How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Чтобы разрешить пользователям Windows подключаться к Вашему компьютеру Mac, включите общий доступ к файлам и общий доступ с помощью SMB.

Настройка общего доступа к файлам на Mac

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Общий доступ».

Установите флажок «Общий доступ к файлам», затем нажмите «Параметры».

Установите флажок перед «Предоставлением общего доступа к файлам и папкам с помощью SMB».

В списке «Общий доступ Windows» установите флажок рядом с учетной записью пользователя, которая будет использоваться для предоставления общего доступа к файлам с компьютеров с Windows, а затем введите пароль для этого пользователя и нажмите «OK».

Выберите «Вид» > «Сеть», выберите свое активное подключение, затем нажмите «Дополнения».

Выберите вкладку WINS, затем введите имя рабочей группы, используемой на компьютере Windows.

Если имя рабочей группы неизвестно, на компьютере Windows откройте «Панель управления» > «Система и безопасность» > «Система». (На компьютерах Windows обычно используется имя WORKGROUP или MSHOME.)

Нажмите «OK», затем — «Применить».

Предоставление информации, которая необходима пользователям Windows

Для подключения к компьютеру Mac пользователям Windows необходимы следующие данные: сетевой адрес компьютера Mac, а также имя пользователя и пароль для входа в систему Mac.

Чтобы посмотреть сетевой адрес компьютера Mac, выберите меню «Apple»

> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Общий доступ», затем выберите «Общий доступ к файлам». Адрес отображается под индикатором «Общий доступ к файлам: Вкл.» и имеет следующий вид: smb://

Создайте учетную запись на Вашем компьютере Mac для каждого пользователя Windows. Чтобы создать учетные записи, выберите меню Apple > «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Пользователи и группы».

Если Вы хотите использовать учетную запись, существовавшую до установки новейшей версии macOS, необходимо сбросить пароль учетной записи в настройках пользователей и групп.

Пароли учетных записей, используемых для общего доступа с компьютеров Windows, могут храниться менее безопасным способом, поэтому отключайте учетную запись, когда она не используется. До отключения «Общего доступа Windows» отключите все созданные Вами учетные записи. В ином случае уровень безопасности паролей станет еще ниже.

These are instructions to map your shared folder to a computer. The pictures are generalized. Please follow the written directions.

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How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Open Windows Explorer (folder icon), and select Map Network Drive

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Contact a member of OIT to find out what Drive Letter and Folder path to use. Type these EXACTLY like they tell you. Also check mark “Connect using different credentials” then click FINISH.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

When prompted, type in CAESADUSERNAME and your PASSWORD. These ARE NOT your MyID. This is whatever credentials you set for the Griffin Campus (your computer).

If done correctly, your shared folder will appear. The folder will stayed mapped to that computer, but you will not be able to access it unless the VPN is turned on. These procedures work with ANY Windows 7 computer, and the VPN allows you to access it from anywhere with an internet connection worldwide.

How do I connect to a shared folder on the network?

There are a couple of ways to connect to a folder that has been shared over the network. The fastest way is by typing the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path in the Start, Run dialog box. The UNC defines the path to a shared folder using the format serversharename.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

The server is the computer where the shared folder is stored, and the share name is the name given to the shared folder when the share was set up.

Another way to connect to shared network resources is by using the My Network Places window. Using the My Network Places window will allow you to create a shortcut that will make it easier to access a shared resource. You can then access the shared resource by double-clicking on a shortcut, instead of having to reenter its address each time you want to make a connection.

