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How can I limit a user to only view the folders I specify or do not specify in Win XP?

Also, is there anyway I can apply a Computer Policy only to a specific user?

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Is this XP Home or XP Pro? Domain PC or standalone? Assuming XP Pro, NTFS, Standalone
In XP Pro with NTFS,
Add the user account to the list of local user accounts in "user accounts" in control panel. You can then restrict which files and folders this user can access by logging on with a computer administrator account, right-clicking the file or folder, click properties and then clicking security. You can then define a users access rights by adding them to the list of users and selecting the applicable options.
NTFS Security and Permissions
http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/sec-c.html
File and Folder Permissions
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prkc_fil_vtmz.asp
Local Group Policy
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/sag_spconcepts_26.mspx

To apply local group policy to a specific user, click start - run - gpedit.msc and review the options available. Don't forget if in a domain these policies may be overidden. Be careful what you apply to administrator accounts,

Hope this helps for a start,

Deb :))
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Hi Deb,

XP Pro, NTFS and a standalone.

Now for the gpedit, it seems like it applies the settings system-wide, regardless of user. Any ideas?
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Yes it does, although with an admin account you can stop it applying to you by disabling the policy from gpedit once logged in (so lonbg as you don't disable access to gpedit for yourself). This may work in XP - I've not tried it - but it's a real chore to do this for everyone,
How to apply local policies to all users except administrators in a workgroup setting in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;293655
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