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Accessing public folder freezes computer.

Q: Accessing public folder freezes computer.

I have a public folder on my computer, with some media.

It is set to read only, and not password protected. I have no firewalls.

If someone is on my network, sees my computer and opens the Public Folder, my computer freezes, and the Windows Explorer window becomes "not responding"

Any ideas?

A: Accessing public folder freezes computer.


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I have a problem.. I have a folder with subfolders that contains .rar files. When I access the folder the computer freezes. The folder is not improtant so I wish to delete it.

I have tried to remove the folder in file manager and in the DOS prompt by using the command rmdir dir_name /s after I accept it starts to delete but the computer freezes. I tried to check the drive for errors but the computer freezes (propably when it gets to the specific directory)

Any ideas on how I could get rid of the folder?? I don't want to format it since the drive is 200GB and I cant store the important stuff anywhere..

Thanks for any help!

A:Computer freezes when accessing a folder..

Are you able to right click on the folder in question?

If yes, download and install Unlocker (freeware utility):

Right click on the folder then select Unlocker, select delete from the drop down menu then select Unlock All - that should sort it but may need to reboot.

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I have two harddrives. One is system drive, the other drive has three folders. Audio, Downloads, and Videos. If I open up My Computer I can access Audio and Videos just fine. But if I try to access the Downloads folder, or even click it once Explorer freezes and my computer reloads the start bar and everything. I assume this is reloading the explorer process.

I tried to access the folder in Safe Mode, and it did the same thing as above. I just tried to perform a Chkdsk f: /f /r and it froze on stage 2 of 5 (verifying indexes).

A:Explorer Freezes When Accessing Certain Folder

ahhhh downloads! i wonder what ya been downloading then heh?

COULD be virus related... have you run scans and cleared cookies and cache etc? ( CCleaner is a good cleaning app

you can also try DISABLING indexes and scanning. (right click on drive uncheck allow indexing).

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I have a new computer with Vista Home Premium and I moved some of the Public Folders (Public Documents, Music, Pictures) from C to D, as instructed by Microsoft at this link When you try to move a public folder in Windows Vista, the Move button may be missing

I want to be able to share these folders from their new location with the other computers in my home network, so I turned on the Public Folder sharing in the Network and Sharing Center.

However, in the Network and Sharing Center the only public folders recognized are the ones still at the original location - C:\Users\Public\Favorites and C:\ ...\Public Desktop (hidden files) and ...\Recorded TV.

I have spent a few hours searching for the answer to this on the internet. In this version of Vista Home Premium, there is NOTthe option to change the letter of the directory in the registry by changing the key called public as suggested by the How To Geek at this link Move the Public Folder in Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek

How To Geek says:"Browse down to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
You should see a key called Public. Double-click it to open it and change it to D:\Public, or whatever location you want to move the public folder to."Note - Vista Home Premium does NOT have a Public key.

Does anyone else have any other ideas?

Thanks so much in advance.

A:Public folder moved to another directory no longer Public

Originally Posted by vistabegood

I have a new computer with Vista Home Premium and I moved some of the Public Folders (Public Documents, Music, Pictures) from C to D, as instructed by Microsoft at this link When you try to move a public folder in Windows Vista, the Move button may be missing

I want to be able to share these folders from their new location with the other computers in my home network, so I turned on the Public Folder sharing in the Network and Sharing Center.

However, in the Network and Sharing Center the only public folders recognized are the ones still at the original location - C:\Users\Public\Favorites and C:\ ...\Public Desktop (hidden files) and ...\Recorded TV.

I have spent a few hours searching for the answer to this on the internet. In this version of Vista Home Premium, there is NOTthe option to change the letter of the directory in the registry by changing the key called public as suggested by the How To Geek at this link Move the Public Folder in Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek

How To Geek says:
"Browse down to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
You should see a key called Public. Double-click it to open it and change it to D:\Public, or whatever location you want to move the public folder to."Note - Vista Home Premium does NOT have a Public key.

Does anyone else have any other ideas?

Thanks so much in advance.

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to no avail.
This is on a Windows 8.1 Pro x64, non-domain, desktop installation.

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Windows is installed on my SSD
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WD green - 500 GB
Over 4+ years old (Pretty old,lost count)
WD blue - 1Tb
Over 3+ years too
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C:\ is my System Drive

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The problem has been happening frequently recently, so I suspected that it might've been a disk error (failing drive). I downloaded Western Digital's Drive Diagnostic tool and completed a scan of the drive and it PASSED.

Now I suspect that it may be an OS issue, but I am not sure how to find out. If someone can walk me through, that would be great.


A:Computer Freezes When Accessing C:\ Drive

Since you've already run hard drive diagnostics, why not test the system memory too.

I haven't seen this issue in person yet, but there are a few threads around the net with similar problems:

Possibly a Windows Defender issue?
freeze - Windows 8 hangs when I open a folder with a lot of .exe files - Super User

File extension handler issue?
Windows 8 File Explorer crashes often - Microsoft Community

Possibly a corrupt file issue?
The Western Digital diagnostics test the mechanical workings of the drive very well (especially with the "extended" tests). You can also try running a check on the NTFS file system for the drive - - - boot to a Command Prompt, type in the letter of the drive you wish to scan (type the dir command to make sure which drive you are on), and then type chkdsk /r

The scan can take over an hour (even two on some systems) if a very large drive/partition is involved. Some posts around the Internet mention getting "stuck" at 27% ... but this is just as likely due to the fact that the program doesn't report its progress well: the scans usually finish fine within an hour or two.

Event Viewer
Have a look in the logs & see if there are any clues in there.

Best of luck
. . . Gary

[and, of course, if the trouble is fairly recent, you can try using System Restore, selecting a restore point from before the trouble started]

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A:Accessing public wi-fi network now fails

I'd uninstall any non-Windows firewall or security suite and then use the Removal Tool if one is provided.

Also suspect any anti-spyware application (such as Teatimer) that might have become suspicious of the URL redirect.

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A:BSOD when accessing public wifi networks...

