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    Problems sharing specific folder on home network...


    I am trying to share a specific folder on my Windows 8 computer with my Windows 7 computer. They are both on the same network connected to the same router. The Windows 8 computer is connected through ethernet, while the Windows 7 computer is connected wirelessly.

    Here are my settings on my Windows 8 Computer:
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    This is the error I get on my Windows 7 computer:
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    What's up with this? On a related note, is it possible to share this folder with a specific PC, rather than "Everyone" on the network?

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    England, Northamptonshire
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    The issue may be related to the password protected sharing option that you have enabled on the Windows 8 machine. Can you please turn it off and possible try again.

    Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Also, can you try and access the share using it's IP address instead of the hostname to ensure that you are being directed to the right machine. For example:

    \\192.168.0.30\share

    Many Thanks,
    Josh
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 64-Bit Consumer Preview


    Thank you for the quick response. I went to the Advanced sharing settings just now and can confirm I do not have that option turned on.

    EDIT: I am able to access my Windows 8 share folder through IP. That's very odd...
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  4. #4


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    If both machines have password protected sharing turned off the next step is to check and make sure that both machines are on the same workgroup. To do so please follow this tutorial and ensure that the workgroup is the same on both machines:

    Joining or creating a workgroup - Microsoft Windows Help

    Workgroup Name - View and Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope This Helps,
    Josh
    Last edited by Shadowjk; 12 Aug 2013 at 10:31. Reason: Added Tutorial
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    Windows 8 64-Bit Consumer Preview


    Thank you. It is working now. How do I share this folder only to a specific computer on my network, rather than "Everyone"?
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    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    You can't with basic peer to peer networking. You can only specify usergroups or individual users.

    If you wish to share user files with a particular machine you can do so via a homegroup. The following tutorials will show you how to create and join a machine to a homegroup to allow you to share your library.

    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

    Homegroup - Join in Windows 8

    Hope This Helps,
    Josh
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