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How to share Windows 7 Program Files Folder

Q: How to share Windows 7 Program Files Folder

Is it possible to set up the Windows 7 Program Files folder as a share on another networked PC ( also running Windows 7 ) ?
I understand this was also a problem with Vista, but I was an XP man myself and it was never an issue on XP.


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A: How to share Windows 7 Program Files Folder

Well, since you are not the "owner" of the files and folders in Program Files, I don't think you are allowed to share them. Although I've never tried.

Try it and see what you get.

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hey guys how can i fully open share my "Program Files(x86)" on the other network computer? i set-up the advance sharing to everyone with full control,change,and read, but still when i paste some file using network it saying that i need to be Administrator to do that action

A:fully control/share "Program Files(x86)" folder

Quote: Originally Posted by kentucky777

hey guys how can i fully open share my "Program Files(x86)" on the other network computer? i set-up the advance sharing to everyone with full control,change,and read, but still when i paste some file using network it saying that i need to be Administrator to do that action

You do need to be admin on both (and yes they are different). You also should not be in Program Files as that is solely for legacy for 32 bit apps, shouldnt be anything there that you need to change.
Ken J

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 I have a weird problem with one Windows 10 machine.
There is one particular map drive that doesn't display files and folders intermittently and then shows up after some time.
There are other map drives on the machine that don't have a problem.
Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi....I used to have windows vista ultimate 32bit, but i noticed that my processor runs smoothly with a 64bit OS so i decided to install windows 7 ultimate 64bit, i booted from the OS dvd and before installing it i used the format option for my unique hard drive, then i installed the new OS....right afer installing it, i went to the C: drive i noticed that there was another program files folder but with x86 on it, and i tried to delete them but i couldn't....HELP

A:Windows 7 x86 program files folder

Not every program is a 64-bit program. The Program Files (x86) folder is where 32-bit programs install onto your Ultimate x64 installation. Don't sweat it and don't try and delete the folder - it's supposed to be there.

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I did a refresh on windows 8 because the computer was running really slow. after it finished, i could go inside the windows.old folder to access all my files including the program files from which i copied so folders onto an external hard drive butnow there is no more program files folder there and i need some of the files and i did not delete any of them

A:Windows.old\Program files folder disappeared

Hello M0r3Pa1n, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Did you run Disk Cleanup or any 3rd party program like CCleaner that may have deleted the Windows.old folder by mistake?

For now, you might see if you may be able to use the free program Recuva to recover the folder.

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I installed Windows 7 32 bit over a Windows Vista 64 bit computer. I had to reinstall all applications (Office, etc.) and they were installed in the new folder 'Program files'. Can I just delete the old 'Program Files (X86)' folder? Should I do that? Thanks in advance.

A:Should I (and can I) delete Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7?

I found the following link, and it worked for me. http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/10981-program-files-program-files-x86.html I was able to delete all folders. I had to remove a couple using the command prompt with administrator rights and the command "rd". I was also able to delete them from the Windows Explorer window. Good luck.

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I installed windows 7 (Ultimate SP1) x64 on my machine. After installing some tools/apps when I looked at my C:\ drive I saw the following shape (left hand)! That is, there is one folder named Program Files (x86) folder! And I saw the right hand one when I opened that Program Files (x86) folder. I?m not sure do all of my tools were in x64 version or not but I tried to install those that I was sure about them. Is this x86 folder typical in C:\ drive of x64 or it was my fault of installing the x86 apps please?

A:Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7 x64 C:\ drive,

It is normal to have both of those program file folders on a 64 bit OS.

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I installed windows 7 (Ultimate SP1) x64 on my machine. After installing some tools/apps when I looked at my C:\ drive I saw the following shape (left hand)! That is, there is one folder named Program Files (x86) folder! And I saw the right hand one when I opened that Program Files (x86) folder. I?m not sure do all of my tools were in x64 version or not but I tried to install those that I was sure about them. Is this x86 folder typical in C:\ drive of x64 or it was my fault of installing the x86 apps please?

A:Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7 x64 C:\ drive

32bit programs on Windows 64 run emulated in WOW (windows on windows). 32bit programs end up being installed there by default, whereas 64bit programs get installed to regular Program Files.

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I need windows store folder from program files/windows app which i deleted Only than i can restore it using powershell Please can someone uplaod the 2 windows store folders in program files windows app

A:Need windows store folder from program files

http://www.techtantri.com/tantri/wp-...ps-folders.rar Thanks solved it

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I have a problem that is more irritating than serious. Every time Windows XP starts a window opens displaying the contents of the folder Program Files. It doesn't take more than a second or two to close the window but I find it frustrating that I am unable to prevent it from happening. I suspect that the answer lies somewhere in the Register but I have no idea where. I'd be grateful for any help.

A:Program Files folder opens on starting Windows XP

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ok trying to set some icons for the folder on c:... no customize tab within "windows", tried to set a desktop.ini within it to spruce up, no luck there has go to be a way, got program file(x86) icon to work


A:Custom icons for program files (x86) and windows folder ?..?..?

I have always used a 3rd party software to change these folders icons.

Change folder icon or color to make a search for important information a "one-glance" affair!

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A:Clean install Windows 7 32 bit and I have a Program Files x86 folder.

are you trying to say after the install there is a Program Files (x86) Folder?

are you sure it is a 32 bit OS?

Try to check you system specs .. dxdiag on the search bar of the start menu

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This is an FYI,  I have resolved my problem but want to let others know the solution. 

I have a Win 7 Professional, SP1 box that has a fileshare on a 2008 Enterprise server 64 bit SP2 where the user has been trying to create a folder.  Randomly she receives the "unable to create the folder "name of folder"  Too many files opened
for sharing".  This seems to be causing by the syncing utility for offline folders.  I have a fileshare on the 2008 server labled "share1" which has many folders and levels.  The allow offiline files on the fileshare was enabled and on the win7
box the fileshare was configured to synchronized.  Here is what I did to diagnose the issue.  I ran the program that creates the folder from the win7 box, then checked the UNC path from the win7 box to confirm folder is created, which it was. 
I logged into the server and went to the mapped drive to that directory which the folder as not present (F5 did not show the folder)  From the server I typed the UNC path to the folder which did not exist.  Went to dos on the server to the layer
above the created folder and did a "dir" which did not show the newly created folder.  I then turned off the allow files to be available offline on the fileshare of the 2008 server.  Then I disable offline folders on the Win7 box.  After disabling
both of these the application is quickly creating the new ... Read more

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So... I just picked up a shiny new (yes, legal) copy of Windows 7. Installed without a hitch, blah dee blah it's gorgeous.

Problems arose however, when it came to installations. Apparently there is some crazy new scheme set up where even if you have Admin privileges you cannot edit any of the core Windows folders (program files and the like), and it is causing much vexation!

How do enable myself control of my own folders? Every time I go into change the rights to said folders, it basically tells me I don't have the rights to make the action and flips a proverbial turd at me attempting to touch it's innards. I don't like being barred access from a part of my computer I used to be able to chill in just fine prior.

Any ideas? From what I've read it's a common problem, just curious what you gents and lady gents think!

Windows 7 Pro, and yes, UAC is turned completely off.

A:Surprise! Windows 7 UAC Madness, can't edit Program Files(x86) folder!

There are multiple layers of security on Windows NTFS systems (too many to discuss here).
There are ways around each and every one - but it sometimes requires a bit of study to do it.
Basically, it works out that - if you can't take control of the files, then you won't be able to mess things up. Once you do get control of them, you can hose your system to your heart's content.

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I shared a Folde on my system and give a full permission to a user, when user copied a file then I can't see it. For example, The user copied file now and file appear for me after three hours !!!
Any idea?

Thank you.

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I'm attempting to share a folder called "Media". I'm sharing with my user account "MC", with account "Administrator", and with "Everyone" as well. The problem is that these permissions are not applying to the files/folders within. Most files (and every new file added) has to be manually shared, by default it will only share with MC/Admin. I've disabled sharing on the entire main folder, then re-enabled it, but to no avail.