If you have wifi software installed. Uninstall it and allow windows to recognize the wireless device and install its own drivers.

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Disabling public folders under public network settings disables public folders for the home network also, preventing people on my local area network from accessing my PC.

Refer this screenshot if you don't get my problem:[email protected]/6878074832/

In other words Windows grants permission to people on the internet to access my c:\users\Public folder.

A:Cannot turn off "Public Folder Sharing" for public network

I think it's because you set up a Public Network as your first interface. Because of this it may not be possible to turn off the Public file sharing option.

You don't need to use both interfaces to share the wireless connection with your wife. You can do that with a single interface by just setting up a Home Network on one of the interfaces then sharing out from that interface using software to make it easier like Connectify.

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A:Restore Public folder and Default folder

Hello Windows8use, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Double check to see if they may still be in the Recycle Bin to restore.

If not, then see if you may be able to do a system restore using a restore point dated before you deleted these folders to hopefully fix this.

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When I try to open any folder that contains photos or video files (.avi), after 2-3 seconds, my computer just freezes.
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These are information about my computer that might be useful:
Microsoft Windows XP
Version 2002
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Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU
430 @ 1.80GHz
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A:When I open any folder, my computer freezes

I would suggest the first thing to run a test on is your memory, please follow this guide.

Preliminary checks
You should first check the model of RAM stick that you have on the manufacturers site for the recommended voltage setting and then make sure it is set correctly in the PC's Bios. An incorrect voltage setting may be the reason for your problems so test the PC's performance again if the voltage was incorrect.
Errors can also be caused by dirty contacts, mismatched sticks or using them in the wrong slots. Check all sticks are the same make and specification, check the motherboard manual for the correct slots to use. Remove all the sticks and clean the contacts with a soft pencil eraser and blow out the slots with a can of compressed air.
Download Memtest86+ from here
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn
Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the ISO file you have downloaded. Then click on the two grey discs with the arrow in between (bottom left) and leave it to complete the operation.
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When i try open the folder the whole computer freezes and i have to log off then on again to get it going.

A:My computer freezes when i try open a folder.

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Scan saved at 4:49:38 PM, on 12/9/2004
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A:Computer Freezes Whenever I Try To Open A Folder...

I really don't see anything bad here, but will recommend some tasks:

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools/View->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' (or 'Show all files') is enabled. Also make sure that Display the contents of System Folders' is checked. Windows XP's search feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that Search system folders, Search hidden files and folders, and Search subfolders are checked.

For the options that you checked/enabled earlier, you may uncheck them after your log is clean. If we ask you to fix a program that you use or want to keep, please post back saying that (we don't know every program that exists, so we may tell you to delete a program that we think is bad to keep).

Turn off system restore by right clicking on My Computer and go to Properties->System Restore and check the box for Turn off System Restore. Click Apply and then OK. Restart your computer. After we are finished with your log file and verified that it's clean, you may turn it back on and create a new resto... Read more

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This is a nuisance which is really bothering me, about half the time i open a normal folder, the comp freezes, and i have to control alt delete and end task a couple times to make it go away. Does anyone have advice?

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Hello All.
I have a public folder that has appeared on my desktop.
I kid you not.
I had updates to install,I did so,re-started and hey presto there it is.
What now ??? I don't want it on my desktop but there are no options to move or delete it

A:Public folder ???

What is the folder called.

Try looking here for help
Folder Permissions[11]=File Folder Settings

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I stupidly didn't fully understand what the Public Folder was and deleted it. I thought that by doing that no one would have access to my personal files. Well, I soon discovered that I shouldn't have done that.

#1. Can I get it back from ?
#2. Now I can't put anything into the Library/Documents Folder and don't understand why.
#3. If I can't retrieve that Public Folder can I somehow re-create another sub folder.

I didn't look in the Recycle Bin. Would it have gone there?

I should have known better since I just got Win 7 but it seemed the smart thing to do at the time.

A:Public Folder

Welcome to the forum.

Use system restore, that is the easiest way, especially since you just made the mistake.

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I remember with Vista, this folder had multiple entries and they were not mine(probably came with new laptop, like bloat ware?). I was clueless then (with Vista)what that folder was about...and I'm still in the dark(with W7) .

I just discovered today, with W7, this folder is completely empty. (Why?).

I don't remember if I shared it(with Vista), but now I realize I have share or not. I feel silly sharing an empty folder. So I opted to turn sharing OFF . Is being selfish(not sharing) disadvantageous to my system?

A:What's The Public Folder?...and what to do with it?

Hello Pappi,

The "Public" folders, are basically folders that the public (all users) have full access to by default. They basically set to be shared by "Everyone" making it easier to share files between users on the local PC and network easy to do by simply putting a file in one of the Public folders.

Empty Public folders do not take up any space. They are not a security risk since they only have access to what you place in the Public folders.

It's just a personal choice if you want to have Public folder sharing turned on or off.

Here's some more details below on all this if you like.

Public Folder Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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after it was removed from 8
I managed to get it back into the Library but seems impossible for This PC.

It's a good, safe way to share files between multiple users on a PC .

A:add public folder to This PC in 8.1


Go to C:\Users\Public, then grab one of the folders and create a shortcut on your desktop by 'moving' it there with your mouse.

Is that what you were asking?

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sharename, pop-up authentication window appears instantly.
If I run created shortcut for this share - pop-up authentication window appears instantly.
I can easily reproduce this problem, it appeared on all machines I was testing.

Can it be fixed somehow? In my scenario, I can not use net use cmd.

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I have tried installing the windows hive cleanup service but it has made no difference. Each computer has a fair amount of ram and a decent processor. No virus's or spywear is present. The drives have been cleaned up and defragged.

The laptop is running Norton Internet Secuirty, the PC IOLO Internet security. Both also have Steganos security suite installed plus spybot search and destroy.

Also, while writing this post, a friend has just called me up with the same problem on his Dell desktop running XP Home SP2.

Any help would be appreciated.



