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Windows 7: In a homegroup, grant read/write access to a specific user?


03 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 w/SP1
 
 
In a homegroup, grant read/write access to a specific user?

My family's three PCs have been part of a homegroup since I installed Windows 7 on them many months ago. As the admin of this small network, I created an account on all three PCs, using the same username and password. On each PC, users see--and can access--the other PCs' Pictures, Music, and Videos libraries, as well as their Printers.

On my PC (one of the three), I occasionally need to read and write to additional directories and files on the other PCs (e.g., their C:\Temp directory). When I browse the shared resources on those other PCs, the only things that appear are the Users share (and only the shared libraries within it) and any shared printers.

If I sit down at those other PCs, browse to (say) their C:\Temp directory and then select Share With > Homegroup (Read), that shared resource becomes accessible on my PC, but (obviously) I can't write to it. If I select Share With > Homegroup (Read/Write), then I can write to it--but so can everyone else. If I select Share With > Specific People, I notice that my name already appears as "Owner". So then why doesn't it appear in my browse list? When I try to add my name and grant it Read/Write permission, it ignores the request altogether.

There doesn't appear to be an obvious way to grant just one remote user Read/Write access to shares in a homegroup. Or am I missing something? To accomplish what I want, must I revert to dissolving the homegroup and using legacy-style file sharing?

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