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Disable permission inheritance

In Windows XP Professional, if you disable Simple File Sharing or join the computer to a domain, you can manually assign individual permissions for every file or folder on an NTFS partition. This allows for great flexibility, but assigning permissions explicitly on every file would take too much time.

By default, XP lets you assign the permissions on the parent folder. These permissions then propagate down to all child files and folders. Just right-click a file or folder, select Properties, and go to the Security tab.

On the Security tab, you'll see several inherited permissions. If you select one and click the Remove button, a dialog box will inform you that you can't remove the permission because it's inherited from the parent.

To disable permission inheritance, click the Advanced button in the Security tab. In the resulting dialog box, deselect this option: Inherit From Parent The Permission Entries That Apply To Child Objects. Include These With Entries Explicitly Defined Here.

A dialog box will then appear with the following options:

• Copy: Clicking this option disables inheritance and copies the permissions that were inherited.

• Remove: Clicking this option disables the inheritance and deletes all previously inherited permissions.

• Cancel: Clicking this option allows you to cancel the action without making any changes.

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