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My computer freezes when I attempt to access the problem folder (in my pictures folder). I am a new photographer & was in the process of using lightroom & photoshop with this folder when my computer slowed WAY down. After rebooting, the system froze after opening the folder up in explore. I have rebooted in Safe mode and have a similar freeze situation that happens.

A:computer freezes when I attempt to access problem folder

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Sorry to hear your having problems. The first thing I would suggest is..

1. Run a full up-dated scan using your computer Anti-Virus.

2. Download and run a full scan using malwarebytes, here is the link and chose the free version. Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

If those come back clean then we can work on your system to get things back like they should be...

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My PC is connected to a home wireless network and there are two more computers in the same network (a mac and a pc). I want to share the public folder so I can exchange files between computers by writing them to the public folder. But still I want to make sure that only the public folder is shared and nothing else of my computer can be accessible by another computer in the wireless network. Need your help.


A:How to share the public folder?

This link should give you the brief overview of the process.
Sharing files with the Public folder
The public folder is 'public' by default however access can also be restricted as required. The link above explains that too. And if you haven't changed any other settings, the other folders should be safe and unshared.

Hope that helps !

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Me and my brother have recently both reinstalled windows vista home basic on our fairly new laptop computers, I went to access my brothers public folder by going to Network then \\ GAMES1-PC\Public (Already setting up no user account control, password sharing and public folder sharing enabled.) It wouldnt connect and asked if i wanted to diagnose the problem, I then tryed to access my OWN public folder by going to the public folder on the side and it accessed fine but when I tryed going through Network \\ GAMES2-PC\Public It wouldnt connect and asked if i wanted to diagnose.

My brothers computer has been doing the same thing and we really dont want to reinstall.

Thanks in advance

A:Cannot Access My Own Public Folder

Can you see the other PC in each computer's Network and Sharing Center?

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A:Windows 8 public folder

Just leave it there. If you haven't enabled file & folder sharing, there's no problems.

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I'm on a home network. Its all been configured. My firewall has been configured. Just wondering how to put files in the public folder. I understand you can just copy files in there but i dont want to because it'll take up space. Is there a way to make individual files or folders share themselves into the public folders without duplicating themselves from the original to save space? Because i dont want two from the same file, ie one in the public folder and the other in the original folder.

Also, i use vista and my other network computers are on xp. I noticed on one of them, i can give it files and but i cannot take files from it onto my computer. I understand it must be a sharing setting on that computer but im not sure where to go to fix it since its xp and im a vista person now. If someone could assist me in those two issues would be greatly appreciated.

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When i go into the sharing settings and i click on turn on sharing so that anyone with network acsess it selects, i save it then when i come back it isnt selected and i cant see my computer on my other machine. Please help.(im trying to get files from my xp machine)

A:I cant Enable my public folder

go to Admin tools > Local security policy and enable the "Guest account status" and change Network access: Sharing and Security model to "Guest Only".

disable password protected sharing in Network and Sharing center

If you right-click on a folder and go to sharing it will tell you whether or not the share is password protected.

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A:Can't Move Public Folder

Never mind. Got it.

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See this: Microsoft - IdentityCRL folder - Microsoft Community

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Hi People,

Has anyone noticed that the folder icon for "Public Documents" is small, and can't be resized to extra large, or large like the other Public folder icons? I've noticed this on my two vista machines, and was wondering if anyone else noticed this? Or if I just stuffed something.


A:Public Folder Icons

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Evening all,

Just looking for some advice regarding the public folder in windows. I have windows 7 on my desktop which is wired to my router and my laptop running vista wireless and on both machines i deleted the public folders in the users folder as i never had any intention of sharing anything. I did this a while ago now so there is no way of restoring it via a system restore. My main question is im looking to share some music files between my laptop and desktop with the files being on the desktop machine, could i create just another basic folder and share it that way? if so how would i go about doing it?

Im kinda new to the whole sharing thing so any help would be much appreciated

many thanks

A:Public sharing folder help

I assume you already have your computers in the same Homegroup. If so, you should be able to right click the folder you want to share, go to "Share with" in the context menu, and should be able to select either Read or Read/Write.

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I used to have messed up file sharing settings because the printer wouldnt work but they were alright because whoever looked into my Computer in the network would only find a Public folder. (w/o passwords)

Now, i reinstalled windows, and whenever somenoe looks into my computer under the network, they have to enter a password and once they do, they can access not only the public folder, but all my documents under my folder. (Users/MyStuff)

the sharing folder is Users so people can see everything inside Users if they have my password.

What i want to do is let them only access the Public folder WITHOUT my password.

That way, if i have something that needs to be transferred, i'll just drop it on in the public folder, and someone can take it.

I am confused in terms of how to reach these settings and i would appreciate it if anyone could offer a solution.
THank you.

A:How to let other computers see ONLY the public folder?

Disable Homegroup and have a good Public and Private key Encryption.

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About a week ago I have to format my computer due to a nasty virus causing me to not be able to connect to the internet(scanned with a few programs, safe mode, nothing got rid of it). Everything works find now other then the fact that when I go to access my computer on the Work Network, It shows up blank. I can't drop anything into it, other people can view my computer on the network, but they can't drop any files either. All the sharing settings are on, no password is in place and I've been searching the web for the past two hours trying to find a solution and I have unfortunately come up blank. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.

A:No Public Folder showing up.

Quote: Originally Posted by Unassorted

About a week ago I have to format my computer due to a nasty virus causing me to not be able to connect to the internet(scanned with a few programs, safe mode, nothing got rid of it). Everything works find now other then the fact that when I go to access my computer on the Work Network, It shows up blank. I can't drop anything into it, other people can view my computer on the network, but they can't drop any files either. All the sharing settings are on, no password is in place and I've been searching the web for the past two hours trying to find a solution and I have unfortunately come up blank. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.

There are separate Advanced file sharing settings which refer specifically to the Public folders so that needs to be enabled.

Besides that you should make sure that you have enabled sharing for the Public folders by going to C:>Users>Public folder, and enable sharing through the Sharing tab. You should also make sure that the C:>Users folder is shared out through the Sharing tab as well.

