How To Fix Network Folder Access Errors

Today, having a computer at home with an Internet connection, is a generally accepted norm and you will not surprise anyone with their presence. Due to the availability of Internet connection, various online services are becoming more and more popular. Some of the most popular are network folders and remote resources organized both on your home network and provided by your Internet service provider. Most often, everything works as expected, but from time to time there may be errors that prevent full-fledged work, which the average user does not know how to solve. One of the most popular errors is the “No access to a network folder” error. Some of them can be identified by a numeric or alphanumeric code, such as 1231 or 0x800704cf. Various factors can cause these problems. In this article, we invite you to figure out all the reasons, as well as suggest ways to solve them.

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No access to network folder

Let’s say you have several computers between which you want to set up a home network so as not to constantly copy the necessary files. In this case, you need to create a folder on one of the computers, make it public, so that it can be accessed from any other device with Internet access. It could even be a smartphone or tablet.

One of the most common errors when working with remote folders is that there is no access to a network folder, and error code 0x800704cf may be issued. You see a public network folder in Explorer, but when you try to open it, you get the message “No access to the resource.” The exact text of the message may differ depending on the version of the operating system. What are the possible causes of this problem? There may be several of them:

  • An individual user was not granted access rights to a folder located on the network.
  • The user does not have permission to access the network resource at the operating system security level .
  • The user does not have any permissions whatsoever to access the resource.

There can be several reasons for the lack of connection to a network folder.

Every problem can be solved. Let’s take a closer look.

Configuring access to a network folder for each user

All settings must be performed on the computer or resource where the contents of the folder are stored. To configure user access to a folder, you must:

  1. Go to computer management (depending on the version of the operating system, right-click on the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop or on the Start button, then select Management or Computer Management) and select Shared folders – Shared resources.
  2. Find a folder in the list of resources that you cannot access, and see its location on your hard drive.
  3. Open Explorer and find the desired folder (Windows 10 users can perform further actions without going to Explorer, just right-clicking directly in the Computer Management utility menu).
  4. Right-click on it, select Properties – Access – Advanced settings – Permissions (or Properties – Permissions for a share).
  5. You will see at least two items – Administrators and Everyone. Move the cursor arrow over the All item and make sure that there are check marks in front of all items in the Allow column (full access, change, read). If there is a check mark in the Disable column opposite some item, you should remove it from here and put it in the Allow column.
  6. Confirm the changes by clicking Apply – OK, and then try again to use the network resource.

Right-click on “Computer” and select “Manage” in the context menu

Configuring access to a resource at the system security level

Sometimes it happens that at the security level of the operating system, access of third-party users to a network resource is prohibited. To fix the problem:

  1. In the Properties menu, open the Security tab and click on the Modify button, and then Add.
  2. In the “Enter the object names to select” line, capitalize All and click OK.
  3. After you are redirected back to the list of groups and users, hover over the newly created Everyone group and check the actions that you want to allow. By default, the marked items are sufficient to read data from a remote network resource.
  4. Click Apply – OK – OK and try to access the network folder again.

Error 1231 occurs when trying to connect to the Internet

Error 1231 occurs when a Windows computer cannot access resources located on a remote server. Most often it occurs when the Internet provider provides access to the international network using VPN technology . It can also occur when trying to access a local resource from a network access provider. If access was and suddenly disappeared, this problem may occur for one of the following reasons:

  • problems from the provider;
  • interruption of communication between the subscriber and the server;
  • breakdown of the computer network card;
  • failure of network card drivers;
  • the security system of the operating system is blocking the VPN connection;
  • incorrectly established or disconnected local network connection;
  • actions of virus programs.

First of all, you should check if error 1231 occurs due to the fault of the Internet provider. To do this, you need to start the command line (Win + R – cmd, or right-click on the Start button – Command line) and enter the following command:

net view \\ domain: domain name,

where domain name means the address of the server that the provider has provided you to connect to the World Wide Web. If you receive “System error 53. Network path not found”, then the problem is on the part of the service provider. In this case, you should contact technical support.

If such an error does not knock out, you will have to look for the cause in your computer or laptop on Windows. What can be done to fix error 1231?

  • If you are using Windows Vista, 7 or 8, go to Start – Control Panel – Windows Update and disable automatic installation of updates by choosing manual installation. It often happens that automatic Windows updates negatively affect the VPN connection.
  • Install a good antivirus or download an antivirus scanner and scan your entire system deeply for malicious files. Sometimes the reason can be revealed precisely in this.
  • Check network connection settings. To do this, go to Start – Control Panel – Network and Sharing Center – Change adapter settings. In which case, contact technical support to clarify the settings. Sometimes it happens that providers change them, forgetting to warn subscribers.
  • Reinstall the network card driver. To do this, go to Device Manager (Start – Control Panel – Device Manager or right-click on the Start button – Device Manager) and find your network card in the Network adapters section, remove the driver (right-click, Properties – Driver – Remove), then install it on a new one (Properties – Driver – Update – Search for a driver on this computer, specify the folder where the downloaded drivers were unpacked, and confirm the selection).

In the window that opens, in the “Driver” tab, click “Update”

  • Reinstall the Windows operating system , using verified resources and assemblies whenever possible. Network card problems can occur due to an incorrectly combined and assembled operating system.
  • Make sure that the network card works at all, and if something happens, buy a new one.


We hope that we helped you with solving the problem of accessing network resources with codes 1231 and 0x800704cf. We are confident that if you follow our instructions exactly, you will be able to solve everything on your own. In the comments, please indicate whether you managed to figure out the issue without the help of specialists.


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