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Windows 7: Can't add folder on network share to library

05 Feb 2009   #11
dstruct2k

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

Windows Server 2003 - x86
Windows Seven - x86 / x64 (I've tried this on both)

Every hard drive in my hosue is NTFS.

I'm not sharing from Seven to Seven, I'm sure that would work just fine. I'm sharing from Server 2003 to Seven.


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05 Feb 2009   #12
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

the only thing i can think of now is something blocking the action or request on the network. Referring to possibly upnp. First i would test x86 to x86, then go on to the x64. If you have a firewall/network/router log, you can view this instance. If not mistaken i believe the broadcast for upnp is 239.255.255.250 i believe... with it hitting on the udp port of 1900.. if blocked it will continue to look for the next port open ie; 1901, 1902 so on.

No need to forward any port on router if NAT and have upnp, just have to make sure everyone is speaking same language on the network to find one another... no more netbios type days... just a thought
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23 Feb 2009   #13
Pit

Windows 7
 
 

There is one way to get around this:
  1. open regedit (as administrator)
  2. go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/ShellFolders
  3. Change the Documents, Videos, Music, and Pictures entries to the network drive
  4. go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/UserShellFolders
  5. Change the Documents, Videos, Music, and Pictures entries to the network drive
  6. close regedit
  7. open regedit (as current user)
  8. go to HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/ShellFolders
  9. Change the Documents, Videos, Music, and Pictures entries to the network drive
  10. go to HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/UserShellFolders
  11. Change the Documents, Videos, Music, and Pictures entries to the network drive
  12. close regedit
  13. log out and log in again
Windows has now redirected it's standard folders to the network drive. Afterwards you see the network shares in the libraries and you are able to add the local (e.g. c folders into the library again.

Hope that helps!
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23 Feb 2009   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi,

Recently came across a possible solution to this problem

Apparently this indexing error is caused due to the fact that the data is not indexed with Search 4.0 on the shared device. Updating the sharing device to run Search 4 - available for XP and Vista (and part of SP2), and Server 2003 - should stop this error and allow the share to be added to the library.

Hope this may help
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26 Feb 2009   #15
LoaVeve

 
 

the registry hack worked beautifully for me, nice!
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02 Mar 2009   #16
mewood

Windows 7
 
 
Alternative Way

If you do not want to edit the registry, another work around is to browse to the My Documents folder "C:\Users\%username%\". Then you can go to the properties of the folder and select the location tab and move the folder just as it worked in Vista.
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07 Apr 2009   #17
CBR

Windows 7 RC Build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Hi,

Recently came across a possible solution to this problem

Apparently this indexing error is caused due to the fact that the data is not indexed with Search 4.0 on the shared device. Updating the sharing device to run Search 4 - available for XP and Vista (and part of SP2), and Server 2003 - should stop this error and allow the share to be added to the library.

Hope this may help
This did the trick for me.
I installed Windows Search on the Windows 2003 Server and now I can include libraries and search from Windows Seven
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09 Apr 2009   #18
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Sharing Libraries on a Network is a Horrible dog --you can't share libraries in the normal sense of sharing since windows explorer doesn't have the options to do it.

(an exception for some reason I can't fathom is that a library in Windows Media Player can be shared - but this is no good if you want to share documents / data etc etc).

On Windows 7 Networked machines a library (or libraries) CAN be shared but only if the computers are
1) Running Windows 7
2) Part of the same HOMEGROUP (and you can only have 1 home group on a Home network).

For non Home networks -- you are stymied -- this could have been a really useful feature for corporate networks -- groups of shared libraries based on project groups etc. Microsoft missed this one even though the actual concept of a Library was OK.

To add "networked folders" to a library then these folders (on your network) must be Indexed and shared.

What happens however in the case of these "shared folders" being moved or deleted when you are offline I don't know. Does your Library show "Can't find the data" or will it automatically update the library contents when you are online again and have access to the network drives.

When I was browsing the the W7 "Pre-amble" way back at build 7000 I read with interest about the Library feature.

