Basically I want to share a folder from a windows 7 (Ultimate) PC to other windows/linux PCs running on the network.

Server Settings:
Trying to share folder D:\Media

R-Click -> Properties -> Sharing
Shared as path "\\JB-PC\Media"
Permissions - Everyone - Read/Write

R-Click -> Properties -> Security
Everyone - Full Control (not how I want it, but I'm trying everything)

ControlPanel -> Network and Sharing -> Advanced Sharing Settings
Network Discovery - ON
File and Printer Sharing - ON
Public Folder Sharing - ON
File Sharing Connections - Enable for 40-56 bit encryption
Password protected Sharing - OFF

Testing with windows 7 home
I can see the PC on the network, but the only folder I can access is Users. Browsing to \\JB-PC\Media says "Cannot access" - check name and etc.

Is there anything I'm missing? I'm trying to share it to a variety of devices, so I'm not interested in sharing to a homegroup or the like. Just anyone connected to the network should be able to see it.

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    Have you tried to map the folder as a network drive? Does that work? Oct 20, 2012 at 13:19
  • @jer no I get the same issue. "Windows cannot access \\jb-pc\media"
    – jb01
    Oct 20, 2012 at 15:08
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    In computer management under shares does the folder show as shared? Have you tried turning off the firewall and seeing if it works? Oct 20, 2012 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


It turns out I had 2 computers on the network with the same name.

Renamed one of the clients and it's working smoothly.

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