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Windows 7: Restricting a user to particular drives


18 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Restricting a user to particular drives

Hi,

I have been using Ubuntu Linux since quite some time, and have found it quite good on permissions fronts.
I can create a folder and set group permissions very well.

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate x32 at my home, and that PC is used by 2 people.
It has some crucial and private data.
I would want to know a way I can restrict a user from accessing predefined drives only.

for example, I create another user for my room-mate and restrict him from accessing my E and F drive somehow, giving him restricted rights too.

Is it possible!?

I found a nice tutorial here , but that's to lock a folder, and haven't been tested by me.

Please let me know as soon as possible.


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18 Feb 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Drive Access - Restrict or Unrestrict - Vista Forums

and

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

You're going to have to play with user policies and it could get a bit complicated.
Be very careful doing this or you could lock yourself out.
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18 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the links!
Im looking into them
I kinda had a feeling that I have to play with GPEdit.
thanks for notifying me about the complexity, I'll take care of that.
I just revert if things work the way I want them to.

Thanks a lot!
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18 Feb 2011   #4

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

yes it wouldn't hurt to create a restore point before you start.
System Restore Point - Create
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18 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Yes, that's an obvious thing I was going to do before I play with it.
I'll revert by tonight (By Indian time)
Thanks once again!

P.S. I like your avatar!
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18 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Maguscreed,

Exactly what you had warned me about, just happened.
Sadly, I lost access to my F drive.
I followed the link titled: Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

I did create a restore point before doing so, but it doesn't work.
Although F didn't have any crucial data, but still it was important.
I hope i can gain access to it soon.

To reiterate my problem, I have created another standard user for my dorm mate and would want to restrict his access to my E and F drives only.
Whenever I tried setting policies for him, all the options seemed to have been setting permission for ALL the users, including me too, although I don't want to restrict myself.

While trying the above link, I didn't see his user name in the list of users, so I restricted access to all the "Users" but did let "Administrators" have full access, since I am an administrator, I should have been getting access, but it didn't happen.
I am sure I mistook somewhere, but just don't know where.
Can you help restoring what it was like before all the mess happened!?
Please!
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18 Feb 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You can't reverse your steps with the admin account and undo the permission?
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18 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SheikhAman View Post
While trying the above link, I didn't see his user name in the list of users, so I restricted access to all the "Users" but did let "Administrators" have full access, since I am an administrator, I should have been getting access, but it didn't happen.
I am sure I mistook somewhere, but just don't know where.
Can you help restoring what it was like before all the mess happened!?
Please!
"Users" group is pretty much every user including those that are part of the "Administrators" group. DENY permissions take precedence over ALLOW permissions. Be restricting "Users" you restricted yourself.
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19 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7
 
 

@logicearth thanks for telling. I would love if you could tell me the procedure to regain acess to my drive and do exactly what I want.

@maguscreed im currently trying to login with super admin, its weird, unlike xp, a login prompt doesn't appear when I ctrl+alt+del twice on lock/login screen.
I am going to try with safe mode.
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20 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Hellow!!?
Please help me!
I tried many ways but neither I could log in as super admin, nor I could gain access to F drive.
and my motive of restricting it for a limited user still remains the same.
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