How can I get it so ALL files in the folder are shared with the permissions of the main folder?

EDIT: It's only happening with video files. No video file will share itself due to being present in a sub-folder. The only way to share any of them is to manually share it one-by-one.

A:Can't apply share attributes to files in folder

Quote: Originally Posted by MarkC0

I'm attempting to share a folder called "Media". I'm sharing with my user account "MC", with account "Administrator", and with "Everyone" as well. The problem is that these permissions are not applying to the files/folders within. Most files (and every new file added) has to be manually shared, by default it will only share with MC/Admin. I've disabled sharing on the entire main folder, then re-enabled it, but to no avail.

How can I get it so ALL files in the folder are shared with the permissions of the main folder?

EDIT: It's only happening with video files. No video file will share itself due to being present in a sub-folder. The only way to share any of them is to manually share it one-by-one.

Read through the tutorial below, it shows you how to check the box to inherit permissions from the parent folder.
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

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Hi there : )

My mom wanted to remove windows live messenger but she couldnt see it on her add/remove list, so she went and deleted the entire windows live folder from the Program Files (x86) I am trying to reinstall windows live essentials with no luck. The first time i tryed it said it was already installed but didnt show up on the add and remove list.

I used Ccleaner and then tryed again this time i revieved an error: 8007007e. We tried system restore to earliest date available but it is still the same

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated ty : )

A:Win7-deleted Windows Live folder from Program Files(x86) How 2 Replace

Go into Control Panel>Programs>Uninstall a Program and highlight Windows Live Essentials then choose Repair All Windows Live Programs.

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When I try to save a file to a shared folder, I get an error. I checked permissions and all seems fine. I tried saving a notepad (text) file and had no problems. Any suggestions would be appreciated.HarvEDIT: Moved to more appropriate forum

A:Saving office Files to Share folder fails

Solved! The problem was CA antivirus was set to scan network drives. Unchecked that and I'm back in business.


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I have an SMB share set up but certain files within the path do not have the same share settings as others.

The path is set up to my TV folder and an example of the issue is below

TV/Walking Dead/Season 1 - this works all files can be seen
TV/Walking Dead/Season 2 - I can see the folder and open it but I can't see any of the files within it.

When I go to the files and look at properties -> security the files I can see and those I can't see have different settings. The files i can see are shared to Everyone, System, My login, Administrators.

The files I can't see are shared with Authenticated users, System, Administrators, Users.

I've tried removing the share from my TV folder than reapplying it, but I get the same result.

If I attempt to view the files over SMB windows to windows it works, but it doesn't work when viewed from my XBMC live install (Linux).

Any ideas on what is happening?

A:Share folder settings not being applied to all files within path

It sounds like you need to add "Everyone" to either the sharing permissions list or the Security settings.

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I have an Advent (PC World brand) Laptop that comes with its own custom On-Screen Display software.

The software is made for 32 bit Windows with no 64 bit version available as far as I'm aware.

I have upgraded to 64 bit Windows recently and everything seems to work great except the OSD.

When installing. I'm given a choice of where I want to install the program in which I choose

C:\Program Files

after installation a mandatory restart is required and after the reboot OSD always ends up in
the other Program Files folder and I receive a error when trying to launch the OSD

I assume this error is because it gets confused being in the wrong directory (although I could be wrong and its simply just not compatible with 64bit Windows)

Anyone have a way to force it to install in the standard Program Files folder?

its the only way to tell if things like caps lock are enabled or not, so its pretty frustrating without it.

A:Program refusing to install in standard program files folder

In 64-bit Windows, the folder Program Files (x86) is for 32-bit applications. Try installing your OSD application there instead of the Program Files folder which is meant for 64-bit applications.


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Hello, I found a folder I am not familiar with.

Named exodus, inside program files,common files.

It has chrome folder inside it,with crash reporter files etc.

I attached the update application.exe to virustotal, and kaspersky website
and they found nothing nor detected it as a virus.

I attached screenshots for your assistance. Thanks in advance.

