Sometimes, Windows’ network and file-sharing settings get royally messed up, making access and sharing impossible. Here are some fixes.
Plus: More on relocating default folders, avoiding cloud-encryption “back doors,” and a new Windows Defender Offline for Windows 8.1.
Correcting permissions to re-enable file sharing
Reader Ralph Sandifer encountered a problem I’ve run into myself with Windows’ HomeGroup and traditional networking. Small errors in security settings or networking/file permissions can make accessing shared files and folders on networked PCs all but impossible.
- “Every time I attempt to communicate with another computer on my homegroup, I get an error message stating that it can’t connect — and I get the option to have Windows troubleshoot the problem. Windows Network Diagnostics eventually reports: ‘Your Computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource is not responding.’
Can you help me?”
This can be one of those tear-your-hair-out problems. The root cause is often buried in hard-to-get-at networking- or security-permission settings. These settings are often so deep-seated that they resist fixes via Windows’ automated repair mechanisms.
But with a bit of work, you can usually get things working properly through one or more manual methods.