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"Your folder can't be shared" error screen is too brief

Submitted by nyp on August 2, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

When a folder can't be shared, it doesn't tell you WHY it can't be shared.
What's worse is that once I go to another computer and check it, the folder /is/ actually shared.

Add more details to the error screen and don't display it when it's actually shared.



Not fixed

Discussion (8 comments)

shelper wrote on June 4, 2010, 4:34pm

have you solved this problem?
pls let me know
i experience the same and could not solve it.....
thanks alot!

nyp wrote on June 5, 2010, 3:15am


Use Advanced Sharing to solve this. (though it might be difficult to use)

Right-click a folder and then click Properties.
Switch to the Sharing tab and click on the "Advanced Sharing..." button.
Tick "Share this folder" and go to Permissions.

By default, there will be the "Everyone" group.
If you want everyone to change your files then click Full Control for Everyone.
If you are using password protection, click "Add...", "Advanced...", Find Now, choose Authenticated Users, OK, OK, and then click Full Control. (Don't type Administrators because it will not work!)
Click OK.

Finally, click OK and then try opening and modifying files from another computer. If you're lucky, then everything should work well. However, if you get the "Destination Folder Access Denied" error with "You need permission to perform this action" and a big share folder icon, that means you didn't set up the security properties in the sharing window properly.

Liem wrote on October 27, 2010, 8:50pm

I got the "Your folder can't be shared" message after going through the steps in the "Advanced Sharing..." button. For my case, it seems that I can't add "Everyone" or any other user to the group.
To get around this problem, I open the folder properties window then go to the Security tab and click the Add button; then enter "Everyone" in the entry window then click OK. This kludge fixes the problem but it's still a kludge because I was suppose to be able to allow specific users while blocking out others. This kludge open access to everyone.

curtisthecurtis wrote on November 17, 2010, 3:35am

Seriously. No matter what I do; many of my media folders cannot be shared with my local network... I have shared files from win 95 until now with no issue.
I own them; in some cases they 'are shared' while being unsharable; I get this screen on much of it.... No details on how to fix...... i own the files; I try to share via cmd line.. no dice cannot share...

conrald wrote on February 27, 2011, 7:30am

HEELLPP! I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 and got the same error when trying to share a folder (" folder can't be shared"). However, the server manager shows that these folders have been shared, but you can still not use the UNC name to access the folder from the RUN command. All file share services are confirmed as Running! This is crazy. Anyone with a solution can hit me at conraldw AT

maharshi wrote on February 10, 2012, 3:11am

Hi All
Even i am facing the same problem.
when ever i want to share folder i ts gives an error sys "Your folder can't be shared"

Please kindly do the HELP wrote on August 16, 2012, 7:27am


I am also facing the same issue in Multipoint Server 2010. Please help asap.


scymbala wrote on November 29, 2012, 9:08pm

I had the same issue, the folder appeared to be shared and I had names in the Shared list however it truely wans't shared any longer. Right click the folder, proporties, Sharing, Advanced Sharing, then simply re-check the "Share this folder" check box. That fixed it for me.

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