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In internet options under temporary internet files and then under settings view objects there 5 java runtime environment active X controls with yellow exclamation points. Is this supposed to be this way and if not how do I fix this? Also, the setting in my temp internet files folder is set at 1192. Is this correct or should it be changed?

A:Downloaded program files and temp files folder

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I know it's the UAC that's restricting me from doing so. Am using 7-zip, and the only way I've found for moving files to program files, is by extracting them on my desktop, then move it over to the folder inside program files. What am looking for, is a way of extracting them to the program files folder right away?

Edit: Am mostly using the right click menu. Right click-> 7-Zip -> Extract and so forth...

A:Unable to extract files to program files folder(UAC).

Hi Nitrius,

This is a security feature in Vista that will not let you do this from any other account except while logged on to the built-in Administrator account.

Administrator Account

Hope this helps,

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I am unable to write/modify/replace files in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, we have folder that is placed in Program Files folder, lets say MES folder
we use Active Directory System and all user take file from FTP server if there's Program's Update from System that I make, so new file/files will replace old file/files in MES folder, it was work smoothly in Windows 7 Pro, but not in Windows 8.1 Pro
the things I already do was :
1. Change User Account Control Settings to Never Notify (lowest)
2. Turn Off Windows Firewall setting (Domain, Network Location, Public Network)
3. Change advanced security add local user for Full control, modify, read and execute (to take ownership and grant full control permission of the folder and all contents in it)
I Know from forum it must be about user security issue but this 3 steps still not change anything
How can I defeat this?

Many thanks.
Michael H.

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well today i was looking through/cleaning out my folders in program files and i stumbled upon a bunch of cabinet files from april to december and in the mix of them is a DXSETUP.exe


there are some example files. should i run DXSETUP.exe. is it for directX? or my d3d hardware

A:cabinet files in program files folder?

Its for DirectX, what version is installed on your system?


DXSetup.exe is a standard installer that independent software vendors (ISVs) can use to install the Microsoft? DirectX? 9.0 redistributable runtime. It provides an easy way for developers to install the DirectX 9.0 runtime without having to write a custom installer. The standard installer is included in the (SDK root)\Redist\DirectX9 folder.


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How can I add a password (logon details) to a shared folder over the network.

Thanks in advance.


A:Regarding Windows 7 share folder..

Perhaps this will help you. You must make sure the user accounts created are not admin accounts, or the other computers will have access to more than the public shared folders by default:


A Guy

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I'm trying to share a folder without the user being prompted for any username or password. Is there a way to do this? Here is the scenario.

1. Users trying to connect to the share are joined to a domain, however, the server is not connected to the network at this time, so they login using cached information. They are All Windows XP SP2 machines.
2. The computer with the share is Windows XP Pro SP2. It was joined to the domain as well, but users were being prompted for username and passwordswhen trying to connect to the share, and the only username/password combo that works was the person who logins to this computer where the share is located. So, I unjoined it from the domain in hopes that would work, and it did not.

All I want to do is create a share on this machine without any security whatsoever so it will not prompt for username and password at all. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

A:Share a folder in Windows XP

So, I unjoined it from the domain ...Click to expand...

That makes me think that it may be a work computer and you've already messed with it more than is appropriate. You have identified yourself as Advanced, so I trust that you know what you are doing and will not get yourself into (employment) trouble.

You can use Simple File Sharing. In Windows Explorer: Tools - Folder Options... - View tab - scroll to the bottom and select 'Use simple file sharing (Recommended).'

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Destination Folder Access Denied
You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder.
<Folder/Sub-Folder Name>
Date created: <Creation Date>
I get this dialog files whenever I try to modify (copy, delete or edit) contents of the "C:\Program Files" folder or its sub folders. When I click the Continue button, everything goes on fine without any problem. Some programs give write errors when I try to modify a file inside Program Files with them (e.g.; Notepad++ gives write error when I try to edit a text file inside one of the sub-folders of the Program Files folder).

I'm the only user on this computer, and I'm already the administrator who installed this Windows. There is no other OS installed on this machine.

This problem has been occurring for a long time. At first I ignored it, but later it started to became bothersome. I don't remember how have it started, or what had I done before it first appeared.