This window can be accessed by selecting Start, My Network Places.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

If you do not see this option, you may have to make it visible by accessing the Properties for the task bar. Right-click somewhere on the task bar and select Properties.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Next, click on Start Menu tab, then the Customize button.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

In the Advanced tab, make sure there is a check next to My Network Places.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Once you have the My Network Places window open, select Add a network place from the task list on the left.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Click on Next and then select “Choose another network location” and click on Next once again.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

On the following screen, you can enter the UNC path or click on the Browse button to locate the shared folder in a listing of network locations.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

If you are connecting to a computer on a Windows network, you will have to click on Entire Network, then Microsoft Windows Network.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

A list of different workgroups may then be displayed. You will probably see an entry for Workgroup. This is often the default workgroup name given when Windows is installed. If you expand Workgroup you will see the names of all the computers that are part of that workgroup. Expanding the computer name will then show the shared folders available on that computer. Select a folder you want to connect to and then press OK. On the next screen, provide a name to identify this shortcut in the My Network Places window.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

To finish creating the shortcut, click on Next, then Finish.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

Yet another way to access shared folders over the network is by mapping a network drive. When you map a network drive, the shared resource is assigned a drive letter (such as F: or whatever the next available letter is after all USB drives and CD drives have had theirs assigned). You can then access the shared folder in My Computer the same way you access your C: drive or a USB drive. To map a network drive, open up My Computer and select Tools, Map Network Drive.

Select an available drive letter and then enter the UNC path to the shared folder or use the Browse button.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

If you want the shared folder to be visible every time you open My Computer, even if you log off and then log back in, make sure there is a check next to Reconnect at logon.

We have a shared folder from Windows 7 Desktop and at least 35 Users who access this shared folder. The size of that folder is at least 700 GB.

As of now, we are experiencing shared drive error, like Username and Password is incorrect even though it is correct and it happens every day in the afternoon. Well some of the Users can access the shared folder without problem every morning.

So my question is – Is their a limit number of users to access the shared folder from Windows 7 or 10 Desktop?


this is no limit to the amount of users you can configure to access a folder, IE you can add, share and NTFS permissions for 1,000,000 users, this will not prevent any of those users accessing it. However, with the shared folder being on a windows 7 machine, there is a hardcoded limit to concurrent connections to the computer, which in windows 7 is 20.

So if you want more than 20 people accessing this folder concurrently, you will need to migrate the share to a licensed Windows Server 2008 / 2012 or 2016.

With shared folders, you can easily share files among virtual machines and the host computer. To use shared folders, you must have the current version of VMware Tools installed in the guest operating system and you must use the Virtual Machine Control Panel to specify which directories are to be shared.

You can use shared folders with virtual machines running the following guest operating systems:

    Windows Server 2003 Windows XP Windows 2000 Windows NT 4.0 Linux with a kernel version of 2.4 or higher

To set up one or more shared folders for a virtual machine, be sure the virtual machine is open in Workstation and click its tab to make it the active virtual machine. Go to Edit > Virtual Machine Settings > Options and click Shared folders.

You can add one or more directories to the list. Those directories may be on the host computer or they may be network directories accessible from the host computer.

In a Windows virtual machine, shared folders appear in My Network Places (Network Neighborhood in a Windows NT virtual machine) under VMware Shared Folders. For example, if you specify the name Test files for one of your shared folders, you can navigate to it by opening My Network Places > VMware Shared Folders > .host > Shared Folders > Test files.

You can also go directly to the folder using the UNC path
.hostShared FoldersTest files.

You can map a shared folder to a drive letter just as you would with a network share.

Note: To see shared folders displayed in this way, you must update VMware Tools in the virtual machine to the current version. If your guest operating system has the version of VMware Tools that shipped with VMware Workstation 4.0, shared folders appear as folders on a designated drive letter.

In a Linux virtual machine, shared folders appear under /mnt/hgfs. So the shared folder in this example would appear as /mnt/hgfs/Test files.

To add a new shared folder to the list, click Add. On a Windows host, a wizard guides you through the process. On a Linux host, a dialog box appears. Enter the required information, then click OK.

