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Vista Shared Folder Files not Updating

Question: Vista Shared Folder Files not Updating

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.



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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 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The problem is this: The file list show in \\desktop\downloads\ is outdated, and many files and folders are missing.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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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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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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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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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 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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I just got Vista working and i'm surprised by how much it has improved since the betas...or even RC1. There are a couple things I can't seem to fix though: 1st ( a networking problem ), I'm trying to share folders in Vista in a way similar to how I'm used to doing it in XP. I got the folder to appear and I can see it from my xp computer but I'm denied access when I try opening it. So far I've done the following: Changed the network type to 'private network', turned ON network discovery, turned ON file sharing, and have the remaining 4 categories turned off in the Network and Sharing Center. Then I right clicked the folder I wanted to share, properties, sharing tab, Advanced sharing, checked 'share this folder' and clicked apply.

-Only active firewall is Vista's.

Answer:Vista - Access denied to shared folder ( xp to vista )

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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.

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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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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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 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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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 have two computers, one Vista desktop (Home Premium 2006) and one XP Laptop (Professional), and would like to create a shared folder between them. I have wireless and both the computers are on the network but the difficult thing is, so are five others that I don't want to have access to the shared folder. How could I create this shared folder (in which I could place whatever files from either system) and still have it protected from the other computers on our network?


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Thanks for everyones help
i have a vista machine on a simple network.
all firewalls turned off.
all sharing turned on.
can see the shared folder on the vista machine from an xp machine
but cant open it.....

Please help

Answer:cant open shared folder on vista from xp

I have a similar problem but no solution.

After doing everything I can to share files from a Vista machine over a network, I have come to the conclusion that the only Vista files that can be shared over a network are files in the "Public" folder.

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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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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'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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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 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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Hi. I'm having a problem accessing a shared folder on a Vista PC from a computer running XP SP3.

There are three computers in my network, each connected to a router. The Vista computer is wired, the other two wireless.

My computer is running Vista SP1, while my old computer and my father's computer are running XP SP3.

I have shared my Music folder on the Vista PC with proper security settings, Everyone is allowed to read from the folder.

I can access \\MyComputer\Music\ from my father's computer without issue. It shows up in My Network Places and is fully accessible. However, it does now show up on my old computer, and when I type in "\\MyComputer\Music" it comes up as cannot be found.

I can't seem to figure out what the problem is. I can share between my father's computer and my computer completely, and I can share between my father's computer and my old computer, but I can't seem to access my computer from my old computer.

Also, I can see MyComputer in the Workgroup on my old computer, however when clicked it says \\MyComputer is not accesible, you might not have permission... Yet I can access \\MyComputer fine through my father's computer.

Thank you anyone who is able to help.

Answer:Solved: Can't access Vista shared folder from XP

Nevermind, I have figured it out moments after posting this.

I had forgotten my old computer is static while my father's computer is DHCP, and had only added the DHCP range to my firewall's trusted list.

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Ok, I've shared folders on my vista pc. It gave me a homegroup password. Now when I try to connect on the xp laptop, it prompts me for a user and password. What user do I use? Obviously I use the homegroup password but do I use homegroup as user? Thanks...

Answer:Connect xp pc to vista homegroup shared folder

There may be something here to help -

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I just wanted to share my Kodak Pictures folder under my Picture folder under my user profile folder on Vista onto my home network. Password Sharing is OFF, I also disabled Public Folders since I want to only share specific folders I am already working on and not go through the copy paste into Public Folders.

So I went to my profile folder and then to my Pictures folder and then right-clicked the Kodak Pictures folder and clicked on Share. I set up the Share so everyone can have co-owner access (just me and my fiance here anyways) but for some bizarre reason it shared out everything up to the C:\Users folder !?!

What the Hell!

I wanted to share the downlevel folder and Vista in it's brilliance seems to want to, or need to, share everything before it which isn't what I wanted...

Any ideas how to only share the folder and not everything above it? (wasn't sure if this post should be under Vista or Networking but seems more Vista related than networking so...)

Answer:Shared folder in Vista shares everything to top level?!

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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 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'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 few computer at home with different Windows version, there are Windows XP, Windows Vista HP 32 bit and Windows 7 HP 64 bit. I have two share folder in the desktop using Windows Vista HP 32 bit, Share A is set to Full Control for Everyone and Share B has a permission access setting, allow few persons to access only. All computer can access Share A without problem. However, there is a problem with Share B. I only allow 3 users to access this share folder, 2 of them using laptop with Windows XP Home and Professional, they can access Share B without problem, the 3rd user using laptop with Windows 7 HP 64 bit (username is Jolene) can't access Share B, it shown "You have no permission to access...". I already double check the user name and password, there are correct. I try to login to the network using Jolene in other laptop with Windows XP, it can access both Share A and B. That means the username and the permission setting are correct in the Windows Vista desktop. I removed the anti virus in Windows 7 HP laptop, disable Windows firewall, or bootup in Safe mode with network support, but still can't access Share B. I think there is some setting which I missed, hopefully someone can help me to solve it. Thank you very much.

Answer:Windows 7 HP 64 bit Can't Access Vista Shared Folder With Permission

Does vista and win7 have an account named Jolene? If so... same password?

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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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Title says it all. Vista prompts for username/password to access a shared folder on an XP machine on my network. What do I have to do to fix this now? UPnP service and SSDP service is set to auto on the XP box. The folder is shared publicly on the network, not just local. Vista seems to think that it needs authentication to access the file. How could I disable this. Oh, and password protection is already disabled.

Answer:Vista requires password to access shared folder on XP machine.

Originally Posted by btzmacin

Title says it all. Vista prompts for username/password to access a shared folder on an XP machine on my network. What do I have to do to fix this now? UPnP service and SSDP service is set to auto on the XP box. The folder is shared publicly on the network, not just local. Vista seems to think that it needs authentication to access the file. How could I disable this. Oh, and password protection is already disabled.

you have just answered your own question, you have shared the files publicly, which means that vista is reading the files as public files and deem them a security threat. Changing your connection to a private network on the vista rig should fix the problem.

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I have a set of files on a Windows Vista computer that need to be shared on a wireless in-house network with a pair of Win XP v2002 SP3 computers. The files seem to be accessible on the network, the firewalls on all three computers are turned off for testing (I'll tweak the rules later once I get it working), they are all on the same workgroup, etc etc. Whenever I try accessing the files on either of the XP computers, Explorer crashes. Do I need to update them? Is there something that I am missing?

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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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Me and my co-worker are networked , everything looks good BUT when she goes on her computer she cannot make changes in the program , I have the main comp.
What type of security is that and how do I turn it off
Help Please

Answer:Shared files w/ vista

Is she running a program that is shared on your computer, and that has a configuration file that is shared as well? If so, you need to give her access to that file or registry key to make it able to accept changes.

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Last week on of the users on our network opened a file called "UPS Delivery Slip" I have removed the virus from the computers but I can't figure out why I can no longer access printers/files or my own computer on the network. I can see all the computers I can access any computer but when I click my computer on the network I get "The service has not started blah blah" I uninstalled the network and the drivers I even changed the computer name and work group still nothing. When going into the network sharing center and I select share files and folders instead of ON/Off it displays the word "Custom" and I can not right click any folder and share the option has completely been removed as well as all my old shared folders. I don't know what else to do any assistance on this would be a big help.

Answer:Vista Network - Shared Files Gone

Check that all your network services are Started:

COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
TCP/IP Netbios helper
Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations only)
WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations only)

Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic (or perhaps manual).

If a service is not running, open it's properties and check the dependencies. Check each of the dependencies and see which one is preventing the service from running. Checking the event log is also a good idea here, there may be clues to what is failing.

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Hi guys,

I have 2 XP desktops who share files with each other with no problems. I just bought a new Vista laptop (Home Premium) and I can't access the files on the XP pc's (it gives me an access denied message). I've read up on this all day and have yet to find a solution. Anyone know what the problem could be? I see the XP pc on my network map but when I click on it, it gives me the access denied message. Oh, and I can ping from all pc's no problem.


Answer:Vista can't access XP shared files

Can the XP machines access the vista machine? Make sure you are logging in as a user that is on the XP computers.

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I recently purchased a notebook PC which came with Vista 32bit Business installed and I am attempting to network it via WiFi to my existing network (via a router) which has two XP PRO PCs attached. The XP Pro PCs can access each others shared files and folders and have a printer also attached to one of them which they both can print to.

I have added the Vista notebook to the network (same name as the XPs workgroup name) and it can -
access the internet
access the shared files and folders on both XP PCs.

Problem is that neither XP PC can even 'see' the Vista notebook and it's shared files and folders. When I open "My Network Places" the Vista shared folders are not displayed even though I have set permissions on the Vista shared folders to 'everyone'.

I need help.

Answer:XP cannot access shared Vista files

I would start with this article:
Teach XP and Vista to play nice on networks - Computerworld

For some reason they changed he default workgroup name. XP is mshome and vista is workgroup.

I have never used wifi network but I have wired with a router. I found it easiest to try accessing the already shared folder c:\Users\Public. It's equivalent to All Users on XP and should already be marked as shared.

Once I got that to work, then I could share a folder and add a printer on the Vista machine to the network. First just go with the Vista Public folder and see if you can make the Vista machine visible from XP. That's most of the battle. Once you get that far try adding a printer. For some reason it will never work right unless you get the network to see the Vista machine's already shared stuff, then share other folders as you wish. Seems like if you set the folders shared first, it's just a nightmare.
edit: it's been awhile since I struggled to get this set up but I seem to remember in the sharing settings in Control Panel for the Vista machine, if you tell it that it's on a Private Network then you can set up to share without using passwords.

