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Windows 7: How do I share a folder..


15 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7, Vista HP, XP Pro
 
 
How do I share a folder..

...I have a Software folder, approximately 120GB, on my Desktop.. I can access it from my laptop (using Windows 7 on both machines) using old-style workgroup networking but I cannot include it in a library on my laptop because it isn't indexed - and apparently if I index it it creates a 120GB cache on my laptop which I certainly don't want - so how do I share it using Windows 7 libraries?


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22 Jun 2009   #2

Win 7 64
 
 
Cant Share folder or drive

Hi.
I have installed Windows 7 version 7201 64 bit beta on 2 desktops what are connected trough router.
Every thing is fine and i can see both pc's from both computers. I have however one issue what is giving me grey hair.
I want to copy great amouts of data from one hardisk on one of the pc's to the other pc. I therefor tryed to share that drive. Looks to be an easy task and the sharing hand is showen on the drive icon but when i click the drive in the network on the other computer it says i dont have permission and need to contact administrator.

What could i have made wrong. Please if someone could help.

Br Finn.
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22 Jun 2009   #3

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

contact your administrator... lol isn't that annoying?

usually this happens when user accounts between computers don't match. You can try creating the same username/password on each computer and then access the share using the same user/pass that you created it with.

There are many other ways around this too but I think that might be the easiest way to solve it.
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22 Jun 2009   #4

Win 7 64
 
 

LOL Yes it really annoying, especially when i am the administrator and don't have a clue what to do
I actually don't use login or passwords on any of the computers, i find it annoying to have to login in my own home i trust my wife so she is allowed to see what i keep I will try it anyway but if you have another solution i would appreciate it very much.

Thanks. Finn.
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22 Jun 2009   #5

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

On the computer with the shared folder, go to:

1) Control panel -> Network and internet

2) Homegroup -> Choose homegroup and sharing options

3) Change advanced sharing settings (Home or work)

4) Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders

5) Turn off password protected sharing

6) Save

I hope that helps
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23 Jun 2009   #6

Win 7 64
 
 

It looks very familiar what you are saying and i think i have done already. I am at work and will check it later at home.
Thanks
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23 Jun 2009   #7

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
On the computer with the shared folder, go to:

1) Control panel -> Network and internet

2) Homegroup -> Choose homegroup and sharing options

3) Change advanced sharing settings (Home or work)

4) Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders

5) Turn off password protected sharing

6) Save

I hope that helps
I checked and the settings are already set like this.
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23 Jun 2009   #8

Win7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
On the computer with the shared folder, go to:

1) Control panel -> Network and internet

2) Homegroup -> Choose homegroup and sharing options

3) Change advanced sharing settings (Home or work)

4) Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders

5) Turn off password protected sharing

6) Save

I hope that helps
I'm also at work so I don't have it in front of me but, in addition to the above, I think you also need to make both computers members of the same Home Group.

This involves establishing a home group on one computer and then joining it from the second. And it doesn't matter which computer you start with.

Once you have the home group established and the source folder(s) added to the home group, all that's left is to open the home group on the destination computer. There, you should be able see and access the "share" on the source computer.
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23 Jun 2009   #9

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Very well. I haven't actually used Homegroup yet, because not all of my machines run Windows 7.

But I always seem to have less problems with file sharing when my accounts have usernames and passwords. Ever since XP, Windows didn't like to allow remote access for users with blank passwords. I know there are ways around it, but as it turns out it is pretty difficult teaching someone how to do it.
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23 Jun 2009   #10

Win 7 64
 
 

Thanks to both of you.

The Home group actually did the trick. After setting up the Home group i just had to share the drive and than add it to the library. Not sure if the password i get will have to be entered every time i restart my pc's but i dont hope so because i did not write it down.
Very very easy and simple to make. well done Microsoft, i think win 7 is going to be a winner.
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