Permissions in Windows® 7
What are the issues that can arise due to permission error? Explain the different ways to grant permissions to access files in Windows 7.
Windows 7 comes with an excellent security mechanism to prevent the access of confidential data by unauthorized users. Windows 7 implements a lot of permissions that are related to certain files. The file permissions help to determine specific access rights for a file like file execution, writing to a file, reading from a file etc. If the permission to read or write a particular file is being removed, the user would not be able to open or even copy the particular file. There are many reasons for changing the permission of a file and this is done mainly to allow or prevent the accessing of certain files by other users on a system. All the versions of Windows 7 enable sharing of files and folders with other users on your system and even on a network.
Following are details on permissions in Windows 7, permission issues, and tips to grant permission to access files in Windows 7:
- Different permissions in Windows 7
- Permission issues in sharing files
- Tips to grant permission
Different permissions in Windows 7
There are different permissions available in the Windows 7 Operating System. Some of them are standard permissions and administrative permissions. To delete the important files from a protected directory, you need to have administrative permissions. Another one is special permission in Windows Operating System that helps to determine which users need to have access to certain files or folders, and what actions they are allowed to perform with the selected file or folder.
Permission issues in sharing files
You need to use NTFS file system to set permissions on individual files and on folders. Every file and folder on your hard disk has an associated set of permissions that determines who could read, write, or execute it. Incorrect permission settings might cause issues with file sharing. The file system might be affected by a power interruption and it would cause the permission issue.
Tips to grant permission
Once you get ownership of files and folders, you need to grant permissions to those files and folders for accessing it. For that, locate the file or folder where you want to take ownership. Then, right click on it and choose 'Properties'. Press the 'Edit' button in 'Properties' and click 'Ok' to confirm UAC elevation request. From the permission window, select the 'User' option. By doing this, you could access the files and folders in Windows 7 with full permission and with full control.
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