how to fix Your folder can't be shared error on Windows 10

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? Here are some more examples of this or similar issues:

  • The shared resource was not created at this time 
  • An error occurred while trying to share access is denied 
  • Your file could not be shared
  • Incorrect function the shared resource was not created at this time
  • An error occurred while trying to share folder access is denied
  • An error occurred while trying to share the group or resource is not in the correct state
  • The shared resource was not created at this time Win 10

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

Table of contents:

  1. User Advanced Sharing
  2. Create password for each user on this computer or disable Password Protected Sharing
  3. Remove current and create new Homegroup
  4. Reinstall Windows 10

As we said before, 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.

Solution 1 – User Advanced Sharing

  1. Locate the folder you wish to share.
  2. Right-click and choose Properties from the menu.
  3. Go to the Sharing tab and click the Advanced Sharing button.
  4. Check the Share this folder and go to Permissions.Your folder can't be shared windows 10
  5. Now you need to select what type of users your folder will be shared. If you want to share it with Everyone just click Full Control for Everyone. If you’re using password protection click Add > Advanced > Find Now and choose Authenticated Users. Then click OK and choose Full Control.Your folder can't be shared windows10
  6. Click OK to save the changes.

You managed to share the folder but no one can access it? Take a look at this guide to quickly solve the issue.

Solution 2 – Create password for each user on this computer or disable Password Protected Sharing

By default, in order to share files with other users, you need to set up a password for each user. This is relatively easy, just go to the user settings and add a password for the current user.

We have to mention that you need to do this for every computer on your network.

If this seems like a too much work, you might want to disable Password Protected Sharing instead. Disabling Password Protected Sharing comes with certain risks so bear that in mind.

To disable Password Protected Sharing do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Center.
  2. From the left panel select Change advanced sharing settings.
  3. Click the down arrow button to expand the settings for your Home or Work(current profile) section.
  4. Locate Password protected sharing section and select Turn off password protected sharing.An error occurred while trying to share access is denied
  5. Click Save changes.

You can’t open Control Panel on Windows 10? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.

Windows still won’t turn off password protected sharing? Take it a step further with these solutions.

Solution 3 – Remove current and create new Homegroup

Besides the aforementioned solutions, you should also try addressing the Homegroup. The issues within the Homegroup are common, especially if you use different Windows iterations on the networked PCs.

Furthermore, a lot of users that upgraded to Windows 10 over Windows 7 or 8.1, have had a hard time with Homegroup and its features.

For that reason, we advise you to leave and remove the current Homegroup from all interconnected PCs and create a new one. It seems that this is a valid solution for the ”Your Folder can’t be Shared” issue as well.

Can’t set up a homegroup in Windows 10? Find out how you can solve the problem right here.

Solution 4 – Reinstall Windows 10

Finally, if previous solutions failed in resolving the issue, we advise you to turn to a clean reinstallation of Windows 10. Namely, it seems that the irreconcilable differences between Homegroup on Windows 7/8.1 and Windows 10 are the most common reason for this error.

Because of that, it’s safe to say that only the clean installation of Windows 10 will perform as intended, at least in regards to Homegroup and Folder Sharing features.

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That’s it, these solutions should help you to solve the sharing problem on Windows 10. If you have any comments or questions, just reach for the comments below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.