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Cut and Paste with Permission Attributes

You can modify how Windows Explorer handles permissions when objects are moved in the same NTFS volume. As mentioned, when an object is moved within the same volume, the object preserves its permissions by default. However, if you want to modify this behavior so that the object inherits the permissions from the parent folder, modify the registry as follows:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.

2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value: 

Value name: MoveSecurityAttributes

Data type: DWORD

Value data: 0

4. Exit Registry Editor.

5. Make sure that the user account that is used to move the object has the Change Permissions permission set. If the permission is not set, grant the Change Permissions permission to the user account.

Note The MoveSecurityAttributes registry value only applies to Windows XP and to Windows Server 2003. The value does not affect Windows 2000.