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How to Fix ‘Your folder can’t be shared’ Error in Windows 10

Connecting users using a local network is beneficial in many ways. It’s cheap, easy to manage and centrally stored applications/resources available to all users. Despite the advantages, some users complain about the problems they face using a local network.

The most common issues are when files/folders are shared among other users. In such cases, sharing may not be successful and error messages are encountered. Some common error messages include:

  • ‘Your folder can’t be shared’
  • ‘An error occurred while trying to share, access is denied’
  • ‘The shared resource is not created at this time’

In order to resolve such errors, we provide you with some troubleshooting steps.

Solution 1: Enable file sharing

  1. Go to Control Panel on your computer
  2. Click on Network and sharing center > select the existing connection
  3. Then click Status > Properties
  4. Under Properties, verify if ‘File & printer sharing for Microsoft Networks’ is checked. If it’s not, check the checkbox and save changes.

This will enable file sharing and help you share the file/folder among other users. If this does not work, you can try the next troubleshooting step.

Solution 2: Advanced Sharing

  1. Locate the folder in question and right click on it
  2. Choose Properties > Sharing tab
  3. Click on Advanced Sharing
  4. Select the checkbox ‘Share this folder’ and go to Permissions
  5. Now select the kind of users you will share the folder with. Click on ‘Full Control for everyone’ if you wish to share it with everyone on the network.
  6. If you want to share with only select users, click Add > Advanced > Find Now. Then choose only the users that are given access.
  7. Finally, choose Full Control to give selected users full control to the files.

This should help you share the file/folder. If not, try the next troubleshooting step which explains removing password protection.

Solution 3: Remove password protected sharing

Removing password protection is considered risky due to obvious reasons. Hence, proceed with caution and be careful who you share the file with.

  1. Go to Control Panel on your system
  2. Click on Network & Sharing Centre
  3. Select Change Advanced sharing settings
  4. Choose your current profile
  5. Then choose the setting ‘Turn off password sharing
  6. Finally, save changes check if the files can be shared

This will disable password protection and you can try sharing your files now. But it is a good idea to turn it back on and troubleshoot the error using other methods if it appears again.

Solution 4: Disable anti-virus

Again, this method has certain risks associated when the computer is connected to the internet without anti-virus. So please proceed with caution.

Certain anti-virus may conflict with you sharing certain files/folders. Disable anti-virus and try sharing your file. Then turn it back on immediately so your computer is safe.

Beside file sharing issues, data loss issues in systems are common. You may lose data due to accidental deletion or due to third party cleaning tools. Virus and malware can also cause data loss on your systems.

Data recovery tools such as Remo Recover can be used to recover your deleted files. It is a great tool to recover deleted or lost files from your system or any storage device such as an external hard drive, USB’s. Refer how to recover deleted folder in Windows 10 for detailed steps in the recovery process.

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