Your folder can’t be shared Windows 10 error [QUICK GUIDE]

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  • Tired of getting the same Your folder can’t be shared error? We’ve got a few quick tips for you.
  • You may share your folders by using Zoolz or completely disable Password Protected Sharing.
  • Besides applying the aforementioned tips, you should also check out these great file manager software tools for Windows 10.
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Fix Your folder can’t be shared error

If you own two or more computers you are probably using them as a part of a local network, but sometimes there might be some problems.

Users report that they are getting an error message saying Your folder can’t be shared on Windows 10, so is there a way to fix this error?

Local networks are great when you want to share your files with other users but sometimes there could be some errors.

If you’re getting Your folder can’t be shared message while trying to share it with other users on your network, you might want to try the following solutions.

How can I fix Your folder can’t be shared error in Windows 10?

  1. Share your folders by using Zoolz
  2. Use Advanced Sharing options
  3. Disable Password Protected Sharing
  4. Remove current and create new Homegroup
  5. Reinstall Windows 10

1. Share your folders by using Zoolz

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Getting the same Your folder can’t be shared error on Windows 10 is frustrating enough that you end up believing that it’s your fault.

This isn’t entirely wrong. Instead of trying to apply a procedure that leads to an unchanged result, our suggestion is to try using Zoolz.

Unlike the native Windows file sharing known for its issues, this tool works flawlessly. You just need to install it, sign in to your account, and go to the My Computers tab.

From the left-hand menu, select the PC that contains the folder you have in mind, then browse for it. Finally, tick the box next to the file’s name and click on Share.

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2. Use Advanced Sharing options

  1. Right-click the folder you want to share and choose Properties.
  2. In the pop-up window, go to the Sharing tab.
  3. Then, choose Advanced Sharing.
  4. Tick the option Share this folder and go to Permissions.Share this folder
  5. You can now select what type of users your folder will be shared. You may click Everyone and click Full Control.click Everyone
  6. If you’re using password protection, then click Add > Advanced > Find Now and choose Authenticated Users. Confirm by clicking OK and choose Full Control.
  7. Finally, click OK to save the changes.

In order to fix the issue, you should try to use Advanced Sharing, as described above. This procedure often does wonders.

3. Disable Password Protected Sharing

  1. Press the Windows key + R shortcut to open Run.Windows key + R
  2. Enter the following command: control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter /page Advanced
  3. Then choose Network and Sharing Center.
  4. You may also open the Control Panel and on the left panel, choose Change advanced sharing settings.
  5. The Advanced Sharing settings window will open. While there, click on All Networks.
  6. Under the Password Protected sharing option, select Turn off password protected sharing.
  7. Finally, just click on Save Changes.

After applying the above steps, make sure to restart your computer and try to reconnect. If the problems are still here, then continue with the next solution.  


You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.


4. Remove current and create new Homegroup

new Homegroup

If the above solutions failed, then you should also try fixing the Homegroup. That’s our recommendation especially if you upgraded to Windows 10 over prior versions.

Therefore, waste no more time and remove the current Homegroup from all interconnected computers and create a new one.

5. Reinstall Windows 10

try to reinstall Windows 10

If none of these procedures worked for you, don’t hesitate to go for this final fix.

It isn’t always pleasant, by starting from the scratch has been often confirmed as a great way to fix the annoying Your folder can’t be shared error.


Don’t know how to install Windows 10? These software package installers for Windows will do the job for you.


Were the above tips helpful in solving the Your folder can’t be shared error in Windows 10? Let us know which one worked for you in the comments area below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • Damn, damn, damn, damn. Yet another upgrade from Microsoft that I regret! Sheesh – is MS the most untrusted company ever? I’ve been using Microsoft OS PC’s for 34 years. If I can’t figure it out, it isn’t ready to release. It only gets worse, folks. Time to exit to Linux or Max.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    This has been a problem for me for over a year.
    The issue was slightly different.
    I had a number of shortcuts on my laptop to sub folders in the shared drive which I could still access but for some reason couldn’t access the root folder…….and now I can!!! Thank you again 🙂

  • This networking is crap. I have two computers I want to share a folder. takes an act of congress. Did all of the above and it still doesn’t work.

    • …better computer professionals existed in the pioneering days of windows. Nowadays the windows tech is like a builder who builds stairs outside his house to go upstairs…..he’s still a qualified builder but with no sense of design.

  • This is not always sufficient to fix the problem.

    On one of my Windows 10 machines, I had to use the Security tab on the folder properties dialog to add ‘Authenticated Users’ with full permissions.

    This solved the problem for me, but I don’t really know why – the other machines didn’t need that.

  • It doesn’t work. Odd that Windows 10 has Network sharing and Homegroup sharing. Two systems overlapping each other. How stupid can you get?

  • That would be very nice if it worked. It certainly looks as though it ought to work, but sadly it only works on some machines.

    If Microsoft built houses, in order to make security absolutely safe, they would brick up all the doors and windows.

    Networking on Windows 10 is appalling, as it seems to be on earlier versions, as judged by comments found by Googling problems.

    Proposed Windows Networking App

    Run the App on all computers that you want to be discovered on your home network. This will make them all see each other from the network tab on Windows Explorer.

    If computer A wants to see folders on computer B, computer B (when running the app) will put a box on screen “computer A wants to read folder X, do you allow this Y/N, click as appropriate”. If the person at the keyboard of computer B clicks Y then it will send appropriate username and password to computer B which will go on being able to read files from computer A.

    There could also be provision for the operator of computer A to disconnect computer B in future at any time if he wants to.

    I just hope someone can write such an app.

    • Does anyone really know how to share between a laptop and a destop both running win 10 and are barand new, Its been 3 months now and the only suggestions is that I should have bought macs, Im very upset, tried all and everything
      PS no problems connecting to computers on the netwoth running XP

      • Try setting both computers up as per the instructions for windows 10 network sharing. The on one of them, in explorer.exe, click on network and find the drive you want to share. Stay in network, right click the drive as it appears in the network folder, and make a shortcut on the desktop. On the desktop, right click the shortcut and copy it to a USB drive. Then put the USB in the other computer, and copy the shortcut onto its desktop. That sometimes works. Can’t guarantee it though!