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Administrator Sharing Security Permissions Ownership

Q: Administrator Sharing Security Permissions Ownership

I believe I have a unique problem since I have searched this forum and have found nothing like it.

My account is an administrator & have no other accounts. I originally set up a homegroup between my 2 laptop PCs but have deleted the homegroup since I can't get the network sharing to work.

When I look at the Network list from Computer A, I can see both Computer A & Computer B. Since I am sharing the User Folder I can see both A & B, open both A & B and when I look at the Properties I see the dialog box immediately and the Computer A Properties has both Security & Sharing tabs, Computer B Propertes has only the Security tab which I believe is correct.

Computer B is entirely different. Again both computers only have adminstrator accounts.

When I look at the Network list from Computer B, I can see both Computer B & Computer A. Since I am sharing the User Folder I can see both B & A, I can open A's User Folder but not B's (its own folder) and when I look at the Properties I see the dialog box of A immediately and the Computer A Properties has Security tab only (as it did above) & Sharing tabs, Computer B Properites (its oen User Folder) takes a long time to open & it Properities only show the Sharing tab, not the Security Tab. Since I can't see the Security tab I can't change the sharing. The Permissions & Ownership look correct. How can I get the Security Tab back.

I have tried sttting the UAC to never notify, but this doesn't do it. I have tried a system restore & it doesn't help.

Oh I can go to the C: drive & access B's files so I'm not really hung up, but I don't understand why there is no security taab even though I am the administrator. I'm hop[ing its just a regustry key.

Thanks for listening

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A: Administrator Sharing Security Permissions Ownership

Sounds like a permissions problem, but I am not positive.

Please post screen shots of the share on both machines, the folder on both machines, the permissions on the folder on both machines.

Thanks -WS

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Hello. Two questions I'm seeking help with. Relatively minor, but I'd like to learn how this stuff works, so...

I have two near-identical Dell PCs, freshly upgraded with SSDs and Win8 Pro. I have a habit of saving a text file in C:\ root to log basic install info. For some reason, on one PC I can't edit the file when it's saved in C:\, but on the other, I can (I get the message when trying to save: "Access to c:\file.txt denied"). I can save files to C:\, just can't edit/save it once there. As far as I can tell, the share and permission settings look the same (they should be, I don't believe I've changed any, but perhaps I'm not looking in all the right places.) On both PCs, I'm logged in under the original account created during install--so it's an adminstrator account, not standard. I'd appreciate any help identifying the issue. I don't make a habit of saving files to root, so I'm not looking to debate the merits--I'm more curious to learn why I'm blocked on one system and not the other. edit: To clarify, on both computers: the user account has ownership of the file, inherited permissions via the administrator group, no denials--I can't seem to find anything different between the two.)I'm moving user data folders from the SSD to secondary spinner (c:\users\logon\videos\, music, etc.) via the location tab in folder properties. However, I noticed when in the original C:\Users\ folder, they aren't visible to other users. It looks like maybe the permiss... Read more

A:Help with permissions, sharing, ownership?

I've had this happen to me also. I would like to know the answer. ( Can't copy to C: drive or edit and save file on C: drive." you don't have permission") I am the Administrator. (It is my computer.)

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Hi - I just joined Sevenforums to see if you guys can help. I searched around and found some useful info but I want to make sure I don't screw up my rig any more than I have already done.

Is there a way I can change ALL my folders and files back to their default settings so that I may have full permissions and ownership without having to change each one individually?

Background: I am the only one who uses this computer and it's not networked. I have only one account - the administrator account.

Somehow some permissions got changed on files and folders. I searched around the internet for solutions and learned about changing permissions, ownership and sharing. I then mucked around and changed a whole bunch of folders so I could access them. I changed permissions on some, ownership on others, and sharing on still more. And every kind of combination of the three. And there's the parent/child rules on top of all that. I have tons of folders and it would take a lifetime to manually fix all these.

In addition, all but three programs disappeared from my start menu so now I have to start most of my programs by navigating to its .exe

After a period of frustration I thought it best to do a complete backup & reformat. After the format I transfered my backup files onto the fresh computer and STILL had the same problems. I guess the changes stick with the files/folders and get carried over to the fresh install.

Acer Aspire Laptop 7741Z-5731
Wind... Read more

A:How do I reset Permissions, Ownership and Sharing?

