Modifying ACLs from the command line

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Using a script to modify permissions.

First there was cacls.exe, then xcacls.exe, then the dreaded and poorly-documented subinacl.exe. Each of these tools can be used in some fashion to view or modify access control lists (ACLs) i.e. permissions on files/folders on an NTFS volume. What you may not be aware of however is that Microsoft has released an updated version of xcacls that is actually a script instead of an executable. You can obtain xcacls.vbs from the Microsoft Download Center at and you can read about it further in KB 825751 which is found at ')}

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