Access Control

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows operating system helps protect files, applications, and other resources from unauthorized use through a process of matching user accounts and group membership against the rights, privileges, and permissions associated with those accounts and group memberships. The topics in this section will show you how to assign or set privileges and permissions. In addition, understanding privileges and permissions, why they are necessary, and how they function can help you manage shared resources effectively. Understanding these processes can also help you avoid unnecessary risks and troubleshoot any access control problems you might encounter.

This section contains the following topics: