How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

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How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Have you ever been connected to a network and wanted to know if you could see who is copying stuff from your PC? Here’s how to do it with the built in Windows tools.

See Who Is Downloading Files From Your Network Shares

Press the Windows + R keyboard combination to bring up a run box, then type mmc and press enter.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

This will open a blank MMC console, click on the File menu item and choose to add a snap-in.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Now go ahead and choose the Shared Folders snap-in and click the add button.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Then select the all view and click OK.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

This will create the MMC Console, on the left hand side expand Shared Folders and select Sessions. On the right hand side you will get a list of users that are currently connected to your PC, you can also see exactly which files they have open.

Set up a drive for File History

Before you start using File History to back up your files, you need to first select where your backups are saved. You can select an externally connected drive, such as a USB drive, or you can save to a drive on a network. There are other choices, but these two provide the best options to help protect your files against a crash or other PC problems.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

If you’re going to use a new external drive, connect it to your PC. If you see a notification asking if you want to configure the drive for File History, select it, and then turn on File History on the screen the appears.

Otherwise, follow these steps to choose either a network drive or an external drive that’s already connected to your PC.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

Enter File History settings in the search box, and then select File History settings.

Select Select a drive, and choose the network or external drive you want to use.

Turn on File History.

Note: If the network drive you want isn’t in the list of available drives, select Show all network locations. If the drive you want isn’t listed there either, open File History in Control Panel, select Add a network location, and follow the instructions on the screen.

Restore files or folders using File History

File History regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

Follow these steps to restore files or folders using File History.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search), enter restore your files in the search box, and then select Restore your files with File History.

Enter the name of file you’re looking for in the search box, or use the left and right arrows to browse through different versions of your folders and files.

Select what you want to restore to its original location, and then select the Restore button.

If you want to restore your files to a different location than the original, press and hold or right-click the Restore button, select Restore To, and then choose a new location.

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There are several types of files you can download from the web—documents, pictures, videos, apps, extensions and toolbars for your browser, among others. When you select a file to download, Internet Explorer will ask what you want to do with the file. Here are some things you can do, depending on the type of file you’re downloading:

Open the file to view it, but don’t save it to your PC.

Save the file on your PC in the default download location. After Internet Explorer runs a security scan and finishes downloading the file, you can choose to open the file, the folder it’s stored in, or view it in Download Manager.

Save as a different file name, type, or download location on your PC.

Run the app, extension, or other file type. After Internet Explorer runs a security scan, the file will open and run on your PC.

Cancel the download and go back to browsing the web.

You can also save smaller files—like single pictures—to your PC. Right-select the picture, link, or file you want to save, and then choose Save picture or Save target as.

Find files you’ve downloaded on your PC

Download Manager keeps track of pictures, documents, and other files you download from the web. Files you’ve downloaded are automatically saved in the Downloads folder. This folder is usually located on the drive where Windows is installed (for example, C:\users\your name\downloads). You can always move downloads from the Downloads folder to other places on your PC.

To view files you’ve downloaded while using Internet Explorer, open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select View downloads. You’ll be able to see what you’ve downloaded from the web, where these items are stored on your PC, and choose actions to take on your downloads.

Change the default download folder on your PC

Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select View downloads.

In the View Downloads dialog box, select Options in the lower-left.

Choose a different default download location by selecting Browse and then selecting OK when you’re done.

Why some files won’t open in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer uses add-ons such as Adobe Reader to view some files in the browser. If a file that needs an add-on won’t open, you might have an older version of the add-on, which needs to be updated.

About download and security warnings

When you download a file, Internet Explorer checks for clues that the download is malicious or potentially harmful to your PC. If Internet Explorer identifies a download as suspicious, you’ll be notified so you can decide whether or not to save, run, or open the file. Not all files you’re warned about are malicious, but it’s important to make sure you trust the site you’re downloading from, and that you really want to download the file.

If you see a security warning that tells you the publisher of this program couldn’t be verified, this means that Internet Explorer doesn’t recognize the site or organization asking you to download the file. Make sure you recognize and trust the publisher before you save or open the download.

There are always risks to downloading files from the web. Here are some precautions you can take to help protect your PC when you download files:

Install and use an antivirus program.

Only download files from sites that you trust.

If the file has a digital signature, make sure that the signature is valid and the file is from a trusted location. To see the digital signature, select the publisher link in the security warning dialog box that opens when you first download the file.

Turning on a firewall may prevent you from searching or sharing files with other computers on a home network.

Applies to: В Windows 10 – all editions, Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number: В 298804


After you enable an Internet firewall, you may not be able to search, or browse, for other computers on your home or office network. And you may not be able to share files with other computers on your home or office network. For example, when you enable the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) feature in Windows XP, you find that you can’t browse your network by using My Network Places. Also, if you use the net view \\computername command to view shares on a computer on your home or office network, you may receive the following error message:

System error 6118 has occurred. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available.


This behavior may occur if you enable a firewall on the network connection that you use for your home or office network. By default, a firewall closes the ports that are used for file and print sharing. The purpose is to prevent Internet computers from connecting to file and print shares on your computer.


To resolve this behavior, use a firewall only for network connections that you use to connect directly to the Internet. For example, use a firewall on a single computer that is connected to the Internet directly through a cable modem, a DSL modem, or a dial-up modem. If you use the same network connection to connect to both the Internet and a home or office network, use a router or firewall that prevents Internet computers from connecting to the shared resources on the home or office computers.

