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Problem moving files to shared folder

Question: Problem moving files to shared folder

Its real wierd.

Im using one pc with windows 7 and another with XP.
When I copy a file on the pc with win7 to the shared folder, I can see and access the file fine from the XP pc.

However, when I move (Ctrl+X) a file to the shared folder on the pc with win7, the file does not apear when I go to the shared folder from the XP pc.

Anyone knows what Im doing wrong?

BY THE WAY, is there a way to share the entire C drive or we are strict to the public folders? Its wierd that I gave full access permissions to the C drive, yet an error occurs while trying to access from XP. Only the public folders can be accessed.

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Answer: Problem moving files to shared folder

Quote: Originally Posted by israelihero

Its real wierd.

Im using one pc with windows 7 and another with XP.
When I copy a file on the pc with win7 to the shared folder, I can see and access the file fine from the XP pc.

However, when I move (Ctrl+X) a file to the shared folder on the pc with win7, the file does not apear when I go to the shared folder from the XP pc.

Anyone knows what Im doing wrong?

BY THE WAY, is there a way to share the entire C drive or we are strict to the public folders? Its wierd that I gave full access permissions to the C drive, yet an error occurs while trying to access from XP. Only the public folders can be accessed.

You still need to allow premission to access the shared files on the Win7 machine. Just set up permissions on the Win7 machine by going to "Network and sharing center" and then to the left choose "Change Advance sharing settings". The select the settings in the pictures below.

You should also have access to the entire C drive once you do that.

I've been using my XP machine as my file server and it works perfectly.

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Trying to find a solution to this issue.

2 XP Media Center SP3 PCs connected via Ethernet to router. PC A has Shared Documents folder with permissions set to allow 'Everyone' Full Control. Only Windows Firewall onboard, NOD32 virus scanner. PC B can see/open files from share on PC A, but any attempts to move or copy result in error message "your current security settings do not allow this action". Both PCs have IE6, File & Print Sharing enabled and turning off Windows Firewall doesn't change anything. What else can I try? Thanks.

Answer:Moving/copying files from shared folder causes error

Make sure you have the permissions set on both the Security tab as well as the Sharing tab.

On the shared folder security permissions, make sure that you go to the Advanced settings and check the box that tells it to replace the permissions on child objects as well.

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Im having a strange problem that only came about recently.

Whenever I move folders from my shared folders ( Users/public/public documents for example) it copies the files instead of just simply moving them. The folders are on the same hard drive/partition so there does not seem to be any reason it should start doing this. I dont know what I could have changed on the computer to cause this to happen either. it is quite a frustrating problem however because large files take a while to transfer when they should be moved instantly.

If anybody could help I would appreciate it.


Answer:Problem moving files from shared folders.

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Is it poss to move the shared folder to another partion

Answer:Moving Shared Folder

You can share almost any folder you like. What do you mean by "the shared folder"?You can copy a shared folder to a new partition by dragging and dropping, but it will loose its shared status. But there's nothing to stop you reapplying its shared status.

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Firstly, a Happy New Year to you all!I have just added a new 120gig hard drive to my PC and is seen as F:\. I want to move all the My Documents folders (and contents), that is my own account and that in my wife's name to the new drive so as to keep them separate from the system and programs on drive C:\. I am running XP Home SP2.Will moving the shared documents folder achieve this or do I need to move yhe individual my documents folders as well. I intend to partition the new drive in order to have all the music in the My music folder in shared documents on a separate partition.Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Moving Shared Documents folder to second drive

It would need some registry editing, I would Create folder on new drive and drag contents to the

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Hi, I have a couple of shared folders located on a hard drive that I need to retire. If I simply drag and move these folders to a new hard drive, will my existing shares/user permissions/etc. go with the move? Or will I need to re-share the folders and setup permissions all over again? Thanks, Hammer

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Hello everyone,

I'm using a laptop (with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed) as a DVR and media streamer to all other devices in the house.
My TV recordings are recorded into a temporary folder and when the recording is finished the program moves the files into the My Videos folder.

The My Videos folder is shared so we can watch the recordings from the Xbox downstairs or other Windows 7 devices in the house.
This worked pretty well in the past but for some reason new recordings (or downloads) aren't shared by default anymore. All files have a small lock icon (shared with nobody) and I have to manually share new files within an already shared folder.

This is pretty annoying and takes away the convenience.

I would appreciate any tip to fix this problem to have all files in the shared folder(s) shared by default.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:New files aren't shared in shared folder

It's easy once you know how, just right click the C:/Video's folder and choose properties, Security tab then Advanced button, then just put a check mark where it says "Replace all Child Object Permission Entries with Inheritable Permissions Entries from this Object, then hit Apply, OK....this will fix the problem you described.

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I pinned the Files folder in my account to the Windows 10 Start menu, and also saved this folder as a favorite in Edge, which is my default browser. But after closing Edge, when I then click the tile in the start menu, or after opening Edge, if I click the OneDrive link in the favorites bar, OneDrive opens my Shared folder rather than the desired Files folder. To see the Files folder, I can click "OneDrive" in the menu bar. Moreover, after the Files folder has been opened, if I then add a tab and click on OneDrive in the favorites bar, OneDrive correctly opens the Files folder, and will continue to operate this way (the correct way) as long as I don't close the browser. When I saved my OneDrive Files folder as a favorite in Firefox, I experienced the same problem. So the problem does not appear to be related to Edge.
How can I make always open in the Files Folder the first time?

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I have all 4 PC's in the office using Windows 7 Pro. I have one computer that is designated to house my share folder for scanning documents and attaching them to our management system.  We are finding that multiple problems occur - not at once and at
different times .  Sometimes, the document within the shared folder called "IMAGEBATCH" will not delete.  Sometimes that document deletes, and then re-appears within the IMAGEBATCH folder.  Sometimes the document will not
scan through the network to the IMAGEBATCH folder.  Sometimes we get an error saying we "don't have permission to delete this file".  These circumstances occur on all computers, including the computer that houses the original file IMAGEBATCH. 
Sometimes in the day, each computer that is supposedly looking at the same IMAGEBATCH folder see different files.
Restarting the computer clears the problems, but then start right back up at irregular intervals, sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the middle of the day.
I did find a duplicate file named IMAGEBATCH on the "C" drive of that PC, so I deleted that, but the symptoms are still there.  This is the only shared folder in our entire network.  What can I be missing?  I have checked to make
sure it is a share folder, all the permissions are in place, and that we all can see the folder through the network.  What am I missing?  I am the owner and administrato... Read more

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Hi! I have decided to shared folder but averytime I add a file to that folder the file is not automatically shared but I have to share it manually. Is there a way to tell that avery file I'll add to that folder has to be intended shared...

Is is not a big deal but it is annoying...

Answer:Add files to a shared folder

This is how I share files. Network File Sharing.pdf

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I've mapped some folders in my laptop (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit).
I wanted them offline so I chose make available offline. After some days I've removed 'Make available offline'.
Now, the problem is when I open a file in shared folder for modification it's taking a local copy the changes are not reflecting in server. 
What I dont understand is when I removed offline, how am getting a local copy instead of the files in server.


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I accidentally deleted my share pics folder when i was cleaning out my photos. I realized it was really dumb, because i cant get it back. I emptied trash, forgetting it was there.
Can somone please help me get it back?

Answer:Shared files folder?

brandendumont, file recovery is a serious and tedious process and can be expensive read about it here and then decide what you want to do.
**stop using the PC that you are trying to recover files from immediately and turn it off until you read the links OK.

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Hi. I have been using my shared files folder to exchange files with the other computer I have at home, but I am trying to put a file in there and it tells me there is not enough disk space. The folder is empty. Why is that happening?

Answer:No space in shared files folder

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On my home network with 4 PCs I can access all shared files with no problems except from one PC. This PC is running XP SP3 and any files in the folder when it is shared are available and can be opened no problem but any new files moved to or created in this folder are can't be accessed by any of the other computers, as in "Windows media player cannot access this file. The file might be in use, you might not have access" and so on.
Never met this before on my others systems new files and old files are all available as long as they are in a shared folder.
Thanks for any suggestions

Answer:No access to NEW files in Shared folder

Have you compared Properties of a file that can be accessed with one that cannot to make sure ownership and permissions are the same?

XP Home or Pro? If Pro using Simple File Sharing?

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Somehow files and folders in "Shared Documents" have become inaccessible through the directory tree. The only way to open "Shared Pictures" or "Shared Music" is through the hot link availabe under "Other Places" when "My Pictures", or the like, is open in an explorer window. When I try to access the folders and files through the directory tree I run into *.idx files. This is a new condition for me. Can anyone fill me in?

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I have a folder on One drive that I have shared with a friend with one drive account.
Both accounts are personal. Is it possible for my friend to add files to the shared folder.

Answer:Can others add files to shared folder on one drive?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question I have a folder on One drive that I have shared with a friend with one drive account.
Both accounts are personal. Is it possible for my friend to add files to the shared folder. Yes, your friend can add files to your shared folder, provided you have the proper permission settings for the folder set up. On your PC, go to Onedrive and navigate to the folder you have shared, and click on "share", then "invite people", then add the people you want to allow, then change "recipients can only view" to "recipients can edit". Done!

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I have a PC with Windows 8.1 and a Mac with Mavericks. I have a folder on the Mac that is shared with the PC. When I'm on the PC and I try to open a file that is shared by the Mac, such as an ISO file (a disk image), then I get a message saying that I cannot open the file, or the file is in use (it depends on the app/filetype). I have the same problem when I open a video file. Strangely, text files and PDF files are just fine. And if I copy any of the problematic files to the local Windows disk, then I can open them just fine.

The specific error messages are:

- AVI files opened in VLC: "Your input can't be opened. VLC is unable to open the MRL."
- ISO files opened by Windows Explorer: "Sorry, there was a problem mounting the file."

This only started happening after I upgraded to Windows 8.1 on the PC and Mavericks on the Mac. Mavericks upgraded its SMB version from SMB1 to SMB2, so perhaps that is related?
Does anyone know what the problem might be, and how I could fix it?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:W8.1: Can't open files on SMB folder shared by a Mac

Welcome to Eight Forums,

The upgrade seems to be an issue in your case. I'd suggest for you to download the latest driver from the manufacturer's site for your network adapter, see if that helps. I don't think that there's a way to revert your Maverick's SMB version.

Please post an update or your progress.

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I am running windows XP and using the shared Dcoument folder to share JPEG files on two other computers. When I go to the other computers to open the Files (jpeg) the folders are showing up along with the thumbnail of the picture - not the actual picture just a Icon. I tried viewing the folder in different views but i get nothing just the Icon.
Is it a setting on the main computer that needs to be checked in order to see the JPEG files
on the other computers.

Look forward to your help.

Answer:Cant See Jpeg Files in Shared Folder

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I have two computers, a desktop running Windows 7 Professional and a netbook running Windows 7 starter edition. I have shared some folders on the netbook and can access them from the desktop computer. However, I am unable to share folders on the desktop. From the netbook, I can see the desktop on my network and also the shared folders, but when I try to open them I am told I have insufficient authorization to so so. I have checked the authorizations on the desktop side and can see that "Everyone" has permission to open these folders for reading, and that the authorization extends also to subfolders and files.

I've been trying all day to resolve this problem and would appreciate any help.

When I set up these permissions, why doesn't Windows warn me that there's something else that will impede what I'm trying to do?

Answer:Insufficient authorization to see files in shared folder

You might try going into the Security tab of the Desktop's main drive or folder you want to share then add "Everyone" there as well. Security tab>Edit button>Add button>type Everyone for object name, apply, ok and so forth.

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Hi all,

This is a problem that's been bothering me for days. I use an older computer (Windows XP Professional, SP2) that's relatively slow, but has a decent amount of disk space to store some of my files. While I store files on there, I prefer to access the files using my newer computer (Windows XP Home, SP2) since it's faster to extract/unzip files.

I can access all the folders & subfolders in the Shareddocs directory of my old computer perfectly, *except* ZIP/RAR files. Once I unzip the archive, my new computer can access all the files. But if I try to use my new computer to unzip the archives, it's telling me that it cannot find the file & that I don't have permissions for it.

So far, I've tried unchecking the "Simple File Sharing" box, and checking the permissions, and I have given everyone Full Control on my old computer. But I am still unable to extract/view the archives.

Any idea what might be wrong? I can just unzip everything on the old computer, but it's so horrendously slow I'd like some sort of solution to this.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Cannot access selected files in shared folder

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I run XP Home. When I click on My Network Places, it opens up to a Shared Doc Folder. In that folder are three sub folders called, Shared Music, Shared Pictures, and Shared Video. Each of these folders contain two .vbs script files all with weird names like "logo_anim_loop" and "nick on amp". I have no idea what these files are. They can not be deleted. Can anyone tell me what these might be and why they are there or how to delete them?
(I posted this in the XP section but got no response, so I'm trying here.)

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I am running winows 7 ultimate 32bit as a server, i have the c:\ drive shared to all 13 users on the network. All 13 computers are running windows xp pro. The problem that I am having is this:

When i open up the shared c: drive on a windows xp computer, and open a folder to view files, it only shows 122 out of the 227 files.

when i open up the c: drive on the windwos 7 machine, i can see all 227 files.

when i open up excel or word, and open a file that is stored on the windows 7 machine, it will open fine, but when i try and browse for the file that is stored on the windows 7 machine, it does not show it.

now here is the interesting thing:
when i open up the shared c: drive on another computer running windows 7, (not the server) i can see all 227 files and have no problems.

i have multiple folders, ex: mypics2008, mypics2009, mypics2010, mypics2001, mydocs2000, mydocs2010, all shared off of the c: drive on the windows 7 server. this problem started a few weeks ago, i was able to see all the files in every shared folder off of the windows 7 server through all of the windows xp pr machines a month ago, and all of a sudden in the past few weeks, i am no longer able to see all of the files shared off of the server.

any help would be appreciated!

i have rebuilt the index on the windows 7 server
i have removed and redone ALL security, and sharing settings
i have checked, rechecked and checked again all the file sharing settings
I am stumped, and i consider myself knowledgabl... Read more

Answer:Solved: Cannot view all files in shared folder

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Hello all, thanks for your help.

Goal :
Sharing a Vista 64 Home Premium Folder with an XP Laptop.

Problem :
XP can view folders, but not files, in the Vista Shared Folder. Files that were in the folder when sharing was setup in Vista are accessible, but new files are not displayed. New Folders do display, however.

System Setup :
MSHOME network, Vista private network sharing of a single directory. Vista connected by cable, XP laptop by Wireless.

Already Done :
- Triple-Checked Permissions (guest, everyone, etc.)
- Normal Vista Sharing configuration in place
- Checked through specific settings for 'guest' and 'everyone' access of the folder, including 'read files..'
- Checked the net in luck

The folder I'm sharing is a P2P download folder. Sharing doesn't work properly when the program is on or off, so it doesn't seem to affect anything.

Other things I've done :
- Turned 'indexing' on
- Made sure 'read only' was not enabled under folder settings.



Answer:Vista Shared Folder Files not Updating

Update :

The P2P stuff isn't a factor - created a new directory and shared - same problem.

I'm wondering if it may have something to do with XP. (service pack 3)

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I have 4 worstations in the same HomeGroup
I can access the files of workstation 1 from the two workstations but the 3th one
in the 3th one the the shared folder appears but when I try to aceess the files inside I get an error can't acess contact administrator
the pasword protection is disabled in the workstation 1 and I can access the files from the other two workstations so I have no clue what is going on
I have disabled the firewall and Norton IS on both workstations but still can't access the content of the sahred folder

any help appreciated

Answer:can't access files in shared folder windows 7

have you tried right-clicking and choosing properties on that shared folder

then click the tab for Sharing . . .