What can I do to stop Windows showing me this dialog box? I want to freely modify contents of any directory in my computer. This is a home computer, I have no social privacy concerns.

(OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Up-to-date)

A:"Destination Folder Access Denied" when modifying Program Files folder

You could try disabling UAC.

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

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okay, i am having a major problem with this..

i have been trying to fix for hours. and am begining to think i am going to have to re-install windows vista.

i am using vista 32-bit.

and for some reason, when i go to the C:\ drive on my computer there is no Program Files folder.

i have already enabled "show hidden files and folders" in the folder options.

and still nothing.

so i opened up command prompt and changed the directory to C:\

typed in dir to show the directory of the C drive.

and still nothing.

but when i changed the directory to C:\Program Files\

it came up with all my installed programs in program files.

could this be a windows explorer problem? (explorer.exe under proccess list when hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del)

if so, is there anyway to reinstall it without having to reformat my whole hard drive?


A:Program Files Folder Not There!

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Does anyone what to do to prevent the "Program Files" Folder from opening at startup please?. I'm running WinXp SP2.

The problem started right after installing the graphic card drivers; (ATI Rdeon X800 Pro.).

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

A:Help with Program Files Folder Please

This is a common problem after installing the ati cat driver. To fix it, just delete the folder that the driver decompressed its files into. In your case, it is probably C:\program files\ati.

Make sure any folder you delete is for the decompressed driver files; not files for an ati app you have installed.

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hey all,

i think this should be a pretty straight forward process, but i'm getting stumped!

i have two windows 10 pro computers. first computer has a folder on the root of the C drive that i want to access from the second computer- both on the same wifi network, same workgroup, set to private network in windows- no homegroups set up.

i can enable sharing of the folder, but i can't select the user account from the second computer that i want to have access to the folder- when i try to select the user account (from the second computer), i can only see the local computer accounts- how do i set access for a specific user account on the second computer?

i'm pretty sure i remember this being more easily done back on windows 7, but honestly it's been awhile since i've needed to set up folder shares.

any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Whenever I share other folders, I can't access them on my tablet, only except for the Users folder which is shared by default, the others give me "you don't have permission blah blah" I'm frustrated with windows :\ plz help

A:Windows only allows me to share Users folder

I find it strange that your "Users" folder is shared by default, it isn't on my computer. What app are you using to connect to the shared folders? I have two apps for my Android devices, ES File Explorer by ES APP Group and another called File Manager (Explorer) by Cheetah mobile. Both apps have the option to input a username and password to access shares, the lack of one gives you "Insufficient Permissions".

If you do use a Username and Passowrd to connect to the shares then it may be that the User Account you are using does not have permissions to access the shares, if you are a basic user (not an Administrator) then you only get permissions to Read & Execute, List Folder Contents and Read.

However I see you're using Windows 7 Enterprise, this is usually used in Educational Facilities such as schools, colleges and Universities, and as such is usually heavily locked down to stop people fiddling with things they shouldn't be, if this is the case then you have no chance of being able to set the permissions so you can look at the shares you create.

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I'm trying to share a large folder of music files that is about 100gb on my home network. I set the sharing for "Everyone" read/ write, like all the other files that I share on my LAN. I have some very large movie folders that the computer has no problem sharing with other computers on the network and homegroup, but this particular music folder has the computer hanging up when i hit the share button after selecting "everyone".. The window that shows that it is processing the shared folder comes up but it just sits there with the progress bar running back and forth. It did this overnight. I have tried to set all of the security parameters the same as other folders also, but nothing seems to work.

Is there something else that I need to do to share this folder?


A:Windows 7 hangs up trying to share folder on LAN

Do you have the network set to use WMP to share media files? I know on my systems it wasn't a large folder that hung it up. But that mobsync.exe tried to examine every file on my system to see if it should be in the WMP media library and shared etc.. It totally bogged my HD doing this stuff. It was at the point I ran a program killer just to kill mobsync.exe and wmp every time they came up.

Edit: What I describe was on Vista. W7 and later may not be as bad. But I still set my notworks to not share media files using WMP.

