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Posted on 2012-04-05
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Hello,

I have a 2-PC house and so have networked them together and shared all the devices with full devices.  I need to now accommodate a 3rd PC and another person and want to limit their access to everything except for read only access to a few external hard drives and the internet.  I assumed the way to do this was to include them in my work group and give them the WiFi password and then change the security settings for Everyone to either read only or nothing, assuming that Everyone meant Everyone Else that hadn't been explicitly given permission, but Everyone seemed to overwrite the specific users and groups settings and so I've changed them back.  Is there a way to accomplish what I want?  I realize that I can explicitly set permissions for the new person, but I have a lot of devices and would prefer not to go through it each time I add someone to the network.

Thanks,

Peter
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Which version of of windows? Home or Pro edition?

What you want can really only be accomplished with the Pro edition where you can set usernames/passwords and then security.

Otherwise you might consider 3rd party software or a NAS External Hard drive.
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I do have Windows professional.  How would I go about it?
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So all machines need to be in the same workgroup, then if you are going to be using/sharing on all 3 computers then the usernames and passwords need to be on each machine and match.  Remember there are two permissions when sharing.. the actual file/folder security and the sharing security.  It is easiest to just make the share security everyone read/write and then deal with the actual security at the file/folder level.

Start with the folder, give whatever permissions you want there.. if you have subfolders and need whoever to have permissions to r/w in that then they must have atleast list permissions on the folder so they can see the files even though they can't access them.

You dont have to use any deny permissions, just dont add whichever user to the list and they will get an access denied.  Also if they are an administrator user then they can change the permissions so be careful there to.
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