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Faster networking: Share folders via command line instead of slow Windows GUI

Sharing Folders Files Via Cmd Command Line_thumb.jpg 1If you want to share a folder via cmd command line then you should look up the command net share. This will be faster than sharing folders via the GUI that can take several minutes and even hang.

The Windows GUI can be rather slow and especially sharing folders takes AGES. If you are bored of the “This may take a few minutes” message, give this a try and share folders via command line.

Net Sharing via Cmd

1. Step Open an ELEVATED admin command prompt (if you are on Windows 8, find out more here)

2. Step Enter net share and you will see all of your currently shared folders (shares). Keep in mind share name and folder name are not always the same, so you might have to search a little to find the correct share
3. Step Now enter

net share test=C:/testfolder

Sharing A Folder Via The Command Prompt 1

This will actually share the folder via the command line. If you get the error System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied. then you need to learn how to open an elevated command prompt again (see step 1)

How to unshare folder via command prompt

If you want to unshare it again, simply type

net share test /delete

Deleting Net Shares Command Line 1

It should say “name of share” was deleted successfully

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Published: Sunday, February 26th, 2012 Last Modified: February 26, 2012

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