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XP Folder, allow read of contents, but not change

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Yorkshire Guy, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. Yorkshire Guy

    Yorkshire Guy Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    This is the scenario:
    On a shared PC I want to protect a Folder so that only I can add or change the files within it, however I want all other users to still be able to read those files.

    I've looked at password protection / locking the folder etc but these don't seem to have the 'others can look but don't touch option'.

    A bit like Office files modify protection e.g. if you know the password you can modify the file, otherwise its read-only, but at the folder level.

    Any ideas please?

    Thanks
    Hew

    PS this is for Win XP, NTFS.
     
  2. fel1x

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    not on xp at the moment but was fairly sure it was right click properties security ( or advanced ) permissions then change to example user freddy full control user jimmy no control etc etc etc
     
  3. Yorkshire Guy

    Yorkshire Guy Thread Starter

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    Hi fel1x,

    Thanks for quick response.

    When I said it was a shared PC I should have been clearer to mention that it doesn't have any user accounts and I'd prefer not to have to introduce them.
    It's a family PC.

    So I can't give permissions to user1 v user2!

    Cheers
    Hew
     
  4. lunarlander

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    Security on Windows relies on having separate user accounts. Then it can control who can do what. If everyone uses the same account, then how is it going to tell people apart ?
     
  5. TheOutcaste

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    If you want to use the same user account, you can install Truecrypt. This will allow you to create an encrypted volume that requires a password to be able mount and access it. It will appear as another disk drive.
    You can mount a "volume" as read only so no files can be changed.

    To edit or add files, you have to dismount the volume, then mount it normally.

    You have to configure it so it won't cache passwords so that the password has to be entered to mount the volume, and always remember to dismount it and remount it as read only when done editing.
     
  6. Yorkshire Guy

    Yorkshire Guy Thread Starter

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    thanks guys for the suggestions.

    I was looking for something simple and uncluttered, like you can password protect an excel or word document - if you know the password you can edit it, else its read only; only for a folder.

    Ithanks,
    Hew
     
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