How to share the folder in Windows 7 and 8

If you want to play the music files saved in Windows computer. The folder contains the music file can be reached from Alix through network. To enable this, the folder should be configured to be shared in network at the Windows computer where the folder is located in. Many of EasyMPD users feel it is difficult. For helping them, this document explains how to share the folder in Windows 7 and 8.


Password protected sharing in Windows 7 and 8

There is an important thing we should know before starting to explain how to share.
If you are using Windows 7 or later version, there will be the host shows "Password protected host" instead of the shared folder in the host after scanning at "Search directories" in EasyMPD WEB GUI as like below image.

It is because "Password protected sharing" is activated in that host computer. In this case you can see the shared folders in the host if you rescan after entering the username and the password you are using for Windows computer login if you know the username and password.
But if you don't know the username and the password or if you fail continuously with the username and the password you think is correct, you should deactivate "Password protected sharing in your computer.
"Go to see how to deactivate Password protected sharing in Windows 7"


Share the folder in Windows 7 and 8

Then, let's start network folder(or file) sharing.
Open "Windows Explorer(or File Explorer)" the short cut on Windows taskbar at left bottom of Desktop.

Find and go to the folder you want to share in Windows explorer(or File explorer).

Locate the mouse pointer over the folder name and click right mouse button. And then select "Share with" -> "Specific peaple" consecutively in the drop down menu.

In "Choose peaple to share with", click upside-down triangle and select and add "Everyone" and "Guest".


And then change the permission level to "Read/Write" for Everyone and Guest.

Share the folder with clicking "Share" button.

And then click "Done" button. Now the folder is successfully shared to network.

If you are using Windows 7 computer, you can directly go to next step of "How to register the shared folder in EasyMPD" below without seeing following more settings for Windows 8.

If you are using Windows 8 computer, you need to do something more, "Turn sharing on".
Select "Setting" at side bar appeared when you point upper right corner with mouse.

Select the image of LAN cable and monitor.

Point the mouse over the connected network and click right button of mouse.

Click "Turn sharing on and off".

Select "Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices".

Now you finished sharing in Windows 8. Let's go to How to register the shared folder in EasyMPD.


How to register the shared folder in EasyMPD

Click "Search Directories" in EasyMPD WEB GUI and then check if there is the folder, you've shared above, in the search result. If it is shown in the list you can register it to a Music directory with "Register" button.

Enter "Register Name" and enter "Username" and "Password" that you use for Windows login if it is needed. And then click "Save" button.

If it shows the error message saying "To mount this directory a password is needed" after clicking "Save" button, it means your username or password you entered is wrong.

In this case, you can try followings.

1. It may be just your typo. You can try again with entering correct username and password carefully. (Please check if Caps Lock is on.)
2. You can try again in leaving Username and Password blank.
3. You can try again with "administrator" for Username and the password, you use for Windows login, for Password.
4. You can try again with "administrator" for Username and blank for Password.


Improving performance of Windows 7 sharing

It is reported that the sharing performance of some Windows 7 computer is poor. In this case, it can take too much time in DB Update. If you this so, you can check this document of "How to improve the performance of Windows 7 sharing".