How To forum


Sharing content with two accounts on Windows 8

by ichor20 / January 2, 2013 4:49 PM PST

My wife and I always shared my laptop. We never created seperate login accounts to separate our files. Now with windows 8 we created two accounts due to all the syncing with apps. But in the windows explorer when she goes to My Music/Pictures/Videos/Documents nothing is in the folders. But under my login its all there. Is there a way she can get all my files under her login account? Oh and both accounts have administrative rights.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Sharing content with two accounts on Windows 8
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Sharing content with two accounts on Windows 8
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Re: files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 2, 2013 4:57 PM PST

The right places to store things:
1. Your files in your account (your 'My Documents'/'My Pictures' etc)
2. Her files in her account (her 'My Documents')
3. Common files in Public Documents/Public Pictures

In Libraries you'll see both Public folders and your own folders, so everything is easy to reach.

Collapse -
Set Sharing by
by Gordon_Hay / January 3, 2013 6:56 AM PST

right-clicking on the folder, click Properties>sharing>share, type in your wife's user name, click ok.

Repeat for each folder you want to share.

Collapse -
That should be
by Gordon_Hay / January 3, 2013 7:04 AM PST
In reply to: Set Sharing by

click share (not ok). You can also search for user names with the drop down rather than typing the name in.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


$16,000 used SUVs

Whether you like your SUVs cute or capable, or some blend of the two, we've got a wide variety of choices in Roadshow's first collection of Editors' Used Picks.