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Published on 11.27.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable File and Printer Sharing

Learn how to disable File and Printer Sharing in Windows 7.

Disable File and Printer Sharing in Windows 7

  1. Open Control Panel in the Start Menu.
  2. Open Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Network and Sharing Center is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select Change advanced sharing settings in the left column of the Network and Sharing Center.


  4. Expand the network you want to disable file and printer sharing on by clicking the down arrow on the right of the profile.


    Note: It’s usually the profile labeled current profile.

  5. Select Turn off file and printer sharing and then click Save changes.


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  1. Ellen Habeck says:

    Thank you for this article. I do turn off file and printer sharing and network discovery before connecting to a network. The problem is, sometimes I check and find that they’ve been turned on again. How do I have the default status always be that these be turned off. I can’t think of a reason why I would want them on.
    thank you,

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