I wish to make certain files or folders private and not allow other users to access them. I went down the route of actually right clicking, for example My Documents, then onto Properties then clicked on the Sharing Tab, and tried checking the box, Make this folder private. But for some reason it will not let me check the box. I thought if I made new user accounts for specific people then they would not be able to access my files and folders, but know they can by just clicking My Computer and accessing my files/folders from there. Can anyone help as to why I can't check this particular box. Using Windows XP.
NTFS as your filing system in order to make files and folders private. I'm guesing you have FAT32 so you'll need to convert. There is no danger in converting unless you have a recovery disk such as those supplied by Time or Tiny (God rest there souls lol) in which they will only recognise FAT32.
Go to a command prompt (start, run, cmd, enter) and type the following. You will have to reboot afterwards.
Unfortunately it is running on FAT32 as opposed to NTFS so as mentioned will not be able to make folders private. Do not want to go down the route of converting. So may just create a zip folder into another zip folder. No user account is not set as administrator read somewhere in the help files that it was not advisable so opted to create user accounts as limited accounts. Yes did set up password but did not see an option for make private will have another look and get back to your threads. Simac
There was no mention of "Make Private" after password setup, obviously my user account is password protected, but that still does not stop the users on Limited user Accounts to access my Files/Folders when they log in. All they need to do is go into My Computer and check anything from there on there accounts, as already mentioned
an NTFS partition then you as an administrator will be able to look at other users files but limited users would only be allowed to view their owb files, i.e. that is contained within my documents for that user