Don’t use a firewall on network connections that you use to connect to your home or office network, unless the firewall can be configured to open ports only for your home or office network. If you connect to the Internet by using your home or office network, a firewall can be used only on the computer or the other device, such as a router, that provides the connection to the Internet. For example, if you connect to the Internet through a network that you manage, and that network uses connection sharing to provide Internet access to multiple computers, you can install or enable a firewall only on the shared Internet connection. If you connect to the Internet through a network that you do not manage, verify that your network administrator is using a firewall.


This behavior is by design.

More information

A firewall is software or hardware that creates a protective barrier between your computer and potentially damaging content on the Internet. It helps guard your computer against malicious users and against many computer viruses and worms.

If you set up a firewall to help protect computer ports that are connected to the Internet, we do not recommend that you open these ports because they can be exposed to other computers on the Internet. Additionally, specific computers cannot be granted access to the open ports.

The following ports are associated with file sharing and server message block (SMB) communications:

  • Microsoft file sharing SMB: User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports from 135 through 139 and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) ports from 135 through 139.
  • Direct-hosted SMB traffic without a network basic input/output system (NetBIOS): port 445 (TCP and UPD).

Technical support for Windows x64 editions

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To continue receiving security updates for Windows XP, make sure that you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). For more information, refer to this Microsoft Web page: Support is ending for some versions of Windows


On Windows XP-based computers that are configured as members of a workgroup in a peer-to-peer network environment, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

You cannot access shared folders or files.

You cannot locate other computers in the workgroup.

You receive the following error message when you double-click the workgroup in My Network Places:

Workgroup Name is not accessible. You may not have permission to use this network resource.

Note In a peer-to-peer network, each computer is equal and can initiate communications. In this manner, it differs from a client/server network.


This behavior may occur if all the following conditions are true:

NetBIOS over TCP/IP is not turned on (enabled) on one or more computers in the workgroup.

The Computer Browser service is not started or is turned off on one or more computers in the workgroup.

This behavior may also occur if File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks is not installed or is blocked by Windows Firewall.


Method 1: Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP and start the Computer Browser service

To resolve this issue, make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is turned on and that the Computer Browser service is running on each computer in the workgroup. To do this, follow these steps.

Step 1: Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.

Click Network Connections.

Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.

Click the WINS tab.

Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.

Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

Close the Network Connections window.

Step 2: Start the Computer Browser service

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

Double-click Services and Applications.

On the right side, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.

Close the Computer Management window.

Method 2: Install File and Print Sharing and make sure that it is not blocked by Windows Firewall

Step 1: Install File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks

Click Start, click Run, type ncpa.cpl, and then click OK.

Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

Click the General tab, and then click Install.

Click Service, and then click Add.

In the Network Service list, click File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks, and then click OK.

Step 2: Make sure that File and Printer Sharing is not blocked by Windows Firewall

Click Start, click Run, type firewall.cpl, and then click OK.

On the General tab, make sure that the Don’t allow exceptions check box is not selected.

Click the Exceptions tab.

On the Exceptions tab, make sure that the File and Printer Sharing check box is selected, and then click OK.

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this section. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support .

More Information

The Computer Browser service maintains an updated list of computers on the network, and it supplies this list to computers that are designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, the list is neither updated nor maintained. If this service is turned off, any services that explicitly depend on it do not start.

For more information about the Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

308522 Description of the Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP

For more information about file sharing in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

304040 How to configure file sharing in Windows XP
For more information about how to set up workgroups in Windows XP Home Edition, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

813936 How to set up a small network with Windows XP Home Edition (PART 1)

Follow our simple step by step guide on how to enable File Sharing in Windows and browse its files with your iPad or iPhone.

Windows 11 File Sharing may not be enabled, especially if you don’t have other computers on your network or this is the first time you have tried to access shared folders over your network.

Use the following steps to enable File Sharing on Windows 11.

Press the Windows key and type ‘control panel” select the Control Panel App from the listing.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Click “Network and Internet”

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Click the ‘Network and Sharing Centre’ header in this dialog.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Click “Change advanced settings” in the left hand side.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Under the “Private (Current Profile)” section:

Enable “Turn on network discovery”.

Enable “Turn on file and printer sharing”.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Expand the “All Networks” section, enable “Turn on password protected sharing”.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

We recommend using password protected sharing, but if you want people with no username or password to be able to access your files (only those files marked for ‘Everyone’ access), then set password protected sharing to “off”.

How to share a folder in Windows 11

In Windows File Explorer find the folder you wish to share right-click it and choose “Show more options” then select “Properties”

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

In the Folder Properties dialog select the “Sharing” tab.

Click the “Advanced Sharing. ” button.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

The following dialog should appear.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

Tick “Share this folder”

Enter a Share Name that this folder will be known by on the network.
By default, the folder will be shared for read-only access for the user who creates the share.

If you wish to change this security, click the “Permissions” button and choose the level of access that you require.

