Windows Network Folder

Setup Network Folder

  1. Create a folder, or select an existing one. Right-click the folder and select “Properties”

  2. Click the “Sharing” tab…


    then click “Share”

  3. Select a user you want to use for login and click “Share”



    If you get the following dialog box, you have designated your network “Public.” You may wish to change to “Private” if this is your home network. Otherwise you may turn on network sharing for public networks.

  4. Note the Windows directory path in grey text, highlighted in blue, beginning at the first single slash (\). We will take that share path and enter it as the “Path” in the final step below.


Connect StartOS

  1. Return to your StartOS UI, and go to System > Create Backup

  2. Click “Open” to set up a new connection to your Shared Folder

  3. Fill out the following fields as shown below:

    • For “Hostname” - Enter your Windows computer name (this is shown after a \\ in Windows)

    • For “Path” - Enter the full path followed by the share name displayed in the Windows sharing dialog shown in Step 4 above. In our example this would be, literally, /Users/win/Desktop/SharedFolder. When entering the path, make sure replace the backshashes \ shown by Windows with forward slashes /.

    • Enter your Windows username and password in the “User” and “Password” fields


If you use a “PIN” to log in to Windows, keep in mind that your password needs to be the user’s full password, NOT the PIN! Office365 accounts also may not work, try a regular user in this case.


If you receive the following error:

Filesystem I/O Error mount error(13): Permission denied

Ensure your username and password are correct. Also ensure your windows password meets any length and complexity requirements set by your local Windows policy.

If you receive the following error:

Filesystem I/O Error mount error(115): Operation now in progress

Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet (or WiFi) and select the “Private” profile to treat your LAN as a trusted network that allows file sharing.

That’s it! You can now Create encrypted, private backups of all your server data to your Windows machine or external drive!!