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One of the most powerful features of modern computer technology is the use of local area networks that allow you to share movies or music files between all the devices in your home or office. You can use a network to set up a media server, share printers and scanners, or simply share files between two computers. While networking your computers is simple enough in principle, in practice it can be difficult to get them to work properly. A common problem is the inability of one computer to see shared folders on another computer. In Windows 10, this problem has been largely resolved, but it still occurs.
Older versions of Windows allowed local networking, until Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in 1993, and until Windows 8.1, networking in Windows could even be described as a nightmare, raising one problem after another. When you networked on these older operating systems, you were actually reluctant to change anything, because you were afraid that your network, which was running precariously, would fail again.
Fortunately, Windows 10 has greatly improved this process. There are still problems, but networking and sharing resources within a network is not as painful as it used to be. Windows 10 has simplified the process of creating a network, now all you have to do is set up a network share, and it works wonders. In theory.
Check the availability of the folder sharing configuration on your PC.
If you can’t access a shared folder in Windows 10, the first thing to do is to check your system to see if file sharing is available. Normally, this configuration is built into Windows, so it is usually available.
To perform this check, follow these guidelines:
- Open the Start menu and click Settings.settings app windows 10 cannot access the shared folder
- Select Network and Internet.net and the Internet 10 window cannot access the shared folder.
- Under Network and Internet, select Network and Sharing Center.
- Now click Change Adapter Settings. Change the adapter options that Windows 10 cannot access to the shared folder
- Locate your network connection, right-click on it and select Properties.properties Network Connections Window 10 cannot access the shared folder
- This connection uses the following, then locate the shared folder File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.file and printer sharing for Microsoft networks.file can’t access shared folder
- If the option is available, simply check the corresponding box; otherwise, continue.
- Click the Install button.
- Then click OK.
- Exit the window and restart your PC.
Reconfiguring network sharing permissions
Our goal is to give permission to the users from whom you access the shared network folder, drive, computer or printer. To make things easier, we will share the folder with the “Everyone” user of Windows 10. To do this, follow the steps below.
Please do this only on your home network, where the computers and users you want to share the folder with are trusted and where you have full control of the folder. If you share something on your work network or elsewhere, you should contact your network administrator for additional permissions.
- Select the folder, drive, or printer that you want to share, and then right-click it.
- Choose Properties from the shortcut menu.
- In the Properties window, go to the Sharing tab.
- Then click the Advanced Sharing button.
- Enable sharing for this folder and enter a share name for the folder or drive.
- Then click on the “Permissions” button.
- Select All, then select the checkboxes under Allow full control, changes and read permissions.
How do you want to view shared folders in Windows?
As always with Windows operating systems, there is more than one way. Try the methods we’ve shown you in this guide, then tell us which ones work best for you in the comments below.
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