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Old 22nd July 2011   #1
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Can't Share Folders


I'm running Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit (Computer A). The computer is part of a homegroup with another Win 7 computer running Home Premium 64 bit (Computer B). Computer B has the selected folders shared. They are visible to Computer A with read/write access.
When I try to share a folder (for example, Documents) on Computer A, I get message "Your Folder Can't be shared". I right clicked on the folder name, selected Properties, then the Sharing Tab then I select Share - select Homegroup Read/write. When I click on the SHARE button, it runs for a short while 10-15 seconds then ends with an error: Your folder can't be shared.

Any suggestions as to how determine what's wrong?

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Can't help directly with the problem - but - go to Microsoft.com and search 'error your folder cannot be shared'. Came up with a few suggestions.

Worth a shot.....

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Thanks, I'll check it out.

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Look through the suggestions and found 1 that seemed relevant, but it did not resolve the problem.

Any other ideas?

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You could try turning off Home sharing, then share the folders individuality for each computer.

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An absolute long shot, but you could try disabling any firewalls and check again.


I had a very similar issue a while back with McAfee. Easy to resolve once I'd isolated the cause, but it was very frustrating until that point.

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Thanks. I tried this but it didn't change the situation. The problem remains that on the one computer, I can't setup the folders to be shared.

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Are both computers running administrator accounts?

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Yes, both are administrators.

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I right clicked on the folder name, selected Properties, then the Sharing Tab then I select Share - select Homegroup Read/write.
Rather than do that select Advanced Sharing and check 'Share this folder' - use the Permissions button to set permissions.

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Thanks. I tried this but it didn't change the situation. The problem remains that on the one computer, I can't setup the folders to be shared.
probably the same error like here : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2123653

just set the firewall to AUTOMATIC and start the service. i know, strange thing to be unable with firewall disabled but to work with it enabled

after you share you can disable it again (still this is not recommend )

good luck

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I wonder if the folder is not already shared since you say the documents folder
The access from another computer would be different cause its under the users map
Thats why i never use the default shares made from m$ i allways make a new folder on the root of my drive which i want to share.. else you have to mess with drive mappings to get to the user map

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Thanks for all of the feedback. I've tried the various approaches and so far nothing has changed. I am thinking about re-installing Win 7 and see if the problem goes away.
For now, I just going to live with the situation.

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Check the following services:
  • DNS Client service started and on automatic
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication service started and on automatic
  • SSDP Discovery service started and on automatic
  • UPnP Device Host service started and on automatic

TCP/IPv6 also needs to be enabled.

Check your Event logs for related error messages.

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Hi Gandalfpok, You seem to be working with a lot of info/Help so here's something I found.

I found this in Windows 7 Forum

"Share files over a network with 64Bit and 32Bit systems".

http://www.w7forums.com/share-files-...ork-t5562.html

Cheers Neil.

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