Xcacls Overview

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


This command-line tool sets all file-system security options that are accessible in Windows Explorer. XcAcls does this by displaying and modifying the access control lists (ACLs) of files.

XcAcls is especially useful in unattended installations of Microsoft Windows XP. Using this tool, you can set the initial access rights for folders in which the operating system resides. When you distribute software to servers or workstations, XcAcls also offers one-step protection against deletion of directories or files by users.

Corresponding UI

File-system security options can be set manually from Windows Explorer.

To set file-security options from Windows Explorer:

  1. Right-click the file or folder for which you want to set security.

  2. Select Sharing or Properties.

  3. Select the Security tab.

  4. Click Advanced.


For more information on ACLs, see "Access control overview" or "Understanding Access Control" in Help for Windows Server 2003.

System Requirements

The following are the system requirements for XcAcls:

  • Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003

File required

See Also


Xcacls Syntax
Xcacls Examples
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