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I installed a Western Digital MyBook Duo NAS storage drive. When I was having some problems I reinstalled the software and have ended up with two public drives referencing the MyBook, and they are :-
Public(\\MyBookLiveDuo) (X)
Public(\\MyBookLiveDuo) (Z)

There is no option to delete either of the drives if I right click on the drive in Windows Explorer, just a Disconnect option. I have not been able to work out how to delete one of them and retain the other.

Can anyone suggest how I might be able to delete one of these pointers to my MyBook?


A:Cannot delete a Public folder

Disconnect Network Drive. It is in the Tools Menu.

And if you have a problem in the future do NOT run the WD software again. Just use Win Explorer to MAP Network Drives.

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I've recently been having some trouble with installing and running a few programs. (skype and rosetta stone are two that it happens). When I open them my entire computer just freezes. I have a feeling that it might have something to do with my Public Folders. A little while back I was trying to fix them because they appeared as just standard yellow folders, instead of the folders with the image on it. However, I could not get all of them to change to the imaged folder. My public desktop stayed as a normal yellow folder.

I did this fixing by following a website:

The website basically had me do shell commands, and replace the desktop.ini file for each folder...It just so happens that this website was designed for windows vista, not windows 7, so I think that I messed something up. Cause ever since then my programs have not been running correctly.


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Upgraded one of my PC's yesterday(7/29) from 7 Home Premium to 10. Now the other two PC"S in my home, both 8.1, cannot see the public folder of the 10 PC. 10 can see the 8.1 just fine.

Tried typing to users/public into the explorer address bar and got an 0x80004005 error

A:Windows 10 Public Folder Not Seen

Originally Posted by MrOctober

Upgraded one of my PC's yesterday(7/29) from 7 Home Premium to 10. Now the other two PC"S in my home, both 8.1, cannot see the public folder of the 10 PC. 10 can see the 8.1 just fine.

Tried typing to users/public into the explorer address bar and got an 0x80004005 error

Type: c:/users/public into the explorer address bar.

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I noticed a public folder on my windows 7 computer that my xp does not. it is a hidden folder, named public desktop. what exactly is this? why doesn't it show up on other computers? is there a need for this? can I delete it?

A:hidden folder - public?

I would say if its not causing issues, then I would just leave. I think that folder is for public sharing of documents.

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I am inable to access anything inside my Public folders. I cant cut paste delete. Nothing seems to work and I am not understanding why. Can someone help me with this?

A:why cant i use my public folder in vista

This may help:

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I wanted to move the Public Folder from C:\Users to D:\, so I simply copied the folder, delete the original, and created a symbolic link (with -mklink-). A little knowledge was a dangerous thing - apparently I should have used -robocopy- to ensure the copy of Public had the correct characteristics. So, is there a way to fix D:\Public so that it has the correct permissions of a "Public" folder? If not, is there a way to recreate the original C:\Users\Public? I am not concerned about any data in this folder, as there was (so far) none there.

Apologies if this has been addressed here before, I tried searching the forums but with no luck. Thanks.

A:how to recreate Public Folder?

Hello Spandrel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You should be able to do a system restore using a restore point dated before you made these changes to the Public folder to undo them.

Hope this helps,

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Ok I did systems restore and everything is almost normal, except this one thing is bugging me. When I go to documents, instead of just seeing my normal folders games, ea games, halo ce ect. I see Public Documents under it and I want to get rid of it. ALso there is a heading over My Documents that wasn't there before. Can anyone help?
*I put an attatchment of the problem.

A:Public Folder Showing

Right click on the Library - e.g. Documents (in the left pane) > go to Properties. There you can delete it (highlight it and then "Remove" - do not forget Apply !!!).

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I just set up my Public folders to share files across my home network and the Public folder already has lots of files in it that I didn't put there.

For example, Public Desktop has shortcuts to Adobe Reader etc. Another folder called Games has the full installations of some of my games. I don't want these shared!

When I deleted some of them, they were also deleted from my real desktop. Not good.
When I clicked on Share and tried to Unshare one of these folders, it wouldn't let me.

Three questions:
1) How did they get there in the first place?
2) How can I keep this from happening in the future?
3) Since deleting some of them also deleted them from my computer, how can I remove these files from the Public sharing area without messing up the installation on my computer?

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This is dead simple really even though most people say it can't be deleted.
Start you computer in safe mode and log on as administrator if prompted.
Go to my computer>local disk>users
Right click public and delete.
In the left pane left click on documents library.
Where it says 2 locations left click and delete the public folder and close.
Follow the last 2 steps for each folder in libraries.
Job done.
Restart your computer.

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Anyone ever experince this? I am running a win2k server with exchange 2000 server and all of a sudden we can not open items within the public folder we have set up. The error comes up "can not open this item". This only applies to messages or addresses that have notes in the body field. If it is just a reminder with a subject and no body, it opens fine but as soon as you add a body it will not open. I read on an MS site that this is due to the version of GFI Content Security Monitor that I have. It said if you have ver 8 to upgrade to 8.1. I did so, still haven't solved the problem... Any suggestions?

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This just started happening like 10 minutes ago when I went to open up a folder containing .mpg and .avi files and my computer froze. I went to task manager and it said it wasn't responding so I ended it and tried it again but same results. I tried doing a search for the video file that i wanted to watch but whenever the search brought up any video file my computer would freeze! It seems that just looking at a video file freezes my computer!
Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Opening Folder with video files freezes my computer

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here's my hijackthis log, is there anything in there that i should change? ThanksLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 8:24:22 PM, on 7/6/2007Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)Running processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.EXEC:\Program Files\Motorola\SMSERIAL\sm56hlpr.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\VPTray.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopIndex.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Users\Matt\AppData\Roaming\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BTTray.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater\GoogleUpdater.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopCrawl.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exeC:\Progr... Read more

A:Computer Freezes At A Specific Folder During Virus And Spyware Scans

Hi zoork34, If you still need help please post a fresh HijackThis log and I'll be happy to look at it for you.Since there is a new version:1. Delete the old version of HijackThis!2. Download Hijack This! Save it in a convenient permanent folder such as C:\HJT\.Double click HijackThis.exe which you just downloaded, and hit "Do a system scan and save a logfile".Please post the HijackThis log in your reply.

