I'm on Windows XP Pro SP2. I shared a directory by right-clicking the directory and choosing Properties, going to the Sharing tab, marking the "Share this folder" radio button, entering "share" as the "Share name", and clicking OK.
Now other users can see that folder at \mycomputer\share, and can download files from that folder. They can also see files in the sub-directories, but when they try to download a file from a sub-directory, they see an error like this:
Cannot copy SMART_Data_Loader-Build_1: Access is denied.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
I also tried to change the security settings of the top-level ("share") directory, giving Everyone read-access, but the issue didn't change. This is a company computer with IT security settings and applications I know little about, but I'm hoping the problem is in the way I tried to set it up.
An interesting thing to note is that the file is called SMART_Data_Loader-Build_1.zip, but the error message dropped the .zip extension. I'm not sure if that's meaningful.
A friend of mine at a different company followed the exact same steps I did and other people were able to download files from sub-directories just fine.
How can I allow downloading of files from a sub-directory of a shared parent directory in Windows XP SP2?