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Title: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 08:19:49 PM
So I got the zeroaccess virus and cleaned it up using a few tools, and it left my windows firewall and update service a bit broken. So I ran the all in one solution from this website, but now my folders can no longer be shared with the homegroup (both machines running win7).

I just get the unhelpful error message "Your folder can't be shared". My user is the owner of the folder.

My Control Panel Settings (Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced Sharing Settings) are:
Network discovery ON
 File and printer sharking ON
Public folder sharing ON
Media streaming OFF
128-bit encryption Password protection OFF



Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 08:23:26 PM
I am finding a lot of info on this error. So lets start trying a few things :wink:

First lets try this,
http://blogs.digitaldeposit.net/saravana/post/2011/06/05/Your-folder-cant-be-shared-Windows-7.aspx

Let me know how it goes :cheesy:

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 08:37:18 PM
Unfortunately that's not the problem - I ran the troubleshooter on both machines and it didn't come up with the same problem that guy had.

I've googled this a bit too and tried a bunch of solution and have come up empty :(
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 08:38:18 PM
Have you tried doing the advanced sharing yet?

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 08:58:33 PM
I've shared it and given full control to "Everyone", now the other machine can see it but says it doesn't have permission to view its contents.
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:06:02 PM
Yeah that's windows for you. :cheesy:

Depending on what folder you share it will do this.

What happens is the share has everyone rights. But the files themselves under security don't (Yet). So just right click on the folder, go to properties. Then to security and then to advanced.

Click change permissions. Here you want to give everyone full control. And then make sure to put a check on the box to have it apply it to all child objects :wink:

I have to do this when I share something that already has files. Any new files get the everyone permissions.

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 09:08:27 PM
Ahh - interesting development:

I shared the entire drive and gave everyone full access and now homegroup sharing works. It's a "good enough" solution since I'm not networking this PC outside of my house, but it's kind of a hack.
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:09:53 PM
Wonder if it just a simple permissions problem?

I wonder what permission the home group needs.

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 09:12:28 PM
Yeah - me too.

Also, the "reset file permissions" tool in your all in one solution - is there any way to make it run on other drives than just C:\?

Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:14:36 PM
It runs on what ever drive Windows is on.

I will load up a fresh install of 7. Check the permissions of a folder and have home group share it. I will then see what it changes. Then I will run my permissions repair and see what is different and if home group gives me an error or not :wink:

Once I can trace down what it is that it needs for permissions I can add it to the repair :cheesy:

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:32:29 PM
Well I did some tests and homegroup kept working just fine after the repairs.

Any chance you can post the current permissions on the folder for me? I want to compare.

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 09:36:15 PM
The folder i'm sharing has full control for "Everyone" and "Administrators", and the root drive has the same.

Before I got it working it didn't have the "Everyone" permission (and i couldn't even add that on the folder, i could only do that once i did it for the entire drive d:\)
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:37:12 PM
Can you post a screen shot?

What about "SYSTEM" permissions?

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 09:40:37 PM
attached screenshots.

for the folder, the "everyone" user has read and execute, list, read
the wmpnetwork svc just has read,
every other account has everything
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:41:36 PM
Does system have full control?

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 09:43:12 PM
yup, for both the drive and folder
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:44:18 PM
Odd, I cant get home group to break on my test system LOL.

Did you have trouble with it on the C: drive or only the D: or both?

Shane
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: mathewb on August 04, 2012, 09:49:29 PM
Both.

Although oddly enough I didn't give change any permissions on C and now it works too. I'm starting to think something else must be afoot here - perhaps one of the other 50 things I changed in the course of trying to clean up my system and get things working. Sorry for the red herring :(
Title: Re: "Your folder can't be shared":
Post by: Shane on August 04, 2012, 09:50:39 PM
No problem at all. I am just happy it wasn't a side effect of my windows repair :-)

Shane