Scan your Network

In FileBrowser follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen.
  2. Tap “Add Location” to the right of the “Remote” Section.
  3. Tap “Computer / Network Drive” this will start a scan of your local network.
  4. Select your computer from the list.
  5. Enter your credentials and tap ‘Save’.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

If the scan hasn’t worked try adding it manually

Find Computer Name in Windows 11

  1. On Windows 11, press the windows key and type ‘computer name’ and press return.
  2. You should now have a window that looks like the following.
  3. The text ringed and marked A is your computer name.
  4. This will be the text to enter in FileBrowser’s “Computer Name” setting.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

In FileBrowser follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen.
  2. Tap “Add Location” to the right of the “Remote” Section.
  3. Tap “Computer / Network Drive” this will start a scan of your local network.
  4. Tap the ‘Manual Setup’ icon.
  5. Take the machine name labelled above with an ‘A’ and enter it into the ‘Computer Name’ field.
  6. Take the username labelled ‘B’ above and enter it into the ‘Username’ field.
  7. Enter the password for your user account into the ‘Password’ field. If your account doesn’t have a password, tap the ‘Blank’ button.
  8. Tap the Save button.
  9. Tap your new location which has been added to your home screen to connect.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8

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One of the useful tools that Windows offers is the ability to assign drive letters to the network locations. You can use the Map Network Drive command of Windows Explorer or AB Commander to create the network drives. After a network drive has been created, you can use it just like any other drive: browse its contents, copy file to or from it, and so on.

A problem may occur, however, if you use Windows Vista or Windows 7 and need to access the network drive from an application that runs elevated (a.k.a. as administrator). For example, when you run AB Commander as usual, it runs as the standard user, and displays any network drive that you might have created, for example:

However, unlike Windows Explorer that always runs as a standard user, AB Commander offers you an option to run it as administrator. (You can do it by using the Restart as Administrator command on the Tools menu.) If you restart AB Commander as administrator, you might be surprised to see no network drive in its window:

(You can recognize that AB Commander is running as administrator by the presence of the Administrator label in its title bar).

To understand why the network drive is not visible to the programs running as administrator, we have to consider how Windows handles the standard and administrator user access internally. In simple terms, when UAC (User Account Control) is enabled, Windows creates a split personality for your user account: one with the standard user’s access rights to do the the regular tasks, and another one with the full administrative access to the system. When you log in to the computer, Windows tries hard to create the impression that these two personalities are the same: they share the login name and password, the desktop and documents, settings and preferences, and so on. However, when it comes to mapping the network drives, Windows prefers to treat them as separate accounts (for security reasons). That’s why the network drives created when you wear the hat of the standard user do not automatically become available when you put the administrator’s hat on. This Microsoft article explains it all in detail.

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Such behavior is rather counter-productive: after all, the administrator account is supposed to have more access to the system, it’s supposed to be able to see and do all things that are available to the standard user, plus some more. In this case, however, the network drive created by the standard user remains out of reach of the administrator.

In any case, there is a way to force Windows to make the network drives available to both the standard and administrator accounts automatically. All you need to do is run Registry Editor (regedit.exe), locate the following key:

and create a new DWORD entry with the name EnableLinkedConnections and value 1:

Caution: If you are not very experienced with Registry Editor, please be extra careful: it’s a powerful tool that can do a lot of damage to your system if used carelessly.

After you’ve added the EnableLinkedConnections value to the Registry, restart the computer, and after that the network drives you create should become available to the elevated applications, as well.

Update for Windows 8

It appears that the EnableLinkedConnections setting is not always working correctly on Windows 8: if a standard user has created a mapped network drive pointing to a subfolder of a shared folder (for example, drive Z: connected to //server/share/subfolder), then the elevated user will see the drive Z:, but it will be pointing to the root share, //server/share/, not to the subfolder. (It sure looks like a bug in Windows 8.)

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If this error creates a problem for you, then it’s better not to use the EnableLinkedConnections registry fix at all. Instead, just create the mapped network drive twice: first time using a standard user’s account, and the second time using an administrator account. Sure, it’s twice the work, but it should work correctly in all situations.

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Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 have simplified file sharing, and allow users to easily share files and folders with other users on a public network as well as Homegroup. While the method remains the same as what it was in Windows 7, navigate to the settings is a bit different.

Share files in Windows

To share your files and folders, Windows 10 users can open the WinX Menu and proceed. In Windows 8, you will have to first bring up the Charms bar by pressing Win+C.

Next click on the Settings menu. Now click on Network, and from the results which appear above, select your network and right-click on it. From the options displayed, select the ‘Turn sharing on or off‘ option.

When prompted if you want to turn on sharing and connecting, select the second option that says ‘Yes turn on sharing and connect to devices‘.

Next, go back to the Desktop mode, press Win+X to bring up the Power Tasks Menu and from it choose ‘Control Panel‘.

Go to the ‘Network and Internet‘ menu. Just under it, you will find ‘Choose Homegroup and sharing option‘ link. Click on that link.

The ‘Homegroup’ screen will open, and you will be requested to create a Homegroup if you haven’t created any yet. To create a Homegroup, click on the ‘Create a Homegroup‘ button and select the files/devices you would like to share and set the permission levels for them.

When the next screen appears on your computer, specify other Homegroup actions. Here, I chose ‘View or print the Homegroup password‘.

Once you specify this Homegroup action, the password screen will appear displaying a long password in a block. This password is automatically generated by Windows for you.

Just below it, the steps to connect other computers to the Homegroup are highlighted. Remember the password for this purpose, and note it down in a safe place, if you wish.

I tried connecting one Windows PC with this Windows computer. I chose the homegroup option and clicked ‘Join now‘ button.

Immediately, I was prompted for entering the password that I was provided earlier for sharing and connecting purposes, which I did.