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I run XP Home. When I click on My Network Places, it opens up to a Shared Doc Folder. In that folder are three sub folders called, Shared Music, Shared Pictures, and Shared Video. Each of these folders contain two .vbs script files all with weird names like "logo_anim_loop" and "nick on amp". I have no idea what these files are. They can not be deleted. Can anyone tell me what these might be and why they are there?

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Can any one tell me a good reason why when I move a folder of folders and files any executables in those folders loose their compatibility and administrative settings?

Is there any way to prevent this happening?

If not, is there any way to apply this setting for a collection of files rather than one by one?

Any help and advice greatly appreciated.

Answer:Moving a folder of files

Can you give more details for what you mean by "lose their compatibility and administrative settings"?

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This seems crazy to me. I have a folder with a lot of TV shows labelled with the date of showing. When I sort them by "date" they end up all over the place, not in chronological order due to the way the files have been named.

So I want to drag them into correct order. With Vista this was fine, you could move a file within a folder. But with W7 (mine at least) if I try to move the file it just springs back into the same place.

I have tried changing security settings and enabling sharing, but it makes no difference.

Can other people move files within a folder? This is the same for all my folders.

Answer:Moving files within a folder

7 would move the file depending on the way they are arranged.

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When I had XP it was easy to move files from folder to folder but now I have windows 7 how do I move a file from one folder to another.When I right click on the file all I can see is send to but where I want to send it to is not listed.Can someone advise Thanks

Answer:Moving files from one folder to another

Also when using XP I was able to highlight a group of files and move them en masse can I still do that on windows 7

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Hi Guys,

I am migrating my user's home folders from one storage server to another storage server. We have offline files sync enabled and users use to work at work in offline mode and the files/folders sync when they connect to the company's network.
I have done some testing before migrating and found an issue that need assistance from your guys.

I pick a test user say "Testuser01" and logout him out from the system. I have copied all home drive stuff from Sharedserever-1 (Old) to Sharedserever-2 (New) for test user and make the required changes in AD profile and GPO for drive mapping. As
the Testuser01's documents pointing to H-drive (My Documents) are available offline on laptop in Documents folder. Now I have worked offline as "tesetuser01" and created some test files but when I logged in and connected
with my company's network H-drive is it correctly pointing to new Sharedserever (i.e. Sharedserever-2) and Documents path also redirected to the new server location. However the files created in offline mode were disappeared instead of sync with
the new Sharedserever.
I could not figure out why and I don't know if it something with CSC - Client-Side Caching folder ?
Any help would be appreciated.


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I've been using file and printer sharing for quite a while on various home networks, but this problem has me completely stumped.

I have one folder on each of 2 Windows XP Pro machines shared. I can access some of the files in this shared folder but not others. The problem is not specific to size (some are larger, others are small) or type (some are EXE's, others are .TXT's). I simply get the "Access denied" error when trying to open, run, or copy some of the files.

I've tried deleting the folder and re-creating it, and that doesn't work. I've disabled Windows firewall on both systems. That didn't work either.

Answer:Solved: Unable to Access Certain Files in Shared Folder

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Additional Note:
Performing a net user * /DELETE has no effect on the share that is not working properly. Also when performing a new use the share does not appear in the list.

I keep having a re-occurring issue.

I start by creating a shared folder on a Windows 2000 Server. From my Windows XP Pro laptop I'm able to access the files in the shared folder. At some point either from logging off the network or network changes that occur over night, I lose share. By losing the share I mean that I can access the folder that is shared but it does not show any files in the folder even though there are files. If I turn off the server, I get the same empty folder results. I've tried registering and flushing the DNS several times and reassigning my IP address. I'm at a loss as to why the share will not show any files. If I create a new share on the same server it will work fine until I leave for the day and return the next day. I would like to understand more about how shares are created and handled in Windows and then I might be able to figure out why this problem is occurring.


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I curently use a shared folder on my desktop to store all my music collection that then allows me to either use WMP on my desktop or WMP / Itunes on my laptop. I am currently trying to add all the missing artwork. a lot of my artwork can be seen in WMP but not itunes. I know how to get the album art into itunes but when i look at the shared network folder on the laptop it doesnt show any files except for the ripped music files. On the desktop i can see the all the files. I guess there is a setting to allow this but I can't seem to find it! Desktop is XP, laptop is vista. All ideas welcome, many thanks :-)

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I am using Outlook 2002. After a search, I would like to be able to drag the email I found to another folder. When I try, I get a message "CAN'T MOVE THE ITEM(S)."
I have no problem doing this in Outlook 2000. Does anyone know why I can't do it in 2002?

Answer:Moving email files to another folder

Just right-click on the message and choose «Move to a folder». Then just choose the folder you want.

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I have tried everything I can think of, and can't do this. I want to put all my .xls files into a library folder. Everytime I try to do this. Excel opens before I can move anything. My files are scattered all over various drives, and I want them all together.I am sure I am missing something very simple. Please help?

Answer:moving files into library folder

You can't move files into Libraries. Libraries are sort of shortcuts to all the files in a folder. You can add folders to libraries. For more info click on this link Windows 7 - Tutorial Index and then click on the L. There's a bunch of them.


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I've recently reformatted my hard drive and set up a fresh installation of Windows XP. Before installation I repartitioned my drive so I have one logical drive for windows to boot from, another dive (P:) for all my applications, and F: (Fun n Games )

Now I want to configure the 'Program Files' Folder Path to be 'P:\' instead of 'C:\Program Files\'.

1. How can I do this?
2. Should I move everything already in c:\program files\ to the new location? (i.e. 'Common Files', 'Java', 'Outlook Express' etc.)

Answer:Moving the 'Program Files' folder.

Definitely don't do number 2. That will probably just corrupt your programs. Leave the ones that are already in Program Files there; there is no easy way to move them (esp. Common Files, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer). The programs that you have installed you cacn specify where you ant to install them. As to changing the default location, there is probably a way but I don't know off hand.

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Hi all,

I have a folder with around 80,000 files in it and would like to move them to 3000 files in each new folder.

Any suggestion?

Answer:Moving a fix numbers of files to a new folder.

By the way the word is COPY and then confirm, then remove old folder
ie sometimes move faults and then you may be unsure where's what.

Anyway check out the above link

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Hi all,

I have a folder with around 80,000 files in it and would like to move them to 3000 files in each new folder.

Any suggestion?

Answer:Moving A Fix Numbers Of Files To A New Folder.

You can halt Shift and choose which file you want to move. The left panel in Explorer you'll see the number of files which you choosed.

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Hi all,

I have a folder with around 80,000 files in it and would like to move them to 3000 files in each new folder.

Any suggestion?

Answer:Moving a fix numbers of files to a new folder.

just create your new folders then highlight the files you want and right click and drag to new folder created and select the 'move files' option
depending on how many files and the size of the files moving, it may take awhile for the process to complete every time you move a lot of files to another folder

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I am having trouble with mkv files. Before you ask, yes I can play them fine with vlc media player. I also can delete them easily with a unlocker program. My problem is once an mkv file is on my computer I cannot move it. In case you are wondering this happens with every mkv file. They are not corrupt in any way. For some reason Windows Explorer decides to lock them up (when I use lock hunter it says that the mkv file is in use by Windows Explorer). I have looked at a lot of tech forums but it's always people that need help deleting. The few that I have found where people need help moving them, there problem is always solved because they didn't realize their external hard drive had to be converted from FAT to NTFS. It seems no one has the answer to this.

If this problem can't be solved this is my second question. What happens if I convert the mkv file to an avi or something else? Will it mess with the file at all? Will it erase the subtitles or something? I've heard an mkv file is special because it can store subtitles and lots of other things. I'm thinking if I can convert it to something else then it will allow me to move it around from folder to folder. Not really wanting to test it out on a file that took half a day to download heh. I suppose I could test it on a smaller mkv file but then I would not be sure if it would work with a larger one.

Any help is greatly appreciated

Answer:Having trouble moving mkv files to a different folder

Unlocker doesn't only delete, it moves as well. But I guess you already knew that?

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I want to move my Program Files folder from the default drive/partition to another drive/partition. From C:\...\Program Files to D:\....\Program Files, for example.