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Can I compress the Public folder on my Windows 7? I do not have a network setup and I am the only one to use my computer. Would it be safe to compress this folder to save space?

thank you

A:Can I compress Public folder in Windows 7

I do not know if you could compress the Public folder but since I do not use it either, they are virtually empty.

I would gain nothing by compressing them.

What are you storing in yours?

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Hello there,
I would like to create a link from a public calendar and put it in my personal folder, so far the only thing I have been able to do with it was to copy and paste into my personal folder but when I do that it will not sync with the public calendar.
Is there some way I can do this, I would like to be able to open my calendar tab and view both my personal calendar and the public calendar.

P.S. Using Outlook 2003

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there are numerous ntuser files (ntuser.dat and ntuser.dat.log1 etc) in my public folder...

are they supposed to be there?

and are they supposed to be visable to other computers on the network?

they are protected system files and are set to hidden so are not visable to this or the other vista pc on the network, however their is a user with a macbook on the network and they are visable to him when he access my public this normal and are there security/privacy issues with this?


A:ntuser.dat files in public folder

Those are registry files and should be well hidden from everyone.
I am concerned if your comments are, indeed, correct.
Update your anti virus and make a full scan
Download and make a full and updated scan with the free version of malwarebytes.

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Hello, someone was nice enough to delete my folder ( C/users/public ) I would like to restore this file but it is completely erased ( Deleted from trash ) Is it possible to restore this file so it functions the same as it did before it was deleted? I appreciate any input, thanks in advance.

A:Is it possible to restore public user folder?


You could try this

Hope it helps


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I have a user who is the only one having a problem with this calendar. There is a calendar setup in Public Folders and 20 or 30 user's have access to it. When she accesses it using the Outlook 2000 client all of the appt's and stuff are srewed up. When she accesses it using OWA everything is fine. Just for fun I logged into my PC as her and setup her profile and the problem in the client persisted. I was surprised as I thought it was a problem on her computer. It doesn't look that way at all now. I was thinking of renaming her local Windows 2K user profile and than logging off and logging back on as her so that a new local Windows 2K user profile would be created on that machine. I would than create her Outlook profile again and see what happens. Any other ideas? Again, she is the only user having this problem. The calendar is fine on everyone else's computer. Thanks for your help.

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I'm using Home Premium x64. I can see my XP machines on my home network and access their public folders; however, they can see my Vista machine but not the public folders (the window is blank).

When I try to turn on Public Folder Sharing in Vista I receive an "Unspecified error" box. Network Discovery and File Sharing are ON.

Any ideas?

Thank you.

A:Can't Turn On Public Folder Sharing

I also noticed that I don't have the "Share..." option when I right-click a folder in Explorer. The place where it's supposed to be is blank.

Anyone know what's going on?

I've done a lot of googling and no one else seems to have this problem.


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I have just looked in my computer and noticed that somehow that I have acquired Public Folders and pictures.

I have three computers and noticed that I have access to them.

Whilst I do not mind that they have access to my computer - when I have a picture that I wish to have saved to my computer - I just wish the default just to be to my location.

I also do not wish to loose any pictures.

It says that it has three locations - I do not even know which computer it is on and how to navigate to it, so I just wish to decide myself where to put it.

Can anyone please assist?

A:How to change the public folder options

Hello Melissa,

The "My...." folders with shortcut arrows on them are not real folders, but only junction points for backwards compatibility for older programs that point to you real "My..." user folders. I would recommend to set you hidden files to no longer show so that you do not mistakenly use or do something to them.Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
In your screenshots above, you are only viewing files from the "Music" library on only your computer. Each default library includes your "My..." user folder and "Public" folder for it. For example, the "Music" library will have your "C:\Users\(user-name)\My Music" and "C:\Users\Public\Public Music" folders by default. If you like, read the tutorials below for more on this to help.Library - Include a Folder
Library - Remove a Included Folder
Library - Set Save Folder
Hope this helps,

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I am working with Dreamweaver MX and trying to create a hyperlink for users to view a Outlook 2003 public folder (calendar item) on a Intranet site. The hyperlink I am using is "outlook://public foldersall public folders/itemname. I would like to find a way to have it open with only the Calendar item open. The link now opens in the user's Outlook normal view with calendar in the forefront. Any suggestions welcome.

A:Creating hyperlink to public folder

Hi wingnutpc,

I've not done with Dreamwever or any other publishing tool, but if it's the same then you can't provide a hyperlink to an item within a public folder, only to a folder or sub-folder.

If you right-click a folder you have available 'send a link' but not if you right-click a posting within that folder.


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I have a windows 2003 with exchange 2003 sp2 installed. I recently found out that it is not possible to reply or forward mails from the public folder using OWA.

A bit of googling lead me to the following where it is mentioned:,295582,sid43_gci1256505,00.html#

By design, unless you are accessing OWA through a front-end server (and not directly via a back-end server), you will not be able to use the Reply, Reply All, or Forward functions for messages contained in public folders. While you'll be able to reply to and forward all messages in your mailbox regardless of how you access OWA, unless you go through an Exchange 2003 front-end server, you will not be able to take these actions for public folder messages.Click to expand...

Is there any work around to this?


A:reply or forward from public folder using OWA

anything guys?

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Anyone know how to unhide the Public Desktop on Vista Enterprise 32bit?

A:Hidden public desktop folder

Originally Posted by firefiten

Anyone know how to unhide the Public Desktop on Vista Enterprise 32bit?

navigate to public folder, right click on that and remove the hidden attribute

Hidden Files and Folders

May i know what is the goal ?

