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file rigths in Windows 2000

Posted on 2002-03-31
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Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I want to share some files on my network for other users.

So i make a shared dir. Now i want that the persons on the network can only read the files, buth not copy them onto their PC.

How can i do this ?

All PC's are Windows 2000 Pro, and the network infrastructure is a Workgroup.
Question by:Cybertron
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You cannot. A file copy is nothing but reading the file, and writing it to another location. There is therefore no difference in reading a file or copying it for the file rights. To illustrate the problem: You could copy a file by loadin it into Notepad, and saving it to a new location. Therefore you cannot prevent copying if you want to allow reading.

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what by for example files of avi, pdf, mp3, exe ?

what you say is indeed thru with files as doc, txt, generally files that you can edit with notepad.

Buth what with file extentions like the ones mentioned above ?
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You change the file itself to read only and that would fix part of your problem but then the user could do a save as and just change the file name. If you let them read it, why don't you want them to make copies of it? No matter how you look at it they can do a save as and save the file or they can copy and paste the information out of it.

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