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I have read some other posts on this forum regarding vista xp networking with the problem I have,the trouble shooting usually cures everyones problem before mine.

Here is what I have.
Desktop xp home sp3 hard wired to router.{printer to usb}
Vista laptop home premium sp1 using wireless connection.
2nd Vista laptop home premium sp1 using wireless connection.
linksys wireless router

setting are:
vista and xp machines have the same workgroup names
each pc name is differant
network is set to private
no third party firewalls.
network discovery on
file sharing on {on connection properties too.}

Ok.The vista machines can access the xp desktop and they can also access each other with no problems.

Now at the xp desktop I cannot access either vista machine.
I can open cmd and ping either vista machine by ip or by name.
I can ping the xp desktop from either vista machine.

At the xp desktop using explorer adress bar typing in Vista ips or computer name does not gain acess to Vista public folder.

Using run provides the same results with the error path not found.

Attempted remedies are as follows windows firewall off,on, now at default settings again.

All services on xp and vista machines at default.

An attempt to install the topo...discovery thing on the xp machine..come to find out it is included with service pack3.

Any help will be greatly appreciated,I have spent numerous hours trying to beat this only to be where I started out at.

Answer:Solved: XP can not access Vista shared files.

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What are some ways I can password protect or user protect files and directories?

Do I need to set up a domain to do so? Can I get some recommendations please?

I am guessing that this could get crazy intense, so I hope someone will have some patience with me. I am interested in methods for both XP and Vista.

Thanks in advance for the ideas/suggestions/explanations, etc...

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We have a server that has XP pro on it and a laptop with Vista.
The vista computer used to connect to the XP server with out any problems.
there is a matching user account on both computers with passwords that match.
we had to replace the wireless router recently and since then the laptop will not connect any more.
the rest of the computers in the network all connect and have the same workgroup as the vista machine.
the vista machine will connect to the music server shared folders no passwords and to the ftp server shared folders no passwords.
the vista computer goes out of town alot and gets connected to hotel networks all accross the country.
the vista machine can print to a networked copy machine a networked printer and the internet.
All of the computers show up in the network screen in the vista computer, and in the xp computers.
when we try to open the shared folder or the server we get a login window asking for user and password. when we enter the correct user and password is says that it can not connect.

Answer:vista wont connect to shared files on xp server

If you have not done so thus far, I would suggest enabling the "guest" account on the "XP Server". This should allow the Vista box to connect to whatever is shared on your XP box.

Hope this helps,

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Some days my Windows 7 PC will connect to my Vista PC with no problems but some days it will ask for a password and will not connect with any of the user/password combinations I give it. The printer is connected to the Vista PC so when this problem happens I am not able to print from the Windows 7 PC!

Answer:Windows 7 sometimes asking for a passward to access shared files on my Vista PC

The only username and password combination needed is one that matches what's being used on the vista PC. What can be easier is to create an account on the vista pc that has the exact same username and password as you use on your windows 7 pc. Also when you connect make sure you use the check box to remember credentials and that should avoid that from happening.

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What are some ways I can password protect or user protect files and directories?

Do I need to set up a domain to do so? Can I get some recommendations please?

I am guessing that this could get crazy intense, so I hope someone will have some patience with me. I am interested in methods for both XP and Vista.

Thanks in advance for the ideas/suggestions/explanations, etc...

Answer:XP/Vista - How to password protect shared files/directories?

As far as I know, with XP, password protecting shared files is basically not possible. I can't tell you how many countless hours I spent on Google and on other forums trying to find how to password protect XP shares, and unless I managed to completely overlook it, I didn't find anything. With Vista, however, it is possible.

You're talking about just regular file/folder sharing correct? If so I'll assume you already have the files shared that you need.

All you have to do is go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center, and under the Sharing and Discovery heading simply turn on password protected sharing. This will make it so every time you connect to this computer, you will be asked for your username and password.

Hope this helps!

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I've set up file sharing between a Vista Laptop and a W7 Desktop.
The desktop can see and access the Laptop's files but the Laptop can only see the file folders on the Desktop PC BUT not access them.

I get a window that advises Windows cannot access\\Desktop\My Pictures.

When I click the diagnose the problem button I receive a response, "My Pictures is available but the user account you are logged on with was denied access. Can one of you explain what this means and how I can resolve the issue???
Thanks for your help!!

Answer:Vista laptop prblm with viewing W7 shared files

Make sure you're using a Workgroup and not a Homegroup.

