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Windows 7: Disable other users from seeing my files


17 Dec 2009   #1
A3CIB

Windows 7
 
 
Disable other users from seeing my files

Hi

how can i disable other users from seeing my files?

& i dont want my user profile to be accessed from another computer on my network, how can i disable that?

Many Thanks


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17 Dec 2009   #2
patwhatsthat

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Open Network and Sharing Center, choose Change advanced sharing option and see attachment. Use a strong password and keep it private


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17 Dec 2009   #3
A3CIB

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, Can i also disable other Admins from seeing my files?
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17 Dec 2009   #4
patwhatsthat

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If you are talking about other members of the local administrators group, seeing and accessing files that are within your profile, meaning your libraries then try this and see if it works....open your libraries folder, right click on the individual icon like documents or music and from the "Share With" fly out window choose "Nobody"
and see if that works for you. I believe they can open the folder but the contents will not be visible to them, at least that's how it's working here. Let me know.
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17 Dec 2009   #5
patwhatsthat

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patwhatsthat View Post
If you are talking about other members of the local administrators group, seeing and accessing files that are within your profile, meaning your libraries then try this and see if it works....open your libraries folder, right click on the individual icon like documents or music and from the "Share With" fly out window choose "Nobody"
and see if that works for you. I believe they can open the folder but the contents will not be visible to them, at least that's how it's working here. Let me know.
You can pretty much ignore this previous post. Upon retesting it doesn't work at all. I don't know what I was seeing the first time around, probably just my old eyes. I will check further and see if I can come up with any other way.
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17 Dec 2009   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Welcome to the forum A3CIB.

To set permissions on a shared folder by using the Windows interface
  1. Open Computer Management.
  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.
  3. In the console tree, click System Tools, click Shared Folders, and then click Shares.
  4. In the details pane, right-click the shared folder, and then click Properties.
  5. On the Share Permissions tab, set the permissions you want:
    • To assign permissions to a shared folder to a user or group, click Add. In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, find or type the user or group name, and then click OK.
    • To revoke access to the shared folder, click Remove.
    • To set individual permissions for the user or group, in Permissions for group or user, select Allow or Deny.
  6. To set file and folder permissions that apply to users who log on locally or using Remote Desktop Services, click the Security tab and set the appropriate permissions
This is another one in tutorial form with pictures that might be easier to understand.
http://www.7tutorials.com/share-libr...sharing-wizard
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17 Dec 2009   #7
patwhatsthat

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Under the properties of the file or folder you can choose the security tab, you can choose to add a specific user and then deny that specific user full control under the Deny column, but if your other admin group users are at all savvy then they will just take ownership and change the ntfs permissions back to administrators group full control, so this is not really a solution. The one thing that I have found that will work is EFS (Encrypting File System) it’s a little heavy handed if you ask me and will probably generate a fair bit of overhead if we’re talking about a lot of files and folders, but you may want to look into it, just make sure you under stand it http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Encrypt-or-decrypt-a-folder-or-file and make sure you backup your certificate, locally and on a thumb drive or external device of some kind look here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Back-up-Encrypting-File-System-EFS-certificate
Not sure any of this is much help, but administrators are called that for a reason. Good luck, maybe someone else will have an idea.
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19 Dec 2009   #8
A3CIB

Windows 7
 
 

ok will try that, also i have noticed if you are using a linux live cd you can get access to admin files.

Any solutions for that?

Many thanks
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19 Dec 2009   #9
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A3CIB View Post
ok will try that, also i have noticed if you are using a linux live cd you can get access to admin files.

Any solutions for that?

Many thanks
Nope,, Windows Security is NTFS, Linux does not recognize NTFS as a valid security method. So, yes, you can have access to all the files.

Also note,, Other Windows admins can take ownership and gain access to your files regardless of what you do, they are admins and have all the rights you do. You would have to not allow any other admins exist on your local PC. Nor allow other users access to your Admin account. That is just the way it is.

The only solution to either of these issues is encryption..... TrueCrypt is a good solution.
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