Solved Windows 8 Photos app showing photos from my PC on laptop

Acer / 7520
August 5, 2013 at 07:11:00
Specs: Win7/Win8, AMD x2/4GB
I hope somebody can shed some light on this one for me.

I have just bought a laptop running Windows 8. I have noticed on the "Photos" app on Windows 8 on the laptop, it shows the devices on the network where other photos are stored, and has picked up my PC named "Alex-PC" which runs Windows 7 - and also, upon clicking it, shows all photos in my "My Pictures" folder on the Windows 7 PC.

Now as far as I can tell, this folder is not shared on my Windows 7 PC, so why is it able to be accessed so easily by my Windows 8 Laptop? Obviously this might not sound like a major problem, but I live in a shared house and if somebody else had a Windows 8 PC, would they be able to access my files so easily? I thought it might be because I have user accounts on both machines, but the account on the Windows 7 PC is just "Alex" whereas the one on the Windows 8 laptop is my full name, so I am confused. How can I test this to see how secure I am?



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August 5, 2013 at 07:22:02
I would double check a couple of things...

1. Do you have homegroup setup on either workstation?

2. Do you have your photo's in the "Public Pictures" on either workstation?
You can check this by expanding "Picture" with Windows Explorer. It will show you "Public "folder"" within each sub-category (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos)

3. I would also try to attempt to access each workstation by name or IP over the network. Go to run (Windows key on keyboard + r) and put in \\PC-NAME or \\IP-ADDRESS to see what is being shared from your workstations. If there are shares setup, then you can disable those shares to resolve the problem.

I am looking around to check that functionality with Windows 8, as I have 4 workstations in my home group, and photo's does not do that. I can add a device to see its photo's if I want though.

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August 5, 2013 at 07:25:42
I would turn off File Sharing on the Windows 7 PC

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August 5, 2013 at 07:42:27
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Thank you for your super fast replies.

I think I have found the culprit - SkyDrive (on Windows 7) - there is a tickbox in settings called "Allow me to fetch any files on this PC with SkyDrive" and upon disabling this, the "Alex-PC" entry under "Photos" on Windows 8 now says it cannot connect to that PC and shows nothing - phew.

At first I thought that was quite a scary setting to have in SkyDrive, as I thought anyone on the network might be able to "fetch" files from the Win7 PC, but I guess because Windows 8 logs you in using your passport/Windows live/Microsoft account user name and password (which is the one to which I have SkyDrive set up for on the Windows 7 PC) then it would only allow that account to access the files on Windows 8, rather than somebody on the network who may have a Windows 8 PC but obviously wouldn't be logged into my Hotmail account.

I am now checking all my network settings and shares. Would turning off file sharing automatically disable any Homegroup functionality?

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August 5, 2013 at 07:49:47
That makes complete sense. :) glad you figured it out and thanks for posting back. I was curious when going through the metro photo app and saw skydrive if that had something to do with it.

Turning off file sharing will restrict you from sharing files, printers, etc. I dont believe that it would prevent homegroup from functioning, as it may turn it back on when homegroup is configured. But I dont know for certain without testing / researching. For homegroup to work, you would have to configure it and join workstations to it.

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