On Windows XP Professional, the security tab in folder properties is hidden. So you can’t configure permission on a certain folder. Don’t worry, this is not effect from virus or malicious things. It is by design of Microsoft to hide the security tab as a default setting. This is the example of a folder properties on Windows that is in a work group. You’ll see that there is no Security tab in the figure below.
Note: On Windows XP which is in an domain will not affected this problem.
Step-by-step to solve missing security tab on Windows XP
- Open Windows Explorer. Select Tools -> Folder Options.
- Click on View tab. Then, browse to the bottom of the Advanced Settings and unchecked the box “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)”.
- Next, try to open the folder properties again. You’ll see the security tab. Now you can customize permission as you want.