Unable to share network computers


  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
       #1

    Unable to share network computers


    Hi i have enabled network sharing on both my computers and marked drives to share. i can see both computers and the drives but when i try and open a drive i get the message unable to access this computer

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    Any advice will be great please
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    windows 10
       #2

    Have you shared all the c drive so any hacker or malware can get to all your files? You don't share c or any other drive they are shared by default as admin shares or c$ d$ and you need to pass an admin username and password on the pc your connecting to. But then NTFS need to be set to gain some access. Sharing a drive confuses windows having two shares
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    You need to set NTFS file permissions in addition to share permissions.
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  4. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hi Samuria

    Thanks for the advice i never thought about there might be a problem with sharing the whole C Drive

    I have now changes it to just the folders i want to share, but i will not be able to try it out until later

    Also thanks NavyLCDR

    But i have no idea as to how to do what you surgested
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  5. Samuria's Avatar
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    windows 10
       #5

    See for details of ntfs Setting NTFS Permissions - NTFS.com
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
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    Blake0202 said:
    Hi i have enabled network sharing on both my computers and marked drives to share. i can see both computers and the drives but when i try and open a drive i get the message unable to access this computer
    Blake,

    It looks to me as though you have not set the permissions, the last two lines below [in bold].

    To share the desired folders - Share Files and Folders Over a Network - TenForumsTutorials
    In brief,
    - In File explorer, right-click on the folder, Properties, Sharing tab, Advanced sharing
    - Set the checkbox for Share this folder
    - Give it a Share name
    - Click on Permissions,
    - Everyone - Set Full control, Change or Read as desired

    Denis
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  7. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 (19043.1023
       #7

    Try3 beat me to it hours ago, but his are the procedures to follow. In the tutorial Option One should work.

    And yes, I'm have shared folders from both my desktop PC's.
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  8. Clintlgm's Avatar
    Posts : 1,090
    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       #8

    Try3 said:
    Blake,


    It looks to me as though you have not set the permissions, the last two lines below [in bold].

    To share the desired folders - Share Files and Folders Over a Network - TenForumsTutorials
    In brief,
    - In File explorer, right-click on the folder, Properties, Sharing tab, Advanced sharing
    - Set the checkbox for Share this folder
    - Give it a Share name
    - Click on Permissions,
    - Everyone - Set Full control, Change or Read as desired

    Denis
    I have created Work Group, The set Permissions NTFS for each computer/Folder, Security needs to also be set up on each share. You should have the exact same User set up on each computer so then set permission to Authorized Users. Delete Everyone, you only want these share being used by Authorized Users for your own security. Goggle How to set up a "Windows Work Group" this has been around for many versions of windows and many years for a lot of us. MS seems to be making it harder and harder to keep out Work Group Networks running.
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  9. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 8,324
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
       #9

    Blake,

    I disagree with Clint.

    Here is my full list of network setting up steps. It is what I do to set up my own networks.

    1 Set the same WorkGroup name on each computer - Change Workgroup - TenForumsTutorials

    2 Create a local Admin account on each computer with both the same username and the same password.
    - This will be used to authorise mutual network access upon the first connection to it but does not restrict which user accounts can subsequently be used when accessing the network.- This can actually be an MSAccount but a local one is normally less prone to errors.
    - Anyway, it's always a good idea to have a spare, password-protected local Admin account as a hedge against possible user profile corruption in the future.


    3 Set up all Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, Advanced sharing settings - including
    4 Share the desired folders - Share Files and Folders Over a Network - TenForumsTutorials
    In brief,
    - In File explorer, right-click on the folder, Properties, Sharing tab, Advanced sharing
    - Set the checkbox for Share this folder
    - Give it a Share name
    - Click on Permissions,
    - Everyone - Set Full control, Change or Read as desired

    5 If a network includes earlier Windows versions, non-Windows computers or a network drive connected to the router then I understand SMB1 needs to be set up but this is not a topic I know about - Enable SMB1 File Sharing Protocol - TenForumsTutorials

    6 Connect each computer to the router's network and set it up as a Private network - Set Network Location to Private - TenForumsTutorials
    - This connection step assumes use of Windows defender. If you use different security software then you should check if it requires any additional steps, such as manually approving use of specific network adapters, but I imagine they are all pretty decently automated these days and would at least tell you if they were rejecting a network / network adapter.

    7 Access the shared drives both ways between each pair of computers & provide network credentials
    - The first time you do this you will need to enter the common local Admin account username and common password {the one set up on each computer at step 2 above}
    - Set the Remember my credentials checkbox so that you are never required to do this again

    - You will be able to access the shared drives using all other user accounts not just the Admin account used to set it all up.


    Denis
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  10. sygnus21's Avatar
    Posts : 5,523
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 (19043.1023
       #10

    The only thing I disagree with is needing a local Admin account. I'm using a Microsoft account and can still access, view and edit content in shared folders (i.e. full control). I am also able to remote into any one of my 4 PC... all using Microsoft Accounts. None use or have been setup with Local accounts. That's me.

    If the OP just wants to share folders, this - Share Files and Folders Over a Network in Windows 10
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