XP warns me that this is not desirable but I would like to shift the folder because of the way I have partitioned my XP drive. Otherwise I am going to have to partition my hard drive again, and reinstall XP.

Any opinions please, for and against. Bazza

Answer:Moving XP Program Files folder?

Bazza, this link talks about moving C:\Program files to another drive.

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I have a HP Pavilion running xp home edition sp2 with a 40GB hdd. The c: drive is declared at size 33.1GB due to the HP recovery partition.
On the c: drive the largest folder by far is Program Files at 19.3 GB due to a subfolder Microsoft Games 17.2GB containing Flight Simulator 9 14.1GB.

I would like to fit a second drive and move the folder Program Files on to it to free the space on c: to let the ststem run more freely. Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Moving Program Files Folder

Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?Click to expand...

No, because of each of the program's relevant registry entries will need changing to reflect the new location, one hell of a manual job that is to the point of being quite simply impossible.

You would be better to create a folder on the 2nd hard dive call it MY Programs (or whatever you like) then whenever you install a program select the custom install options and install the program to the folder on the 2nd hard drive.
You can tweak the registry so that any applications you install from now on will be installed on the 2nd drive
change the Data of this String Value ProgramFilesDir from C:\Program Files to the path of the folder on the new drive where you wish the programs to be installed to
See here for info -

If you want to make some space on C then uninstall any apps and re-install them on 2nd drive.

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A folder has 80 subfolders, and each of these subfolders has 3 folders, and each of these 3 folders has 15 files, for a total of 3,600 files. I want to move all of these files to one folder. I realize I can do it by moving files from each folder, but I'm looking for a way to automate the process.

Thanks for any help

Answer:Moving Files from Many Folders to One Folder

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Hello My roomate has created a folder on his desktop called "music1", and the permissions are set for full access/shared etc on his computer. I can access many other shared folders on his computer with my pc no problem. I can even listen to other music files on his computer in other shared folders. For some reason or other I cannot play his music files or copy his music files when trying to access the music1 folder on his desktop. If i'm thinking correctly the root folder must be shared to allow access to subfolders, but in this case...the shared folder (music1) is the root folder that was created on his desktop. any ideas?

win xp home os's


update: also I have discovered that if I remove the read only permission>hit apply>ok then when I reopen it the "read only box is checked again"

i deselect it again, and again, and again..only for it to reappear again.


Answer:Solved: shared folder cant copy, play or read files...

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I'm encountering a problem on different computers.
Internet Explorer 11 and Edge are not able to open files from a shared folder located on the same computer.
For example, let's say I typed this "\\\folder_1\DOC_FILE.doc" on the address bar.
The browser then shows : "This page can't be displayed".
When I display more information, the error "INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" appears.
I have already tried to uncheck "Enable TCP Fast open" and it is still not working.
It seems like this problem cannot be reproduced on all IE11/EDGE browsers, and can be encountered on both Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Any ideas ?
Best regards

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I have shared one folder and in security I added "everyone" and given full permission (full control, write, etc.)

But still I cannot access some pdf files in the folder from another computer. I can open the folder but when I try to open the pdf file I'm getting some permission error. Then I went to the first computer I selected all pdf files >> right click >> properties >> I changed security and added everyone there. Then I could open the pdf files from another computer.

Now the problem is every time when I add some files in the shared folder. I have to select all the files inside and add permission even though the folder itself is given full permission. I wonder why is it so?

Answer:shared folder with full permission cannot access files inside

If the same users access this folder. Add each person individually with Full Control rather then the Everyone Group to the permissions of the folder. Or You can add the users to the Power Users Group. Then allow the Power Users Group to have Full control.

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I have a computer running Vista Home Premium. On it, I have a folder shared read-only over the network as "downloads."

I can access the folder from other computers on the LAN, using \\computer\downloads. My problem is, sometimes the browsing computer (an XP Pro SP3 machine) will get an outdated list of the directory.

For instance, I have added many files in the past couple of weeks. Yet, for some reason, even today one of the computers would show the most recent file as being from late January. I've tried refreshing and shift-refreshing. Doesn't help.

What's weird is that this behavior seems to vary from client computer to client computer. One of my XP Pro SP3 machines will have the most-recent list of files, and the other one will still be a little bit behind, not showing the newest files.

I can't figure this out! I would think that the problem must lie on the side of the client, yet I have never had this problem previously in all my years of XP-to-XP file sharing.

Is there some sort of network cache present in XP that can be cleared? Or any other ideas on how to solve this?


Answer:Browsing shared folder over LAN sometimes shows outdated list of files; sometimes OK

It's not unnatural for what shows in My Network Places (XP) or Network (Vista) to be out of date, but usually not that out of date. In My Network Places click 'view workgroup computers' and you should force an update.

On any (properly working) network one computer becomes the Master Browser. It determines what's on the network and periodically updates the other computers.

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I had Windows 7 installed on my HP Pavilion a6500f. I did however have this exact same problem with Windows Vista.

When I open a file, say Chapter 02, when I close it the file has moved in the Windows Explorer window to the end position. I have my View options set to Name and Ascending but the files just won't stay that way.

For Example: Folder is Format for RTF. Files inside folder are Chapter 01, Chapter 02, Chapter 03 in that order as I keep everything in order alphabetically by name.

If I open Chapter 02 when I close it the files are now in this order: Chapter 01, Chapter 03, Chapter 02.

For some reason the file that I open and work on is always going to the end position and I don't want that. I want them to stay in alphabetic order.

Is there anyone that can tell me what is going on and how to stop it?

Answer:Solved: Files moving in Folder once opened

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Nobody is replying to my question in Seven Forums, I just need to know right away. Here it goes:

I am running a Win 7 OS on an SSD and I have some programs installed on a different hard drive. And I want to move this program files folder on the same hard drive but different partition. Is it possible to do this without breaking the program links? If so, can anyone please tell me how? Thanks.

Answer:Moving Program Files folder to another partition

I am not sure I understand you completely. What do you mean by: Same drive F but different partition ?

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Recently setup folder redirection and I can't figure out why but user's existing files are not relocating from their local machine onto the server. Once the policy hits the PC, it creates the appropriate folders on the server and the user's profile accesses those folders which in turn freaks them the fuck out because all the folders are empty as if they've lost all their files. In reality, their files are safely located on the local machine under the local directories. I haven't had this issue before and I'm not sure what's causing it. Below is a grab of the settings I'm using, this show's the contact folder but its exactly the same for desktop and documents. I can manually go in and move the files from PC to server and they show up and all is well...but that's a bit of a pain in the ass to have to do for a couple hundred users once this goes into production.

Answer:Folder Redirection not moving local files

'Move contents of Contacts to the new location' = Disabled

I have mine set to Enabled and its working okie dokie


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I am running a Win 7 OS on an SSD and I have some programs installed on a different hard drive. And I want to move this program files folder on the same hard drive but different partition. Is it possible to do this without breaking the program links? If so, can anyone please tell me how? Thanks.

Answer:Moving Programs Files folder to another partition

I'd install programs to the SSD to benefit from the faster speeds.

It's the data which can be moved to the HD using a method like User Folders - Change Default Location or to avoid moving System files simply copy the User folders to HD and link to related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

You can then uninstall and reinstall your most used Programs to the SSD.

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I cannot move my digital files about in the same folder like I used to in XP, when I upgraded to win7 from vista I thought it would be corrected, but no. Anyone have the same problem? Brig2

Answer:Moving files in same folder in Vista & win7

Best I can do is click on the organize tab and click on layout then menu bar. In the view tab (in the menu bar) click on 'sort by' or 'group by' and select 'more'.

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Can someone remind me which key needs to be changed so that the windows program file folder defaults to drive D - rather than drive C. Second question is will this change work on a P/C with Windows NT?Thanks

Answer:Moving 'program files' folder to Drive D

Not sure what you mean. Do you want to boot from d and not c?

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hello ,I Have a folder on my desktop called "All OCX" and there are a bunch of files in there , now i want to move / copy ( it doesn't matter move or copy ) them to system32 folder but i don't know how to do it :( can someone please help ? i really need this.

