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Windows 7: Can't Access Shared Folder!

06 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Can't Access Shared Folder!

I have Windows 7 Professional x64.

My pictures are located in this folder: L:\Users\<name>\My Pictures

I want to share this folder with another user on my computer. Can't do it.

Simply altering the folder's permissions doesn't work. If I change permissions so that the folder in question does not inherit any permissions from parent folders, and instead allow my user read-only access to the folder...access denied.

Alright then, I tried to share the folder with my user. Although sharing usually means sharing with other computers on a network, it also applies to other users on the same machine. But the user can't access the shared folder...access denied.

I could move the folder in question to the Public user, but then everyone can see it.

Holy cow...what does it take to share a folder with another user on the same computer?

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06 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 pro x64

Hi ;

You may go to folder right click sahre and select specific user then type in username and add folder read / read-write
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06 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Yes...that's what I did. But the user has no access.
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06 Jul 2011   #4

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1

Hi Daddyman, read this. Attachment 163506
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06 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thanks for everyone's help. I believe I have solved my problem, but I'm not sure if I did so wisely.

The security permissions on a folder apparently trump any sharing permissions. So before I could share a folder, the first thing I had to do was to allow 'Everyone' read access to the folder. Once this was done, sharing worked.

This allows people to read the shared folder (and its subfolders and files, if you so elect) and no other subfolder of the parent folder and not the parent folder itself.

I haven't thought through the security ramifications of giving Everyone read access to a folder; there might be unintended adverse consequences.
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06 Jul 2011   #6

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1

If your wireless connections are secure, you'll be safe enough.
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07 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

You are correct. In addition, I performed this little experiment: I signed in as a Limited user and tried to change the contents of the shared folder (e.g., delete a file, rename, et. al.) I got nowhere. I also tried to change the security permissions...forget it.

Mission accomplished and thanks again for everyone's help.
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