Default NTFS Permissions in Windows 2000

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SUMMARY

This article lists the default permissions on a drive that has been formatted with the NTFS file system for the first time. Some of these folders are hidden by default.

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The default NTFS permissions on common Windows 2000 folders on drive C are listed below. Note that this article assumes that Windows 2000 is installed on drive C. If you installed Windows 2000 on a different drive letter, substitute that drive letter for drive C in the folder locations listed below:

Default NTFS Permissions for Servers Configured as Member Servers:

C:\ 
(Note: Setup does not change the permissions on %systemdrive% because the Windows 2000 ACL Inheritance model would recursively try to configure all subdirectories of the root. Administrators should configure root directory security according to their own system configurations and requirements.)

C:\Program Files and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Terminal Server User - Change

C:\Documents and Settings
   Administrators - Full Control
   Power Users - Read
   Everyone - Read
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator and <subfolders>
   Administrator - Full Control
   Administrators - Full Control
   System - Full Control

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   Everyone - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Power Users - Read
   Users - Read
   Everyone - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Everyone - Read
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Addins
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Connection Wizard
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Config
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Cursors
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Debug
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Driver Cache
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Driver Cache\I386
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Fonts
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Help
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   Terminal Server User - Special (RWX)
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Inf
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Java and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Media
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Msagent and subfolders
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Msapps and subfolders
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Mww32 and subfolders
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Registration
   Administrators - Full Control
   Everyone - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Repair
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Security and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Read
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Speech
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   Everyone - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\CatRoot
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Com 
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Config
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Read
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Dhcp
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Read
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Read
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\DTCLog
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\system32\export
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\GroupPolicy and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Authenticated Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\IAS
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Inetsrv 
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Mui and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Npp
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\NtmsData
   Administrators - Full Control
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Os2 and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Ras
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Rocket
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Rpcproxy
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Setup
   Everyone - Full Control
   
C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\ShellExt
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Spool and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem and <subfolders>
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Wins
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Temp
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Special
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\twain_32
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control
 
C:\%SystemRoot%\Web
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

Any other folders
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Power Users - Change
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control
				


Default NTFS Permissions for Servers Configured as Domain Controllers:



C:\ 
(Note: Setup does not change the permissions on %systemdrive% because the Windows 2000 ACL Inheritance model would recursively try to configure all subdirectories of the root. Administrators should configure root directory security according to their own system configurations and requirements.)

C:\Program Files and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control
   
C:\Documents and Settings
   Administrators - Full Control
   Everyone - Read
   Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator and <subfolders>
   Administrator - Full Control
   Administrators - Full Control
   System - Full Control

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Users - Read
   Everyone - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Users - Read
   Everyone - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%
   Administrators- Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Everyone - Read
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Addins
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Connection Wizard
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Config
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Cursors
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Debug
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Driver Cache
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Driver Cache\I386
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Fonts
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Help
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Inf
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Java and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Media
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Msagent and subfolders
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Msapps and subfolders
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Mww32 and subfolders
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Registration
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Repair
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Security and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Server Operators - Read
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Speech
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read
   Everyone - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\CatRoot
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Com 
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Config
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Read
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Dhcp
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Read
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\DTCLog
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\system32\export
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\GroupPolicy and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Read
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\IAS
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Inetsrv 
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Mui and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Npp
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\NtmsData
   Administrators - Full Control
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Os2 and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Ras
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Rocket
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Rpcproxy
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Setup
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control
   
C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\ShellExt
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Spool and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Print Operators - Full Control
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem and <subfolders>
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\System32\Wins
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\Temp
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Special   
   System - Full Control

C:\%SystemRoot%\twain_32
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control
 
C:\%SystemRoot%\Web
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

Any other folders
   Administrators - Full Control
   Creator/Owner - Full Control
   Server Operators - Change
   Authenticated Users - Read   
   System - Full Control

				
NOTE: These permissions do not apply to a drive that is converted to NTFS using the Convert utility. A converted NTFS drive consists of all files and folders with Everyone--Full Control as the default permission.

NOTE: The default permissions for the C:\ root directory, and all other hard drive root directories (for example D:\, E:\), enable Full Control for the Everyone special group, in Windows 2000.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
148437 Default NTFS Permissions in Windows NT

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Article ID: 244600 - Last Review: March 1, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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