Answer:Help for moving/copying files to a folder batch

Erm . . . Just drag and drop the folder to your System32? A one time action doesn't need to be automated. How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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Wanted to see if any one here wouldn't mind writing a batch file or script that would move multiple files to a target folder. Here are the specifics:
HDD1 Contains Folders A,B,C,etc...
Folder A contains Folder A1 which contains File A2
Folder B contains Folder B1 which contains File B2
Folder C contains Folder C1 which contains File C2
Folder D contains Folder D1 which contains File D2
Folder E contains Folder E1 which contains File E2
Folder F contains Folder F1 which contains File F2

And what I need to do is move A2,B2,...F2.. to the drive root.

This would really save some time over moving these files manually, because they're numerous.
Or if you know of any utilities that can do this, please let me know

Answer:Batch file for moving files to folder?

I am assuming that these all folders are in X drive

such that your file is in X:\Folder A\Folder A1

move "X:\Folder A\Folder A1\File" X:\
move "X:\Folder B\Folder B1\File" X:\
move "X:\Folder C\Folder C1\File" X:\
move "X:\Folder D\Folder D1\File" X:\
move "X:\Folder E\Folder E1\File" X:\
move "X:\Folder F\Folder F1\File" X:\

save it as bat file.
If you are using windows 7 than open the file in Administrator mode.

I hope it will help

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I am loading NWN2 onto my HDD. Evidently, NWN2 "makes use of My Documents and Windows Temp File Directories to store saved games, hak files, exported character files, and temp files needed during game play, updates and more," according to the moderator of NWN2's technical self-help forum.

My HDD is devided into three logical drives: C is the OS and main applications excepting office programs and is 63.4GB; D is for games and is 244GB; and E is for documents, photos, videos, office suite, etc. and is 157GB.

I've already moved my My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos folders to drive E. This is is the additional advice given for changing the temporary files folder from the sticky at the NWN2 self-help forum:

" You should be able change the temporary files folder by changing the TEMP and TMP system environment variables.

1. Create a folder at the root of the local drive and name it TEMP.
2. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
4. Click Environment Variables.

5. Repeat the following steps for both the TEMP and the TMP User variables:
a. In the User variables list, select the TEMP variable, and then click Edit.
b. In the Variable value box, type %drive%\TEMP, and then click OK.
c. Repeat steps a and b for the TMP variable.

6. Repeat the following steps for both the TEMP and the TMP System variables:
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Answer:? moving Temp. Files Folder to different logical drive

Moving the TEMP files away from the OS has its purposes.

IMO, the only reason to move TEMP is if its a SSD your trying to limit writes to, save space etc.

For 1 physical spinning drive/ partitioned I really do not think there would be much benefit. Having Games, USER folders (Music,Pictures etc) on other partitions or drives can be a benefit though.

But the method you listed will work fine if you choose to move it.

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Hello all,

I have a brand new Toshiba E105 Satellite with Windows 64 Home ed. My old satellite has XP. I have a Maxtor external drive that I use to backup data. I tried to copy my backup file to my new computer from the Maxtor and was mostly successful. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of photos that I could not transfer. They are just like the other photos that did transfer but for whatever reason, these won't. I get the famous "Destination folder Access Denied-you need permission to perform this action" message.

I have been perusing the forums and have tried disabling UAC, adding admin privileges and permissions to both the new computer and the maxtor all to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Destination Folder Access Denied-Moving Files

Originally Posted by Sadietheferret

Hello all,

I have a brand new Toshiba E105 Satellite with Windows 64 Home ed. My old satellite has XP. I have a Maxtor external drive that I use to backup data. I tried to copy my backup file to my new computer from the Maxtor and was mostly successful. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of photos that I could not transfer. They are just like the other photos that did transfer but for whatever reason, these won't. I get the famous "Destination folder Access Denied-you need permission to perform this action" message.

I have been perusing the forums and have tried disabling UAC, adding admin privileges and permissions to both the new computer and the maxtor all to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

It is a permissions problem. If you go to the folder that contains the photos and add your user to the owners group with modify permissions you should be able to copy/move them. If not right click one of the files and see who the onwer is



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When you move or copy files from one folder and/or drive to another...if the original file(s) is fragmentated...will the file be moved as is or will the file be placed in the new location in a relatively none fragmented state ? you have to defragment the drive/file first before moving it to a new location ?


Answer:moving files and defragmentation state of file/folder

Moving files between folders on the same drive only changes the pointers, the file itself stays in the same place and fragmentation state.

Moving between drives the file is copied and written in contiguous blocks so is unfragmented, if there is enough space on the target drive to do so.

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I wasn't sure whether to put this in the XP subforum or the Vista/7 one, as it relates to both. Hope I made the right choice. :-)

My problem is this: I have a Windows 7 Ultimate desktop (recently upgraded from Vista Home Premium) with a C:\downloads\ folder that is shared over the network as "downloads."

On a second computer, an XP computer, one I set up the correct sharing permissions (that is, to give access to Computer 2's username), I can then browse to \\desktop\downloads\.

The problem is this: The file list show in \\desktop\downloads\ is outdated, and many files and folders are missing. There is nothing special about these files or folders. They're not hidden or anything.

For instance, opening up C:\downloads\ on my desktop shows a folder with 3,118 items -- files and folders.

Accessing \\desktop\downloads\ from another computer shows 111 items.

Interestingly, accessing \\desktop\downloads\ from the desktop shows the correct amount: 3,118 items.

I have tried refreshing the file list, obviously, from the second computer. I have also tried accessing \\desktop\downloads\ from a third computer (also XP) on the same network, with similar problems... leading me to believe the problem is on the Windows 7 computer.

The W7 desktop has no problem accessing other shares.

I should also add that all three of these computers are on the same workgroup and can ping each other.

Also, as a test, I created a brand-new folder, C:\downloads2\,... Read more

Answer:Browsing shared Vista or 7 folder over LAN shows outdated or partial list of files

Try disabling UAC, i had my own issue with network files with Win7 and after i disabled UAC everything worked perfectly.

Also, try making a share that isn't in the root of the drive Or put it in the public folder and see if that works correctly.

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When I try to rename a folder on the D: partition that used to be a Windows XP recovery partition that has some Pokemon commissions in it, I get this message.
"This folder is shared with other people
If you rename this folder, it will no longer be shared."
But the folder is not shared nor has it ever been.
What is going on? Why does Windows 7 think that it is shared?

Answer:“This folder is shared with other people” when renaming not shared folder

Hello there, 
This happens because of the way the Access Control List is queried by Windows Explorer to determine if the folder is shared. Because this folder you tried to rename is a child folder of a parent folder and the two folders have a different security entries, Windows will treat as a shared folder. This causes Explorer to give you the warning that you received. 
​Just double check, this must be a shared folder. 
Hope this helps! 

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I have a folder in my documents full of music samples to make songs out of and I am trying to move the folder to an external hard drive and every time I do I get the following error "Could Not Find This Item" "This Is No Longer Located in C:\<username>\My Documents\Music_maker\ Verify the item's location and try again"

the folder and files are definitely there because I am able to play every single music sample in Windows Media Player just fine, I am just unable to move these files because of that error message that constantly keeps preventing me from moving them, same error for deleting the folder... right click properties shows it is there and it shows a folder size (832MB) but that error STILL exists for no reason at all!

the folder I am trying to move is called strictly_80s and the error seems to happen with EVERY subfolder in the Music_maker folder!

Answer:Could Not Find This Item error when moving files from specific folder

Right click on the folder > Send to > Removable disk . Does it work ?

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Need help with a network share issue.

I have 2 Win7 PC?s running on a home network. I have various folders set up for shared access across the network and they work fine. However, I run a game on the main PC with add-ons that run on the 2nd PC. They run OK and connect with each other, but to get full functionality the add-on on the 2nd PC needs to be able to access the game folder on the main PC another.