I'm wondering the exact same thing..

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Okay, so here is the situation.  I moved about a TB of files from one file server to another.  I then try and take ownership of the files and set permissions and am confronted with:  
Access Denied.  
I try and take ownership: Access Denied.
I launch explorer and "Run As Administrator" logged in under the local administratior account and try and take ownership: Access Denied
I run takeown on the files: Access Denied
I run CMD as administrator and use takeown: SUCESS
I try and change permissions again on the root folder: Access Denied.  
I go to one of the folders which is saying "Access Denied" when security is applied and try and do it individually.. SUCESS.  

So now  I am faced with thousands on thousands (actually millions) of files that have to be individually accessed, ownership taken and then have basic security applied to them (This is applying full permissions to EVERYONE).  What the hell is going
on and how can I fix this issue.  I am amazed that the answers to the questions regarding this problem have never been actually answered.  Taking ownership doesn't work.  After taking ownership you STILL get access denied.  No files are
open, no previous security exists on the files as they were copied over the network to this location.  No files are set to read only.  No files are set to system files.  I can apply ownership and security directly to each folder and fi... Read more

A:Unable to change permissions or take ownership of files or directories as administrator

Please check the issue referring to the methods in the following Knowledge Base article:
"Access Denied" or other errors when accessing or working with files and folders in Windows
Hope this helps. Spencer
TechNet Community Support

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We have been having an ongoing problem for several months. I will explain as best I can, but know that there are most likely more issues than what I am presenting here. I apologize in advance for my lengthiness.

We have a home network of 7 computers and have been using Win 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro Plus together without error since about May until mid-summer when I began using MS Outlook. When I started using Outlook on my laptop it took over all user permissions on the network making me the administrator/owner. I don't know if Outlook is responsible. I am just making connections with the timing. Folders were shared that should not have been shared and the file system got mixed up. Files came up with strange attribute settings. It appears that my computer encrypted files that reside on other computers leaving other users unable to access them.

On the occasions that we have wiped my hard drive and others to fix the problem by starting over, everything seems fine until I start using MS Outlook again. It may be important to know that I am the only one that uses Outlook on the network. And, by the way, when I say start over, I mean that we wiped drives with various software such as DriveScrubber, and others, to no avail. Later, we used disk part and thought we had it licked, but NO. After that, we discovered how to delete the volume shadow copies, but it still comes back every time like a haunting or something. We even bought brand new hard drives and installed them ... Read more

A:File permissions, administrator rights, sharing issues

Hello DonnWise, welcome to the forum.

Try reading through the following tutorial.
(I wondered if Option Five, point number 4, might apply. However, I could not be sure).
It might be advisable to print out the tutorial and make a note of all changes you make - you then have a record of how to restore to your original settings:
Run as Administrator

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I am having difficulty setting up an advanced file sharing setup with Windows 7 x64 acting as the host machine.

I have 3 users that i want to access the share.
User1 = Full Rights
User2, User3 = ability to run and execute all folders, but only write, modify their own folders.

Directory tree is following:
Root (shared as data1)
---Folder1+additional sub-folders (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder2+additional sub-folders (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder2+additional sub-folders (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder3+sub-folder1 (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder3+sub-folder2 (User1+2 Full Access, user3 read only)
---Folder3+sub-folder3 (User1+3 Full Access, user2 read only)

The only way I've been able to give give users 2,3 ability to edit their own folders is to give them read/write access to shared dir data1.

I've tried messing with security and sharing, but not having much luck.

A:Correct File Security / Sharing Permissions

Hi smitty. Welcome to the forums .

You could specifically deny access to those users or the group they belong to:

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Take heed of the big red warning notes about denying access to your user account or the group you belong to. If you deny access to the specified user's group and it is a group you belong to, you will lock yourself out.

You could make User1 and admin and make user 2 & 3 standard accounts and control the folders via the user groups.

You may also find additional helpful info via the related links at the bottom of the tut. Educate yourself well on the matter, as mistakes can cost you time and data. Plus you increase the chances that you will make use of the method that works best for your situation.

Also, before changing permissions, you will serve yourself well to create an image of your system partition, as System Restore will not revert permissions. If you have a system drive image and need to restore, you can be back where you started in minutes, all mistakes gone. Many here recommend the free Macrium Reflect. I use Acronis True Image 2011 and am quite happy with it (been using it for years).