Difference between Domain, Workgroup, & Homegroup

Workgroups - Create/Join/etc

File Sharing Between 7 & Vista
File Sharing Between 7 & Vista #2

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It can't be this hard, and the answers I've googled just aren't working. Gotta be something simple. So. . . .
Main Computer is older Dell machine running XP Home SP3 w/ Norton Internet Security. Settings say firewall recognizes LInksys router / wireless Network
Secondary computer is 2 year old Vista Home Premium 32 HP notebook running same Norton. Settings say firewall recognizes LInksys wireless network / router as well.
I have set up a simple network where I can access virtually all files (including C:/) on the Dell XP system from the HP Vista Notebook. I treat the Dell system as sort of my home server. However, yesterday I realized I had never tried to access files on the HP Vista Notebook FROM the Dell Dell XP system. The ONLY folder that shares on the HP Vista Notebook is the PUBLIC folder (probably why they call it "public" right ?) I have, on the HP vista Notebook, set designated other folders to be "shared" on the Vista Machine, and they are recognized on the Dell XP machine. However, except for the Public folder, I get the "Access denied, talk to the server administrator. . . ." when I click on the VISTA folder while in the XP machine's my network places.

One post went so far as to say to set up a "user account" on the Vista Machine with the computer name of the XP machina. Well, I did that. Don't think that works. For a couple of vista folders, I got sneaky and copied a shortcut from that folder in... Read more

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I recently built a basic HTPC vista machine, and for some reason, when I try to share the folders on Vista, the XP machine cannot get access to it.

On the XP machine when I go to "network neighborhood" it sees the Vista machine. The same for Vista when I do the same thing, it can see the XP machine.

Everytime I try to click on either machine to access the "shared" folder, it kicks back access denied and that the admin has to grant access.

I currently have ESET smart security installed on both systems. I have Windows firewall turned on on both systems too. I tried to turn off Windows firewall and disabled the ESET firewall + anti-virus and still not letting me through with the XP machine and vice versa.

I know it has to do with either a firewall issue or permissions, but I can't figure out what exactly I need to do.

I have a shared folder on both XP and Vista machines. A bit off topic but I also have another XP machine and both XP machines can see each other and also access shared folders.

Before I installed the ESET, the XP machine was able to get access to the files, and I guess after I installed ESET is when I started to get the access denied.

I can ping the vista machine and I can also remote in using remote assistance.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Answer:Cannot get XP system to get access to Vista's shared files and vice versa

i had the same problem but for me i was trying to acess XP's files from vista. All you need to do is place the files that you want under a folder called like "Transfer" or something under plain old C:/ and it will work.

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I've been trying to access files that I have shared on my XP desktop using my Vista laptop. I access files fine the other way around and can see the desktop in my network sharing center.

When I click on the desktop computer name in the network sharing center I get the following error:
"\\COMPUTERNAME is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer"

I tried to create a username on my desktop that is the same as the username for my laptop but that didn't do anything.

I've seen in other forums to select the folder I want to share and change the settings on the security tab. When I go into the folder properties I only see "General" "Sharing" and "Customize"

On the sharing tab I have "Share this folder on the network" clicked and a share name selected.

Anyone have any idea what else I need to do in order to view these folders??

Answer:Solved: Access shared files on XP desktop with Vista Laptop

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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 have a desktop running Windows 7, with a second hard drive that I want to use to backup my laptops. The laptops are able to access the network, the internet, and the printers attached to the network. However, when I try to backup to the "backup" the laptop drive, I am asked for a login and password. The default setting is no password required for file and printer sharing. My laptop is running Vista Ultimate. I have NOT set up a login and password for the desktop. How do I access the files on the desktop from the laptop, so I can backup the laptop?

Answer:networking Windows 7 Ultimate and Vista Ultimate cannot access shared folder

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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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I share files on my home network between my desktop PC and my laptop. I often move files between the two computers by placing folders on the desktops and then working with them or moving them to specific folders. The network for my laptop lists its desktop folder, but for the desktop PC, the topline \Users root folder is listed, not the desktop. Network and sharing work just fine. But how do I list the shared PC desktop folder so that I don?t have to drill down through the \Users file structure to reach the desktop folder?

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Hello there.

I've been using this office computer for more than 2 years ago.It has win98 second edition. And it's slow,so what I think was it has viruses,so I uninstalled the old antivirus[think it was mcafee] and added AVG free edition.

My problem is that everyday it always finds new viruses in my pc,and I always had to move them to the virus vault[heal wasn't available].
It's look always like this in the same folders,other are from other places on the pc.

C:\Program files\common files\microsoft shared\paris hilton porno pics archive xxx.exe
C:\Program files\common files\yahoo!\shared\anna benson sex video.exe

I also tried Panda online active scan.

Need help on what to do.
I'll post the active scan log and hjt as i saw in other posts regarding viruses.
Incident Status Location

Adware:Adware/Gator Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\HDPlugin1101.dll
Potentially unwanted tool:Application/ErrorSafe Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\UWFX6_0001_N68M2301NetInstaller.exe
Spyware:Cookie/Belnk Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Gator Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Belnk Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Belnk Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\rachelle\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Overture Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\rachelle\Cookies\[email... Read more

Answer:Solved: viruses from microsoft shared folder and yahoo!folder

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I share files on my home network between my desktop PC and my laptop. I often move files between the two computers by placing folders on the desktops and then working with them or moving them to specific folders. The network for my laptop lists its desktop folder, but for the desktop PC, the topline \Users root folder is listed, not the desktop. Network and sharing work just fine. But how do I list the shared PC desktop folder so that I don?t have to drill down through the \Users file structure to reach the desktop folder?

Answer:List specific shared folder in Network, not root folder

Tried again, and now it's working correctly. Hmmmm...

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My wife's laptop has been updated to the AU. I share my calendar with her so we keep in sync. But, now, when she enters an event in my calendar, it doesn't show up at my end. I have a Surface running 8.1 RT, a laptop on RS2 and a 650 running the AU. None shows the events.
This has always worked until now. I'm wondering if her calendar is not updating to the cloud. I cannot find a way to force it. Anyone else having problems like this?

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I can't seem to predict when XP Pro SP2 will let me move a folder from SharedDocs\My Videos
to C:\ and when it won't! I don't get it. If I'm Owner don't I own it already?

Sometimes I can just grab the folder that I copied from another machine and placed in My Videos and just
drag it with the Left Mouse Button into another folder on C:\ and it just moves it by changing the directory entries. Then sometimes when I do that, it copies all the files!! Well with video files that's pretty slow!!

Anyone have a clue? Seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

Answer:Move Folder Out Of Shared Folder Same Drive Wants To Copy?

Hello MilesAhead,I'm not absolutely sure, but some of the phrases in your problem description seem to indicate that this might be a variation of the "XP + mouse movement + mouse buttons + keyboard keystrokes" behavior described in the following post. The post deals with the unexpected copying of files when trying to delete them, but I thought the same (or a similar) principle might apply with respect to moving files/folders. "Multiple Deleting Of Files Doesn't Work.":

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I've installed some more games and it's not updating with the box art or the information. I've attached a screen shot. Suggestions?

Answer:Vista not updating "Games" Folder information.

Well you're using Vista and now you're surprised you have problems? That's what you bought dude.

I've found out that it's perfectly common for Vista to bork different installations, fail to create desktop icons etc. simple stuff. It's just a bad OS. Oh I forgot, nobody knows how to program for it.. end result is the same.

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

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

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

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

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Hi guys,
I have a shared folder which contains many folders for many users on
my network and to make users folders recognisable we chose to fix a
folder picture of every folder with the picture of the folder owner.
The problem is that those folders never have a constant folder picture
on all of my network computers as the picture always changes for some
reason, I've tried to set permissions on thumb.db file and also tried
fiddling with desktop.ini file but no use. Any ideas would be much
appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:fix folder picture in a shared folder across network

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Hi, I'm trying to open My Pictures on my wife's laptop but I get this error message Your folder can't be shared. This also happens to other folders on the laptop. I've tried to change Security Settings but it usually leads me to an endless layer of pop ups which finally ends with me being unable to change the setting. This is my wife's private home laptop and you can just imagine how important it is to be able to view pictures and videos of our grandchildren. I just need to relax the high security settings and make this work. Any help at all would be so appreciated.

Thank you,

Answer:Windows 8.1 My Pictures Folder your folder can't be shared

Maybe take ownership of the folder---

Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

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I am running into an issue with users renaming files on a shared drive. When the users try to rename, they get the error "A file name can't contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? < > |". However, neither the new or old filename contains
any of these characters, or any other invalid characters as far as I can determine, just alphanumeric characters and spaces.When they try to rename it again, it works without an issue.
I have found reports of this error being generated if the file path is too long, but all users are accessing this from a shared drive, and even if the share name is taken into account the file path and name are easily under 100 characters.
I have 3 users on 3 different systems reporting this issue, so I don't think it is user error.
The workstations are running Windows 7 Pro, SP1. The server is Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, Service Pack 2.
The users are located at a remote site, and accessing the share over a site to site VPN. There are XP workstations at the site as well, that do not appear to be having the issue.
Any help, suggestions, or guidance is greatly appreciated!

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We are a small company.  We are running six windows 8 computers.  Our secretary works from home, the rest of us are in the same office.   

The Admin Computer stores all of our work files within a folder called 'casework' (about 400GB).   The 'casework' folder is shared on the office network.  This 'casework' folder is also synced by Google Drive. 

