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Remove Directory Password Prompt

Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I need to reset the permissions of a tree of directories that somehow got misconfigured. When I try to access these directories via a web browser I am prompted for a username and password (which I don't want). I can simply hit cancel twice and proceed. Very strange. Any ideas? How do I remove the prompt?
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just curious, why do you want to access directories through browser?
right click browser icon and click Run As - use administrator credentials to launch the browser and then try.
I'm not sure why you would use a browser either.  However if you are talking about windows explorer:
If you haven't done so already just disable simple file sharing via Tools, Folder Options in explorer.

Do properties on the folder that you can't access.  Click Security tab, Advanced button, Owner Tab, change the owner using an Administrative account and set that account to be owner.  CLick the box to replace owner on sub items.

Click Apply.  After the process is finished (can be quick or long depending on how many files) you can set the security of the folder as you see fit.
Referenced from: https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_21633075.html?qid=21633075
Otherwise check out: https://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Operating_Systems_Security/Windows/Q_21190756.html
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It is an IE Authentication mehtod, if you look at the very bottom option in IE>Tools>Options>Security>Intranet....What is currently selected?
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Personally, I dont find anything wrong with browsing with IE, as it simply reverts to an Explorer view once it reaches a UNC/Drive letter path.....It does handle authentication differently though....

Here are a few handy tools for a GUI method of viewing permissions...

AccessEnum v1.32

AccessChk v4.0.


I appologize I should have been more clear with my question. The directories are being browsed via the web because they are part of a website so they are located in the inetpub/wwwroot/website.com/httpdocs/admin when accessing the httpdocs/admin directory I get prompted, hit cancel twice and proceed. I then access another page through a link and get prompted again. Please re-evaluate and let me know. Thank you.
I would check that IE is correctly sending the authentication and that it knows it's an intranet site as per: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=258063
If this does not solve the problem then you will need to look at IIS and the way it is set to deal with authentication.  It should be set to Integrated Windows Authentication in the security tab of the website in IIS
Infomration about Intigrated windows authentication:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/523ae943-5e6a-4200-9103-9808baa00157.mspx?mfr=true
It would be nice to know if any of the suggestions worked?


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