Frequently asked questions on Sharing Folders

You will find a lot of information on sharing folders here and here.
Some additional info :
How can I share files with a user who is using a MSN Messenger or Windows Messenger
You cannot share files with contacts who are using MSN Messenger or Web Messenger or Windows Messenger. In order to transfer files, use the Direct File Transfer method by choosing the File menu followed by Send File to transfer the file through a direct file transfer method.
My machine is unable to defrag correctly. There is a Similarity table file that is causing a problem
This is a sparse file used for the Sharing Folders feature. If the defragmenting tool handles compressed files on NTFS file systems., the sparse file will also be handled correctly.
Can I integrate my own Anti-Virus scanner with the Sharing Folders feature?
Sharing Folders currently supports integration with Windows Live Safety Center Scanner only. It will scan all incoming files from your sharing buddies and keep you virus free. At this time, Windows Live Messenger does not allow you to replace it with you own virus scanner
If you have any additional questions or having trouble with  using Sharing Folders feature please contact Windows Live Messenger support and choose Messenger to report the problem.
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10 Responses to Frequently asked questions on Sharing Folders

  1. The Power says:

    To the person who asked above about the "your computer does not support sharing folders" message.  Just worked through this for a colleague and the issue in his case was that he had his disk partition formatted with FAT and not NTFS.  Sharing folders requires NTFS.  There is a KB on how to convert (which can be done in situ) at

  2. Lionel says:

    I see the Sharing Folder icon in the Main Window
    it still says "your computer does not support sharing folder"

    Plz mgs me at

  3. Lionel says:

    I see the Sharing Folder icon in the Main Window
    it still says "your computer does not support sharing folder"

    Plz mgs me at

  4. Lionel says:

    I see the Sharing Folder icon in the Main Window
    it still says "your computer does not support sharing folder"

    Plz mgs me at

  5. Chris says:

    I am not able to send large files through the shared folder anymore. It says synchronizing the whole time. I thought this feature would be beneficial because most of the time I try to send a large file in the chat window the file fails before it is completed. It wouldn\’t be so bad if it would pick up where it left off upon its termination, but it doesn\’t. You have to send the same file again from the beginning knowing it will not finish. When I heard I could send a file with the shared folder it seemed like the way to go. But now I am not so sure, I have seen where Messenger would have a problem and the file would pick up where it left off with the shared folder. Now I see the file saying synchronizing until I see it say 0% and then it says synchronizing. Back and forth with no progress whatsoever. I am so frustrated because for the last 4 days I have not had one file get transfered to my friend. Anything that anyone can help me with to resolve this matter would be greatly appreciated. thanks for you time and patience with me.

  6. Peter says:

    I\’ve got the 8GB Similarity 2 file as well but thankfully it only takes up 132KB of disk space. Of course I can think of plenty of other situations like uncompressed drives where that 8GB would be 8GB.
    Just 5 accounts on a pc and your drive would be shot.
    I don\’t recall ever having folder sharing enabled but if that\’s all it takes to get rid of it then I\’ll have to uninstall and reinstall with it disabled.

  7. Steven says:

    If you take a look at that "Whopper" of a file, you will see it does not actually take 8Gb of real space, only 1Mb for me but I guess it must reserve it? So, I am now wondering if you only have a 10Gb drive, are you able to install this messenger or not? Although it does not really take up 8Gb, does the OS see it that way? I\’m assuming it does – can\’t be bothered to un-install and re-install to find out.

  8. Unknown says:

    I have experienced the same problem with the 8.00 GB Similarity_2 file.  In the end I resorted to uninstalling messenger and deleting the Messenger folder seen in the post above.  Then re-install Messenger but do not enable Folder Sharing

  9. Michael says:

    MSN Messenger 8.0 Beta has a HUGE memory leak
    I left MSN Messenger 8.0 Beta (build 8.0.0365) running overnight on my laptop. (I\’ve been using it for several weeks now.) 
    This morning my Windows XP SP2 laptop had a "need to increase virtual memory" systray balloon and of course, I assumed it was Outlook 2003 running Newsgator (BIG consumer of memory).
    But no …it was MSN Messenger 8.0 Beta (build 8.0.0365) with a whopping "world record" VM Size of 1,435,008K (1.4 GIGABYTES) …at least a "world record" for my machine. ;-)
    Other equally impressive Task Manager statistics: Mem Usage 337,372K   Peak  Mem Usage 487,332K   

  10. Michael says:

    Messenger 8.0 is wasting a huge amount of my disk space when I have Folder Sharing enabled.  It is used 8 gigabytes for every Messenger account I have …totally ludicrous even for one account.  To top it off, I have only turned on the feature, invite 1-2 people but I\’ve actually used the feature.THIS IS A HUGE BUG THAT RENDERS Messenger 8.0 USELESS.
    It may be "sparse" but the Windows XP disk defragmenter is reporting it as being highly fragmented 8GB file.  Maybe this a different bug?17              8.00 GB         \\Documents and Settings\\mwherman\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Messenger\\\\SharingMetadata\\Working\\SimilarityTable_217              8.00 GB         \\Documents and Settings\\mwherman\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Messenger\\\\SharingMetadata\\Working\\SimilarityTable_2

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