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How do I share a folder on one Windows8 computer and access it from another Windows8 computer?

I do not want to use HomeGroups. I set them up initially, but I'm much more content with mapped network drives which make sense to me. Homegroups do not.

I have been at this for three hours and am ready to put a computer monitor through the window, but this is what I have tried so far.

Two computers. server@mysite.com and pc@mysite.com which are both Windows8 live accounts or whatever.

  1. On server both users have been added. Currently logged in as server@mysite.com.
  2. Shared folder "Photos'. I see the shared folder from PC, but access is denied
  3. Ran fsmgmt.msc
  4. Added full permissions for "Everyone" and for "pc@mysite.com". Access is denied.
  5. Tried adding every user under the sun. Access is denied.

Argh.

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Well I finally sorted something out by looking at one folder I could access for some unknown reason, a Users folder which was autoshared somehow.

  1. Run fsmgmt.msc
  2. Find your folder and right click | properties
  3. Security tab | Add
  4. Under search area enter [server]\users where server is the name of your computer
  5. Grant permissions as appropriate after adding

No more access denied error. Very strange considering that I could see pc@mysite.com was a user with full control, yet still couldn't access. Why is this so complicated again?

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Goto security tab under folder properties and add everyone read/write permission.check your firewall setting. Try sharing after disabling firewall. I know this is a security flaw, but you can check this way and can conclude where the problem exist.

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