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#1 jhboys

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 10:23 AM

I'm on Windows Vista - 32 bit.

I apologize for not understanding the terms (and whatnot) enough to know how to ask the question shortly (in less than a hundred words), but ... here's what I know:

I don't care about "sharing" because I'm only dealing with one machine for now, but the issue ... is about sharing. It's about sharing files from one USER ... to another on this one machine. All in the same Vista system. I'm the administrator. I've got two kids, each with their own "username." One has a password. One doesn't. I was on LeAnn's (with a password) user weeks ago and she was in the middle of something (or I was lazy or just curious - I don't remember but it might have been just curiosity on my part) I wanted to access one of my word files from HER user (without leaving her user and logging into mine).

So I did the admin override thing.

And ever since ... I haven't been able to KEEP her from reading all the "word" files in the admin user. It's got to be just a checkmark in a box somewhere but I can't find it. Please help.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

Read this article about how to stop sharing and permissions:
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...0b63eb1033.mspx

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:18 PM

Jacee. Thank you. I hadn't read that article, but I'd tried most of that. Now I've tried it all.

When I click "share" on a folder it says "it's already shared." We knew that. So I click "unshare" or whatever. It comes back with "you can't unshare this file because it's in a shared folder."

Fine, so I go to the next folder up the ladder on windows explorer and do the same thing there. And get the same answer "in a shared folder."

the "C" drive and the "D" drive give me a different window when I ask them to "share" (which is fine, but...) they both say unshared. Good.

So the next SMALLER thing I can try to share or unshare is the desktop (which I can't get to give me a "share" option no matter how or where I've yet clicked on it).

Or the "John and Janet" folder which is adjacent (on the same level as) the "public" folder (which is supposed to be shared). Fine, so if I could just unshare the "john and janet" folder I'd be fine, but I can't find a way to do that.

Do you know? (or more importantly - can you describe it to me so that I'll know?!?!)

Thanks. John.

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

See the reply here and let us know if it works for you:
http://www.vistax64.com/vista-account-admi...r-desktops.html

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 03:27 PM

what? where'd my response go? nevermind.

Okay. Jacee. Thanks, but nope. Knew that about the "desktops." No help there.

My user's (the administrator's) desktop is "shared" so I go to "unshare" it and get a window that says "you can't unshare because this folder is IN a shared folder." Sounds easy, but I haven't been able to figure out ... what ... or ... where ... or something ... is the folder (bigger than my desktop) that I need to "unshare." Or (obviously) how.

Thanks. John.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:30 AM

Okay, so it's a UAC thing maybe. I checked both of the (non-admin) users, and the one with the password had (unwanted) access and the other didn't. So I figured the password was relevant ... and I could go around the challenge by taking LeAnn's password away. Fine. I did... but she still has access and Andrew still does not.

I went to Andrew's user and pretended to open a word file from the admin files section ... and couldn't. The window that opened said something (that didn't seem to be helpful) about UAC. And "Microsoft security" something. So I went there from the control panel and found firewall stuff, but didn't find anything about internal security.

So I still don't know. Hopefully this new information will clue someone as to what would be my challenge. Thanks. John.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 10:15 AM

Still curious. I ... DID ... something. I'm not stupid (but evidence often points to the contrary). It may be simple - I just haven't stumbled upon the answer yet. Any suggestions? John.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:33 PM

Still no help? Hmmm.

Maybe I'm reading it wrong.
Maybe I didn't find the answer ... somewhere in one of the answers I was given.
Maybe I'm asking the wrong questions.
Maybe my attitude has infected the computer ... but I doubt it ... because I've usually got a pretty positive attitude ... so if that were the case ... well ... I'm pretty sure my attitude doesn't infect the computers I touch ... so nevermind.

But I am still looking for answers. Suggestions or questions?

Grace and Peace. John.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:55 PM

I'm just guessing here, but try logging into your account.
Then locate the folder that she's been able to access (using Windows Explorer).
Right click on the folder and select Properties, then click on the Security tab
Then click on the Advanced button, then on the Owner tab.
Click on the Edit button, then double click on your account name (in the selection box)
Then put a checkmark in the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" box
Then click on Apply, then on OK.

Close all dialogs by clicking on OK, then log off and log onto the account that you don't want to access that folder - and check to see if you can access it (you shouldn't be able to).
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:06 PM

I would encrypt your documents until you can have your own computer. I have Word 2007, Click the upper left hand button (Office Button), Scroll down to "Prepare", and click on "Encrypt Document". Enter a password and confirm it.

Just my thoughts.

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