Windows 10: Can't Stop Sharing Folder Solved

  1.    04 Sep 2015 #1

    Can't Stop Sharing Folder

    I Upgraded to Windows 10 two days ago, I shared one of the folders on my desktop and now I can't close the share.
    When I click stop sharing on both the ribbon and the context specific menu, after I right click the folder, nothing happens.

    Please help.
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  2.    05 Sep 2015 #2

    Try doing it manually?

    Open an elevated command prompt, right click on Start then click Command Prompt Admin.
    Then type

    net share sharename /delete 

    And press enter sharename being the name of the share, probably the folder unless you called it something else
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  3.    08 Sep 2015 #3

    Thanks this removed the share.
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  4.    31 Oct 2015 #4

    Stop sharing folder

    Hi there,

    I've also got a problem in stopping sharing. Not 100% sure if I should make a new post or post it here.....
    Anyways, I have 2 folders I want to unshare from my network: Pictures2 and Videos2 both of which I believe are empty.

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    While I was able to unshare the 'Videos2' folder by going into the Properties normally, I can't stop sharing 'Pictures2' from my network even though my computer is the one sharing it. I get a "Windows cannot access XXX" so I can't access it either.

    I did notice a difference between these folders which may or may not be important - The Pictures2 folder doesn't have an owner (either that or it can't display it in advanced security settings) while the Videos2 owner was SYSTEM.
    My user account was in the 'shared' list of both these two folders which is strange, as I couldn't access Pictures2 but could access Videos2. My user account is admin if that helps.
    Honestly I don't know how or when they were even created and I can't find them on my C: Drive.

    I tried using the manual cmd method you suggested but I got an access denied error:

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    I would like this Pictures2 folder unshared and deleted off my PC if possible.

    Help?! Any advice would be appreciated.
    Last edited by NZGhostChips; 31 Oct 2015 at 21:11. Reason: This most should be deleted as I've made a new thread
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  5.    31 Oct 2015 #5

    Just use a Linux live DVD or USB and delete it with that. I personally like Linux Mint. Right click and choose Peremptorily Delete.
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  6.    01 Nov 2015 #6

    TrustMe said: View Post
    Just use a Linux live DVD or USB and delete it with that. I personally like Linux Mint. Right click and choose Peremptorily Delete.
    I'm not sure if you're response was for me or not, but I'll assume it was. Either way I'm not sure I get where you're coming from. Are you suggesting I get rid of Windows for Linux perhaps?
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  7.    01 Nov 2015 #7

    NZGhostChips said: View Post
    I'm not sure if you're response was for me or not, but I'll assume it was. Either way I'm not sure I get where you're coming from. Are you suggesting I get rid of Windows for Linux perhaps?
    Yes, my post was in response to your statement that you wanted to delete the Pictures2 folder.

    I'm not sure if youíre familiar with Linux but when you make a Linux Live USB it is a temporary
    operating system that runs from the computerís memory. Nothing gets written to your hard drive.
    I use Linux Mint with the Mate Desktop 32-Bit. I read somewhere that is the best one to use for a live
    USB. Linux Mint with the Cinnamon Desktop is the most popular. There are many different Linux
    distributions you can try, I just happen to like Mint. You can use this to delete any file you want.

    Before you start deleting files I would recommend you boot the usb from an old laptop or desktop you
    have lying around. Try it out for a while and get accustom to it. If you do not have an old computer maybe
    one of your friends do. Take a look at how the hard drives are lettered. Sometimes when youíre using
    a live disc or usb your drive letters get switched around. Your normal C drive in Windows will become
    D or E in a Live distribution. That is why I say to use it for a while. Don't delete anything youíre not
    sure of.

    The last thing I will tell you is when you put in your disc or usb and turn on the computer never click
    on install. At one time I used a different Linux called Ubuntu. The way that worked was when you turned
    on youe computer Ubuntu asked if you wanted to install it. If you clicked yes it would start writing files
    to your hard drive. if you did nothing it would just boot to the live program. There was a timer counting
    down before it would continue. Just be careful. That was years past and I do not know if it still works
    that way.
    If you want to get a look at Linux just search YouTube for Linux Mint or any other Linux distribution.

    Here is a link to Linux Mint download page
    Download - Linux Mint

    Here is a link to a program to make a Linux Live USB. There are many if you Google. It is a Windows program.
    LinuxLive USB Creator
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  8.    01 Nov 2015 #8


    I just wanted to tell you just before you delete the Pictures2 folder you should create a Windows Restore Point and create a complete backup of you hard drive. You never know when something will go wrong or Windows complains about the missing folder.

    You can use Macrium Reflect Free
    to make a backup of your hard drive. Don't forget to make the recovery media right away. That is what you need to restore the hard drive. Do that even before making the backup. I never used Macrium Reflect Free but it seems like almost everyone on this forum does. If you have any questions, just start a new thread and I'm sure there are a lot of people that can help.
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  9.    01 Nov 2015 #9


    Yes I've used Linux before for some assignments (Ubuntu) running it off a VM. But I didn't know about you've mentioned.
    Hmmm. Thanks for the advice, I will keep it in mind. Cheers

    EDIT: I've managed to delete it without your solution. I was able to make myself the owner of the folder through Computer Management somehow, even though the same thing didn't work by right clicking the folder. Anyways, all fixed :)
    Last edited by NZGhostChips; 01 Nov 2015 at 17:59. Reason: Found a way to remove shared folder
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