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Trouble sharing "Documents" folder to XP Home from Vista Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Tommyudo, Nov 5, 2007.

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  1. Tommyudo

    Tommyudo Thread Starter

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    Hello All,

    I have several PCs at home, one with Vista Ultimate (mine) and one with XP Home SP2 (my wife's). Both PCs have personal accounts with passwords. On the Vista PC, I am able to share a folder on my "D:" data drive with no difficulty using the right click Share... menu item from Windows Explorer. I can see and contribute to this folder from the XP PC just fine. What I am not able to do is share the "Documents" folder and its contents from Vista. When I share this folder by the same method, all I see on the XP PC is a "Users" folder and "Default User" within that. I'm guessing that this folder might have special properties that are different than the Vanilla "D:" folder. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
  2. Courtneyc

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    Yup. Remember back when you put a password on the Vista machine. It asked you if you wanted to make your files private. You said "yes," making all files in your profile inaccessible to everyone but you.

    Easy fix. Create a new account on your computer using your wife's username and password. When you share the folder now (and you will have to reshare), she should be able to access them from her computer.

    Courtney
     
  3. Tommyudo

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    OK, its very possible I did do that. But, I'd like to undo it if possible. The goal is to give my wife access to everything in my "Documents" folder. I already created an account on the Vista (my) PC matching my wife's credentials but that (obviously) didn't make my files any less private. Is it simply a matter of going into the Security tab and opening up the access that way?

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
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