This tutorial will show you how to hide network file shares from browsing and still be able to access them over the network.
I want to allow access to this folder still, but I only want people who know about the share to be able to access it. I don’t want someone who gets bored to stumble upon the folder, so I will hide it. It is very, very simple.
Then all we have to do is share the folder again, but first we have to rename the folder. I will rename the folder to “share$”, adding the “$” to the end of the name. This will tell Windows to hide the share when browsing. Now share this folder on the network.
The share is now hidden. To access it you will need to type in the UNC name. We will add \shared$ to the computer name in the address bar.
There you can see my test file. It is that simple to hide a shared folder on a windows network. Enjoy.