File Permissions Available with Windows® XP®
Discover what kinds of file permissions are available on a system supported by Windows XP
File permissions are system’s way of telling you what you can and can’t do with a specific file or folder. In many cases, you will need to change the permission of certain group or individual user as regards to a file or a folder. By setting permission you specify which user can do what with the particular folder or file. There are various levels of file permissions available with Windows XP. Windows XP uses access control list to administer a more complex and varied set of problems. In Windows XP home edition (and Professional Edition); use the SubInACL tool to reset the registry and file permissions. You can set file permissions graphically or in a command-line way.
The following are the standard levels of file permissions that can be applied to files on Windows XP
- Full control
- Read and Execute
- List folder contents
Full control permission allows the user to view filenames and folders, change permission, add files and subfolders to the folder, delete the folder and its file, view data in the folder’s file, navigate to subfolders, etc. It permits a complete control over the files and folders. By setting this permission, a Windows user can do any task within the database.
Read and Execute
Permissions under this setting are just as they sound. By setting this permission a Windows user can view the filenames and subfolders, navigate to subfolders, add files and subfolders to the folder, and view data in folder’s file. Read and execute is inherited by both files and folders. It is always present when you view file or folder permission.
List folder contents and read and execute appear to have same special permissions but they are inherited differently. List folder contents are inherited by folders, not by files and it only appears when you view folder permissions. This permission setting allows user to view folders, navigate to subfolders, etc. It does not allow access to folder’s file.