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Windows 7: Basic security question

09 Sep 2013   #1
keithr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Basic security question

Hi all,

My Win7 desktop has admin plus user accounts for myself (Keith) and wife (Jean). The HDD is partitioned with all progs on C: and data on D:

I recently lost a file and dont remember deleting it, so thought I would check if it were possible for Jean to delete it. (Yes I have backup, so was able to restore it).

I was under the impression that any file that I originated and saved within D: would be safe from accidental deletion by Jean, but have just proved to myself that under her login, she can delete files without UAC asking for the admin password. How do I set things up so that my files will be protected from accidental deletion by Jean? I am quite happy for her to view any file.


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09 Sep 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

From the Admin acount, under the file or folder Properties box, on Security tab, Edit the secondary account's Permissions to dis-allow Full Control. I don't think with Modfy or Read-Execute, Read or Write the account holder can Delete the file but you may need to test to be sure.
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09 Sep 2013   #3
keithr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
From the Admin acount, under the file or folder Properties box, on Security tab, Edit the secondary account's Permissions to dis-allow Full Control. I don't think with Modfy or Read-Execute, Read or Write the account holder can Delete the file but you may need to test to be sure.

Hi gregrocker
Looking at my D: drive security tab, I see:
Authenticated users
SYSTEM
Administrators (Keith-PC\Administrators)
Users (Keith-PC\Users)

Which I find confusing since I expected to see users Keith & Jean listed separately. By "secondary accounts permissions" are you referring to user account Jean which I dont see?

Please explain whats the difference between Authenticated users and Users (Keith-PC\Users)?
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09 Sep 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Keith,

If you like, you should be able to add the other user accounts that you don't want to have full access, and set their permissions to say allow "Read & execute" only, and deny "Modify" and "Write".

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Be sure to NOT "deny" "everyone" or everything. If you do, you'll find that you denied yourself as well.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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