Provide the following information:

    The path on the host to the directory you want to share. Type in the full path or browse to the directory. The name for the directory. This is the name that appears inside the virtual machine. Whether the shared folder is enabled. You may want to add a folder to the list without enabling it immediately. You can then enable the folder at any time by clicking its name in this list, clicking Properties and enabling the folder in the Properties dialog box. Access options for the shared folder. You can give the current virtual machine read-only access, or read-write access. Access to files in the shared folder is also governed by permission settings on the host computer. For example, if you are running VMware Workstation as a user named User, the virtual machine can read and write files in the shared folder only if User has permission to read and write them. Expiration options for the shared folder. You can specify that the folder is always enabled or that it is enabled only during the current working session. If you select Disable after this session, the shared folder is disabled when you suspend or power off the virtual machine.

To change the settings for a shared folder on the list, click the folder’s name to highlight it, then click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.

Change any settings you wish, then click OK.

Note: You can use shared folders to share any type of file. However, Windows shortcuts and Linux symbolic links do not work correctly if you try to use them via shared folders.

Caution: Do not open a file in a shared folder from more than one application at a time. For example, you should not open the same file using an application on the host operating system and another application in the guest operating system. In some circumstances, doing so could cause data corruption in the file.

One of the fastest method which I have always been using to access a shared folder on a computer in a local network is by pressing Win+R followed by double backslash and computer, for example, raymond which will access a computer named Raymond in the network. If the shared folder is not password protected, then anyone is able to access, no problems there. However if the shared folder requires you to enter username and password, entering a valid credential will cache the credentials until you restart or log off Windows.

This is a convenience feature that Microsoft has implemented since early versions of Windows. However there may be times when you do not want to log off or restart the computer so that you can use another login to access the shared folder. Although Microsoft did not include a simple button to flush the credentials cache so that you can try a different password, here is how you can do it via a simple command line.

The image below shows a security window asking for username and password to access the restricted shared folder. Entering a valid username and password will allow you to access the restricted shared folder. Follow the simple steps below on how to clear the credentials so that you can use another username and password.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

1. Click the Windows Orb button located at the bottom left.

2. Type cmd at the Search programs and files bar and hit the Enter key.

3. Type net use * /delete /yes and hit the Enter key. You will see that it says You have these remote connections, continuing will cancel the connections. The command completed successfully. You will have to wait for a while, probably 30-60 seconds for the credentials cached to be cleared. Try accessing the shared folder again after 30-60 seconds and you will be asked to enter network password.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7

If you’ve checked the “Remember my credentials” check box at the Windows Security window, then you will have to go to Control Panel > Credential Manager and remove the saved Windows Credentials by clicking the Remove from vault link.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Share path

Sharing folders makes them accessible to network users and probably you need to do. After you’ve configured disks on the server, you must share files/disks to enable network users to access files and disks. When sharing files and folders also you can enable administrators and clients to access the files, folders offline even when the server is off.

Sharing files and managing permissions with advanced settings are one of important strategy an administrator must know. Here in this article, we will discuss fully on share files and folders in Windows server 2016, no matter it’s possible to do it in Windows server 2012 and 2008 R2. So let’s get started.

Share Files and Folders in Windows Server

Before start sharing files make sure that the advanced sharing settings is configured correctly from control panel with firewall settings then select the folder you want to share. Here we will share files with File and Storage Services, it’s already available in windows server by default.

1. Go to Server manager click File and Storage Services then click shares>tasks>New share to create a folder share on server.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7New Share

2. Select a share profile for the folder you want to share then click Next.

SMB Share Quick: (SMB) is the standard file sharing used by all versions of Windows. SMB Share Quick provides basic SMB sharing with full share and NTFS permission.

SMB Share Advanced: Provides SMB sharing with full share and NTFS permission and access to services provided by File Server Resource Manager.

SMB Share Application: Provides SMB sharing with settings suitable for Hyper-V and other applications.

NFS Share Quick: (NFS) is the standard file sharing protocol used by most UNIX, Linux. NFS Share Quick provides NFS sharing with authentication permission and access to services provided by File Resource Manager.