The game folder is in the Program Files (x86) folder and I have set it up as a share. The PC and the shared folder appears in the network section on the 2nd PC. However, when I try to access it, it tells me that Windows cannot access the location because I do not have the permissions etc. I have checked and re-checked the share settings on the main PC and they seem to be OK.

All the oher folders I have shared are fine, eg My Doc, Music etc.

At a loss with this.

Answer:Win 7 shared folder problem

Install the game on both PC's and that should rectify the issue.

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Old PC had to have a hard drive installed.
New PC had to have Windows XP reinstalled.
I can't get the shared folders on each PC desktop to share.
I have Linksys wireless.

Do I have to delete the Local Connection or the 1394 Connection under the Network tab in Control panel and make another one?

Each PC has its own individual name. I have used the same name for the "group".

I appreciate any help you can provide.


Answer:Shared Folder problem

"I can't get the shared folders on each PC desktop to share" is not enough information for us to give very specific advice. Maybe the following will help. If not, what are you trying to do and what result or error message(s) do you get?

The following will set up a Microsoft Workgroup for File and Printer Sharing assuming the PCs are already networked via router, ad-hoc wireless or Ethernet (directly or using switch or hub).

In Network and Dial-up Connections (Win 2k Pro) or Network Connections (XP) right click on your connection and select &#8216;Properties.&#8217; If not already there, install or add a check mark for &#8220;Client for Microsoft Networks, &#8220;File and Printer sharing &#8230;&#8221; and &#8220;Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).&#8221;

Right click on My Computer and on the Computer Name tab make sure you have a unique computer name and the workgroup name that you want to use for all computers. Change if necessary.

Restart the PC.

You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine.

If using the XP SP2 firewall: Control Panel &#8211; Windows Firewall &#8211; on the General tab it should be &#8220;On&#8221; and on the Exceptions tab &#8220;File and Printer Sharing&#8221; should be selected.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, acce... Read more

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I had created shared a folder in SP1 so that I could monitor my kids using some software (guardian monitor). When i loaded SP2, the software acts as if the folder could not be written to and fails to launch. The folder is in the shared documents folder but the "read only" box is always checked even after I change it. Any clues? Thanks.

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1.though i deleted all the files in my temporary internet files folder the space occupied is still quite large. i cant see any files left to be deleted. i use xp sp2 and three browsers mozilla, ie and opera. when i use disk cleanup wizard i can see the files when i use the option of viewing the files. why is it so can anybody put some light into it.

2. i want to move my documents and settings folder from my c: drive to another drive which has quite some space( c: is almost full). plz help me in doing it

thanks in advance in anticipation

Answer:temp internet files not visible and moving documents and setting folder

You can navigate to your C:\Documents and Settings\*yourusernamehere*\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files folder, and if you have the address bar enabled in your folder view, type \Content.IE5 at the end so it looks like this
C:\Documents and Settings\*yourusernamehere*\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
then hit enter
If you dont have the address bar at the top of your Explorer Windows, you can right click the top of the window and select "Address Bar" or you can go to "View"-->"Address Bar"
You may also have to go to "Tools"-->"folder Options"-->View Tab and select "Display the full path in the address bar"

In this Content.IE5 folder you can delete the folders with 8 digit gibberish names, these are the hidden cache files.
DO NOT DELETE THE INDEX.DAT file in there, I doubt it would let you but don't anyway.

The worst that would happen by deleting these folders would be that you may have log back into various websites or redownload the page resources(images, css, etc etc)
As for moving the Documents and Settings folder to another drive or partition, that's getting into a Sticky Situation, you CAN however redirect your "My Documents" folder to another location.
Right click the "My Documents" fodler on your desktop or your Start Menu and choose "Properties"
browse to a new location.
It will ask if you want to copy/move your existing files to... Read more

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I have to move a few thousand files and folders from my desktop to external USB hard drives to free up space on the desktop drive.

I need to keep the original folder and file dates. When I copy or move folders, Windows changes the folder date, but does keep the file date (created, modified and last accessed now become the current date.)

Is there any "tweak" in Windows I can do in order to keep all the dates accurate?

I've even tried a couple backup programs to move/copy files, and the folder date is changed to the current date in all three categories as above.

WinXP Pro

Thank you

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Please bear with me, this problem is a little tricky to explain.
I have 2 computers (A and on a home network, connected through a router and hard-wired with Cat5 cable.
They are both running Windows XP Pro SP3 and file/print sharing is turned on.
Both computers can Ping each other successfully.
Both computers can "Net View" each other successfully.
Both computers can see the other's shared folders in My Network Places.
Computer A can access the shared folders on Computer B and transfer files, etc.
Computer B can ONLY access the SharedDocs folder on A and not any of the other shared folders.
When I try, I get an Access Denied window.

I cannot understand why I can access one folder (SharedDocs) but none of the others.

Thanks for any insights you might provide.


Answer:Shared Folder Access Problem

I would try reconfiguring the shared folder permissions on the shared folders on computer A that you want computer B to access. It is almost always a permission/authorization issue when you get a Access Denied message. Computer B user would seem to not have persmission to access the files and do download transfers. You must assign them.

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Everytime i go into my Network Neighborhood and then to my shared folder, a second later, the folder disappears and all that shows is my background... no icons or anything, just the background image. that stays there for a few seconds and then goes to my desktop. this is weird. i scanned for viruses and came up negative and i cant figure out why else this would happen.

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As I,m new to networking could anyone advise on the following

Have run network wizard on both PC's 1 x XP home & 1 x XP Pro.
Cat5 network cable run from each PC to a Belkin modem router.
Can see each others shared folder in network places but when I click on the shared folder the PC freezes. This happens on both PC's.
Any ideas?

Answer:XP Networking Shared Folder Problem

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i have a winXp box sharing a bunch of drives over a local network, network users can see the computer in the workgroup, but when attempting to access the computer the user is prompted for a username and password. I was at one point able to access the computer and even map drives on other pc's for whatever reason i cannot. any suggestions on how to fix this problem.

i have been looking in computer management but have not been able to figgure out what i need to do.

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I've tried searching for this problem on the forums (and everywhere else) but I cant find anything. I'm either not using the right search keywords or this has not been posted yet.

The problem is simple but is driving me bonkers.

I have a laptop with W7 on it and I cannot get it to connect to my Windows 2003 server like old versions of windows used to. Before whenever I typed \\servername in explorer, I would get a popup asking for user and password to connect to the server. Now when I type the server in exploerer, I get no prompt for credentials, w7 seems to automatically log onto the server with some default/guest user with limited priviledges of course. Needless to say I cannot access and use files at an admin level so working on the server files (shared folders) is almost impossible from my laptop now.

I've done a few things that gave no result.

-I've added the \\servername and server\user in windows credentials in credential manager
-I've removed any and all credentials in credential manager
-I've removed my laptop from homegroups, and swtiched from home network type to office network type.
-I've gone into advanced sharing options and moved the check mark to 'use passwords and user accounts' from the homegroups option.

There is no visible credential in the vault, I cannot find any option to connect to the server with different credentials anywhere in the UI. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.


EDIT: Forgot to add:

Laptop, w7 Ultimat... Read more

Answer:W7, shared folder credential problem

Hi, welcome.

The reason you aren't getting asked for credentials is because you created a user name with the same password on both machines involved. You're actually connecting and all is well.

Set up shared folder(s) on the remote machine or map drives like this:

\\machine name\C$ <<< for C drive


\\ip address\D$ << for D drive


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Running Win 10 Anniversary Update on my Desktop, and on my Tablet.
Running XP on my Notebook.

I can access a shared folder on the XP notebook from the Desktop and the Tablet.
I can access the shared folder on the Desktop from the Tablet, and the shared folder on the Tablet from the Desktop.

I can access the shared folder on the Tablet from the Notebook (after first being denied access, the entering the user and password into a window that pops up after closing the denied access window).

I cannot access the shared folder on the Desktop from the Notebook. I get a message saying that the shared folder is not accessible. You might ot have permission to use this network resource.

It used to work. I don't know if it stopped working with Windows 10.

Also, where is the equivalent of "My Network Places" in windows 10?