Originally sounded great -- but the more I get into it I'm beginning to find that unless your entire Network is running W7 the feature is only of use for small home ("mom and pop") type networks and is in no way of any use in a corporate environment.

Search version 4 on non Windows 7 machines allows the non W7 machines to add their folders to a library but still doesn't solve the problem of wanting to share the library AS A LIBRARY on networked machines.

We shouldn't also have to use Registry hacks for thiis either.

I still believe that USERS who are the OWNERS of data should be able to arrange SIMPLY who has access to it -- and I'm afraid in a typical office environment most users certainly won't be able to mess around with the registry - especially on Networked computers.

Cheers
jimbo
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09 Apr 2009   #19
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

On Windows 7 Networked machines a library (or libraries) CAN be shared but only if the computers are
1) Running Windows 7
2) Part of the same HOMEGROUP (and you can only have 1 home group on a Home network).



To add "networked folders" to a library then these folders (on your network) must be Indexed and shared.

What happens however in the case of these "shared folders" being moved or deleted when you are offline I don't know. Does your Library show "Can't find the data" or will it automatically update the library contents when you are online again and have access to the network drives.

When I was browsing the the W7 "Pre-amble" way back at build 7000 I read with interest about the Library feature.

Originally sounded great -- but the more I get into it I'm beginning to find that unless your entire Network is running W7 the feature is only of use for small home ("mom and pop") type networks and is in no way of any use in a corporate environment.

Search version 4 on non Windows 7 machines allows the non W7 machines to add their folders to a library but still doesn't solve the problem of wanting to share the library AS A LIBRARY on networked machines.

We shouldn't also have to use Registry hacks for thiis either.

I still believe that USERS who are the OWNERS of data should be able to arrange SIMPLY who has access to it -- and I'm afraid in a typical office environment most users certainly won't be able to mess around with the registry - especially on Networked computers.

Cheers
jimbo
1. Thats the only complaint jimbo, the backwards comp and non use of library with a non 7 pc, but can still share, and those shares will be pass protected for read/list access, atleast. I understand you there, but there wont be any kind of fix.... its trying to re-fit a deisel engine to be a hybrid, in a way.

2. About your offline files. Well this would be the case if you were using 7 or not. If you had shares, and then move them, they wont be shared anymore then, nothing has changed with that. Thought you were on the right understanding of this already.

3. Why couldnt this be of use in corporate environment? You can set up libraries with specific share priv setup. Either Everyone in Homegroup or specific ppl. This takes away the step of either hiding documents/drives, pass protecting folders. Also with libraries, info and files can be shared thru public docs, rather than having ONE drive dedicated to network public sharing. Without having to setup special privs for a certain document, like read only. Lets say you have 5 departements in the office. I have docs i just want to share with my OWN department and not the rest of the office. I can do that within 7, simple, faster, and more secure.

why do you say owners of a document cant specify who has access? Share with? advanced sharing?


Not sure what this talk is about only having one homegroup per network. I created two, by accident, when i first installed 7 on the network here, no problems or prompts.
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28 Apr 2009   #20
kappen

Windows 7 RC 1
 
 

Im having the same problems here.

I'm using a Linux server with Samba to share my things here.

I mapped every drive, but can't add them to the library unless i have indexed them using "always available offline". I am using a server, because i DONT want to have the files locally?!

So I guess the library is not for summarizing my data in a virtual folder (eg i could have all my mp3s in the folder music - the ones from server and the local ones), but for something else? Only working with index? Strange in a way, isnt it? Wouldn't it be simple to add several folders to this "folder" and then using it as usual (but all my files togehter). And when the server disappears, the data is simply not available or even better not visible?!

Best regards,
kappen

edit:
how the hell can i reassign the right icons for the folders on the mapped net drive

edit2:
i tried the regedit keys, but now the folder are there twice..... And the are listed in the library now.
The whole thing makes no sense. It's more complicated than before i think.

I will leave the library and work with favorites though i was so happy seeing the new features working
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