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Under the windows 7 advanced sharing settings, i turn off file and printer sharing and turn on public folder sharing. So i get on 2nd maching running vista and navigate to my win 7 machine and try to open the computer to access JUST the public folder, but if FAILS. So i experiment. I turn file and printer sharing along with public folder sharing on and i am able to open my win 7 computer via vista machine and view public folder along with other folders i have set to share and printers. Next i turn off public folder sharing and leave file and printer sharing on, now i can access files i have set to share and printers, no public folder. HOW DO I MAKE IT SO PEOPLE CAN CLICK ON MY COMPUTER AND JUST SEE PUBLIC FOLDER...? OMG

A:trouble just sharing public folder

I have not tried it since we share printers on my network, but it sounds like the public folder sharing is dependent on the other, based on what you stated above. I did find this page, with links to other pages. I suggest looking around the MS site a bit.

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please help

i have laptop running vista wireless conection to netgear router

home pc running wired xp conection to router

2nd laptop wiv xp wirless conection to router

all computers are connected to the the router and internet fine, i am trying to share files between all three computers.
my vista laptop can see all computers on the network. it an open its own public folder and the public folder on the 2nd laptop (xp). it cant open the pc message: may not have permission, login failure: user has not been granted requested login type.

the xp laptop cannot see the 1st laptop or pc.

the pc wiv (xp) can see and open both computers

so my prob is wiv the xp laptop

firewalls are disabled all folders are the default share folders soz if missed N E thing
thanx in advance

A:cannot open public folder on network

On the XP machine with the shared folder do this.

Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer

If you see this message the following should be done on the computer containing the shared files:

Download the following and install it

Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

after installation is complete, click on: Start, All Programs, Windows Resource Kit Tools, Command Shell

Then enter the following commands. (Attention: they are case sensitive.)

net user guest /active:yes
ntrights +r SeNetworkLogonRight -u Guest
ntrights -r SeDenyNetworkLogonRight -u Guest

The first command enables network access for Guest, the two subsequent ones change two different policies to allow network access for Guest.

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Within the document libraries there appear to be a number of default folders For Example
My Pictures
Public Pictures

Whilst transferring all my picture files across from my old laptop I seem to have deleted the public pictures folder within my personal library. After a bid of searching around I have found the Public Pictures folder under the "public" area of the C: directory. It appears to only be missing only in my profile account (other profiles are also unaffected).

My question is how do I restore this folder? If I copy and paste the source public pictures folder I appear to be making a complete copy, rather than a shortcut type link to the files.
Many thanks.

A:How to Restore Public Pictures Folder

Hello No Idea, and welcome to Eight Forums.

It sounds like you just removed the Public folder from only your library. If so, then you should be able to just add it back to be included in the library.

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Believe it or not, I'm having trouble sharing the Windows 7 Public folder.

There are two computers on my network: One has Windows 7 and the other has Windows 8. The Windows 7 PC can see the Windows 8 Public folder. The Windows 8 PC cannot see the Windows 7 Public folder.

I do not use a Homegroup.

In the Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center I have the following settings for the "Home or Work" profile:Network discovery is turned on
File and printer sharing is turned on
Public folder sharing is turned on ("Turn on sharing so anyone with network access...")
File sharing connections - Use 128-bit encryption to help protect...
Password protected sharing is turned on.

It seems like everything is setup correctly, and yet when I right-click on the Windows 7 Public folder and go to the Sharing tab, it says the Public folder is "Not Shared"! Maybe I'm misunderstanding something? How can I fix this?

A:Unsuccessful at Sharing the Public Folder

Follow this tutorial

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Hi, this is may seem to be a bit of a dumb question but I'm having trouble figuring it out on my own. My wife and I have our own respective PCs both with Vista in our home. My PC has three Hard Disks in it. I have our computers networked together through a router. Now I have all of our photographs on one of the hard drives other than my primary OS hard drive to save space. Now I've recently tried to make a shortcut to the photographs on my secondary hard drive, in the public folder and my wife's computer doesn't "see" any shortcuts. Is there any way to run a shortcut to a different drive in the public folder or do I have to physically copy all the photos into the public folder on my primary hard drive in order to make them available via the network? Also does anything you put in your public folder make it so that it's physically taking up space twice on your HDD? Thanks for any help in advance! I appretiate it!

A:Solved: Public Folder Question

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Guys i just setup Pulptunes, allows you to listen to your itunes over the internet on any PC/Phone etc, i set up an address with Dynamic DNS with settings through my router (Address+Port Number), Also did the same with utorrent web UI, this is pretty awesome i have to say.

This got me thinking is their anyway i can do this with my Public Folder or say downloads or documents, dont wanna use something like Remote desktop sharing or PC Anywhere i just wanna be able to put in that web address(URL) ive set up with whatever port number. Can this be done, just means i could access my files on any pc/phone without the need for extra software installed.

Thanks in advance for any advice i get.

A:Share Public Folder & others i specify over internet?

Hi escrow, welcome to SevenForums!

You might want to try something like Live Mesh or Skydrive. Here and here are a couple articles that will help you figure out which one is right for you. Let me know if you have any questions.


Windows Outreach Team

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I have a problem in a lab on Dell Optiplex 745 computers. In this lab, there are 29 computers originally running Vista SP2. I cloned them with a configured Vista image made for this lab. After I cloned these computers, I discovered on 15 of them, the Public Desktop folder is missing. All of the other Public folders (Documents, Music, Pictures, etc...) are visible. This is happening to all profiles (Admin, teacher, student) accounts. It doesn't matter who is logged on to any of the 15 computers. This is NOT a single profile corruption issue.

I have Show Hidden files, folder, drives, and I unchecked the 3 Hide..... boxes. It doesn't restore the Public Desktop Folder.

I have tried use a REG file to merge the two together. Nothing.

I have tried to search (shellublic/desktop) for Public Desktop folder. Nothing.

I have restarted the computer.

I have tried to use a RESTORE POINT but it only goes back to 2 weeks ago.
I have tried to use the REPAIR option but that didn't solve my problem.
I am performing ALL of these tests under an admin account. Since there is student files on these 15 computers, I cannot re-clone these computers nor can I perform a repair on these computers. I don't want to risk the loss of data. There has to be way to restore the Public Desktop folder WITHOUT cloning or repairing these computers.

