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Windows 7: How to hide folders from other user accounts?

10 Feb 2010   #1
simorio69

windows 7
 
 
How to hide folders from other user accounts?

How to hide folders from other user accounts? I wanna make some of my folders and files visible just for me. help please


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10 Feb 2010   #2
PoPPeR

XP Vista 7
 
 

right click the folder you want to hide, choose properties under General tab, checkmark Hidden
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10 Feb 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcom to the forum

Hope this helps

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide
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11 Feb 2010   #4
simorio69

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PoPPeR View Post
right click the folder you want to hide, choose properties under General tab, checkmark Hidden
If i tap hide folders, i will not see it, i wanna hide just from one user.,Sry my english bad
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11 Feb 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I do not know how to make it invisible, unless you give the other user his own account, and you have a password on yours.
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11 Feb 2010   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

You can share the folder, give permission and password protect for your user only.
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11 Feb 2010   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

This can be achieved by the use of permissions but will take a little work - I would also add that the default permissions of an administrator level account (even in win7 with UAC on), does not adapt well to this.

I would recommend that you set this up in standard user accounts and keep at least one admin account to control things.

create your Standard level accounts

log in as admin account and in the properties - security tab on the folders you wish to be private remove all users except the user who needs access and the administrators, (also leave any other system related users for safety).

You will need to remove catch-all groups such as everyone and Homeusers$ and specifically add the allowed user.

Rights may be assigned as required such as read, write, modify, etc. but I would advise you leave the ownership as is or manually set to administrators group.

once set-up any user that does not have specific rights assigned will not be able to access a folder.

This is the way that access is controlled on major network systems so it is a proven system, although with major systems it is normal to assign users to groups and then assign the rights to a group

As I said it will take a little work and thought but it can provide total control of a shared system
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11 Feb 2010   #8
simorio69

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
This can be achieved by the use of permissions but will take a little work - I would also add that the default permissions of an administrator level account (even in win7 with UAC on), does not adapt well to this.

I would recommend that you set this up in standard user accounts and keep at least one admin account to control things.

create your Standard level accounts

log in as admin account and in the properties - security tab on the folders you wish to be private remove all users except the user who needs access and the administrators, (also leave any other system related users for safety).

You will need to remove catch-all groups such as everyone and Homeusers$ and specifically add the allowed user.

Rights may be assigned as required such as read, write, modify, etc. but I would advise you leave the ownership as is or manually set to administrators group.

once set-up any user that does not have specific rights assigned will not be able to access a folder.

This is the way that access is controlled on major network systems so it is a proven system, although with major systems it is normal to assign users to groups and then assign the rights to a group

As I said it will take a little work and thought but it can provide total control of a shared system
I tried somethung with security, its quite complicated.. tnx i will try
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11 Feb 2010   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

If you just want to protect a particular folder or folder tree from prying eyes the best solution is encryption using something like bitlocker or the free truecrypt

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux
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11 Feb 2010   #10
jharpj

win 7
 
 

Hide the folder then do a search for files contained in the folder to see if your efforts were effective.
Example:
If the folder contains .jpg files do a search for all .jpgs in your computer and see of the ones in your hidden folder appear.

This free software works great for me.
www.winmend.com
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