Now select the files you would like to access on the other PC.

To do this, first, create a folder on the desktop and give it a suitable name such as shared files. Then, right-click that folder and select the ‘Share With’> Homegroup View option.

Next, specify the path for sharing. For this, again right-click on the folder and this time choose ‘Properties’. Then click on the ‘Sharing tab’ to locate the path.

Now, go to your other computer, and click the ‘Start’ menu. In its ‘search programs and files’ field, type the path you located earlier and hit ‘Enter’.

That’s it! You will be directed directly to that folder.

Date: September 20, 2019 Tags: Homegroup, Network

You can use Public folder to quick share files with other people on the same PC or over the network. Here’s how everything works.

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Public folder has been around longer than Windows 10, and it’s a special setup more than a feature. The operating system includes the idea of a Public folder to make it easier to share files with other people who use the same PC and with users over a small network.

What’s Public folder on Windows

While you can always share a folder manually on your account, the Public folder is a special setup very easy to configure and allows anyone to share files without having to go through the hassle of setting up share and security permissions, and you can even let other users access the folder without requiring a password.

On Windows 10, similar to previous versions, the folder is located in C:\Users\Public, and by default all user accounts on a computer have access to it. However, depending on your network configuration, you’ll be limiting access to only network users who have a password protected account on your computer.

Also, inside the folder, you’ll find a number of subfolders, including “Public Documents”, “Public Downloads”, “Public Music”, “Public Pictures”, and “Public Videos”, which are meant to help keep the files you share organized.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to share files with other users and disable Public folder as necessary on Windows 10.

How to share files using Public folder

Public folder is one of those hidden gems in the operating system that it’s available for anyone who knows that it exists. This option doesn’t have a settings page, which means that the best way to use it to share files is manually accessing the folder at its location.

However, you can make things a bit easier by pinning the folder to Quick access, Taskbar, or creating a simply shortcut on the desktop for you and for those users who will be accessing the files.

To pin Public folder to the Quick access, do the following:

Open File Explorer.

Browse the following path:

Right-click Quick access and select Pin current folder to Quick access.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8Pinning folder to Quick access

To pin Public folder to the Taskbar, do the following.

Open File Explorer.

Browse the following path:

Drag and drop the folder to the Taskbar.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8Pinning a folder to Taskbar

To create a shortcut to the desktop, do the following:

Open File Explorer.

Browse the following path:

Right-click and drag and drop the Public folder to the desktop, and from the context menu select Create shortcut here.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8Creating a folder shortcut on the desktop

If you’re trying to access a folder that someone shared on the network, do the following:

Open File Explorer.

On the left pane, click on Network.

Double-click the computer name with the content.

Double-click Users and then access Public folder.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8Browsing folder on the network

Browse the folder and either add the location to Quick access, or add a shortcut to the Taskbar or desktop.

Remember that anyone with access to the folder can read, modify, and delete files, as such make sure to know exactly the content you’re sharing.

How to enable Public folder

Public folder is enabled by default for local users, and you can’t turn it off, as it’s just a folder Windows creates with special settings on every installation. However, you have to manually enable Public folder, if you want network users to access your shared files.

Open Control Panel.

Click on Network and Internet.

Click on Network and Share Center.

On the left pane, click on Change advanced share settings.

Expand All Networks.

Make sure to select the Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders option.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8Advanced Sharing Settings

If you want to share files without network users needing a password, under Password protected sharing, select Turn off password protected sharing.

Click Save changes to complete the task.

How to disable Public folder

You can only disable Public folder to stop sharing files with users on the network. The only way to stop sharing files with other users in the same computer is by simply removing from the folders.

If you’re looking to stop sharing files for network users, do the following:

Open Control Panel.

Click on Network and Internet.

Click on Network and Share Center.

On the left pane, click on Change advanced share settings.

Expand All Networks.

Make sure to select the Turn off Public folder sharing option.

How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8Advanced Sharing Settings

Click Save changes to complete the task.

Wrapping things up

Public folder is a great way for home users to share files with other users in the same computer and over the network, but it’s an option that most of the time is overlooked.

Using this method to share files, you can quickly make available music, documents, pictures, and videos with other users without having to go through complicated setups. However, it’s worth noting that this is meant for home or really small networks, if you’re trying to share content on your organization this is not the correct route to do things.

While this guide is focusing on sharing content using Windows 10, Public folder has been around for years, as such you can also use this on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

What do you think about Public folders on Windows 10? Tell us in the comments below.

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Now suppose you’re not you. You’re your coworker, spouse, or employee. You’re using your laptop downstairs, and you want access to the stuff that’s in a shared folder on the Beefy Main Dell computer upstairs. Here’s what to do (the steps are the same whether the Public folder or any folder was shared):

Open any Explorer window .

The navigation pane at left shows a Network heading. Click its flippy triangle, if necessary, to see icons for all the computers on the network (Figure 27-11, top). The same navigation pane is available in the Save and Open dialog boxes of your programs, too, making the entire network available to you for opening and saving files.

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Figure 27-11. Top: The computers on your network are arrayed before you! Double-click the one you want to visit. Bottom: Supply your account name and password as it exists on the distant PC, the one you’re trying to access.

Alternatively, type network at the Start screen; press Enter to open the Network result in the results list.

If you don’t see a certain computer’s icon here, it might be turned off, or off the network. It also might have network discovery turned off; that’s the feature that lets a PC announce its presence to the network. (Its on/off switch is one of the buttons shown in Figure 27-7.)