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On my OLD pc i have some shared folder whit media files usually i play on my Rpi2 whit OSMC installed.

OSMC tryed to search file at:
smb:// and use this for obtain access "smb://User:[email protected]/" how User:Pass it's the same combination used for Login on windows.

Now on Windows 10 i don't any idea how i can obtain a similar result....................... how i need to configure ?
I know my administration password........ but what's my username ?? If i execute "control userpasswords2" (or netplwiz) i see 3 different name like "Username, complete name, and display name"........ very confusion

Please help me.........

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Hi everyone:

I was curious how to do this on Windows Vista/Windows 7. Here's what I'm trying to accomplish. I want to stream some of my video files from a PC to my iPad. I can do this using a third party app that runs on my iPad that can connect to a computer via a WiFi network. I managed to do this quite easily on Windows XP and I can stream AVI files from the "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents" folder. All I did is this -- I right-clicked on the Documents folder there and selected Properties, then Sharing tab and set "Share this folder on the network", named it and OK'ed it. After that I can easily see that folder from the app running on my iPad and stream files out of it.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 aren't as easy to set up and they don't have the same controls as Windows XP. So can someone help me set it up there?

A:Share a folder via WiFi on Windows 7

Hello there & welcome to Seven Forums.

Have a read at this: Set up a computer to computer ad hoc network,
or you could use connectify, it works well for this type of wireless network sharing.

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Why windows 7 did not have a different icon for share folder, just like XP or Vista? Or I can config to help on distinction between normal folder and my share folders?
Thanks a lot.

A:Why windows 7 did not have a different icon for share folder?

Goldsix,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 in... Read more

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i've enabled homeshare and now can't seem to turn it off. All users on the workgroup can see all folders in homeshare. Which isn't what i want i just want to share the documents folder and that's it. ive turned off omeshare and they are all sill showing up. I've also right clicked on the documents folder and set share to everybody but it doesn't seem to show up on any of the other computers running xp. But yet all the homeshare folders do argggghh! any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:how do i share a folder on a workgroup without home share?

Hi purplemonkey1, welcome to Seven Forums.
This is how I do it. File Sharing Settings.pdf

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I'm sure I once read somewhere that it was possible to make a change to the registry so that software installations would not automatically install into the default of 'C:\Program Files' - does anyone here know of such a trick ?

Background is that I have a 'C' Drive and a 'D' Drive - C is down to about 200 MB free while D has about 2 GB free. Most software installation routines allow you to specify 'D:\Program Files\Whatever ..' asd the installation folder rather than the default of
'C:\Program Files\Whatever ...' - but various Microsoft products still continue to install some files into
'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared' even where
the actual product is installing its main files into (eg)
'D:\Program Files\Whatever ...'.

And this is what this registry change is supposed to prevent - but after trawling through MSDN I can't find any references to this, so I'd appreciate if someone knew of this change ?



A:Location of \Program Files Folder ?

dont mess w/ that!!!

the information its placing on you c:/ drive is miniscule

that folder allows your various programs to communicate w/ each other along w/ some user/global variables

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I've been searching on how to create a folder within program file, windows denies otherwise. I can't find a solution.

A:Create Folder in Program Files

Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff

I've been searching on how to create a folder within program file, windows denies otherwise. I can't find a solution.

When you right click , Windows denies permission?. If that's the case then obviously it's security issues.

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So apparently I bungled. Upon receiving my new computer, I noticed that there were 2 program files folders. After installing a few programs, I noticed they were all going to X86 folder, so I thought this was an install error on the shipping companies part, and deleted the unnumbered program files folder. Is there a way to fix my messup... will it affect performance, and anything else anyone could inform me that I Fubar'ed up?

A:Deleted 64 bit program files folder

Your problem can probably be corrected with a simple system restore.
System Restore
Go back a few days before the problem

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I noticed that my Program Files folder shows a preview of a photo that I have never saved in that location. It also appears in the PerfLogs folder almost right next to it located on the Local Disk.

The Program Files x64 folder doesn' have this issue, only the x86 folder. I thought I could customize the folder but of course Microsoft does not allow that.

