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Windows 7: restrict the visibility of certain folders


08 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 
restrict the visibility of certain folders

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Harish, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but Group Policy is not available in Windows Home Basic, nor can it be added.

The only workaround would be to set the group policy settings via regedit instead. To help, the links in the green info box at the top of the tutorial can help show you the registry locations for group policy settings. In addition, there may be a tutorial already written that will have a .reg file already created to make it easy to change as well. If you like, you could look through the tutorial index for any that may be created.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi Shawn, thanks for the quick and prompt reply.

I have several user accounts and I want to restrict the visibility of certain folders to certain user accounts. How do I do that ? And I have only Home Basic.

I don't want to other users to see certain folders that exist in my HDD.


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08 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Harish,

You could hide the folder, but it will hide it for all users.

If the other users are standard users and not administrators, then you could just keep the folder in one of your user folders for them to never be able to see or access it.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to set the permission settings of the folders to add the user if not already, and "Deny" the specific users access permission. It will not hide the folder, but will prevent them from being able to open it. Just be very careful to not deny "Everyone" or your user account. Both will lock you out as well. However, if the other users are administrators, then they can just as well grant themselves access again.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
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08 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Harish,

You could hide the folder, but it will hide it for all users.

If the other users are standard users and not administrators, then you could just keep the folder in one of your user folders for them to never be able to see or access it.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to set the permission settings of the folders to add the user if not already, and "Deny" the specific users access permission. It will not hide the folder, but will prevent them from being able to open it. Just be very careful to not deny "Everyone" or your user account. Both will lock you out as well. However, if the other users are administrators, then they can just as well grant themselves access again.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
Thanks Brink.
I guess by "user folders", you mean the "documents", "pictures", "music" and those kind of stuff.

By the way is there a performance penalty for keeping huge files/folders in the "My Documents" folder of your user account ?
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08 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.

Yes, those would be the user folders I meant.

There would be no performance hit other than the space it uses on the C: partition/HDD. If you had a ton of large video or image files in one folder, then it may take a bit longer to load their thumbnails when you open the folder though.
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