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Hi all,

Is there a way that I can take ownership and have complete permissions on each and every folder and file on my pc. I'm the only user and not being able to move or delete certain files is a pain in the ass.


A:Ownership and permissions on everything

Hello Sixoclick, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes, you can use the built-in Adminstrator account for almost full control. Vista will still not let you mess with the protected operating system files though.

Hope this helps,

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Hi, Are they any tutorials or information about how these work (as opposed to how to set or alter them). Thanks.

A:Help with ownership and permissions

This is a pretty good article: How to Understand Those Confusing Windows 7 File/Share Permissions - How-To Geek

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Out of all the things that drive me up the wall about Windows 7 are ownership and permissions and "Read-only" crap.

I am trying create and archieve using winrar 3.92. There is hardly a day goes by that I don't unrar or rar some file, so I eliminated winrar as the problem.

When I try to create the archieve, I get the following:

Access Denied

The first thing I did was take ownership of the folder to be rared, with the same results.

I then set the permissions to the highest possible.

Same results.

I then set the Advance Attributes as follows:

Same results.

Here is where I suspect the problem comes from:

When I try to clear the "Read-only" attribute, it comes right back.

This should not be this big a deal to create an archieve. It is enough to drive me nuts.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


A:Ownership and Permissions

See if this is any help.

Take Ownership Shortcut

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Hi there
Until recently i was able to move folders etc to an external hdd which i have connected to my router, now when i try i am unable to as apparently i don't have the permissions to do so.
I am logged in as admin so no problem there, i accessed the hdd and and checked permission and ownership and think i found the problem, the current owner is root (Unix User\root) which is not me, when i have tried to change owner i get 'unable to change owner' access is denied.
When the hdd is connected directly to my pc the problem is gone and i am the owner with full permissions. Maybe a lost cause but i wonder could anyone here help TIA.
Apologies if this is in the wrong section.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 370 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7989 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -325 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 430 GB (269 GB Free); D: 34 GB (21 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1668
Antivirus: AVG Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

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OS: Win7 ultimate + SP1 x64

I added 2 old HDD and I can write and delete files but there are things I cannot do with this drives like organize (move folders)
how can I change ownership/permissions for these 2 old drives?
I tried using annoyances' takeown and Mainz univ. chown and it didn't work.
Perhaps I'm not using these utils. correctly
I also tried changing permissions in the registry (HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Enum\SCSI\Disk&Ven_ATA...\properties (permissions) and failed.
Please help

A:change ownership/permissions to HDD

problem solved.
just noticed the context menu generated by annoyances' takeownership (incorporating takeown and cacls) and it worked like hell!
Hats off to Mr. Karp (author of annoyances series)!

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I cannot delete files on my NAS device. At least they seeem to delete but then go back and they've reappeared!

I've tried to change ownership and access rights. There are users "nobody" and "everyone" but if I put my name in it says I'm not recognised!

UAC is disabled. I am an administrator account.

Please help!!

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So I'm in the middle of a first time and incredibly frustrating Windows 10 installation, I'm having a terrible time getting a stable connection for gaming. This is a dual boot Win 7 Pro ( my original drive ) and Win 10 "" Upgrade cough"" on a new drive.

Something about Windows 10 is not allowing me to have a stable connection for gaming, nor allow me to use my microphone. I get nothing but rubber banding, ping spikes, packet loss no matter what I do.

So my fall back is Windows 7 where I can currently play BFV smooth as silk with no lag issues whatsoever, but after taking ownership of the Win7 boot drive on my Win10 drive, many things in Win7 don't work right and it seems to be down to permission issues that I'm having a hard time correcting.

I'm more or less giving up on Windows 10 which has cost me $6.00, $40.00 for a new wireless adapter (thinking that would correct the issue) gas money, and the tragic and malicious destruction of my weekend. My goal here is to man the Windows 7 life raft and try to get the permissions back to normal so I can do things like launch the Epic Games app and Firefox which for some reason requires I right click and Admin every time I want to Launch them. Getting errors such as "Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible." But everything is in place, bookmarks and all, as long as I right click and Admin, each and every time.