Why is Vista generating a folder preview using a photo that was never located in these folders?

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I have two hard drives, one is 200GB the so-called main one I am currently using and the older is the smaller 40GB drive.

The issue is I have many of the same programs on the smaller drive as on the newer bigger drive. If I uninstall the those from the older drive, will it affect the newer installations on the main drive.

Will a "delete" be all that is necessary?

A:Program files folder in two directories

Check your Add/Remove programs Control Pannel to see if you have multiple versions showing installed there.

Also, you could right click on one of the programs in each directory and check to make sure that the link to the file is, or is not, referring to the same file. One of the two may just be shortcuts.

If you are referring to system files, just make sure that you would only remove the files that are on the drive that do not contain your OS.

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The Program Files Folder on my XP Pro machine just disappeared. I did a system restore and it came back and works for awhile and then just disappears again and I can't run any programs. I did not delete it. I ran sfc /scannow and even re-installed XP but no go. I ran a file recovery program and it sees the folder and does not tell me it was deleted. The only thing I did before this happened was to delete a couple of Outlook XP pst files that I no longer needed. I also tried to create another folder in my C drive called Program Files and it would not let me saying the file was in use by another program. Anyone know anything about this?

A:Program Files Folder Disappeared

If you go into the folder properties in Control Panel is it set to hide system files?

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I'm about to reinstall my windows and after that kind of reorganize everything..

So I have a SSD and a HDD. Windows (x64) will be on the SSD. Which means there will also be 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)' on there.
Now on the HDD (only one partition there), I will manually make two more folders: 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. My question is: do the 'Program Files' folders have to be in the root of the drive (e.x. H:/Program Files)? Because if not I would like them to be in a 'Programs' folder, which will be in the root, along with 'Media', 'Games' and 'Stuff'. (H:/Programs/Program Files)
Actually this is how I have it now, but I am wondering if it is ok or maybe not recommended..
What made me think of this is: I have the Origin client from EA, and when I open it it automatically creates a folder in the root of the HDD called 'Program Files (x86)'. There's an 'Origin' folder in it but its empty. I deleted it to see if it would recreate itself, and the next time I opened origin the 'Program Files (x86)' folder reappeared - even tried a few times to confirm.

So is Windows, or any programs, bothered by 'Program Files' not being in the root of a partition? Can I easily stick it into another folder? (of course before installing any programs in it).


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A:Placement of the 'Program Files' folder(s)

I found this page where some people moved Program Files. But it didn't look trivial:
Move Program Files

I'm wondering if perhaps you can install your programs to folders underneath program files then move that folder to another physical disk. Then make a hard link to it. That way Windows Registry settings all the rest should still point to the same place. In fact PC Magazine has a utility to do it. I think it costs $7 or $8. Also I've seen some people use other hard link utilities designed for moving games, for free. (In Linux when a partition started to fill up I just made a link to another and moved programs over. It worked quite easily there.)

If you try it I would make plenty of backup images to external drives so that you can get back to square one. But if it's a clean install you're starting with, that's the time to experiment. Also I'd look through Brink's Tutorials. Anything that refers to hard links or junction points.

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Does anyone know if its possible to move the User and Program Files Folder from the drive with w8 in it to another drive?

A:seperating Program files folder

Welcome to EightForums.

For users:
User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

For Program Files Folder:
Best to be on C: Windows.

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My secondary computer is an HP with Windows XP Media Center Edition, and for some reason, over half of the 250GB HD is consumed by just the Program Files folder. When I check the folders for each program within that one, they are all relatively small and add up to only a few gigabytes. I have very little installed on the computer and use it mainly for a security camera and occasional web browsing. I don't know when this happened but I kept deleting unnecessary things to make more space and then realized the problem was within the PF folder.

Does anyone have any idea as to what's wrong or how to fix it? I've run Disk Cleanup, Defrag and a registry cleaner. They made very little difference. Also, I have hidden files and folders showing and there's nothing there consuming the extra space.

A:Program Files folder using 129GB

Run Space Sniffer to see what is taking the space.

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