Sometimes while you are connected on the network in office, college, schools or in your locality you have to share some files and folders with someone and when you try to share you may get an error which says “Your folder can’t be shared”. So today I am going to tell you the steps to share your folders on Windows 7.
When you will do a right click on a folder that you want to share and a drop down window window will open with a lot of options as shown in the above image. When you navigate to the “Share with” option. It gives you three further options Nobody, Homegroup (Read), Homegroup (Read/write) and Specific people. When you will select any of these four options you will get the error message saying “Your folder can’t be shared”.
So in order to share the folder what you have to do is right click on the folder that you have to share then a drop down window will open. Select and click on the properties option in the dropdown window. A properties window will open with all the types of properties about the folder like Location, Previous Version, Customize, General, Sharing and Security.
Select the Sharing tab in the properties window and click on the Advanced sharing button in the window at the bottom of the window pointed out by the arrow.
The above window will open when you will click on the Advanced Sharing button. Then you will have to check the checkbox to share this folder and then press on OK button and you should be able to share this folder. If your folder is still not shared there can be a problem with the with your Windows services. Click on the Start button and then type services.msc in the search box and the check the following services whether or not they are started and whether they are set to Started-Automatic.
- DHCP Client
- DNS Client
- Network Location Awareness
- UPnP Device Host
If these services are properly configured then you will have to restart your computer and check whether you are able to share a folder or not. If you are still facing the issue of not able to share your folder then you may have a permission problem. In order to solve the permission problem you will have to take the ownership of the folder that you want to share and then you have to try again.
There is one more option that should be turned on for the current network connection only then you will be able to share your folder. The option can be turned on by opening the Control Panel. Then go the the Network and Sharing Center. Then select the current connection by clicking on it pointed out by the arrow.
The above window will open when you will click on the current connection now click on the Properties button.
After that go to the Networking tab and make sure that File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks option is checked.
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