I have tried to logon to one of these computers as LOCAL ADMIN to fix the problem. Also, I have tried Administrator account to ... Read more

A:Deleted Public Desktop Folder

Here is a thread that I participated in a while ago. I suggested System Restore which you already tried. The thread may give you some other ideas. Sorry about your problem, but in all other respects I wish you a Happy New Year.
Vista: Deleted %PUBLIC%\Desktop\ folder. Can not install software as a result.

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My Public Picture Folder is hidden as well as my photos. I am the PC administrator. There are two programs that are accessing the folder. The Cozi screensaver is showing my photos that I cannot locate. Also, Sony PlayMemories shows every folder in the Public picture folder, but each photo is locked, and when I try to export, it says I do not have access privileges.
What in the world is going on here? I can see my pictures and the directory via these two programs, but Windows Explorer does not show the folder or the pictures.

A:Public Picture Folder Hidden

Stop the Cozi screensaver and put up a different one. One that doesn't show pix. Reboot the PC. See what happens now. Let us know.

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when i installed the outpost firewall, my brother cant see my public folder any more from his computer


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From within my W7 machine, have been trying to save a simple file to my network public folder and W7 is telling me I need permission. What am I overlooking.

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I have a user who wants a shortcut to a pulbic folder on the desktop. I have tried several methods and nothing seems to work. I am starting to wonder if this is even possible. The last thing I tried was creating a shortcut in outlook and dragging it to the desktop but it just would not copy. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

A:Desktop Shortcut For Public Folder

Hi ozlurker, welcome to BC! Have a look at this, it may be what you're looking for:

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I checked my network sharing center and network discovery, file sharing is on, and password protected sharing is off.

I checked the public folder, the icon has a lock sign on it, every time I try to change it from read only to write, it doesn't change but stays as read only

How do I change the permissions for my public folder with a lock on it?

A:Other users can't copy into public folder

The easiest way I know for this is to simply navigate to the public folder right click - properties - security
Then you'll have to give the guest or everyone group full permissions.

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Hi, a few months ago, i deleted my public folder in my C/Users/ and now i can't install anything like Microsoft Office or Itunes , and i can't update Java or Adobe Flash Player and many more! I tried going to a restore point but none were early enough. I have a 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium Acer Aspire. I would really appreciate if someone gave me a hand Thanks!

A:Deleted Public Folder And Now I Can't Install Anything

Reinstall the OS or do a Repair install. Then do NOT delete the Public folder in the User folder. That is placed there by Windows for a purpose.

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I am running Exchange server 5.5. A couple of months ago a few public folders were deleted and the now need to be restored. I have regular backups of exchange on tape.
How would I go about restoring the public folders that have been deleted? Do I need a a dedicated restore server for this?



A:Exchange 5.5-Public folder restore

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How do you permanenly delete the subfolders in the Public Folder? I can delete the Public Pictures, Public Videos, etc., but they are recreated on bootup. I was able to do this on my other PC, but can't recall how I did it.

A:How to Delete Subfolders from Public Folder

Hello Scnrfrq,

These are system files and are needed for sharing purpose between user accounts. You should NOT delete them. Doing so may also cause other unknown issues to arrise.

As a workaround, you could just hide the folders them if you do not wish to see them. They do not take up enough space to worry about.

Hope this helps,

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Hi I have a user that was migrated from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003.

Now when he tries to download the Global Address Book with cached mode checked and unchecked he gets Object Not Found.
Also, after the migration he is getting synchronization error with the offline address book and most important he cannot view one of the public folder, that all other users can see.

So far, we have deleted .oab files and ran outlook \resetfolders and recreated his outlook profile. None of this has helped. I have been able to create his Outlook profile on another laptop and we are able to view the missing public folder.

The strange thing is the missing public folder shows up in OWA.

Any ideas?

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I deleted my public folders a few days ago and now I can't do any updates!

Windows Live stopped working as did Evernote.

I don't want the Public folders and was hoping there is a way to solve this.

BTW, I did all the suggestions suggested on the thread for resetting win updates and ran the Fix It. The updates are also listing as for 32 bit?

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium.

Thanks in advance.

A:Updates not installing/Public Folder

Hello Dapa,

You could try doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this issue started to hopefully fix it.

Hope this helps,

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Can this be done? I have a Tivo that reads my public folder. Since I keep a lot of large video files in that folder I would prefer to have it on my D: drive rather than my C: drive. Thanks!

A:Move the Public Folder to Another Drive?

I believe the public folders have a locations tab under properties.

Edit: More here.

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do u think it is safe to delete the entire 'public folder', if i had already safely disabled Win7's library system from my os? on the navigation pane i no longer have favorites & library.

just assume i will never want to touch library, will never have another user account attach to this pc, and never have this pc join any network.

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I deleted the \users\public\"Public Documents" folder.

How do I restore this folder?

Simply creating a folder with that name does not create a folder with the correct characteristics.

A:Restore Public Documents folder

Will a system restore to a point before you did the deed do it?

System Restore

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When I go into Properties/Location of the Public Videos folder it says I can "change where the files are stored in this folder" however I cannot type a new location into the dialogue box. I am in signed in as administrator. How can I do this? Thanks.

A:Solved: Can't Move Public Folder

Never mind. Got it. Apparently I wasn't in admin mode as I thought.

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I just created a new public folder, added an exchange (2003) address and added the correct users. The public folder is functioning correctly, I only want to add the following:

all attachments from the public folder should be automatically exorted to a share (\\servername\sharename).

How can I arrange this?

Tnx in advance!

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I have an interesting situation where when I load files from my sign on to the public pictures folder my wife can't always view them from her's. We are both admin and I am forced to right click and do the advanced settings routine to each file and add her to it with full control. As I'm sure you can see this is very annoying.

Thanks for any help in this matter

A:making the public folder accessible to all users

Are you sharing across a network or is it to share the public folder locally?

