internet categories of Control Panel and click on it.
 
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Step 4
 
After that again a new window will open; it has three categories, select and makes a click on Network and Sharing Center.
 
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Step 5
 
In the next window, the left side of the screen is a link Change advanced sharing settings that will be shown. Click on this link to make the new settings.
 
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Step 6
 
To disable network discovery of the computer; uncheck the checkbox which is showing on the following image indicated by the arrow. That makes your computer invisible in the local network.
 
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Summary

 
In this article, we learned about Disable Computer Sharing in Windows 8.