Create Shares for Everyone with Full access on Windows 10 / Server

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to create shares on Windows 10 and servers for everyone to have full access. When Windows shares are created with Everyone having full access, everybody will be able to access the shared location without prompting for passwords or logins.

This also gives everyone rights to create, delete and modify folders and files. This setup is perfect for locations where users are given access to temporary store content and quickly remove to a secure location.

Since everyone has rights to delete, create and modify, it’s not a suitable place to store content for a long.

In part two of this post, I’ll show you how to configure a Linux machine to mount the shares created on the Windows machine.

To get started with creating Windows share for everyone to have full access, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Create the Folder you Want to Share

To share a folder, you must first create it or use existing folders. To create a folder open Windows File Explorer, then right click a blank area and select New –> Folder … the give the share a name….¬†for this post, we’re creating a folder called PublicShare.

windows shares

Step 2: Create a share

Now that you’ve created the folder to share, follow the step below to share it.

Right-click the Start button and select Computer Management or search for it.

Then expand Shared Folders and right-click Shares, then select New Share

Follow the wizard and browse to the folder you created and select it. Then click Next.

 

windows public shares

Then provide a name for the share or keep the folder name as the share name. You should also see the share path.. this is the line you type in the file browser when you want to access the share. When you’re done, click Next to continue.

windows shares wizard

After that, select Customize permissions on the shared folder permissions dialog box. Then select Everyone and check the allow box for Full Control. Click Ok and click Finish.

windows shared folder permissions

Click Finish to complete the wizard.

windows shared wizard

You’re done.

To access the share, type \\COMPUTERNAME\SharedName

This is how to create shares on Windows computers. It’s should apply to Windows XP through 10.

In our next post, we’ll show you how to mount the shared location on Linux machines, including Ubuntu.

Enjoy!

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