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Make folders public again after privatised during password creation on login account

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Stibily, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. Stibily

    Stibily Thread Starter

    Oct 13, 2008
    Hi everyone.

    I recently password protected my windows account and accidentally hit 'Yes' when the box came up asking whether I want to make my folders private. Since I am sharing some of these folders, I wish to undo this and no longer make them private. I tried setting the password again to see if it would re-trigger the message box again, but nothing showed which makes it seem like once its set to private, it can't be changed?!

    Any ideas?

    Many thanks.
  2. Lance1


    Aug 4, 2003
    Windows XP Professional, disable Simple file sharing:
    Click Start, and then click My Computer. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab. In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box. Click OK. Then, follow these steps:

    Right-click the folder in question, and choose Properties.

    Click the Security tab.

    Click Add, and type in Administrators, click OK.

    Select Administrators group that you've added now.

    Put a checkmark near Full Control (Allow) in Permissions box.
    Click OK.

    Windows XP Home Edition, you need to start Windows in Safe Mode in order to see the Security tab. Remaining steps are the same.

    Once you add Administrators group and give them Full Control for the folder, the Make this Folder Private option is automatically disabled. Level 1 permissions are no longer in action.
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