And if you don’t see any computers at all in the Network window, then network discovery might be turned off .

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Android has an app named “ES File Explorer” that lets you connect to a Windows Homegroup shared folder, and upload or download files. You must have Wi-Fi in your home or office, so the Android can connect to the wireless network. The Android app connects to the shared folder. This process is useful if you lost your USB cable and cannot connect to the local desktop using a cable.

Click the “Computer” icon in the Windows “Start” menu. Right-click the folder or drive you want to use to share files with the Android device. Click “Add a network location.” A configuration window opens.

Click “Next” in the opened window that displays the computer’s IP location. Type a username and password for folder access and a name that displays in the list of networks on the Android. Click “Finish” to set up the sharing on Windows.

Tap the “Settings” button on your Android device. Tap the “Wireless and Networks” option. Tap “Wi-Fi Settings” and select a Wi-Fi hotspot name to connect. If a password is required, type the password and click “Connect” to connect to the network.

Tap the ES File Explorer icon on your Android’s home screen. Tap the “LAN” tab to create a new connection. Tap “New” to open a configuration window. Tap “Scan” to automatically scan the list of open networks.

Tap the network name you set up earlier on your Windows computer. Type the username and password to access the shared resource. The Android app returns to the main screen. Tap the “Local” tab to see a list of files on the Android.

Tap a file you want to transfer. Choose an activity from the list. For instance, tap “Copy” to copy the file to your Windows computer.

Have you ever wondered who may be connected to your Windows computer shared folders…right now?

If you have created shares to allow access to folders and files, you can easily view who is connected to each share and what files they have opened.

Knowing who is connected to your computer shared folders can be useful if you are on a public wireless network (hopefully your firewall is blocking access) or even when you are on your home wireless network.

While utilities may exist for viewing folder shares and connections, Windows already has a built-in tool that is simple to use: the Computer Management console.

Since Computer Management console is included in XP and Windows 7 (as well as Vista), and accessing it is the same in either version, the screen shots below are from Windows 7 (unless noted otherwise).

Opening Computer Management Console

In either Windows XP or Windows 7, if you have the Computer icon on your desktop, just right click on it and select Manage.

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Or in Windows 7 and Vista, you can click on Start and type computer in the search box, and click on the Computer Management link.

Or in Windows XP, click on Start \ Run and type compmgmt.msc in the run box and click OK.

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Once Computer Management opens, expand System Tools \ Shared Folders (click on the small arrows as shown circled in the image below) then click Shares.

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Here you will see all the shares on your Computer and the number of connected users listed in the Client Connections column. As you can see on my computer, one user is connected to the Data share.

Who’s On My Computer?

To view “who” is connected to a share or shares, click on Sessions (from left navigation pane).

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You will then see all the connected users.

In the example shown in the above screen shot, one user is connected, named “winsvc“, his computer name is also displayed (Cobra), along with: the number of files that is open by the user (Open Files column) and how long the user has been connected to the share (Connected Time column).

NOTE: if you want to disconnect the user, just right click on the user name and select Close Session.

To view which files the user is accessing, click on Open Files (from left navigation pane).

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Here you will see a list of files that have been accessed by the user (or users). If the full path to a file is not fully displayed, just mouse over a file to see the path.

NOTE: if you want to close the connection to an open file, just right click on the file and select Close Open File.

Monitoring Connections

As you can see, using the Computer Management console provides a great way to keep tabs with viewing who is access what folders and files on your computer.

It’s also another method that can be used to keep tabs on who is connected to your wireless network or wired network.

To stay up to date with Windows and how to set up shares securely, see these resources at this link.

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When i try to access a physical resource on my network (server or computer) with your software, I get sometimes the “System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found” message.

The message “System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found” is a common native message of Microsoft Windows Operating System and is not directly related to Pointdev software

To resolve this error, please verify the following points :

1 – Check that you can ping with the CMD prompt the remote host (by its IP address or by its physical NetBIOS name), and that the host answers without significant packet loss. If the remote host does not answer when it is pingued by its hostname but answer when pingued with its IP address, please check on the remote host the DNS properties. This point should be considered because a good many functionalities of our products use the name resolution when trying to to access remot hosts.

2- If your station is in a Windows Active Directory domain, in this case check if you “ping” the remote machine by using its full name: ping remotecomputer.pointdev.local (or remotecomputer is the name of the remote computer and pointdev.local the name of your Active Directory domain). If the ping responds correctly, check if the option Append parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix is activated on your network card: Properties of your network card, Advanced button . DNS tab. You can also add suffixes manually if needed (option Add these DNS suffixes (in order)).

3 – Check on the local computer and on the remote host that there is no security hardware or software blocking or filtering the communication between the local and remote machines (firewall / antivirus / router . ). If necessary rules have to be instaured (port opening, port translation . ) in order to allow the communication between the two machines.

4 – Please be careful with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer because the network security is increased. Indeed, the native Windows firewall is activated by default. Check also in the network center that the network discovery and file sharing is turned on. Ensure also that the remote registry service (execute services.msc) is enabled and started (by default this service is not started).

5 – Make sure the remote host is visible from the Windows network neighborhood. If necessary, check the point above.

6 – Ensure that File and Printer sharing for Microsoft networks is enabled on the remote host.

7 – Please check also that the NetBIOS protocol is enabled in the network card properties of the remote host.

