How to Create Shares with Full access on Windows 10

This article describes steps one can take to create shares with full access in Windows 10.

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 the right 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 it to a secure location.

Since everyone has the right 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:

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 and give the share a name. 

For this post, we’re creating a folder called PublicShare.

windows shares

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.