# The folder cannot be shared?

1. ## The folder cannot be shared?

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.
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2. 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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Even if I am the only one with rights to the folder I should be able to share it and I should be able to see it just as I have with the Downloads folder.
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4. We are talking about network shares I assume.

I’m unable discern an error message like “the folder cannot be shared”. Would you be able to quote the message exactly or post a screenshot of it?
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5. I am trying to share the folder with the Homegroup on my home network.
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6. So any folder under Documents you try to share yields this message?

I was able to replicate this dialogue after adjusting permissions so I reckon that may be the problem. Post the permission settings of one of the folders you are unable to share and we’ll see if this is indeed the problem.

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8. Hmm, I’m not sure why.

So it’s only the folders under your Documents directory that Windows refuses to create a share for, right?

What happens if you try to create the share through the command line?
Code:
net share MyShare=C:\path\to\folder
Or PowerShell?
Code:
New-SmbShare -Name MyNewShare -Path C:\path\to\another\folder
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9. Sharing from the command line using net share works as does sharing using Advance Sharing in the properties dialog. It is only sharing with the homegroup that fails.
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10. I’ve always created shares using Advanced Sharing through the Properties.

Could you elaborate what you mean by “sharing with the homegroup”?

When you set up HomeGroup you create special public shares that anyone in the HomeGroup can access without credentials. These shares are different from those you see when you run net share.
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