NFS Share Advanced: Provides NFS Sharing with authentication and permission and access to services provided by File Resource Manager.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Share Profile

3. Now select the server and select a volume on the server or specify the folder path you want to share. To share a custom path, choose Type a custom path and browse the folder then click Next.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Share path

4. On the specify share name page, type a share name and click Next.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Share Name

5. Here you have to select the sharing options you need, if you don’t know the definition read then mark them if required.

  • Select any or all of the following options:
    Enable Access-Based Enumeration: Prevents users from seeing files and folders
    they do not have permission to access.
  • Allow Caching Of Share: Enables offline users to access the contents of this share.
  • Enable BranchCache On The File Share: Enables BranchCache servers to cache
    files accessed from this share.
  • Encrypt Data Access: Causes the server to encrypt remote file access to this share.

6. Now Specify the permissions to control access read or write by clicking on Customize permissions then add, remove or change users permission and click Next.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Permissions

7. Confirm that the shared settings are configured properly and click Create.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Confirmation

The share was created successfully with its appropriate permissions, click close.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Shared

To check the folder shared go to Network>your computer then your shared files will be there.

Also you can see them by typing yourcomputername in the file explorer.

Configure file Shares using file Explorer

1. Navigate to the folder then right click and select Properties, click on sharing tab then click Advanced sharing.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Sharing

2. Mark on Share this folder and enter a share name then click on permissions to add, remove or change permissions of users and click ok.

When the folder sharing is configured properly, click Apply then ok. Your folder will be shared successfully.

Also, you can manage caching of the folder by clicking on caching and select the one you want. (Caching enables offline files for the users those who have enabled offline files. You can choose if the folder should be available offline or not.

How to add a shared folder in windows 7Offline Settings

All right, this was all about configured file shares in windows server 2016, hope it would be helpful and informative.

When you use Windows Explorer to view some shared folders on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the shared type icons for these folders do not appear. Actually shared folders are no longer displayed with a distinctive share overlay icon. All folders are presented with a generic folder icon. Therefore, the shared folders cannot be identified quickly when you view many folders at the same time.


According to Microsoft, one of the goals for the Windows 7 release is to reduce large cognitive loads on users by simplifying the user interface. With the investment in sharing for the Windows 7 release, and especially with HomeGroup in the consumer space, we believe that a majority of users’ content will be shared. The previous overlay model would have resulted in the sharing overlay appearing frequently in typical Explorer views, potentially distracting users with information that they might not use or need on a daily basis. A single sharing overlay can’t provide details about how an item is shared (for example, who it’s shared with, what privileges are assigned, etc.) and this results in a higher cognitive load for the end user. Prior to Windows 7, there were also scenarios in which the sharing overlay was shown inconsistently, which caused user confusion. As a result, based on the above, the sharing overlay was removed from the items view in Explorer.

The sharing state information that the overlay provides isn’t gone but rather has been moved to the Details pane in Windows Explorer. This approach is an improvement over the overlay model, as it helps provide more relevant data related to sharing (for example, who the item is shared with). The Details pane is also where all other relevant properties for an item such as ratings and author are displayed, making the overall experience more consistent for end users by providing one location in which they can see all relevant state information for an item.

If you share a folder, then click the folder to select it, at the bottom of the screen in the Details pane, you’ll see “State:” and “Shared” with the appropriate “people” icon. It also shows “Shared with” and lists the users/groups.


If you want to get the good old “Shared Folder” icon back in Windows 7, here comes our favorite “Classic Shell” to the rescue.

“Classic Shell” is an awesome free utility which provides almost all those good old features back in Windows 7 which have been removed by Microsoft for unknown or you can say weird reasons.

Simply download Classic Shell using following link:

After installing it, click on the “Classic Explorer Settings” button present at last of the toolbar in Explorer. If you don’t get the Classic toolbar in Explorer after installing the utility, press “ALT” key to show Menubar, right-click on it and select “Classic Explorer Bar” option.

Now enable “Add icon overlay for shared folders” option present in “File Pane” tab and Apply it.

