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Hi everyone!

i) Is there any way to prevent/stop unwanted file transferring by people other than me (maybe by setting up a password at the OS level on file transfer that asks for the password every time a file is attempted to be copied or moved)?
ii) If not, then in what way can I achieve this?

What I want is to prevent people from taking stuff without my permission from my computer when its turned on but I'm not there. I hope that I've been able to make myself clear enough.

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your help! smile.gif
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You should be able to do this with file permission settings and user restrictions. If your login is the only admin account then you would just need to right click the folder, click properties, then hit the security tab. Click edit and then change the permissions. That would be the easiest way to do it. You can go further and do advance permissions to completely hide the folder from other users.

Towards the end of this page will be a NTFS permissions section that tells you what each one means for basic permissions. http://www.howtogeek.com/72718/how-to-understand-those-confusing-windows-7-fileshare-permissions/
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Why not just lock your account?
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You should be able to do this with file permission settings and user restrictions. If your login is the only admin account then you would just need to right click the folder, click properties, then hit the security tab. Click edit and then change the permissions. That would be the easiest way to do it. You can go further and do advance permissions to completely hide the folder from other users.

Towards the end of this page will be a NTFS permissions section that tells you what each one means for basic permissions. http://www.howtogeek.com/72718/how-to-understand-those-confusing-windows-7-fileshare-permissions/
Thanks for the quick reply.

As far as I understood, the link you provided shows solutions for multiple user accounts. Problem is, my admin account is the only account I have/use on my computer (and I do not wish to create other accounts). I usually leave it open at all times at the desktop level even when I go away from my computer for a particular period of time. So the restriction needs to be applicable also to the admin account, and preferably be unlockable with a password.

Also, from what I understand, it is possible to apply the restriction to the admin account too, and then when I require to transfer files I can just lift the restrictions. But that would be a hectic solution for everyday use, and even a password restriction would be much easier to handle than messing with the permissions settings every hour.

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your help! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Why not just lock your account?
Doing that stops all operations (downloads, installations etc.) as far as I have noticed. If not, then I'd be more than glad with such a simple and easy solution.

Is there a way to lock the account and still keep the operations running like it would be if it werent locked?

Thanks a lot! smile.gif
Edited by ahnafakeef - 6/11/13 at 8:47pm
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Originally Posted by ahnafakeef View Post

Thanks for the quick reply.

As far as I understood, the link you provided shows solutions for multiple user accounts. Problem is, my admin account is the only account I have/use on my computer (and I do not wish to create other accounts). I usually leave it open at all times at the desktop level even when I go away from my computer for a particular period of time. So the restriction needs to be applicable also to the admin account, and preferably be unlockable with a password.

Also, from what I understand, it is possible to apply the restriction to the admin account too, and then when I require to transfer files I can just lift the restrictions. But that would be a hectic solution for everyday use, and even a password restriction would be much easier to handle than messing with the permissions settings every hour.

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your help! smile.gif
Doing that stops all operations (downloads, installations etc.) as far as I have noticed. If not, then I'd be more than glad with such a simple and easy solution.

Is there a way to lock the account and still keep the operations running like it would be if it werent locked?

Thanks a lot! smile.gif

You can lock the desktop instead of logging off and everything will continue running. Windows key + L will lock it. If you logoff then most services and applications will stop.

I am slightly confused about what you are wanting to accomplish now though. If you want to allow people to use the computer while you are away then locking the desktop will prevent them from using it. The only simple solution is to have an Admin account and a guest account. Once you change the file permission settings then you are set.

You wouldn't need to change file permissions constantly. If you allow the admin account access to a folder then every time the admin account signs in then the folders will be available. When the guest signs in then access is blocked.
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yup, guest account or lock your account. or both so that when your account is locked and someone wants to use your computer then they can do so by logging in to a guest account.

locking your account won't stop all the processes, logging off will.
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Originally Posted by Kylepdalton View Post

You can lock the desktop instead of logging off and everything will continue running. Windows key + L will lock it. If you logoff then most services and applications will stop.

I am slightly confused about what you are wanting to accomplish now though. If you want to allow people to use the computer while you are away then locking the desktop will prevent them from using it. The only simple solution is to have an Admin account and a guest account. Once you change the file permission settings then you are set.

You wouldn't need to change file permissions constantly. If you allow the admin account access to a folder then every time the admin account signs in then the folders will be available. When the guest signs in then access is blocked.
Tried locking the desktop. The applications I had left running were still running when I unlocked it. Guess I've found my solution.

What I was trying to accomplish is that the computer will remain turned on but people wouldnt be able to transfer any files/folders from the computer to their flash drives, even though they'd have access to said files/folders through the admin account. Password protection would've been easier than locking the desktop, but it'll do the job just fine.

Thanks a lot! smile.gif
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yup, guest account or lock your account. or both so that when your account is locked and someone wants to use your computer then they can do so by logging in to a guest account.

locking your account won't stop all the processes, logging off will.
Now I know. I must have mixed up logging off with locking the desktop. Thanks! smile.gif
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