Understand Default Permissions

When you create and share a folder, Windows Vista applies default permissions. The creator and owner of the folder has the highest-level permission, and people you add later have the lowest. You can choose from three permission levels: Reader, Contributor, and Co-Owner, as shown in Figure 8-3.

  • Reader. Allows the person or group to view and read the files in a folder but not modify or delete the files. They can copy data in a file as well as the file itself.

  • Contributor. Allows the person or group to view the files in the folder, add files, and change or delete files they add. They have Reader permissions to files and folders they did not create.

  • Co-Owner. Allows the person or group to view, change, add, and delete all ...

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