That’s it. You’ll need to restart or log off and now Windows 7 will start showing Shared folder icon in Explorer.

About the author: Vishal Gupta (also known as VG) has been awarded with Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. He holds Masters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). He has written several tech articles for popular newspapers and magazines and has also appeared in tech shows on various TV channels.


NOTE: Older comments have been removed to reduce database overhead.

What I would like is the reverse. Tried the Classic Shell program but a) dont want a classic shell and b)dint work for me.
Is there any way to remove the two heads overlay from shared folders?

Good thinking Microsoft. Windows 7 users rarely install IIS too, so why not remove it from Server 2008, cutting down the number of options in server roles will make the OS more user friendly.

“we believe that a majority of users’ content will be shared. The previous overlay model would have resulted in the sharing overlay appearing frequently in typical Explorer views, potentially distracting users with information that they might not use or need on a daily basis”

Welcome to Newspeak! What utter BS…

I can see this not being needed on Windows 7 workstation, but on Server 2008.
I can see this not being needed by a user, but for an Administrator.
They make is sound like every folder is shared. Clearly they have no clue how their own product is used; usually only the parent folder folder of a tree is shared.

This is unbelievable.

OxG, I agree. My read was a little different:

“We couldn’t do it right, so it was easier just not bothering with it anymore. Besides, we have Marketing Managers with art degrees who think ‘Flat’ color-less UIs look cool, and they essentially are calling the shots now. So when they said this looks more tidy, it became a Design Feature. Boo-Ya! Total win.”

The following procedures explain how to create a shared folder on a computer running Windows, and how to confirm the computer’s information. In these examples, Windows XP Professional is the operating system, and the computer is a member in a network domain.

Step 1: Creating a shared folder on a computer running Microsoft Windows

Create a shared destination folder in Windows and enable sharing.

You must log in as an Administrators group member to create a shared folder.

If "Everyone" is left selected in step 5, the created shared folder will be accessible by all users. This is a security risk, so we recommend that you give access rights only to specific users. Use the following procedure to remove "Everyone" and specify user access rights.

Create a folder, just as you would create a normal folder, in a location of your choice on the computer.

Right-click the folder, and then click [Sharing and Security].

On the [Sharing] tab, select [Share this folder].

In the [Group or user names:] list, select "Everyone", and then click [Remove].

In the [Select Users or Groups] window, click [Advanced].

Specify one or more object types, select a location, and then click [Find Now].

From the list of results, select the groups and users you want to grant access to, and then click [OK].

In the [Select Users or Groups] window, click [OK].

In the [Groups or user names:] list, select a group or user, and then, in the [Allow] column of the permissions list, select either the [Full Control] or [Change] check box.

Configure the access permissions for each group and user.

Select the [Security] tab, and then configure the access permissions.

Add to the list the groups and users whom you want to grant access to, and then configure the access permissions for each. The procedure is the same as the procedure explained in steps 6 through 11.

If you are creating a shared folder for the first time on this computer, you must enable the file sharing function. For details, see Windows Help.

To register a shared folder in the machine’s address book, you need the computer’s IP address or computer name, and the user name and password of a user who has access permissions for the shared folder.

For details about registering shared folders, see "Registering Folders", Network and System Setting Reference.

Step 2: Confirming the user name and computer name

Confirm the user name and the name of the computer you will send scanned documents to.

On the [Start] menu, point to [All Programs], then [Accessories], and then click on [Command Prompt].

The command prompt window opens.

Enter the command �ipconfig/all�, and then press the [Enter] key.

Confirm the name of the computer.

The computer’s name is displayed under [Host Name].

You can also confirm the IPv4 address. The address displayed under [IP Address] is the IPv4 address of the computer.

Next, enter the command "set user", and then press the [Enter] key. (Be sure to put a space between "set" and "user".)

Confirm the user name.

The user name is displayed under [USERNAME].

Depending on the operating system or security settings, it might be possible to specify a user name that does not have a password assigned. However, we recommend that for greater security you select a user name that has a password.