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Windows 7: PC only shares public folders, I can not make it share others

28 Dec 2016   #1
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
PC only shares public folders, I can not make it share others

Gone through several examples to make it share.

The shared folder name will show up as a shared folder on the network, but always says I have no permissions to view them.

I can open the public folders and view them on the network.
I also tried setting up a user on the PC with password. And putting the user in as authorized under advanced settings.

I wanted to share the my pictures folder on the PC.


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28 Dec 2016   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

There are two stages to sharing non public folders over a network - you need to set the Base NTFS file permissions and also the network sharing permissions.

First off be aware that Microsoft developed Home-group networking on Windows 7 and later to cater for this very situation, and it can be a lot easier to use as Windows itself controls most of the permissions etc.

The "user" folders are set-up with NTFS permissions for the user they relate to, so in order to access them remotely over the network you need to do so as the allocated user ie. to access the pictures of user Fred on PC1 there needs to be a User Fred on PC2 (best, if using Passwords, that these are the same).

If you want to share generally across the network you need to right click on the Pictures folder click properties and security and add read, (and Write) permissions to user "Everyone".

Once you have this done you need to set the network permissions to give either the specific user or everyone suitable access

Although it seems complex it's harder to explain than do
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28 Dec 2016   #3
chitownbob

windows 7 64bit
 
 

I had a similar issue. Put all my pictures​ in PUBLIC folder. Now everyone has access to them.
Also, I back them up to a NAS by way of a free sync tool to mapped drive.
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28 Dec 2016   #4
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
There are two stages to sharing non public folders over a network - you need to set the Base NTFS file permissions and also the network sharing permissions.

First off be aware that Microsoft developed Home-group networking on Windows 7 and later to cater for this very situation, and it can be a lot easier to use as Windows itself controls most of the permissions etc.

The "user" folders are set-up with NTFS permissions for the user they relate to, so in order to access them remotely over the network you need to do so as the allocated user ie. to access the pictures of user Fred on PC1 there needs to be a User Fred on PC2 (best, if using Passwords, that these are the same).

If you want to share generally across the network you need to right click on the Pictures folder click properties and security and add read, (and Write) permissions to user "Everyone".

Once you have this done you need to set the network permissions to give either the specific user or everyone suitable access

Although it seems complex it's harder to explain than do
I did give all 3 permissions to everyone.
The shared folder name appears on the network.

Is there some kind of diagnostic program that will point out the problem?

Now about this user name issue, an identical user name and password for PC1, and PC2 is required to share a folder?
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28 Dec 2016   #5
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chitownbob View Post
I had a similar issue. Put all my pictures​ in PUBLIC folder. Now everyone has access to them.
Also, I back them up to a NAS by way of a free sync tool to mapped drive.
I thought about that. Would it involve a long time to move into the public folder a ton of pictures?
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28 Dec 2016   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The issue you describe would suggest that the folder is correctly set-up, but the actual contents are not, when setting the file permissions ensure that the apply to subfolders/files option (not sure of exact wording) is set to on

As for moving the files If they are on the same drive as the Public folders then It should be very quick, if on different drive it's an actual move rather than a re-assign so would take longer
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28 Dec 2016   #7
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just created a user named scott with password.
Then I went to sharing tab, properties, advanced , told it to add scott, check names worked.
Then I give scott full controll.

Now when I go to network on the other PC, I see absolutely no folders listed for the PC I want to share from.
These PC are right next to each other. So doing this made the problem worse.
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28 Dec 2016   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Are you logged in as scott on the veiwing PC? you need to be unless you give everyone access to the files and folders on the viewed PC
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28 Dec 2016   #9
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well sharing is now totally dead including public folders, consternations!
Is is time to swap this out for another PC running windows 8?
I have one I built, I just have not taken the time to copy over bunches of files.
The PC is my wife's and it is older win7 PC and a little bit slow.

Unless someone can help me, I think it is my only option for now.
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28 Dec 2016   #10
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Are you logged in as scott on the veiwing PC? you need to be unless you give everyone access to the files and folders on the viewed PC

Yes, I am.

I have 3 PC, the win7 media center PC downstairs shares fine, Not a problem setting it up, did not have to do anything special.

The PC I am trying to view files on right now is Ubuntu OS.
But the win7 PC downstairs also can not see any files.

I adjusted some share settings from 128 bit to 40 ,and turned on password protected sharing from homegroup-workgroup.
I quess put them back the way they were.
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