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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Users from Adding Files to the Root of their Users Files Folder

Learn how to stop users from adding files to the root of their User Profile directory in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows administrators to prevent users from adding new items such as files or folders to the root of their Users Files folder in Windows Explorer.

If you enable this policy setting, users will no longer be able to add new items such as files or folders to the root of their Users Files folder in Windows Explorer.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will be able to add new items such as files or folders to the root of their Users Files folder in Windows Explorer.

Note: Enabling this policy setting does not prevent the user from being able to add new items such as files and folders to their actual file system profile folder at %userprofile%.

Prevent Users from Adding Files to Root of User Profile Folder

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Prevent users from adding files to the root of their Users Files folder in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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4 Responses to “Prevent Users from Adding Files to the Root of their Users Files Folder”

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  1. SC says:

    “Prevent Users from Adding Files to Root of User Profile Folder”

    This is misleading and contradicts what you have already stated earlier,
    ie “Note: Enabling this policy setting does not prevent the user from being able to add new items such as files and folders to their actual file system profile folder at %userprofile%.”

  2. Koan says:

    This setting doesn’t work on Windows 7

  3. sonicbass says:

    I’ve just spent a great portion of my life looking for this setting!

  4. ruby767 says:

    Like most group policy settings based on security, it makes it even more clear that Microsoft really does not have true security in mind. They emphasize being about connectability which basically undermines any security that they have. To this day, and probably 200 years from now, Microsoft will continue to do this. They will continue confusing the customers. They will continue being wolves in sheep’s clothing. I hate using that cliché but that is the truth. I personally know of a security vulnerability that has to do with very old malware called conficker-C. I told the security team about it. I had proof of it using very reputable tools. The lead guy totally blew me off. Get this through your heads. They do not care about customers security. All they care about is whether their software has copy protection. You are last on the list when it come to security as customers. To me Bill Gates is just like the owner of the Redskins. Meaning that, until he leaves the product will continue to suffer. They will both keep going to the bank because you just can’t topple something worth that much money. Even if it is right. Back to Windows though. You could literally pay thousands of dollars in software security and still be unprotected. Nothing that will run on windows has any chance. Have these guys ever been to Defcon?

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