You can’t connect to the file share because it’s not secure

With Windows 10 v1803 or Spring Creators update released I have decided to do a fresh installation on my PC. Once everything was done I have tried to map network share on my Popcorn Hour VTEN media streamer. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do so as it seems that Microsoft disabled SMB1 protocol with this release.

When I have tried to map a network drive I have received the following error message:

You can’t connect to the file share because it’s not secure. This share requires the obsolete SMB1 protocol, which is unsafe and could expose your system to attack.

You can't connect to the file share

Since Popcorn Hour is using Linux and the latest available update is installed I didn’t have many options to fix this problem. In order to fix this, I had to install and enable the SMB1 protocol by using Powershell.

Here’s how to do it:

Run Powershell command processor in elevated mode (run as admin)
Type the following command:

get-windowsoptionalfeature -online –featurename smb1protocol

Once SMB has been installed please type the following command to activate it:

enable-windowsoptionalfeature -online –featurename smb1protocol

Once done, press Y and hit enter to restart your computer.

You can't connect to the file share

Please have in mind that SMBv1 protocol is now obsolete and that Microsoft strongly advises consumers to use SMB2 or higher protocol. If you really need SMBv1 protocol like I do I would recommend you to enable SMBv1 only when you are using this network share. When you don’t need to access the share you can disable the SMBv1 protocol with the following command:

disable-windowsoptionalfeature -online –featurename smb1protocol

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5 Responses

  1. Edwin says:

    I tried the above but it says one or more parent features are disabled so the current feature cannot be enabled

  2. Nik says:

    on which step do you get this message? Which PowerShell command resulted in this message?

  3. Bo Li says:

    After I typed enable-windowsoptionalfeature -online –featurename smb1protocol
    I got:
    Path :
    Online: True
    RestartNeeded: False

    But it still does not work. Pls help.



  4. Tal Widerman says:

    Another option is the opposite, instead of downgrading to SMB1 on the Linux side, you can upgrade to SMB3 on the Windows side.
    Have a look at Visuality Systems product:

    This way, you don’t need to have a security headache.

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