[Solved] Cannot Access a Shared Folder When PC is Idle in Windows 7 | 8

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on June 5, 2013

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The other day when I was trying to access a shared folder on my other PC which is connected to the same wifi network I could not as it was saying it inaccessible as you can see in the error screenshot below.

cannot access shared folder on idle pc 

There was nothing wrong as I have accessed the shared folder earlier on this pc the same way when the PC was running and active, as when I turned on the display of the same pc and started using the mouse the problem was gone and I could access the same folder easily which was earlier unreachable.

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Now after some searching I found the possible reason behind this issue was a the firewall default rules which does not allows remote access  and some times stops some one accessing the shared folders on a pc which is sitting idle.

Disable The Firewall or Change The Rules

Now the best way to fix this to either disable firewall or if you don’t want to disable it – click allow app or feature through windows firewall.

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Now allow windows peer to peer foundation service and also allow remote file access under the firewall settings to fix this issue. 

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