Tech Docs: XP Permissions
One of the many features in Windows XP is a full security system and that's something new to many users. You might use XP and never be aware of the security features. If you don't take advantage of XP's ability to define multiple users and keep their settings and files separate from each other, you won't run into security issues; you don't need to read any further! If you do set up multiple users on an XP computer, and security is not set correctly, you will immediately encounter problems running Facil.
Having a problem installing Facil on XP?
Log in as the Administrator or a user with Administrator privileges to do the installation. Every system must have at least one user with Administrator privileges; XP won't allow you to delete the last Administrator. If you try to install while logged in as a user who is not an Administrator, you may not be able to complete the installation or other users may not be able to use Facil.
Facil Won't Run For Other Users...
You may complete the installation, and be able to use Facil successfully, and then a problem occurs when another user tries to run Facil. Two error messages appear:
On startup - "Unexpected Error in form fsubRefHelpDef:
And then when you select a Facil user - "Unexpected Error in F_Login. Error # 3027, Can't Update. Database object is read-only"
The issue is that only Administrator level users have permission to modify the files in the Facil program directory (usually "Program Files\Facil"). Because the Facil program file is itself a database, the information in it changes every time you use it. This is different than most software where the program itself never changes.
Choosing A Solution
There are two possible solutions to the problem, one that preserves security and one that does not. The secure solution is recommended, if it's available to you.
The insecure solution is to just make everyone who uses Facil an Administrator. The down side of this is that when everyone is an Administrator, there is no security because they can change permissions, access any file, install software, etc. For some small organizations, this is acceptable - many used older versions of Windows that had no security at all. Even if everyone has Administrator privileges, setting up multiple users is still an advantage, because they can have separate desktop settings, document directories, etc.
The secure solution lets you choose which users can run Facil and still retains complete security. However, this option may not be available to you...
Choose the insecure fix if...
Choose the secure fix if...
The Insecure Fix
Change all accounts for Facil users to Administrator level accounts, then all the users will have complete privileges to do anything on the computer. Here's how...
The Secure Fix
Grant specific users permission to modify files in the Facil Program directory. Here's how...
Turning Off Simple File Sharing
If you don't see the Security tab when you view the Properties of the Facil program folder, this means that "Simple File Sharing" is in effect. This is a setting that hides the Security controls; assumedly to make XP easier to use. To turn it off...
The Security tab will now be available in the Folder Properties dialog.
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