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Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, 2nd Edition by David A. Karp

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Permissions and Security

Setting the permissions for a file or folder allows you to permit access to some users while restricting access to others.

Before you start messing with permissions, you’ll need to turn off Simple File Sharing. Go to Control Panel Folder Options View tab, and turn off the Use simple file sharing option. Click OK when you’re done.

Note that permissions can only be used on files and folders stored on NTFS volumes (see the discussion of NTFS in Chapter 5).

Setting Permissions for an Object

By default, everyone on your computer has access to every file on your hard disk. In order to restrict access, you’ll have to change the permissions for your folders, files, and drives that contain more sensitive data. It gets a little confusing when you realize that there are two different Permissions windows for any given object (file, folder, printer, etc.).

Object permissions

Right-click any file, folder, drive, or printer, select Properties, and choose the Security tab to view or change the permissions for the selected object(s). These settings affect how the object is accessed by users on your machine.

Share permissions

Right-click any file, folder, drive, or printer, select Properties, choose the Sharing tab, and click Permissions to view or change the share permissions for the selected object(s). These settings affect how the object is accessed by users on other machines on your network. Note that the Permissions button will only be available for objects currently ...

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