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Windows 7: Trouble sharing specific folder on same computer

02 Apr 2010   #1
SKUDRIVER

Windows 7
 
 
Trouble sharing specific folder on same computer

We have a shared computer with multiple family member profiles. I'm trying to share a family picture folder with just my wife's profile. I have gone through the Help & Support Tutorial on folder/file sharing and followed it. After adding her name and permission level to just that folder I then go into her profile to view the results. Within her profile-- under the Network, then "PC" drop down--the folder appears with a network link as I believe it should. BUT, it has also created a USERS section. When going into this, all the users on the computer show up and can then access all the folders within my profile. Obviously I don't want this. I've tried going into the USERS properties & unchecking the SHARE box. When I do this, the original picture folder is no longer accessible.

I'm sure it's on my end, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong as it seems to straight forward to mess up. I just want her to be able to access the one folder, not everything. Why does the USERS section keep showing up when sharing just this folder?

Thanks for any direction.


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02 Apr 2010   #2
Shutup

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SKUDRIVER View Post
We have a shared computer with multiple family member profiles. I'm trying to share a family picture folder with just my wife's profile. I have gone through the Help & Support Tutorial on folder/file sharing and followed it. After adding her name and permission level to just that folder I then go into her profile to view the results. Within her profile-- under the Network, then "PC" drop down--the folder appears with a network link as I believe it should. BUT, it has also created a USERS section. When going into this, all the users on the computer show up and can then access all the folders within my profile. Obviously I don't want this. I've tried going into the USERS properties & unchecking the SHARE box. When I do this, the original picture folder is no longer accessible.

I'm sure it's on my end, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong as it seems to straight forward to mess up. I just want her to be able to access the one folder, not everything. Why does the USERS section keep showing up when sharing just this folder?

Thanks for any direction.
Under the share section you'll find "everyone" is always present and enabled for viewing.

To make it only visible to your wife, you should add your wifes credentials and then delete the everyone from the share.
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02 Apr 2010   #3
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SKUDRIVER View Post
We have a shared computer with multiple family member profiles. I'm trying to share a family picture folder with just my wife's profile. I have gone through the Help & Support Tutorial on folder/file sharing and followed it. After adding her name and permission level to just that folder I then go into her profile to view the results. Within her profile-- under the Network, then "PC" drop down--the folder appears with a network link as I believe it should. BUT, it has also created a USERS section. When going into this, all the users on the computer show up and can then access all the folders within my profile. Obviously I don't want this. I've tried going into the USERS properties & unchecking the SHARE box. When I do this, the original picture folder is no longer accessible.

I'm sure it's on my end, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong as it seems to straight forward to mess up. I just want her to be able to access the one folder, not everything. Why does the USERS section keep showing up when sharing just this folder?

Thanks for any direction.
This User folder access problem usually happens if you use Homegroup networking in a mixed Op system network which Windows 7 isn't made to do. In general, Homegroups is for Win 7 machines only.

You will need to set up a Workgroup type network if you want more control over your shared folders.
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02 Apr 2010   #4
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SKUDRIVER View Post
We have a shared computer with multiple family member profiles.
In that case there's no reason to mess with network sharing.

Make the appropriate folder someplace outside of "user" space... Something like this...

At c:\ make a folder "Family Data" (or whatever name suits, this is only an example)
Inside this folder make one folder for each member of your family, and one extra called "Common" (or whatever) that you can all share.

This creates a new root level tree, outside Windows' control that you can use as you please...

Now for each user's account on the system, just open their user folder (click on their name on the start bar) and in that folder make a shortcut to the "Family Data" folder. (Right click in the user folder, select New->Shortcut ... and follow the prompts.) You can also create shortcuts on their desktops and link to these folders in libraries.

DO NOT apply network sharing to these folders. You don't need to.

All done.

Family members can then create folders inside their own folders, add, move, copy, delete files etc. It's all handled by Windows native file system...


Really... it's as simple as making some shortcuts.
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02 Apr 2010   #5
Shutup

 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SKUDRIVER View Post
We have a shared computer with multiple family member profiles.
In that case there's no reason to mess with network sharing.
Good one, CommonTater

I completely missed the part saying it is only one computer.

No sense in setting up shares on one computer, just NTFS security will do.
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02 Apr 2010   #6
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shutup View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SKUDRIVER View Post
We have a shared computer with multiple family member profiles.
In that case there's no reason to mess with network sharing.
Good one, CommonTater
I completely missed the part saying it is only one computer.
No sense in setting up shares on one computer, just NTFS security will do.
LOL... I've been known to get the odd one right... although my record is a bit tarnished the last couple of days.

BTW... there's no reason to mess with NTFS Security either since whoever saves a file into those folders automatically becomes it's owner.
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03 Apr 2010   #7
Shutup

 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shutup View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
In that case there's no reason to mess with network sharing.
Good one, CommonTater
I completely missed the part saying it is only one computer.
No sense in setting up shares on one computer, just NTFS security will do.
LOL... I've been known to get the odd one right... although my record is a bit tarnished the last couple of days.

BTW... there's no reason to mess with NTFS Security either since whoever saves a file into those folders automatically becomes it's owner.
True, but then only that user could access it. If you want other (specific) members of the family to access your folder, you will need to add their username to the allow list.

I thought that was what the OP wanted.
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03 Apr 2010   #8
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shutup View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shutup View Post
Good one, CommonTater
I completely missed the part saying it is only one computer.
No sense in setting up shares on one computer, just NTFS security will do.
LOL... I've been known to get the odd one right... although my record is a bit tarnished the last couple of days.

BTW... there's no reason to mess with NTFS Security either since whoever saves a file into those folders automatically becomes it's owner.
True, but then only that user could access it. If you want other (specific) members of the family to access your folder, you will need to add their username to the allow list.

I thought that was what the OP wanted.
Nope... everyone will have access as Read Only by default. Administrators and the owner default to full control. Unless the user accounts are "limited" everyone will be able to play around in there just fine.

If they encounter problems then each user can simply take ownership of their own folder... no biggy.

FWIW... hard experience has taught me to mess with the Security settings only when absolutely necessary...
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