Hide a System from the Network Browse List

Posted November 15, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows networking

In many offices, if you browse the Network Neighborhood, you will see every system that is connected. You might feel there is no reason everyone should be able to see that your system is connected to the network. This tutorial explains how to prevent other people from seeing your system when browsing the Network Neighborhood.

The easiest way to hide a system from the network browse list is to turn off File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. However, this prevents you from sharing your files and from accessing files in shared folders.

To hide your system, yet still be able to access shared folders, use the following steps:

    1. Left-click Start.
    2. Select Run .
    3. In the textbox type net config server /hidden:yes
    4. Click OK.

People who know your UNC path can still get to your computer with ease.

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