Answer:Problem accessing Shared Folder from XP. Please Help.

Never mind... I guess. I'm not sure what I did to fix it, but I got it working again, although it does seem to take a long time for the XP Notebook to connect to the network, the login screen is not showing up.

I also found the old "My Network Places" in windows explorer called "Network". I added a shortcut to in on my desktop.

Hang on... That didn't last long. I logged off to test it, and when I logged back on I got the permissions error again

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I have eight computers networked. I am unable to access the contents of a particular subfolder on computer #2 from computer #1. Computer #1 can access all other subfolders except this particular one. All other computers have no problem in accessing contents of this folder. Why would only Computer #1 be denied access to this specific folder and no other user?

Answer:Problem accessing a shared folder

More information would be helpful.

What operating system is on each of the computers
What file system is on each of the computers
What user accounts and passwords are on each of the computers
What are the permissions on the shares in question.

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Running Win 10 Anniversary Update on my Desktop, and on my Tablet.
Running XP on my Notebook.

I can access a shared folder on the XP notebook from the Desktop and the Tablet.
I can access the shared folder on the Desktop from the Tablet, and the shared folder on the Tablet from the Desktop.

I can access the shared folder on the Tablet from the Notebook (after first being denied access, the entering the user and password into a window that pops up after closing the denied access window).

I cannot access the shared folder on the Desktop from the Notebook. I get a message saying that the shared folder is not accessible. You might ot have permission to use this network resource.

It used to work. I don't know if it stopped working with Windows 10.

Also, where is the equivalent of "My Network Places" in windows 10?

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So, there's this problem that I've had for about 2 days now, and for the life of me I can't even seem to think or find out what the problem is, even after hours of Googling the topic. It'd be great if someone where to enlighten me on this small but frustrating problem.

Here are some attached screenshots of the problem:

Answer:Shared Folder over network problem...

Hello sls123093,

Create an Identical UserName and Password (same as your LogIn) to Cesar's computer.
Make sure than Netbios is enabled. Here's How.

If his computer has Windows firewall enabled, make sure that Files and Printer sharing is excluded.
Any Security software can also be a culprit if there's one installed. Disable it for now.

From your computer try accessing his computer using the IP Address instead of a computer name, and see if that will make a difference.
Click on Start and type \\IPAddress\C (cesar's computer's IP Address and C is the shared drive)

Please post an update.

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I have 3 PCs on my Windows 10 home network (2 wired desktops running Win10 Pro and a wireless laptop running Win10 Home). All are on the same Workgroup, and I log into all of them with the same Microsoft account, verified on all machines.

I have shared some folders on PC #1 with My Microsoft Username ([email protected]). I can access those folders fine from my laptop, and I can *see* the folders on PC #2 but clicking on them produces the error, "Windows cannot access \\PC1\foldername -- You do not have access to \\PC1\foldername. Contact your administrator to request access."

Note that I also have shared some folders on PC #1 with "Everyone", and I can access them fine on both machines. It's only the folders shared with my Microsoft username that produce the error on just that one machine.

How do I fix this?

Answer:Shared folder permission problem

And now after trying numerous troubleshooting steps, I can't see any of my other computers in the Network File Explorer window on that same machine any more. I can see Media Devices, Network Infrastructure and Other Devices, but none of my Computers, not even the one I'm working on.

So I assume my whole networking configuration is hosed on that machine.

Windows is always so infuriating, I can't do the simplest thing like share files with myself, not even on Windows 10 which is supposed to be so wonderful.

I'm about ready so revert back to Win7, not that that's any better, but at least I could see my networked machines.

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I've got a few folders put up in sharing in my home network, all the computers have windows 7 x64 installed. On the main desktop computer i keep adding folders inside the already shared folder like let's say i've got //main-pc/music/ in share and i add a new album in //main-pc/music/judas priest/ ... if i try to access judas priest in sharing i get an empty folder, why is that ? This happens now to every new folder i try to create in any already shared folder. Can i get some support please ?

Answer:updating shared folder contents problem

Normally a newly created "child" folder will inherit the properties of the "parent" folder. When you create the new sub-folder, do its Properties show it to be "shared"? If so, are the permissions correct to enable you to access it over the network?

When sharing a folder in XP there was actually an option to share only the parent folder or to apply the setting to all sub-folders too. I haven't found a similar option in Vista or 7 (which doesn't mean it isn't there!).

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We have laptop running Windows XP home - we have lost access to the Shared Documents folder - 3 of us have administrator accounts but no-one can get access to this folder which has some important schoolwork for my son - I have tried the microsoft site, but the only article I can find tells me to clear a check box that I can't find in Folder Options - we have tried doing a system restore to before the time when the problem occured, but that has not worked either. I would greatly appreciate any help. Thank you

Answer:Problem with Shared Documents Folder in Windows XP

Go into Windows Explorer>>Documents and settings>>all users the right click Shared Docs folder then left click properties then click the tab Share make sure there is not a tick in Keep this folder private. If there is a tick in the box re move it. Also make sure there are ticks in the two boxes below.

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Recently my Shared Documents folder has vanished. All references to it now point at a generic folder named Documents in the C:/Documents and Settings/All Users/Documents however whenever I try to access it, it tells me it cannot access it and that access is denied. I'm using a desktop with Windows XP SP2. Any ideas how I can get my documents back?

Answer:Solved: Shared documents folder problem

The links below may help

Shared Documents Folders Are Missing From My Computer

"Shared Documents" folder renamed to "Documents"?

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Hello everybody. We have a Windows 2000 server based domain. Recently we installed Windows Server 2003 x64 R2 edition to a new server and added this server to the domain only as a member server. On this w2k3 server we have several shared directories for all domain users. The problem we have is that though everything seems to be working fine, but after some time domain users cannot access those shared folders at all or the server takes a very long time to react. W2k3 server has SP2 and all of the available updates applied. EventViewer does not show any error messages and there seems to be no problem with the server, because when you log on directly everything looks fine the system doesn't crash or smth. Afer restart of the server everything works again for several hours until the problem appears again. What could be causing this problem with shared folders?

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Hello - I?ve been unable to configure sharing on my home LAN to meet the following objective:
Share folders that reside on the Vista Home PC with a Windows 7 PC. DO NOT share Vista or Windows 7 folders with the Apple PC; rather block the Apple PC from any access to Vista or Windows 7 computers/folders.
My home LAN has 3 PCs on it:

Vista Home (Used by me)Windows 7 Premium (Used by wife)Apple (Used by child)
What I?ve attempted/configured on both Vista and Windows 7:

Workgroup = WORKGROUPFirewall ?printer and file sharing? - checked.Attempted to follow these instructions: Sharing Between Windows Vista and Windows 7 Computers
I was unable to turn off password protected sharing on the Vista PC ? I set it off but it always resets immediately to on?
FYI - my PC skill level is medium. Any help in reaching my ?objective? would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I recently got a new laptops (MSI GS70) which has 2 storage drives, a 256gb SSD and a 1tb HDD. As I was new to this concept, I derped hard when I tried to move my "downloads" folder from my SSD (where my OS is installed) to my HDD; I copied it to D:/User. When I did this, instead of placing the "Downloads folder" inside of that directory, it turned that directory into the downloads folder. I was then able t successfully copy other folders to my HDD by placing them in D:/User/Documents, etc. How should I go about fixing this? When I try to do the 'Restore Default' option on my D:/ drive an error comes up saying: "Failed to build the list of regular subdirectories under "D:/System Volume Information". Access is denied."
Thank you

Answer:Downloads folder problem when moving from SSD to HDD

Just moving downloads folder is not going to change path to it. You have to point browser to that folder as default downloads folder.
For instance, I use Firefox for browsing and just have it set to E:/ Downloads folder that I made in advance. Something like that has to be set in all browser or other programs.

