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Windows 7: How to get "My Docs" and "My Pictures" from a NAS share

24 Aug 2014   #1

7 Home Premium 64bit
How to get "My Docs" and "My Pictures" from a NAS share

My primary PC has been my primary storage device for years. I have nearly 500 Gigs worth of music, photos and documents that I want to move out to a central storage device, so I bought a 2TB NAS.

My wife has a laptop, smart phone and tablet. The phone and tablet are used to take large amounts of pictures with, and she wants to be able to see all of these pictures, no matter what device she is using. Yes she drives me crazy with this, but after nearly 30 years of marriage, I guess I've learn how to deal with it.

So, my solution is to put up a NAS device, put all of the photos out there, then she can access them from anywhere with any device she has.

For her laptop, what I want to do is to have her "My Pictures" be the public share on the NAS device. I know this can be done, because this is how my company has the employee "My Documents" setup. Whenever I go to the My Docs on my work computer, I am actually on a SAN slice. I want to do the same in my environment. I thought that I knew how to set it up, but I am wrong and I don't know how.

Whenever I try to add in the NAS share to the library, I get "This network location can't be included because it is not indexed". But I don't know how to index this location.

According to the instructions, this location can be included as long is it is part of my "Homegroup", which it is, and marked "Available offline". However, I don't have that option when I right click on the folder.

Anyone know how to go about doing what I want to do?



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24 Aug 2014   #2

7 Home Premium 64bit

Well, I think that I figured out my own problem. The bottom of the page that I was reading wasn't displayed, so, after I scrolled all the way down, I noticed this:


  • If you don't see the Always available offline command, you might be using an edition of Windows 7 that doesn't support offline files.

I have Windows Home Premium, but apparently it doesn't support offline content.


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