Share Windows Folders That Stubbornly Refuse To Do So

You've shared a folder on your Windows machine and set up the permissions, yet, when a networked user attempts to view the directory's contents, they're given an access denied dialog instead. Sharing a folder and setting up users should be enough, but sometimes it isn't. Here's how to fix this annoying problem.

What you need to do is alter the permissions of the shared folder itself and not just the users who can access it. If this sounds confusing, don't worry, I found it confusing too, so I'm going to explain it step-by-step:

  1. Right-click on the folder in question and select "Properties".
  2. Instead of selecting the "Sharing" tab, click "Security" instead.
  3. If the user "Everyone" is visible in the top list, select it and click "Edit". (If it's not there, click the "Edit" button and in the new dialog, select "Add". Type "Everyone" into the text box in this new window and hit Enter.)
  4. While in the "Edit" dialog, make sure "Everyone" is selected and then check "Full control" in the bottom list. Click "Apply" and then "OK".
  5. Exit the Properties dialog.

This is recommended for secured home networks only (or networks you trust), as setting the permissions to be so open is unwise. At the very least, you can apply this change temporarily to make the folder accessible and then restore the previous settings afterwards.


    One thing that has puzzled me and I haven't had time to trouble shoot:
    I have a shared folder with guest given full access control. I can see it, read from it and add to it from my other PC. However if I added to it from the local machine, the new files don't show up on my network view. The new folder is set to inherit permissions, and is set for full access control for guest. Anyone have any ideas?

    Try setting the permissions for "everyone" as well as "guest" as guest is a specific user account I'd be thinking.

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