You have a few different options for sharing folders in Windows 7. So here are a few for you to try.

You can share a folder from within the Explorer window. If you’re a more advanced user, you can share a folder from the Command Prompt window. If you prefer having a wizard walk you through the steps, you can also share a folder using the Shared Folder Wizard.

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To share a folder in Windows 7 using the Shared Folder Wizard:

  1. Click Start and type shrpubw.exe in the Search box. Press Enter. The Welcome to the Create a Shared Folder Wizard window appears.
  2. Click Next to continue.
  3. On the next screen you are prompted to pick the folder you want to share. Click Browse to locate the folder on your computer.
  4. Click Next to Continue.
  5. The wizard prompts you to type in a share name for the folder. In the Share name field, type in a name for the shared folder (this is the name that others will use to access the folder). In the Description field, type in a brief description for the share.
  6. Still on the same window, click the Change button beside Offline Settings. Here you can choose whether the contents of the shared folder are available offline. Select offline setting you want to apply to the folder and click OK.
  7. Click Next.
  8. The wizard prompts you to set the appropriate permissions for the shared folder. The default permission is ‘All users have read-only access’.
  9. Once you’ve selected the appropriate folder permissions, click Finish. The wizard provides a summary of the shared folder including the share name and folder path.
  10. Click Finish to exit the wizard.