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Is it possible (if so, how?) to deny execution permission for a single file, for a user (or group), but keep read and write permissions?

When I deny "Read & Execute" in the interface, "Read" is also denied.

I am specifically asking about files, not directories.

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Go to the Advanced interface (select Advanced rather than Edit on the Security tab) and you can set the individual access rights.

Or, from a command line:

icacls file.exe /deny Everyone:(X)
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Windows file permissions don't allow for a case wherein the user may read and write but not execute a given file.

Referring to the table here, you can see that no file permission simultaneously grants read/write access while denying execute access.

  • I'm not sure what that table is supposed to mean - it appears to relate the basic permission set to the advanced permission set - but you can certainly configure permissions that allow a file to be read but not executed. – Harry Johnston Jan 31 '13 at 20:59

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