I've right clicked my C d... Read more

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Administrator account folder\\network account folder\default user folder\default,,user folder\\All users folder.. No xp windows login  
Dynamic mbr hdd problem for, dynamic library needed.. 

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Hi there,

My user account that I'm logged into is an administrator. I have the Context Menu option "Take ownership" enabled. I also have the "GodMode" folder created. So, why is it that I can't uninstall uTorrent from Programs in the Control Panel? I have taken ownership of the folder that uTorrent is in and the file that's inside.

The reason I am uninstalling uTorrent is because it will not open as my anti virus Avast! has informed me that it contains a virus Win32.jeefo. My secondary HDD my have some contaminated files, so I'm running a scan right now.

A:uTorrent,File Ownership & Permissions

Quote: Originally Posted by Punisher

Hi there,

My user account that I'm logged into is an administrator. I have the Context Menu option "Take ownership" enabled. I also have the "GodMode" folder created. So, why is it that I can't uninstall uTorrent from Programs in the Control Panel? I have taken ownership of the folder that uTorrent is in and the file that's inside.

The reason I am uninstalling uTorrent is because it will not open as my anti virus Avast! has informed me that it contains a virus Win32.jeefo. My secondary HDD my have some contaminated files, so I'm running a scan right now.

I guess Avast! won't remove it on its own?
If it is running in memory itis in use and won't allow you to remove.
Try a reboot and try again.
If it still the same reboot in safe mode and try removing.

If that fails you will need to do a full scale virus scan and let the software do its job.

Also do you have Malwarebytes installed.
This may remove it.

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Hey guys! One of my husband's work colleagues came to me with a problem last night. They work for the USMC, and have to use a database to perform certain operations. The problem is that the original owners/designers of the database are no longer at that unit. Therefore, no one who should have ownership permissions do have ownership permissions. Is there any way to get past this so they can access the code for the database, the macros, etc? Unlike the civilian world, my husband's unit does not have a designated IT department. They have NMCI, a civilian contractor, that apparently does not know anything about fixing this problem. Please help so I can help the Marines get their job done!


A:Access 2003 Ownership Permissions

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I repaired several ownership/permissions issues and want to make sure they do not return.Is it clean now?Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 9:52:59 AM, on 6/4/2010Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton AntiVirus\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files\Online Backup\OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Firefly Media Server\FireflyShell.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel® Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Multimedia Card Reader(9106)\ShwiconXP9106.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\PowerDVD DX\PDVDDXSrv.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\WePrint\WePrint Server.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\Logitech WebCam Software\LWS.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Logishrd\LQCVFX\COCIManager.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Reader&#... Read more

A:HJT log after repairing ownership/permissions issues

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Hello everyone,

I recently installed Windows 8 Pro onto an SSD. I have another 500gb HDD plugged in to store programs, games etc. However, I cannot do anything with the drive. I add folders etc. I have tried to change permissions, add permissions and change ownership but I get an error trying to do all 3. I have also tried changing ownership through an elevated command prompt and also tried logged in as the local administrator. It's really bugging me now, any help would be appreciated.


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I have had this problem for a while and i have tried many different solutions but none seem to fix the fault.

when i put a disk in the DVD drive it give Unknown icon on the drive and when i try to enter it says
"f:\ is not accessible. Access is denied"
but when i start the pc in safe mode or use the default Administrator account, the Drive works perfectly.

when I go to the owner tab under advanced security it says
"current owner: Unable to display current owner."
and when i try and set the owners it never changes.

In the permissions window it says
"No permissions have been assigned for this object."
and when i try to add my user to the permission it says
"unable to save permission changes on ( f: ). access is denied"

I have removed the device and drivers completely and reinstalled them but the problem continues.

A:DVD drive Ownership and Permissions problem.

Have you tried to create a new administrators account and see if it works then? It could be a matter of corruption in your account. If a new admin account solves the problem, transfer everything over to the new account and delete the old account.

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My storage drive has been showing signs of wear recently, so I have purchased a new one and was in the process of transfering files from one drive to the next. However I have come upon an issue regarding permissions. A seemingly random selection of files and folders have been denying me access to move them, or even view them. The folders themselves appear to be empty, while taking up space regardless. In a few situations, ownership is given to S-(large volume of random numbers), while in others my user/admin account is in control. Attempting to change ownership, modify permissions, move or access the files/folders will either claim an error occured while changing the settings, or claim I do not have permission to do so.(it switches back and forth).