When our secretary works on her home computer and makes a new file, e.g. letterV2, the new file downloads to our 'casework' folder to the Admin Computer here at the office.  However, the new file cannot been seen on our other computers over the office

The newly created files are not shared to 'everyone' unless I un-share 'casework' from the network and then share 'casework' again. 

The problem seems to be that the new files added by Google Drive are not inheriting the permissions of the 'casework' folder. 

There are no options to change in Google Drive.  Is this a Windows8 problem? Will Windows10 have a fix for this? Are there any work arounds? Does our secretary need to work at the office?

Yours Hopefully


Answer:New files downloaded from cloud storage into shared folders don't inherit shared permissions for "Everyone"

may I know how that work case folder sync with google drive?

I suggest you contact Google drive first, we have limitation information regarding this product.

You can proof that there is no issue for sharing folder within your office network
I think that's not how online share drive work, unless your secretary can join your office network trough internet
this is the example, you can ask your secretary to send file trough share drive and assign 1 admin to sync and send it to your case work folder
But maybe you will be interested with Office 365

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I have a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
My desktop has Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have been trying to allow folder sharing between the two, but it won't work.

On my desktop, I can access all my files from my laptop. However, when I try to access the shared files from Vista on my laptop, it takes forever and then I get a message that says "Windows cannot access \\BILL-PC." But I can access all of the media files.

They are both on the same network entitled WORKGROUP.

So far, I have done the following on both PCS
- Enabled sharing of the printer itself.
- Gave permissions to 'everyone' and full access under c:\windows\system32\spool\printers.
- Added guest users that share all files and folders.

They are obviously on the same network since I can see them both listed. However, I have no idea why it keeps telling me it cannot access my desktop.

Answer:Windows Vista Shared Files and Printers Won't Appear on Windows 7

Welcome to SF,

Create Identical UserNames and Passwords on both computers.

Disable your Security Software for now if you have one installed on both computers.
If you're using the Windows built-in Firewall, make sure that Files and Printer sharing is Excluded.

Disable Password Protected Sharing.
Disable Password Protected Sharing — MAXIMUMpcguides – Windows 7 tips, tricks, help, and how-to guides

Verify that you are sharing the folder to Everyone, give full access for now. Were you trying to share the entire C Drive or subfolders in the C Drive? Please share the entire C drive for now, call it C.
Click on Start, type the \\ComputerName\C or \\IPAddress\C - The Computer Name or IP Address of the computer that you're trying to access in your home network.

Please post an update.

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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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Answer:What are SQM files in Windows Vista temp folder ?

These are the files Microsoft apps create if you opt in to their Customer Experience Improvement Program.
Just hide them and let them be.

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This is one of the most annoying things about a 64 bit operating system.

I'm sortof a neat freak about my pc to make things clean and easy to get to.

I was wondering if it was possible for me to reinstall vista 64, DELETE the program files(x86) folder, and make the default program files install directory "C:\Program Files".

If i can do this without reinstalling, then great but its nice to have my registry all in order too.

I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate X64 SP1



I already checked google. Mabye i didn't look hard enough?

Answer:Make Vista Only Use 1 Program Files Folder

They system is set up to look for 64 bit compatible programs in the Program Files directory - and 32 bit compatible programs in the Program Files (x86) directory. I suppose that you could force the installers to use the Program Files directory - but it'll require reinstalling each and every 32 bit program that you're using (and depends on the program giving you the choice of where to install it).

As for making it the default - I don't even know if that's possible - and don't know if it would have adverse effects on the wow64 launcher for 32 bit apps.

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I'm about to make a clean install of Vista Ultimate x64 on a notebook, and right after the installation I want to change the location of the Program Files folder. Does anyone have suggestions how to do it (it would be great to move the entire folder, but at least change the default location for installation of other programs.)
I've done this before with XP, and the reason is that in Spanish windows this folder is called "Archivos de Programa", and since this is a quite long name that has to be written in the registry a LOT of times I figured it would be better to use a short name like "prog" or something.

Answer:Change Program Files folder in Vista

Dont know about Vista, but yes, in XP you would just edit the registry, changing all copies of 'Program Files' to whatever you wanted. This would work for most applications - others might need .ini or .cfg files changed as well. There are packages designed to do all this for you (including the ini, cfg etc). At least one came with Partition magic and was called drive changer or similar.

This does not affect the fact that Program Files is always the default installation choice, but I've never come an install that would not let you over-rule that at will.

Anyway, thinking about it, after installing Vista, there is probably NO WAY to avoid installing everything all over again anyway, so your question is a non-event. This is because Vista (as usual) has yet another way of doing things, and cannot use the original registry, unless you do an upgrade install, which most people would not recommend.

