Display owner of a folder, file, etc.


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Frank Romeni

Hi comrades,
I'm running MS Windows XP SP3 on a single computer without network, domain,
etc.

The name of my computer is "NOTEBOOK-ROM". I have installed an
administrative account "admin" and a few user normal acounts. Several folders
and files of users and admin are not stored in "my documents" but in "common
documents" readable for all users. The property "write protected" is not set.

I suppose that another user but the owner or the admin can't change these
files (rename, change content, etc.)) even they are are not write protected.

To manege all these files I need is a better overview of who is the original
creator or owner of these file in "common documents". When I display the
owner of folders or files only the computer name "NOTEBOOK-ROM" is displayed,
not e.g. "user1", "user2" or "admin".

Is there a way to display the names of the file owners, i.e. the name of the
original creator of a file who created the file under his account name?

Thank you for your help.
 
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VanguardLH

Frank said:
MS Windows XP SP3 on a single computer without network, domain, etc.
...
Is there a way to display the names of the file owners, i.e. the name of the
original creator of a file who created the file under his account name?

In Windows Explorer, right-click on the headers row and select which
columns you want to add.
 
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Frank Romeni

Sorry VanguardLH, as I already mentioned in my question: when I select to
display the owner of a folder/file only the name of the machine is displayed,
not the creator/owner as logged in with his account name, e.g "user1",
"user2", etc.,
 
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VanguardLH

Frank said:
VanguardLH wrote:



Sorry VanguardLH, as I already mentioned in my question: when I
select to display the owner of a folder/file only the name of the
machine is displayed, not the creator/owner as logged in with his
account name, e.g "user1", "user2", etc.,

Sorry. Looks like the Owner field shows the <hostname>\<account> for
whomever current owns the file. You can add the Author field but
nothing gets populated there unless you add that metadata to the file.
Applications can add that data. Users will have to right-click on the
file, select Properties from the context menu, and under the Summary tab
they can enter their name.

For users, it would be a manual process to update the metadata to enter
their name into the Author field (and then add that column to Windows
Explorer's display). The Owner column should show the account that
created the file. For files that I create under my account, that field
contains:

<myhostname>\<myaccount>

However, Owner is not the same as Creator. Owner is by host and
account. Creator could be any user while logged on under that account
(and would be their username rather than the account name they used when
the created the file).
 
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Frank Romeni

I'm so sorry VanguardLH, because my reply to your answer was wrong!
Of course you were right: I have to right-click the column header and and
select 'owner' to display the owner/creator of a folder or file. Now for each
folder/file a combination of computer-name and user-name is displayed, e.g
"MY-NOTEBOOK\user1".

Thank you!
 

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