A:Access Denied(despite ownership/permissions)

Hi Cripps23 and welcome to the Forum.
Try installing "Take Ownership" see if that helps
Take Ownership Shortcut

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Anyone know if there is a program out there that you can batch scan files & remove all ownership/permission flags?

I'm doing a fresh install of Win7 and it has a nasty habit of creating a unviewable "phantom" owner on a file and locking it after the transfer.

I don't want to get my media files on my new OS and it nagging me that I don't have permissions to move my files.

A:Clear permissions/Ownership from files.

Hi Jimbo13,

Well since it doesn't do that on all files, I find it easier to just run a TakeOwnership script on the file/folder when/if that ever happens. You can download the TakeOwnership script here.

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I have a WD elite hard drive that was set up on my old computer. I had changed ownership on the drive and used the Smartware to do backups. I'm pretty sure that I deleted some of the other owners when I was there too. I have a new computer and was able to change ownership back to me and can access 80% of my folders. When I try to change to full control in the ownership tab of the properties of my external drive. It will change ownership of everything except my pictures folder. I know its there, because I get an access denied pop up when I try to change permissions on the drive. I have disabled the VCD of the smartware and I am stuck now.

I'm hoping I haven't lost these.

Thanks in advance.

A:Ownership, permissions and now access denied

Can you open the pictures folder and see your files?

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Hi there
I have recently found that my external hard drive has had an issue with Permissions. my user account is set as administrator, so i should have full access to modify/change/delete files as i wish. Unfortunately im getting problems like "you do not have access" or "you do not have permission to perform this action" when i go to say; delete a folder.
Now it doesnt appear to be all folders on the drive with this issue, although a lot of the folders that do have this problem were copied over from another computer recently.
I have found owners on the permissions list with names like:

Which gives no description or point of origin to where its come from.

I can change ownership of the entire drive, but i have access denied warnings for a lot of files/folders, so that doesnt really help in the end.

Could someone please help shed some light on whats going on, how it may of happened and definitely the most important how i can fix it

greatly appreciated

A:Issue regarding Permissions, owners and ownership

Go to the folder and right click, go to properties. Next go to the Security tab, Advanced button, Permissions. Make sure that everything says Full control. Go back to Security and click edit, make sure everything in there is allowed. If it asks you to run as admin say yes.

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A few days ago I had some issues with my internet connection in games, I therefore searched the internet and posted in some forums for some help, I was advised to carry out a few tests with some software, since doing this it now seems that I have lost my user privileges/access to image files and certain software.

I am unable to open any image files on my PC as I get the following error 'Window Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location'.

I am also unable to open Google Chrome, and tried re-downloading it only to be prompted that I do not have permissions.

These are the things I have tried to resolve the problem;

- I have tried doing a system restore, this fails every time no matter which restore point I choose.
- I have tried doing an Anti-Virus scan to ensure there is no malicious software and the result came up all clean after a thorough scan.
- I have checked the security permissions on the files I am trying to access to ensure it is set to 'Full control'
- I have tried installing a 'Take Ownership' button so that when I right click on folders/files I can take ownership of them. I have tried using this on all the folders on my machine but still cannot access them.

Things you may need to know:

- I only have one user account on this machine, this is the account that I use and had full admin rights.
- It seems the only affected things are opening image files and opening Google Chrome. Other soft... Read more

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Hi seven forums im new!

ive been trying to change the "welcome" and "logging off..." messages, i have the folder changed and compiled, ive taken ownership of the folder i need to drop it into and changed the permission settings of that folder and sub folder that im modifying, problem is when i go to copy and replace i still get " permissions are required"

any one got any ideas because dropping the file in is all i need to do


A:ownership of file and subfolder all permissions set still cant edit

What folder, what file(s). If you are following a tutorial, post a link to it please.

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Was playing a game recently and wanted to mod it. Found I didn't have permission to save changes to a notepad document. Checked if it was read only and it was, so I went to the game folder and unchecked the read only box in properties. It asked for permission, I gave it, spent a few seconds going through all the files in the folder it was in and then I clicked OK. Still couldn't save the file, and found that the Read Only box had been REHIGHLIGHTED.

