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Hiding Admin Folders from Guest account


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UV_Power

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Hello everyone,

This may sound trivial, and I am a bit embarrassed to admit I need help, but here goes.

I have a laptop with Windows XP Pro and I have been taking it to places where I need to allow other people to have access to it. I figured that I could just enable the Guest account and they could do go nuts, but I have realized that the Guest account has access to the files of my password-protected administrator account. It is read-only access, but still access nonetheless.

I have one folder where I keep all my important documents and would like to be able to make this folder completely inaccessible (and hidden, if possible) to Guest. I couldn't care less about the other folders' permissions.

When I look at the permissions of the folder it says:
drwx------
...which is really confusing to me because it looks like a directory with full OWNER privileges. But since it has read-only access with other user accounts (i.e. Guest), shouldn't it look something like this?
drwxr--r--

I've tried the Microsoft website and also tried to Google it, but I mostly found solutions that weren't free or advice that doesn't help (one guy suggested changing the folder icon to blank and erasing the name of the folder... :))

I just want to make the folder inaccessible (preferably, hidden) from Guest. Sounds easy, but I'm stumped. :)

Any ideas?

*EDIT: I forgot to mention that I also tried to check the "Hidden" box in the Folder Properties. This is actually the effect I want, but this isn't a solution since the user can just change the Folder Options in Control Panel, or just access it through the terminal.

Edited by UV_Power, 20 September 2009 - 04:10 PM.

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If your files are in the Admin's Documents folder, it should say access is denied and be completely inaccessible.
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Yes, you are right. And that is one possible solution that I will highly consider.

But, I like to have a folder closer to the root of the C:\ Drive to store my documents. In other words, I prefer this:

C:\MyDocs

over this:

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents

Is there a way I could have any ambiguous folder act the way the "My Documents" folder does? Or is it understood that anything you want off limits should just be moved to "My Documents"?
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Turn off simple file sharing under folder options. Then, right click the folder, properties, and goto the security tab. Give the Administrator full access. Done.
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I did what you said and now the folder is inaccessible to Guest. I changed the the permissions of the Users group, but now my own account cannot access the folder. In the Security tab, I see four groups (Administrators, CREATOR, SYSTEM, and Users) and one user (which I will call "my account"). I know that <my account> is an Administrator account and I gave the Administrator group full access.

I don't have much experience with Groups, Users, and permissions. I will try to read up on that now. But, in the mean time I have a few questions:

Why would an Administrator account be affected if I deny access to the Users Group? Is there a different way to specifically deny access to the Guest account? Shouldn't the Guest account be listed as a user under the Security tab?

Edited by UV_Power, 21 September 2009 - 04:51 PM.

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OK, after a bit of research, I figured it out.

Under the Security Tab, I just needed to Add "Guest" as a user. Once "Guest" was listed, I could make all the custom permissions that I want.

Thanks for your help, diabillic. :)

This is really all I need, but if someone knows of a way to make the folder completely hidden from Guest (i.e. so they can't even click on it to tell them "Access is denied"), I would like to hear about it. As mentioned above, just clicking the "Hidden" box in Folder Properties isn't a solution.

Edited by UV_Power, 21 September 2009 - 05:13 PM.

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