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Old 01-26-2004, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy folder/directory passwords?

Can I simply password protect folders and directorys so my siblings can not gain access as they do not know what they are doing and may cause errors to important files?? Help Me??

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Old 01-26-2004, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if using winxp make a limited account for them and let them login with that. their account does not require making a password, they can simply click on their account name and login without any password. you can give a a generic name so anyone can access this account. also you should disable the guest account if it isn't already.

this limits access to windows files and any other you choose. they cannot delete your important system or personal files. you can make any folders private so that limited users have no access to them.

user account settings are in control panel> user accounts

for detailed instruction on making folders private start button> help & support use this search key: folders private

To make your folders private
Open My Computer.
Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive ( C: ), unless you have more than one drive on your computer).
If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive.

Double-click the Documents and Settings folder.
Double-click your user folder.
Right-click any folder in your user profile, and then click Properties.
On the Sharing tab, select the Make this folder private so that only I have access to it check box.

To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.
This option is only available for folders included in your user profile. Folders in your user profile include My Documents and its subfolders, Desktop, Start Menu, Cookies, and Favorites. If you do not make these folders private, they are available to everyone who uses your computer.
When you make a folder private, all of its subfolders are private as well. For example, when you make My Documents private, you also make My Music and My Pictures private. When you share a folder, you also share all of its subfolders unless you make them private.
You cannot make your folders private if your drive is not formatted as NTFS. For information about converting your drive to NTFS, click Related Topics.
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