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XP Home advanced file permissions
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/22/2005 | User Interface Page 1 | Rating:
XP Home advanced file permissions

This is actually an addition to my previous post entitled "Get XP Pro file security with XP Home". In the aforementioned post I outlined how to access *Advance file Permissions* on NTFS file systems for XP Home simply by booting into *Safe Mode*, rt-clicking any file or folder, and navigating to the *Security tab*. This gives the user the ability to allow or deny read, write, execute, read & write, display contents, full-control, iheritance, and take ownership permissions, with many more options available to apply to different users and groups stored on the computer.

Well, you don't have to do this in *Safe Mode* (XP Home). Although it is a little less intuitive, you can simply go to your command prompt - Start>All Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt. Now type "cacls" in the window (without the quotes). This gives you the ability to add, remove or modify file permissions on files and folders through the command prompt. Type "cacls /?" for help on different options and variables. You do not need to be in safe mode to use this so it makes it a little quicker than using the safe mode security tab GUI.

Remember - this only applies to NTFS.

Here also is a very useful link to find a lot of extras and tweaks straight from the horse's mouth - the Microsoft Resource Center. You will find a lot of very useful web-based extra's here, most of them left unknowing to the general public - such as, "Online Crash Analysis" - a site that looks like Windows Update but you can upload your crash "dump logs" (when you get those system or application crash error reports). Microsoft will then analyze the log file and tell you some more info about WHY the system crashed (ie. faulty hardware/software/conflicts, etc).

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Thank you. I saved a lot's of photos by your info.
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  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Thank you ,,, your realy Super Admin
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
    I have a problem I guess it was because I was trying to keep people from messing up my computer and went overboard but I used the safe mode way and Ironically I made windows think it was a counterfiet version and screwed up my computer.I'm not sayinbg using safe mode is bad but if you are going to deny something make sure you mske s group for the other users and advise caution.
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Thank alot, it's very hard those day's to find articles regarding Home Edition
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Many thanks, got me out of a hole using Safe mode.
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
    good useful information
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
    not enough info or examples
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Just what I was looking for
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! This helped me install .NET Framework 3.0 and now I can hopefully install Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions. *bows down*
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
    You saved me so much time! I've been having permissions troubles for years!
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Very useful tip. Ignore the criticism of your grammar by one of the previous users. Some people are unbelievable!
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Thanks a lot. Your advice really helped me here.
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
    told me *exactly* what I needed to know
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
    I figure out how to actually run the cacls using the controlls *.* /T /F dad:F and the thing did something to several hundred files in the folder and subfolders on my PC but now I cannot access anything at all from my laptop on that pathing. I'm not sure what I physically achieved so I am now going to reboot in safe mode to see if that does any better. Thus far, cacls has been a minor disaster!
  • Comment #17 (Posted by NuggetSA)
    Without full instructions I had difficulty in making it do anything but after several attempts at trial and error eventually managed to fix the problem. First thing I learned was to select the folder I wanted to work on. (I didn't try putting the path and file name *.* but that might work also.) The full syntax I used was cacls *.* /T /E /G Everyone:F The /T includes all subfolders. /E modifies the current setting rather than replacing it altogether. Granting full permissions to everyone was the change that enabled my laptop to access the files on my PC. I did not find a way to set the permissions to my laptop user. (This replaces my earlier comments about giving up on cacls and using the safe mode.)
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
    XP home is weak and this released the lockdown on the hosts files so i could delete it. Microsoft should make ONE awesome operating system with everything in it. Multiple versions of an OS is just stupid! Give people everything and let them use what they want. Good Idea? i think so
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
    This is not an article. It's just a comment. There are no examples or explanations. And the grammar and punctuation are terrible: 'Type "cacls /?" for help on different options and variables.' -- Different from what? There was no previous mention of any options and variables, so how can you refer to "different" ones? If you mean "various", type "various". "very useful web-based extra's here" - the apostrophe is incorrect. "most of them left unknowing to the general public" - what does that even mean? What are you trying to say? How can an "extra" know anything, and so be able to be left unknowing? If you meant "unknowingly", you're wrong - Microsoft knows that people can access a web site. "Unknown" would sort of make sense but in that case it would work much better without the "left". You missed a period in "i.e." and again in "etc.". If you want to write in English, you should become more familiar with it first. A very effective way to do that is to read books. If everything you read is on the Internet or in text messages then your own English will fail to develop AND you'll continue to contribute to the erosion of the English language.
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Great tip - thanks for this, its helped me clean up the last tainted file after a virus attack.
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Thank you, Thank you. I was able to remove a shared folder brought over from another Windows XP Home computer that was not accessible from the new computer.
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Interesting! So that's how we access the ntfs security on XP home, long live XP!
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