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I am having trouble viewing html files in a folder. When I open the folder, it says it is empty. However when I hit the compatibility bar, they appear. All of my html files appear. I went to folder options, clicked on view and then checked show hidden files and folders. To no avail. I get the same
response, says folder is empty. Thus when working on the websites, in my ftp, when I try to transfer a file over. It shows the folder as empty too from the ftp? Hope someone can help me. Please.

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i`m tryin copy flies to my ext HDD from my music folder and gettin
MSG "files not longer exist" but they actually are in PC and i can play them
in my iTunes.... any help...???


Answer:Vista says files not longer exist in my folder


Another way is to download recuva to find the files
More information will be posted.

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As my attached jpg shows...I have a folder within my "MY Pictures" folder that I do NOT want to share.

Is there a way to do this or do I have to move Desktop PICS2 out of the main MY Pictures (shared) folder ?

Also....what is the 'lock" icon on Desktop PICS2 and can it be removed ?


Answer:Can you unshared a folder that's in a shared folder ?


You need to have Admin rights to unshare the folder.
Windows 7 Tutorial: How To Unshare Your Users Folder In Windows 7

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I have a strange problem, I can`t seem to fix.
I have a shared folder with many sub folders.
If I access this from another computer, it just shows some of
the folders (ex: of 120 it shows 15).
For another folder on the same server, with the same setup, it`s
not at problem.

I have checked the sharing permissions, and all of them are the same
on both shared folders.

All run Win 7 Ultimate.
Router: TP-Link TL-WR941ND, with DD-WRT v24-sp2 (11/21/10) std - build 15778
Server connected with cable, laptop via WiFi. (But tried with cable on both,
no difference)
All use Windows Firewall and Security Essentials.

And this are the same problem on all computers that's trying to open that folder.

This all happened after a reinstall of Windows.


Answer:Shared folder, can`t see the sub folder inside

Solved: Had to share all the subfolders manually. (ctrl-a)

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I keep getting a message over the last three days from Trend Micro Internet Security product that I have a Trojan that can't be fixed. Threat called Mal Hifrm aka Trojan. It tells me to go to my hidden Temp files which I do to remove the file. I have removed it once by luck.
I found it using search.
Deleted it and deleted from my recycle bin.
However I can never find it using Explore and the path. I have used Tools to check show all hidden files but can't find Temporary Internet Files folder. I don't think I deleted the folder.
In addition I run Webroot on it Webroot scans don't pick the Trojan up.
Now I am getting a message that the virus exists in two distinct Temp files from my Trend Micro product.
Any help from anyone here? Thanks M.

Answer:What if the Temporary Internet Files folder is missing in Vista

Originally Posted by Deuringer ...but can't find Temporary Internet Files folder. I don't think I deleted the folder. Control Panel=>Internet Options=>General Tab
Under "Browsing history" subheading, click "Settings" button.
Click "View Files"
Normally, this will be in Users\{Your User Name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
If you still can't open it, you might need to run Command as an Administrator, then browse to the path you (hopefully) found through Internet Options. You might have to take back ownership of the folder and its container, if the Trojan somehow managed to take over ownership, and check permissions. -Gerry
Fraser-Bell Info Tech
Calgary AB Canada

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In Xp after browsing I could go to Internet Explorer Temp folder and sometimes find files to save
Favicons, video clips and music.
Good stuff lol

However now in Vista there does not seem to be anything there I recognise
Are they just not saved anymore?

As before I go to - Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options. Under Browsing History, click Settings. Under Current Location, click View Files.
But never any icons or video clips or music to save in there anymore

Answer:Vista - why can't I find files I want in temporary internet folder anymore?

Go to folder options, view tab, tick "show hidden files and folders", hit OK.

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I write little apps for my own use and a couple of 100 others do use them also, thing is iv noticed a problem with trying to update my software on vista and win7.

the problem is that on some installations of vista and win7 the program files folder acts really odd !

Firstly if i right click & go to "new" inside the program files folder on some installations i only get "Folder" with a shield icon but on other new installations i get the normal "new" options.

Secondly if i create a new folder in program files i should be able to create new files inside it but on some installations i only get create new folder (same as above) , iv checked the permissions and i should have full access (im on admin accounts)

odd thing is iv never changed the permissions on any of my program files folders of any of my OS's or comps & most have only just been installed so they should all be acting the same ?

Vista x86
Win7 x64
Win7 x86 Comp 2
Win7 x86 comp 3

Thing is that to update some of my apps i need to download the new files to my apps folder inside program files folder but some of the people using my apps who have installations that act in the way described above cannot update because it just wont let you DL anything to any folder inside program files.

approx 10% of peeps using my apps have noticed this operation of there program files folder, other's are fine.