8 – Ensure that you can access from your computer the administrative shares of the remote host, by entering for example in the Windows file explorer : \\RemoteHost\Admin$ or \\RemoteHost\C$

See below to access the Microsoft related article dealing with error system 53 : “System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found“.

My question is: How to set up file sharing correctly, in a home network, with Windows 8/10, so sharing any folder with “Everyone” (File Explorer->Right click on folder->Properties->Sharing->AdvancedSharing->Share this folder) actually shares the folder with everyone, without password, even with Microsoft accounts?

Before you answer, please read on, because the trivial solution does not work if Microsoft accounts are involved.

I have a home network, with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 machines, all in the same Workgroup. No Homegroup. I want to be able to share individual folders on the network, by setting them to shared through File Explorer. In Windows 7 and Vista, I just go to Network and Sharing Center, enable file and printer sharing, disable password protected sharing, and it all works. In Windows 10 and Windows 8, the same still works, but only if both machines use local accounts. As soon as one of the machines – either the one accessing the files or the one sharing them – uses a Microsoft account, it is no longer possible to access any files or folders on the other machines. Specifically, if the machine with the Microsoft account tries to access the machine with the local account, it will prompt for a username and password, and access will fail unless username and password of an actual user on the target machine are provided. Changing the Microsoft account to a local account immediately fixes the problem, with no other configuration changes.

This problem is real, and I’ve reproduced it on several machines, had friends encounter the same problem, and I’ve found several reports of other users with the same issue, but no solution. The problem seems to be the same in Windows 8 and in Windows 10.

Successfully implemented workarounds (not solutions):

  1. Store the usernames/passwords to the other machines in the Credential Manager and give up the idea of sharing without password. Best use a common account for access*.
  2. Don’t use Microsoft accounts.

Windows 8’s Users Folder:- AppData

The location of Windows 8 AppData is in the C:\Users folder, the same place as in Vista. For those familiar with XP’s Documents and Settings, there has been a naming changes, but the underlying structure is very similar.

Find AppData in Windows 8 and in XP

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Problem Finding AppData in Windows 8: If you cannot see the AppData folder it could be because it’s hidden from view. Check by launching Windows Explorer then click on the View menu on the ribbon, now tick ‘Hidden items’. Important: close the Explorer then reopen, refresh does not seem to work here.

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AppData -v- Application Data

In Windows 8, the biggest change, compared with XP’, is in the creation of the AppData folder together with its three subfolders, AppData Local, LocalLow and Roaming. A folder called Application Data exists in Windows 8 for backwards compatibility with XP. However, you cannot double click the ‘Application Data’ in Windows 8’s links. This is because it’s merely a symbolic links, or junction point.

To help appreciate this behaviour and significance of these and other arrows next to folders, let us take a time-out and try an experiment.

  1. Launch a cmd prompt.
  2. Windows Explorer, File (menu) Open command prompt.
  3. Type: cd c:\users
  4. Type: dir /ah
  5. Observe next to All Users and next to the Default User.

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Reasons for moving the underlying documents folder include, low diskspace, and switching to a drive which will speed up access to your files.

Incidentally, only special folders have a Location tab; ordinary folders only have 4 tabs.

How to Move An AppData Folder

  1. Launch the Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the C:\Users Folder.
  3. Right-click on the AppData folder you wish to move.
  4. Select Properties
  5. Click on the Location tab.
  6. Click ‘Find Target …’ and decide which volume to house the folder; it is possible, but not recommended, to move the location to another computer.

Philosopy Behind the Windows 8 AppData Folder

When a well designed application wishes save data it uses AppData rather than a sub-folder in the Program Files directory. Take Outlook, it uses both the ‘Local’ and ‘Roaming’ sub-folders, for example the .pst file is stored in this folder: AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook. Other programs use AppData for their settings, toolbars and cookies.

In XP programs saved their data into the Application Data folder.

Tip 1: Do not compress the AppData folder, it’s just not worth the performance hit. And don’t even think about deleting this folder to save space, there are so many of your important program settings here.

Tip 2: If the AppData folder is missing, have faith because I bet it really is there, it’s a question of ticking ‘Hidden Items’ see in Windows Explorer View tab.

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Yet perhaps the killer reason why people use LEM is for its compliance capability, with a little help from you, it will ensure that your organization complies with industry standards such as CISP or FERPA. LEM is a really smart application that can make correlations between data in different logs, then use its built-in logic to take corrective action, to restart services, or thwart potential security breaches – give LEM a whirl.

Error 1606 Installing a Microsoft Program

Sometimes you get corruption of registry settings, in the case of Error 1606 navigate to this HKEY_Current_User (HKCU) area of the registry

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

What you are checking is where applications store user-specific files:
%USERPROFILE\%APPDATA\Roaming. See screenshot below.

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%USERPROFILE% is a variable which represents the path to the user’s profile folder.

Summary of Windows 8’s AppData Folder Location

The location of the Windows 8 AppData folder is C:\Users, the same place as in Vista. A folder called Application Data exists for backwards compatibility with XP.

The most important subfolder is AppData with it’s three sub-folders. Windows 8 creates symbolic shortcut links to the old XP folders such as Application Data.

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Windows cannot access \Mac\Home\Desktop notification pops up every time Windows virtual machine (VM) starts.

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A similar error can appear but for the Downloads folder:

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Incorrect configuration of shared folders driver.

