This is in Windows 7.
I have several high level folders. Each high level folder has a whole bunch of subfolders.
I need to assign one group to be "read only" to the high level folders, but "read and write" to every subfolder and everything lower.
I thought I could do this in two steps:
Assign "read and write" permissions at the high folder level, using "This Folder, Subfolders, and Files." This step works, the group gets Read & Write all the way down.
Open the high-level folder again, and assign "Read Only" for the group I'm trying to restrict, but this time, choose "This Folder Only" when I apply it. This step doesn't work.
I would think that Step 2 would leave every subfolder as "Read and Write," and apply the "read only" only the top level folder. But all the subfolders, all the way down, become "Read Only" also after step 2.
I think this is because all the subfolders are inheriting permissions. I was expecting setting different permissions using "This Folder Only" would disable inheritance to allow the different permissions I'm setting, but it's not working that way.
If I open the directory, select all the subfolders, and right click "Properties," it won't let me set permissions on multiple files at once. It only lets me set permissions if I do them one at a time.
I don't want to set thousands of file permissions manually. Any help?