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Can't Share Files/Folders over home network

I've had this issue with an old PC and thought it was just an issue of it being an old computer and needing replacement. I have a home wireless network set up and would like to share files/folders over it. My main PC can see the shares of my laptop and can access them no problem, however my laptop can't do the same. The laptop can see the PC in the work group, but I get an "Access is Denied" error if I try to see it's shares. I have tried many different fixes and eventually just gave up. But now I've purchased a new PC. I figured I didn't need a new wireless card since I had one from my old one. I'm getting EXACTLY the same issue with my new PC. The only common denominator is the wireless card. I've updated to the latest drivers. I'm at a loss. I'd rather not have to buy a new card if I don't have to, but I'm thinking it's my only option.

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That sounds more like the security settings on the pc are not set correctly. Should be nothing to do with the card or the laptop. This is just a windoze thing.

Share a drive or folder on the network To share a drive or folder on the network

  1. Open Can't Share Files/Folders over home network - shortcutcold.gifWindows Explorer, and then locate the drive or folder you want to share.
  2. Right-click the drive or folder, and then click Sharing and Security.
    • If you are sharing a drive, on the Sharing tab, click If you understand the risk but still want to share the root of the drive, click here.
    • If you are sharing a folder, go to the next step.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • If the Share this folder on the network check box is available, select the check box.
    • If the Share this folder on the network check box is not available, this computer is not on a network. If you would like to set up a home or small office network, click the Network Setup Wizard link and follow the instructions to turn on file sharing. Once file sharing is enabled, begin this procedure again.
  4. Notes
    • To open Windows Explorer, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
    • When you share a drive or folder, anyone who has user access to the network can read the contents of that drive or folder. If you want to remove the drive or folder from the network, follow steps 1 and 2 above to get to the Sharing tab. On the Sharing tab, in Network sharing and security, clear the Share this folder on the network check box.
    • To allow complete access to the contents of your shared drive or folder, follow steps 1 and 2 above to get to the Sharing tab. On the Sharing tab, in Network sharing and security, select the Allow network users to change my files check box.
    • To change the name of your folder on the network, in the Share name text box, type a new name for your folder. This will not change the name of the folder on your computer.
    • If you are logged on as a guest (a guest account provides access to the computer for any user who does not have a user account on the computer), you cannot create a shared folder.
    • The Sharing option is not available for the Documents and Settings, Program Files, and WINDOWS system folders. In addition, you cannot share folders in other user's profiles.

Posted on Apr 05, 2010

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68599-click-network-setup-wizard.gif Note: If you do not see the Network Setup Wizard link or the Share this folder on the network check box, your computer probably has Simple File Sharing disabled. This is a common change made to computers used for business. In fact, it happens automatically when a computer joins an Active Directory domain. You should follow these instructions to share a folder instead.
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In the Properties dialog box, select the Share this folder on the network check box.
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68599-click-ok.gif Windows Explorer will show a hand holding the folder icon, indicating that the folder is now shared.
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