  • Your macOS Desktop/Downloads folder location is not a default one.
  • By default, Desktop location is /Users/your username/Desktop where /your username/ is the name of your Mac user account (e.g. /Users/John/Desktop). The same applies to the Downloads folder that is usually /Users/your username/Downloads.


    Fix incorrect driver configuration

    Start Parallels Desktop. Do not start your virtual machine or shut it down if it is running.

    Open virtual machine configuration > General. Make sure that the type of the virtual machine matches the type of guest OS installed.

  • Follow instructions from KB 4841 to reinstall Parallels Tools.
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    Make sure that Desktop/Downloads folder is actually located in /Users/your username/)

    Start Terminal (Finder > Applications > Utilities) and execute the following command:

    NOTE: If you notice that your Desktop/Downloads folder is located in another directory, then one of the cloud storage applications changed the location of these folders. You may either disable Desktop/Downloads sharing with Parallels virtual machine (VM configuration > Options > Sharing > Share Mac > Configure… > uncheck Desktop/Downloads and click OK), or to revert Desktop/Downloads location to its original location using the instructions below.

    Note the corresponding path to your original macOS Desktop/Downloads folder.

    Move macOS Desktop/Downloads folder from the current path to its default location.

    ​​​​​​​The same applies to the Downloads folder.

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    File History, included in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, is used to backup your personal files at chosen intervals and recover a specific version of the file you want from backup. To use File History you need to select an external drive or a network location where you want to backup the files to. You can designate an external drive or network location for File History for multiple PCs. We’ll see how to configure and use File History in Windows 8 and 10 in today’s post.

    Instructions below are written for Windows 10, and are almost similar in Windows 8 or 8.1. There are two ways to configure File History, one using the classic Control Panel and another way is to use the modern File History settings app.

    (If using the File History Settings app, click Start, type File History, and click File History Settings. The following steps use the classic Control Panel setting, which I personally prefer.)

    Right-click Start to open the Win+X Menu, and click Control Panel, and click File History

    Connect an external USB drive or flash disk, or have a network storage location ready. Then click the Select drive option in the left pane.

    Select the external drive from this list, and click OK. Alternately, you may add a network storage location in this page.

    At this point, File History starts backing up your personal files in Libraries, Desktop, Contacts and the Favorites folder. To exclude a certain folder, say Videos or the Pictures library, click Stop, and click Exclude folders in the left pane.

    Add the folders or libraries you want to exclude, and click Save changes. File History starts the backup automatically.

    For some users, the exclusions don’t work as it should… but that’s for another article.

    In order to add custom locations, you’ll need to create a custom library and include locations in there, and File History automatically backup the folders included in the custom library.

    Advanced Settings

    There is a Advanced settings page that you can access by clicking Advanced settings link in the left pane. Here you can set how often the backup is to be done, and how long to store the backup. I set mine to every hour (default) and to keep the backups for 3 months.

    Under the HomeGroup category, there is an option called Recommend this drive. This option when ticked, makes the external drive available for other computers included in your Homegroup, and running Windows 8 or 10. Selecting this option creates a file share, and makes it available for HomeUsers group, so that it can be designated for File History backups for multiple computers. The share is located at \\Computername\FileHistory1 pointing to the FileHistory folder in the external drive.

    I recommended this drive in my Homegroup, and it duly showed up in my Windows 8 computer’s File History dialog, as “(F:) on W10-PC“, and successfully backed up from there as well.

    Another option in the Advanced setting page that you might want to keep a glance at occasionally, is the Open File History event logs to view recent events or errors. Clicking this option opens the Event Logs Viewer, straight to the File History backup logs located at:

    Applications and Service Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> FileHistory-Engine -> File History backup log

    In my case, the File History had skipped backing up a file as it clearly exceeded the MAX_PATH limit. The file was a saved webpage which contained a lengthy file name and File History had to skip it. For this, File History didn’t show any interactive error message, but had silently written the failed event to the log. If you encounter this MAX_PATH issue, simply zip the file or folder. So, keep a check on this File History backup log at least once in a while!

    Restoring Previous Backups from File History

    If you want to restore a previous version of a file from File History backup, right-click the specific file and choose Properties. Click the Previous Versions tab. This tab lists all available versions of the file, not just from File History backup, but also from restore points or from Windows Backup and Restore, if you had used the Backup and Restore tool earlier.

    The question is how to choose the version you need from the list, and from which source? You choose the version, based on the date-time stamp. Another option is to add the Location column to the header by right-clicking the column header and clicking More…. Select Location and click OK.

    This also lists the source location for each version of the file available, and the name of the source application that has an earlier version of the file. Choose the version you want and click Open, or the Restore button whichever is available. For File History versions, the Open button and the sub-option Open in File History would be active, and for Backup and Restore versions, the Restore button and the sub-option Restore to… would be active.

    To view the File History’s entire backup collection that contains all versions of files, you can also click the option named Restore personal files in the File History Control Panel, as in the 1st screenshot above. Alternately, run the file FileHistory.exe from Run or Search. This opens a nice GUI where you can browse the collection similar to File Explorer, and restore the one you need.

    Using File History is plain simple, but this article was written to highlight some subtle things that’s often overlooked in Windows 10’s File History. If you liked this article, don’t forget to drop your comments.