I know my screen shots show Vista without the problem but i have... Read more

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I'm running Windows Vista x64 SP1 on my HP CQ60-210US Laptop, and I can't seem to be able to rename a folder no matter what I do. I've enabled the hidden Administrator account, tried to set security and owners, and yet, all I ever get is access denied. I just want to rename a fucking folder, and I'm pissed Vista is giving me issues. I would use XP x64, but HP doesn't have drivers for XP. I'm trying to create and rename folders in Program Files (x86), and I've had no luck. Any programs out there to hack these features out of Vista and give me TRUE FULL CONTROL?

Is Windows 7 this annoying? What do I do? I've spent the last 4 hours searching for a solution.

Please help me; I'm frustrated. I'm an advanced user, and I can't even create a damn folder in Vista. Ugh.... I hate this.

Answer:Vista Permission Issues - Can't rename folder in Program Files x86

I'm not too familiar with vista, and dont have vista nearby to test.

You can try starting cmd.exe as administrator (right click, press run as administrator, or use the runas command)

then use the ren or rename command to rename folder

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Question: shared web folder

hi it avilable to make a SHARED WEB FOLDER in the windows Xp Pro . and how ?cause i saw someone do it , but i don't know how

Answer:shared web folder

Can you provide more details what you are trying to do?

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Question: Shared folder


I am having some problems accessing my password protected shared folder over my network. It prompts for the computer's id and password however I still can not access it. I'm on a workgroup type of network and having a win7pro os.

Any tips on how to access it?


Answer:Shared folder

Quote: Originally Posted by louie12583


I am having some problems accessing my password protected shared folder over my network. It prompts for the computer's id and password however I still can not access it. I'm on a workgroup type of network and having a win7pro os.

Any tips on how to access it?


Maybe this tutorial on sharing and permissions will help.

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Question: shared folder

I am having trouble putting my shared folder on our network. I share a network with my roommate and he has his on our network, but I cant seem to figure it out. He has looked at mine and also cant figure out why mine isnt sharing. does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:shared folder

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When I try to share a subfolder under My Documents with my homegroup I get an error stating that the folder cannot be shared. How can I fix this.

FWIW, I can share the folder using Advanced Sharing Options but I cannot share it with the homegroup. Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:The folder cannot be shared?

Everything in the user folder has permission just for that user not even admin has right to it you better sharing outside the users folder

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Question: shared folder

hi every one
can i ask your hlp

i have a network in router , so how i can make a shared folder at anther pc ... in win 7


Answer:shared folder

The easiest way is use homegroup. Follow this tut: Homegroup - Add Computer or Join

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it contains alot of stuff such as

[WZF]Death Note - Capitulo 28[MQ][Xvid][848x480]
[MNnF] Naruto Shippuuden 11 avi
A.A.L.--Alien Eliminator 1.85
A1Monitor Network Monitoring & Server Monitor 7.0.1
Abee CHM Maker Pro 1.8

do they serve a purpose or are they just extra junk to delete? Thx

Answer:What is this shared folder i have?

[WZF]Death Note - Capitulo 28[MQ][Xvid][848x480]
Death Note is just anime.

[MNnF] Naruto Shippuuden 11 avi
Naruto Shippuuden is also another anime

A.A.L.--Alien Eliminator 1.85
A.A.L.--Alien Eliminator is massive arcade action packed into 45 unique alien spaceships. Shoot whatever moves (or doesn't move for that matter) in 135 planetary systems in 15 empires. Pick up in-game powerups and earn hundreds of upgrade points to unlock better ships with stronger armor, more powerful cooling systems, twin-missiles, or a terrifying railgun.

Uncover all the wisdom that is hidden on every planet, fight off wave after wave of alien aggressors, and adjust your strategy to dozens of attack formations and moving styles.

A1Monitor Network Monitoring & Server Monitor 7.0.1
A1Monitor is software you install on your server, or monitoring PC. You add or edit server entries. Each server entry represents one of your tcp/ip servers. Monitor a web page to make sure it's up. A1Monitor can scan the server response for error text. Ping any TCP/IP server. Login to your POP3 or SMTP email servers. Check your FTP server. If any of your servers can't be reached, or respond with errors, A1Monitor will send you an email notification (which can be forwarded to a pager). In addition, A1Monitor can run an exe or batch file (.bat) or even reboot the server when failures occur.

A1Monitor is inexpensive. Many other similar software packages charge thousands of dollars for what ends up to be ... Read more

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Does anyone know if OE6 will supprt the use of a shared network folder to use as a message store. Ie. So that anyone on our LAN can access the Inbox of a specific account??

If OE6 does not support this feature, what is the workaround? Creating a local IMAP account or maybe using thunderbird instead?

any help would be appreciated

Answer:LAN shared folder with OE6??

Hi dalani

Creating an Imap account would probably be the best way to go.
I don't have any information on Thunderbirds's capabilities regarding sharing.

See this link for reasons why sharing Outlook Express on a network is unstable:

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