How can I make Windows think a file "came from another computer"?



As an IT admin, you may often find yourself needing to make Windows think a file originated from another computer. You may need to do this for a variety of reasons, such as to ensure a remote user has access to a file that is stored on a different computer. Here’s how you can make Windows think a file came from another computer:

1. Appropriately Change the File’s Properties

The first thing you’ll need to do is change the file’s properties. To do this, right-click on the file, select “Properties”, and then select the “Summary” tab. In the summary tab, you can change the “Created by” and “Modified by” fields to the name of the computer you want the file to appear to have come from. This will make it appear as if the file was created or modified by the other computer.

2. Copy the File to the Other Computer

Once you’ve changed the file’s properties, you’ll need to copy the file to the other computer. To do this, you can use a variety of methods, such as via a direct cable connection, a USB drive, or an external hard drive. Once the file has been copied to the other computer, you’ll need to make sure it’s in the correct folder so that it can be accessed by the correct user.

3. Have the Other Computer Open the File

Once the file has been copied to the other computer, you’ll need to have the user on the other computer open the file. This will ensure that Windows recognizes that the file originated from the other computer. If the file is not opened by the user on the other computer, then Windows will not recognize that the file originated from the other computer.

4. Verify That the File Came From the Other Computer

Once the file has been opened by the user on the other computer, you can then verify that Windows thinks the file came from the other computer. To do this, right-click on the file, select “Properties”, and then select the “Summary” tab. In the summary tab, you should see the “Created by” and “Modified by” fields have been updated to the name of the other computer. If this is the case, then Windows has been successfully fooled into thinking the file originated from the other computer.

By following these steps, you can easily make Windows think a file came from another computer. This can be a useful tool for IT admins who need to ensure that remote users have access to files stored on a different computer.

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