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Changing File Encryption Settings on a Windows 7 Home Network

Typically, you want to use the strongest encryption available in Windows 7 to protect the files on your home network. If you have a device that does not support the maximum encryption setting in Windows 7 (128-bit), however, you may need to change the default setting to a lower encryption level (40- or 56-bit) in order to share files with that device.

1

Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.

The Network and Internet window appears.

2

Click Network and Sharing Center.

The Network and Sharing Center window appears.

3

In the left pane, click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

Windows creates separate network profiles for each of your networks (for example, Home or Work and Public).

4

Under the profile you wish to change, scroll to the File Sharing Connections section and click Enable File Sharing for Devices That Use 40- or 56-bit Encryption or Use 128-bit Encryption (default). Click Save Changes.

Windows 7 saves your changes to the file encryption settings.

   
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