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How To Disable Media Sharing In Windows Vista & 7 For Privacy & Security

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Some of you may not know it, but Windows Media Player, by default, will setup your network to share your media files... (not a good thing)

So here is a simple quick, how to guide to show you how to turn that feature off...

Step 1) Open up your control panel and type in the words "Media Sharing" without the "" in the search box in the top right corner..

Step 2) Click on the "Media Streaming Options" as pictured below.

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Step 3) Finally select the "Block All" option button to the right and then select the OK button at the bottom.

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All done!

To reverse this, simply follow step 1 and 2 and then select the "Turn On Media Streaming" option in the windows that pops up.

Also, make sure that your "Remote Settings" are turned off by default, unless you are planning on to connecting to your computer from the outside...

See the picture below....

Press the Windows Key + Pause / Break Key (may just require the Pause key)
or right click on "Computer" from the Start Menu and select "Properties"

From the window that pops up, select "Remote Settings" to the left, and then Un-check the box that reads "Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer"

Then just select the "OK" button at the bottom..

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This will not "Bullet Proof" your computer, but it will make it harder for people to take control of your computer without your authorization.
Edited by _GTech - 3/19/12 at 2:44pm
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You can also just disable the service altogether. redface.gif

This is simpler for most however.
    
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You can also just disable the service altogether. redface.gif

This is simpler for most however.

This is true, which would free up some ram too. biggrin.gif

Thanks for the tip..
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To disable service:

From Search function in Start menu: type services.msc (press enter)
From Run command: Windows Key+R, type services.msc (press enter)
From Control Panel: Click 'Administrative Tools', select 'Services'

To disable service:

Once in the services box, find: 'Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service'. Double-click, set startup type to 'Disabled'.

Then log off and log on again, or reboot if you prefer. The service is now disabled. thumb.gif
    
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