By Ivy / Last update October 29, 2020

Is It Possible to Sync Shared Folders to My Laptop?

How to sync a shared folder?

Hi there, I have some folders shared to me but owned by someone else, for example, "UX Hub" and "Brand Hub" folders. Is it possible to sync these folders to my Windows 7 laptop? Thanks!


The answer is positive obviously. You will find the multiple ways to perform shared folders synchronization in Windows 7.

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About Shared Folder

Shared folder is a folder shared by the owner, or one of the folder that located in shared directory and can be accessed by other users within the local area network (LAN). You could create a shared folder according to the below steps:

1. Locate the folder that you want to share with others, right click it and choose Properties.

2. Click Advanced Sharing... button at the Sharing tab.

3. Tick Share this folder, set the share name, number of users, comment and permissions, etc.

Share This Folder 

4. Click Apply and then press OK.

Then your folder will be shared as a shared folder.


How to Sync Shared Folder in Windows 7?

There are multiple ways to sync network shared folders in Windows 7, here it is:


Sync Shared Folders to Local Computer

If you want to sync shared folders to Windows native, you have to enable offline files and then make them always available offline before using shared folders:

1. Input sync center to open the Sync Center, click Manage offline files at the left side.

Manage Offline Files


2. At the General tab, click Enable offline files.

Enable Offline Files 

3. Then right click the network drive folder, and select Always available offline.

Always Available Offline 

✍All the shared folders will be copied to your current computer automatically. Generally, the Windows offline files location is C:\Windows\CSC (CSC stands for Client Side Caching).
✍Offline Files is a feature of Sync Centre, which allows you to access the network files while working offline.
✍Please check your Windows system not the Windows 7 Home or Windows 10 Home edition. Otherwise, you will find the manage offline files not working problem.


Sync Modified Shared Folders to Network Drive

If you want to modify the shared folder (you have to get the edit permission from the owner) even when you connected or disconnected to the network:

Input the network path in the Windows search box, for example: \\, and press Enter. Go to Home tab at the toolbar, and then click Easy Access and choose Work offline.

After modified, select the Offline Files folder, click Work offline again on the toolbar (or click Home > Easy access > Work offline) to sync all shared folders to network drive.

Work Offline

★Note: If any changes made on Network drive, the changes will automatically be synced to the local disk.


How to Disable Offline Files/Shared Folders Synchronization in Windows 7?

To disable shared folder synchronization in Windows 7 and delete offline files copy to free up space on your local hard disk, please refer to the following steps:

1. Click Start > input Sync Center and hit enter to open Sync Center.

2. Select Manage offline files on the left panel.

3. To disable the feature, Select Disable offline files.

Disable Offline Files 

4. Then, select View your offline files to open all the Offilne Files Folder.

5. Locate all offline folders and files on the specified network drive and choose Delete Offline Copy.

Delete Offline Copy 

By the way, If you want to use sync center in Windows 10, please type mobsync (the execute file to run Sync Center) in the search bar and press Enter. 


Sync OneDrive Shared Folder to Computer

Sometimes, you might want to sync OneDrive shared folders from your friends or colleagues to your computer. Here is how to perform OneDrive shared folder synchronization:

1. Click the shared link from your friends or colleagues to open OneDrive shared folders, click Add to My OneDrive at the top.

Add to My Onedrive


2. Click Add folder button to add the OneDrive shared folders to My Files on OneDrive.

3. Open and log in OneDrive desktop app that installed in advance.

4. Click the OneDrive icon on the system tray > Help & Settings > Settings.

Onedrive Settings 

5. Press Choose folders button at the Account tab.

Choose Folders 

6. Select the OneDrive shared folder and click OK, it will be synced to your current computer.

Choose Onedrive Shared Folder 

★Tip: If you have set the Make all file available option before, the OneDrive shared folder synchronization will automatically run.


Best Free Way to Sync Shared Folders to OneDrive in Windows 7/8/10

If you want to sync shared folder to local disk in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, it’s highly recommended to try the best free folder synchronization software - AOMEI Backupper Standard, which allows you to easily do shared folder synchronization in Windows 10/8/7.

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Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

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Just follow the step by step guide to do shared folder sync to OneDrive in Windows 7/8/10:

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, click Sync tab at the left side and then choose the Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

Step 2. Click + Add Folder > Share/NAS > Add Network Location, and input the Display Name and the Network Path (the IP Address of the computer that the shared folder located in), and choose the shared folder as the source.

Share or NAS

Add Network Location

Step 3. Click the Select a cloud drive, and choose OneDrive as the destination on your computer to save the shared folders.

Select A Cloud Drive


Step 4. Press Start Sync >> to perform the shared folder synchronization to OneDrive in Windows 7/8/10.

Start Sync NAS To OneDrive

★Tips: There are some optional settings you could specify:
✍You could comment on the shared folder sync task to differ from others, get email or SMS alert after enabling email notification, run specified program or script before or after the sync, etc. with Options.
✍Schedule allows you to set the shared folder synchronization synced via once, daily, weekly, monthly, when USB plugged in (USB plug in), or trigger by System shutdown, system startup, user logon, user logoff (Event triggers).

All the above steps are applied to Windows 8, and Windows 10. After syncing the shared folder, you could use the folders and files like you used to be. This freeware allows you to sync network drive to local computer as well, just select the local disk as destiantion in the above Step 3.

Besides, if you want to sync shared folders in real time, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or other editions to enjoy real time sync. Another mirror sync feature allows you mirror folder in Windows 10: sync folders in source to destination, if the destination file not exists in the source, mirror sync will delete the destination file automatically.


Further Reading: Remove Shared Folder Synchronization in Microsoft Office 2010

If you installed Microsoft Office 2010 Pro or Pro Plus, it will automatically add a feature named Shared Folder Synchronization to Windows Explorer context menu.

Shared Folder Synchronization 

To remove shared folder synchronization:

1. Please input regedit in Windows 7 search box and press enter to open Windows Registry Editor.

2. Locate: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6C467336-8281-4E60-8204-430CED96822D}

3. And delete the sub key {6C467336-8281-4E60-8204-430CED96822D} to remove Shared Folder Synchronization feature for Microsoft Office 2010.

As Microsoft Office 2010 will end on October 13, 2020 and there will be no extension and no extended security updates. You could upgrade to Office 365 to get more and use OneDrive to sync shared folders.


Summing It Up

Shared folder synchronization in Windows 7/8/10 is just a piece of cake, just find the right way to enjoy. If you are running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, including R2, please get AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy.