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Protecting users' folders on a shared computer

I'm using Windows 2000 Professional, and I would like to set user profiles so that one user cannot access another user's files. But even when I make a user a "guest," he can still go into the Documents and Settings folder and access another user's personal files. How do I make it so multiple users can use the same computer but not have access to each other's files?

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It sounds like you're using the FAT32 file system. Instead, use NTFS. When Windows 2000 creates user profiles, it configures the access control list of each user profile to make each user's data private.

This was first published in August 2003

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