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    Has it ever happened to you that when trying to download a file, folder or perhaps a program in Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows 10, you didn’t had enough free disk space to do so ?Well, this is mainly because Windows 8, 7 and Windows 10, like any other Microsoft operating systems, have the default download location folder set in your C:/ drive where you also have your operating system. This is the reason why, most probably, you won’t have that much space available.

    Tn the tutorial below, you’ll learn how easy it is to change the download location in Windows 8, 7 or Windows 10 in only five minutes of your time. Also, you can change the download location folder even when the message pops up saying that you don’t have enough free disk space on the partition. So, without wasting any more time, let’s begin the tutorial and set our new directory for our downloaded items.

    Change default download location on PC

    1. After you power up the Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 PC, you will have to left click on the desktop icon you will have in the start screen.
    2. Now after you get to your desktop feature right click on the “Windows Explorer” icon presented in the lower left side of the screen.
    3. Now from the menu that pops up you will need to left click on the “Desktop” icon.
      Note: You can also access the “Desktop” by double clicking (left clicking) on My Computer or This PC (depending on your OS version) and after the window with “My Computer” is opened you can left click on the “Desktop” icon in the left side of the screen.
    4. Now, after you selected the “Desktop”, some icons will be shown in the right side of the window and you will need to double click (left click) on the folder with the name of your account.How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8
    5. In the folder you opened that had your account name, you will have to right click on “Downloads” folder presented there.
    6. After you right clicked the “Downloads” folder you will need to left click on “Properties”.How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8
    7. Now that the “Properties” window is open, you will need to left click on the “Location” tab presented in the upper side of that window.
    8. Now that you have selected the “Location” tab you can see the path where the download items are going .
    9. Left click on the “Move…” button you have under the specified path.How to see who is downloading files from your network shares in windows 8
    10. Now after you left clicked on “Move…” you will have to write there yourself the drive where you want your items to be downloaded and also in which folder.
      Note: If the folder you have written does not exist after you left click on the “Apply” button situated in the lower right side of the screen you will be asked if you want to create that download folder and you will left click on “OK” to confirm.
    11. Another “Move folder” window will appear which it will show you the old and the new location where you will have to left click on the “Yes” button situated in the lower right side of the screen.
    12. Now, you will have to left click on the “OK” button in the “Download Properties” window.
    13. Go to your new location where you selected to download your files and check if Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 system has made a “Downloads” folder there.
      Note: Reboot your Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 device if it hasn’t created the “Downloads” folder to the new directory and check again after power up.
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    If Windows 10 is your OS of choice, you can also change the download folder save location from the Settings page:

    1. Go to Settings > System > select Storage
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    This guide explains how to create a backup of your files and restore those files on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 system.

    If you’re looking on how to use System Restore, go to our Windows System Restore – Windows 8 guide.

    How to create a backup on Windows 8 or 8.1 system

    Before you begin, make sure you’re logged in as an Administrator.

    The instructions are:

      Go to Settings

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    Windows 8: System and Security in Control Panel

    You can save the backup either on an external disk drive or on a network.

    If you save the backup on a network, you need browse to add the desired location on the network, then type the network credentials and click OK.

  • The backup process will now start. This may take a while, depending on the final size of the file.
  • How to restore a backup in Windows 8 or 8.1 system

    Before you restore a backup file, please log in as an Administrator.

    The instructions are:

    1. Click Search or press the Windows and C keys to open the Charm Bar
    2. Type restore in the search box
    3. Click Restore your files with File History from the search results list

    Windows 8: Restore files with File History

    Delete individual backup files

    You can delete individual backup files already created by following the instructions below. In this case, Windows 8 is using the Windows 7 File Recovery utility.

    This option is only available for Windows 8 users, not Windows 8.1. Users on Windows 8.1 will not have the Windows 7 File Recovery utility.

    Like the instructions above, please make sure you’re logged in as an Administrator.

    1. Click Search
    2. Type Windows 7 File Recovery in the search box
    3. Click on the Windows 7 File Recovery item from the search results list
    4. In the Back up or restore your files screen, click Manage space
    5. The utility wizard should now appear
    6. Click View backups
    7. Select the backup files you don’t want
    8. Click Delete
    9. Click Delete again to confirm that you want to delete the backup files
    10. The deletion progress will now begin
    11. Once the backup files are deleted, click Close
    12. Click Close again to exit the Manage Windows Backup disk space wizard

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  • Applicable Systems

    This Windows-related knowledgebase article applies to the following operating systems:

    • Windows 8 (all editions)
    • Windows 8.1 (all editions)

    Asked by gregor ,
    October 16, 2014




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    recently, I’ve found out, I “lost access” to my NAS SMB configured device from Windows 8.1. When trying to access it from Windows Explorer, I get “Windows cannot access \\XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX” (where x’s is real network ip). The thing is, I CAN access those shares from:

    – other linux computer,

    – android phone using ES File Explorer.

    Error that shows is “0x80004005” and I even attached epl file if you can scan through it.

    I’ve googled a bit and found several ideas to try:

    – changing policies in Local Computer Policy

    – disabling Antivirus & firewall

    – adding registry key IRPStackSize to value 14, 20 etc

    – running powershell command as admin:IRPStackSize

    Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EncryptData $true
    Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EncryptData -RejectUnencryptedAccess $false

    I have no idea what to do.

    Ping works, transmission can be accessed and ftp too. There’s only this win 8.1 computer that doesn’t want to communicate.

    Can someone please tell me what else I can try?

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