Trouble accessing sub folder in a shared drive

By kamijani1 ·
I just setup my wireless network at home (One Desktop and Laptop). I shared the D Drive on my host computer (desktop) and clicked on the option which said:
"Allow network users to change my files"
Now, I am able to access the D drive remotely from my laptop and I can see the contents of it and drag files to and fro. One thing I cannot do, and which is baffling me is that when I go to a Picures folder within D Drive, I can view and copy pictures within the folder, but if I try access a sub-folder within the Pictures folder, i get an error message saying that I don't have access to that folder.

Since I shared the whole of D drive, shouldn't I be able to access its folders and any sub-folders?

To top it off, this behavior is not consistent, as I can access sub-folders within my my music folder under D drive.

Can somebody guide me as to what could be the problem?

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The most obvious thing is that you have found

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Trouble accessing sub fol ...

An Undocumented Feature of Windows.

In answer to your question yes it should allow you total access the the entire drive but sometimes Windows doesn't always do as it's told so you may have to share the Sub Folders as well as the drive.

One thing to remember with WiFi Networks is that you have to secure them quite tightly as they have a long range and if you have not employed MAC or WEP you're LAN is completely open to abuse from anyone up to 500 meters away and under certain circumstances maybe even further. If they where to download some Kiddy Porn that would be your responsibility and even if you could prove who the culprit actually was which is very hard to do you would be considered as an Accessory to the crime.

You also will have all your internal files available to anyone who cares to look as well and maybe even your e-mail where some person unknown could use that to send threats of some kind and because you have not secured the WiFi Access point down it's your responsibility for any downloads or transmissions. There should be a section on Security in the Owners Manual and you need to follow this and isolate the WiFi System to just your 2 computers. While this will make things better there is no guarantee that others will not be able to log on but you don't need to make it easy for them.


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Thanks...one more question

by kamijani1 In reply to The most obvious thing is ...


Thanks for clarifying this inconsistency with windows. It will definitely be a royal pain to individually give share permissions to the 50 or so sub-folders within the Pictures folder.

I do have protection. First I have WPA encryption (TKIP). Apart from that, I have enabled MAC filtering. So I should be good. I also tried un-broadcasting the SSID but that didnt turn it to well, since windows tries to look for and connect to broadcasting signals first(and my neighborhood has a bunch of them)even though I removed everything from the preferred networks list and manually added my SSID. It did connect, but after a while, not automatically if I had been broadcasting the SSID in the first place. I figured since I have the encryption and the MAC filtering, it is safe to broadcast.

I do have another question, which I posed in another thread and which nobody answered. I will cut and paste it below in the hope that you can guide me in the right direction:

I want to access my home network remotely. My home settings include a comcast cable connection, windows xp desktop as the main computer on the network and a linksys wireless G router. I just managed to setup a file and printer sharing yesterday (I have a laptop as well).

Since I'm assigned a dynamic IP address by comcast, I have learnt from another member that I have to sign up with dyndns.org to get a static host name tied to the fluctuating IP address.

My questions is, once I set it up at home, what else do I need to do to access my home pc remotely (such as from work?).

Happy Holidays!


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There are a couple of options the best being

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Thanks...one more questio ...

To set up a VPN into your home network and log on remotely though you could also use applications like PC Anywhere or Go to My PC as well.

These links may be the best help for you from M$ about VPN's







I hope something there is of use to you.

Merry Christmas


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