By default the public folder should be accessible to everyone with full permissions - C:\Users\Public

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups


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My two computers, "Vista" and "Win 8.1," are both connected by Ethernet cable to a ComTrend router-modem. Settings on both machines allow Public folder sharing. Vista can enter Win 8.1's Public folder with no problem, deposit files there, take files from there, modify files--whatever. When I double-click on the Vista icon from Win 8.1's Network link in File Explorer, I get the dialog box saying, "Windows cannot access \\Vista\Public. You do not have permission to access \\Vista\Public" etc. I have followed the instructions regarding how to share files between computers running different operating systems multiple times, and the result is always the same.

Here are a few things that might be noteworthy: (1) I finally succeeded last night at sharing the printer that's connected to the Vista machine with the Win 8.1, so the firewall (or whatever) let me through from the Win 8.1 to the Vista for at least that purpose. (2) When I click "Show me all the shared network folders shared on this computer" in the Network and Sharing Center, it says, " Canon printer and Canon printer shared, Public, Users & Printers." (3) Both computers are on WORKGROUP (4) The Network and Sharing Center calls the network that Vista is on "Network 5." The Network and Sharing Center on the Win 8.1 machine calls its network "Network 6." Both networks are private. (5) I am using Norton 360 on both machines. Automatic File/Printer Shari... Read more

A:Vista desktop won't let Win 8.1 laptop into Public folder

Because no one has replied to this question and so many people have viewed it, I wanted to explain how I FINALLY solved the problem I was having and that I am sure other people have, too. The Vista desktop's Security settings were the fly in the ointment. Provided you've done everything else you're supposed to do to set up Public folder sharing in Control Panel>Network and Sharing (i.e., turn on Network Discovery, File Sharing, Public folder sharing & (if you wish) Printer sharing), you should navigate to C:\Users\Public folder and right-click on the Public folder's file name. Then click Properties. Be sure the Sharing tab indicates that the folder is shared, then click the Security tab. There will be a bunch of users names listed there. What worked for me was to add "Everyone" to that list by clicking the Edit button, the Add button, writing the word "Everyone" in the "Enter the object names to select" field, and clicking Checking Names. That should cause "Everyone" to show up underlined, at which point you click OK. Check the boxes under "Permissions for Everyone," click Apply, OK & Close. That should do it! If you've had this problem and been trying unsuccessfully to solve it for months as I have, give yourself a cheer!

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I have a client that is having trouble seeing a Public Folder (PF) through her Outllok 2003 client. We are running Exchange Server 2003 within the network. I open the ESM (Exchange Server Manager) and I am able to see the PF there but not on her desktop. I have set the permissions for her to "Owner" of the folder and still nothing. This is happening while she is inside the network, any insight would be great. Thanks in advance.

A:Microsoft Outlook 2003 Public Folder

Is her public folder on her local drive
If not make sure it's shared for her to see

You can also recreate the public folder link (by typing it in again) sometimes the link can be corrupted without showing it)
Note: by re-typing the location you may lose her current public folder data

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I set up a network a while ago and it worked seamlessly between my two computers--a desktop and a laptop, both running Windows 7. The laptop would connect to the network by accessing the wireless internet that both computers use. My laptop is able to detect the desktop on the network, but when I click the computer icon, my Public folder or my Users folder, in the Network, i can't open it, giving me an error that says "Windows cannot access \\COMPUTER\folder". Troubleshooting this problem says that the problem can't be detected.

I have made sure that the desktop has allowed folders to be shared to everyone.
I have made sure that folders on my laptop are allowed to be shared to everyone.
I do not use a password for access.
I have tried turning off the Windows Firewall for both computers.

I can't access my Public or Users folder under my own computer in the network. This makes me think that the problem is with my laptop.

Changes that could have possibly done this is that I once tried to connect to the desktop through Remote Desktop Connection, but that failed. I have changed the name of my desktop after doing a factory reset, but i doubt this would affect anything.

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Is there a simple way of saving Office 2010/2007 files to a public folder without having to go through the C:Users/public/myplaypen every time. There is an icon in Favorite links for my documents. Can I add a link to my public folders?

A:save office files to public folder

Hello David, welcome to the Seven Forums.

This is in fact quite easy with Windows 7 using Libraries. Open Documents library and do as told in this screenshot:

(Click to enlarge)

By default, Office saves to default save location chosen on Documents Library properties, so now all saved documents will be saved in Public Documents.

See also: Library - Set Save Folder


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My client uses Outlook 2000 to access public folders on an Exchange 5.5 server. The public folders contain 300-500 contacts. When he double clicks on a single contact to look at it, it takes as much as 15 seconds to actually open the entry. This seems rather too long.

Any suggestions for improving the response (other than faster computers and LAN)?


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I don't seem to be able to place an external drive folder (containing just about all my video files) into my C drives' Libraries>Videos>Public Videos. Is this possible?

As background, I have a few videos located on my C drive, where the operating system is located. I can place these in the Public Videos folder. I am then able to view files in this folder via a networked WD TV Live media player, and also via a networked Beyonwiz PVR. It seems that it is necessary for files to be in the Public Videos folder before they are accessible on my network.

I have reviewed many of the usual tutorials about adding folders to Libraries, but none of them addresses my particular problem. The only way I can get my external drives' videos folder into the Public Videos library folder is by "dragging" it into the Public Videos folder using Windows Explorer. (I used a small test folder.) I thought I had solved the problem, but then I discovered that after I had done this, a complete copy of this folder must have now been placed somewhere on my C drive, as the videos were now viewable whether or not I had the drive plugged in.(which would seem to defeat the purpose of using an external drive for network storage in the first place). The problem is that I cant keep fitting all the media that I want to view on my C drive.

Is it a limitation of Libraries that folders from external drives cannot be placed into the Public Libraries locations? Or, is there a workaround?

A:Folder from external drive into Public Library

PS. It would even just be useful to know if anyone else can simply place folders from an external drive into their Public Libraries. If I know it is possible, then I guess I need to then start looking at network options and permissions etc.

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