How To Access Network Shares With Windows 8

Another significant change in Windows 8 is that the primary login method is via a Microsoft Live account, rather than via a local account. ┬áThis causes problems if you don’t use a homegroup to share files around your home network, or if you’ve setup traditional network shares to share files between PCs as you’ll no longer be able to access Network shares in Windows 8.

How To Access Network Shares in Windows 8

If you’ve tried to access a network share in Windows 8, you’ve either not been able to open folders or been presented with a login dialog.


The problem with the login dialog is even though there is a ‘remember my credentials’ button, it doesn’t seem to work, so you’ll have to enter your credentials each and every time. ┬áTo avoid having to enter any details when accessing network shares using a Windows 8 Live account, you can store your credentials using the Windows Vault utility.

  1. Go to the Start screen and type vault
  2. Click on the Settings filter on the right to display Manage Windows Credentials – select this option
  3. In the Credential Windows that opens up, select Add a Windows credential
  4. In the popup windows that appears, enter the name of the PC you want to connect to – just the name e.g Homeserver not \\Homeserver
  5. Also enter the Username and password and then click ok
  6. Reboot when convienient

After rebooting you’ll be able to connect to your network shares directly with your windows 8 live account in the same way as you would with an old style windows local account.

Thanks to WinSuperSite for the tip.

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One Response to How To Access Network Shares With Windows 8

  1. David E Nation Sr December 10, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Well it’s pretty evident you know nothing about setting up a home group network which is what you use on any windows network for home users. You can’t be talking about anything else. If any one would like to learn how simple it is to set up a network for all your computers windows 8 and windows 7.
    Just give me a shout at

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