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I have a Visual Basic 6 app that reads files from a shared network folder and then processes them.  It was installed on two Windows XP computers many years ago.  Now we want to upgrade it to Windows 7.  I have two different computers with
Windows 7.  When I connect the Windows 7 computers to the network and run the app (which has a File Watcher window) and am watching all 4 computers, I noticed that the File Watcher window of the XP boxes show the files about 2 seconds before the Windows
7 boxes see the files.  What would cause this?  Everything else in the app works as it should.
The apps are running as Administrator on the Windows 7 boxes and XP compatiblility mode.  I have tried it both ways.


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I have my Public Desktop folder set to share for everyone, so it can be accessed from other pc's on the home network. But when I move a file from my user desktop to the public desktop it suddenly adds the lock icon over it and can't be accessed from another pc, even though the public desktop still can. I have to change the permissions on the file every time, although this never used to be the case. I used to be able to move a file to the public desktop without having to manually "share" it each time.

All settings look correct: Sharing is enabled for the folder and set for full control "everyone", and public folder sharing is turned on.

Again, this just started and was working fine before. Would one of the recent security patches have changed something?

Answer:Files moved to shared public folder "locked"

I'm not sure how this could occur but in order for the Public folders to be shared you need to enable sharing through the Sharing tab of the main Public folder, otherwise anything placed in one of it's subfolders won't be sharable.

If the share is being moved from a folder with a lock then moving that folder to a Public folder won't remove the lock.

The main Public folder is located at the C:\Users\Public and should appear like the picture.

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I thought it would be easy to move the main music folder (C:User\*name*\Music) from the SSD drive C to the HDD drive D. Here's what I did: right click on Music Folder > properties > location and I set it to 'D:' I clicked yes in the dialogue box and everything inside the music folder (which was just iTunes files but no music files) moved to D: but the actual music folder is not there. When I right click on the music folder now and look at properties it shows me properties for D: instead. I can't move anything back to how it was as I get an error message saying "music failed to build the list of regular subdirectories."

I want the music folder to be on my HDD drive 'DATA (D' so I can import all my music from an old hardrive but I want everything to remain organised as it normally is rather than creating new folders. What is the easiest way to do this in my current situation.

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My SSD is filling up (it's 256gb) and so I decided to move the documents folder to the D: harddrive. I changed the location under Quick Access to D:\Documents. The system created the directory and moved the files. However, before the move there were 54gb of files and 2840 folders under C:\<user name>\Documents. Now after the 'move' there are 26gb and 2840 folders left under C:\<user name>\Documents. If it moved them, how come a copy of 1/2 of files and all of the folders are still on C:\ ? I verified it's not just a pointer by deleting one of the files in D:\Documents. It's still on C:\.

Answer:Problem moving Documents Folder to hard drive from SSD

The problem could be in how you made the move. I find it works best to first create the new Folder on the second drive or partition such as D:\Documents. The I go to C:\Users\USERNAME, right-click the Documents Folder and on the Location tab specify the new Folder. The Folders shown on the left column above the C: drive usually do not fully work for the process.

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Hi everyone,

This months' computer problem is with some files on my computer, in the shared pictures folder (which is named simply, Documents, on my computer, rather than Shared Documents). I have a number of folders of different pictures from my digicam from various nights out, etc. however one of the folders (that I know of for sure, there may be others - I haven't checked) where the jpegs contained within the folder have all the thumbnails intact, but when I go to double click them to make them bigger in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, it says "No Preview Available". I checked properties and the file size is correct and all other attributes appear normal; they're the same as any other, viewable, files anyway.

One other problem, now that I think about it, did occur with another folder of jpegs in that the thumbnails were unavailable as well as the previews when double clicked on the files, however the file sizes under properties were still alright.

I suspect it has something to do with 'ownership' of the files, however it all appears normal to me, I, and my partner, have full access to the files and ownership is set to administrators, so anyone on the PC should have full access to view, and edit the files.

It just happens on a few of the folders though, and it's rather annoying. In safe mode, all the pictures are fine (again, I suspect due to ownership issues) however I don't know how to fix it!


Answer:Problem with files on shared PC

Ok, this is still not sorted and it appears to be on just one folder in the All Users/Documents folder on my computer - all the thumbnails are there, but no preview is available for them and they won't open because it says access is denied. When I open them with other programs, it says the files are corrupted. But in Safe Mode, the pictures show up fine in any program.

Here is a pic of what I'm talking about in the culprit folder - you can see the tooltip displays the correct file size and thumbnails are there, but it says "no preview available" I hope someone can help - they're good pictures and I don't wanna lose them!


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Hey everyone.

I use both Linux (Ubuntu 10.04, 2.6.33-AMD64) and Windows 7 professional, and sometimes I get a little boggled at the apparent lack of functionality in W7 in the following situation.

I have a network share in the root of my drive that I've called "DropBox" where my boss and I can both put files to be shared via the network. I have a bunch of files in "Downloads" directory that I'd like to be able to share at various times, but would rather not have my downloads directory directly shared as it violates my sense of order. IE, I would much rather have one shared folder from which you can reach all the other content I need to share on the drive, and if I need to un-share something, simply delete the shortcut, and Voila! instant anti-sharing.

Figure 1. Clean Sharing

In Ubuntu, you can create a symlink within a shared folder that points to a non shared folder which allows network users to access that non-shared folder.

Does this functionality exist in W7?


Answer:Shared Shortcut to non-shared folder.

Okay, so I solved this issue on my own =) TGFG! The answer lies in the MKLink command.

Specifically: mklink /D /J Downloads "C:\Users\Robert\Downloads\"

Works like a charm. All networked machines have access to my non-shared directory through the shared folder, and it looks nice and clean on the viewers end.

Thanks for letting me rubber duck this one.

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And no amount of free-to-use scanning I have done thus far detected a virus.

Whatever virus this is, it seems to effect the amount of memory I can use slowing down my computer and causing me crashes in Team Fortress 2.

It also disabled my sound driver.

It has yet to do anything more than annoy me from what I can tell, and it may yet be a hacker.

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Hi, I have a large music library on my laptop and recently I tried to clean it up, delete doubles, file properly and name files etc. Unfortunately 9 times out of 10 when I try to move, delete or re-name a file it comes up with an error msg stating the action cannot be completed because the file is open in another application. It is completely intermittent in that I could perform whatever action on a file and it works then suddenly one wont, but I can come back to it later and it will work then sometimes it wont let me do anything whatsoever or I can get a solid 10 mins where I can do whatever I want. There is nothing in the "more details" pull down menu, the unlocker program I installed tells me there is no lock handle on the file and I cant find any programs running in the task manager that are obviously using music files. I have no problems editing or moving photos, documents or movies only music in the music library in the file manager.
any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Answer:"folder in use" warning preventing me from moving files

Both Itunes and Windows Media Player have "Music Servers" and you have to shut those off in the Program Prefs for each Program. If your Laptop is connected to any other computers through a LAN you may have your iTunes or WMP libraries shared with other systems, those have to be disconnected as well at both ends. I've got an Itunes Library and a Plex server spanning 3 machines, so I cant directly edit anything in my "Music" libraries, I can copy them out though.

One thing you can try, is disable your Network adapter on your laptop, wait about a minute, then try to access the files again, if your files are locked due to an external library, that should unlock em. And turn off any 'Sharing: prefs in WMP and iTunes (if installed).

If you have any other music app, like Foobar2000, you have to make sure that is turned off and not sharing as well. Also, Windows Media Center will also share your Library. With WMP and WMC, you can remove the shared folders from the libraries and that should free them up.

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Ok I downloaded a few things off the internet into a folder. When I am in that folder the address too it is extremely long and goes all the way across the window. I cant seem to cut/copy and move them or do anything to them.

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It seems that in the last week or so my computer no longer like me to move files. I've been trying to clean up my computer and make it neater but every file I've moved lately no longer works. I do a lot of downloading off the internet, and all this time I've downloaded files to one folder then when I'm ready to install of use them move them to other folders. For example I download a game to my desktop, then when I'm ready to install it I'll move it to my game folder first then click on it to install and it has worked great until now. It doesn't matter how small or large the file is or if I drag and drop, copy and paste, or move the file once its taken from one place it doesn't work in another this even goes for documents. What is causing this weird thing?

Answer:Problem with files after moving them

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