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Windows 7: Why is the User folder shared when you share a folder?

06 May 2009   #1

Why is the User folder shared when you share a folder?

I recently made a folder to share with an XP machine. When I look at the network through my seven machine I see the folder I shared and the USERS folder shared as well. Why is that?

I have the network setup at a home network. 7100 32 bit.

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06 May 2009   #2

Windows 7

I believe vista did this as well. So Windows 7 doesnt' work any differently from Vista in this regards.
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06 May 2009   #3

XP/win7 x86 build 7127

I am with ya on this copernicus... i dont like the idea of it either... another miff by MS if you ask me.
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07 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Vista x64 (Dual boot)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jkkw View Post
I believe vista did this as well. So Windows 7 doesnt' work any differently from Vista in this regards.
I don't think this is true. Vista shared the Public folder by default, not the Users folder.
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14 Jun 2010   #5

XP Pro, 7 Pro

I am now viewing both the shared folders I specifically created for sharing within my home network, and the Users folders on two windows 7 computers also, and want to know why this is happening, and how I can fix it?

What I do not see are any Public folders.

I can see and access everything within the Users folders on all other machines on the network, both Windows 7 and Windows XP, but the Windows 7 computers do not see anything on the XP machine except specifically shared folders, which is how I expect sharing to operate.

I am not using homegroup and the shared folders are on the desktop of both Windows 7 computers. Could this be the problem, that if a shared folder is created on the desktop, that it somehow magically transforms the parent folders to be shared also?
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09 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Go to control panel > Folder Options > View tab. Scroll down to the bottom and uncheck "Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended)."
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28 Jun 2011   #7

Win7 Pro 32
Perfect solution Shov

Thanks for the spot on fix - can't imagine how sharing all User files when you intended only a single folder could be a "feature".
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