So I go to Properties / Security and notice a few things. There is only one user account on this computer and it's an admin account, yet there are 5 accounts here, CREATOR OWNER, SYSTEM, Administrators, Users and TrustedInstaller. Don't know what that's all about. Anyway I couldn't change their permissions to full control. So I went to Ownership, and added the Administrators account as the owner, before it was some other account that wasn't any of the above.

Now I could add the full controls to all the accounts which I did. The problem persisted, the Read-Only checkbox would rehighlight after I unchecked it, apply, and OK. So I tried changing the owner to my User account. The problem persisted.

If I go to Security, Advanced, Permissions, I try to add Full Control to any of the accounts, but what it does is it creates a second copy of that account with full controls that I can remove, while the User account which has Read-Only permissions stays as an unremovable account. So I get a User account with full control an... Read more

A:Cannot change read-only, permissions or ownership of files

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Open Notepad with elevated privileges.
(Start > Notepad > Right click on the notepad shortcut > Run as admin......)

Navigate to the file to be changed from within Notepad.
(File > Open > Navigate to the file)

Let us know if that works.

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Hello all! All this started when I just wanted to change the way the clock looked to a custom one.

I go to the Windows Sidebar folder to locate the Gadgets folder for the clocks, and I try to make backups of a few of the files in the clocks folder by moving some of them to a new folder I created on the desktop. I cannot move them, access denied. I try taking ownership of the folder, cannot do it, access denied. I try changing the permissions, cannot do it, the boxes you can tick are grayed out. Long story short, I tried backing out of all the folders, trying to take ownership and change permissions all the way back to the Program Files folder itself to no avail. It seems if it is a default Windows folder I cannot mess with it in anyway; this also seems to be the case with my McAfee folder, but something that is less of a risk to change, like my Zune folder, I can change around no problem.

Quick rundown, I am using W7 Ultimate edition, this is my only account for the computer, and it is an admin account. I have tried using several different "Take Ownership" downloads, including the one suggested on this site, but it does not work for the Window folders. "Take Ownership" won't even show up if I right-click on the folder. I know the Take Ownership mod is installed correctly, because it will popup for something that is not a default folder, like my Zune folder.

Hopefully someone will be able to help me out, it's resulted in having a very frustrating day.... Read more

A:Cannot take ownership/cannot change permissions for windows folder

Are you trying to move or copy these files? Exactly what directory are you in?

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I had to change the owner and permissions of the C:\Windows folder in order to install a particular software. When I changed these settings, I had the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" box checked. Ever since I made these changes, most of my icons won't appear properly and several windows updates have failed. I figure its safe to say I made a mistake. Does anyone know how to return all ownership and permissions to default values without doing a full install of the OS? I tried creating a recovery disc and running a repair, but it didn't fix the issue. I also have no image to restore to.

I'm running 7 Home Premium 64bit.


A:Default Permissions and Ownership of C:\Windows and subcontainers

Try system restore. If not when did you make your last backup. Try Backup as last resort.

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So basically, somehow the permissions for my photos from my old user account have been set to an "unknown" or "default" username. So I am guessing I will have to edit this from the registry or what? I'm not sure but can someone tell me how to take ownership of an unknown account, the account reads "S-1-5...." so thats like a default account right? How do I reset all of my files to my new user account?
EDIT: BTW guys I can ADD ownership to the files one by one but I want the entire folder to have ownership under my current username, how do I do that?

A:S-1-5....PERMISSIONS PROBLEM...How to take ownership of UNKNOWN ACCOUNT

Hello, you will need to access the properties of the folder holding the photos with the bad permissions, then add either your explicit account or the administrators group to the access control list, set the permissions to Full Access; alternatively you can also take ownership of that folder if that is the case:

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Hi All,

Have a problem that sounds super simple, but, for some reason isn't... I can't delete a folder!

There is a folder left over from an uninstalled product called "Symantec". When I attempt to delete this, I get the message "You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file". Clicking the "Try Again" button does nothing and the same message reappears.

I have tried to take ownership of the file through Properties > Security > Advanced, however, I get this error:
"An error occured while applying security information to (file path). Failed to enumerate objects in the contianer. Access is denied."

I have also tried to use an elevated command prompt to run the takeown command on this directory, however, get the "Access is denied." message for all files.

Any ideas on how to delete this file - unlocker does not work either!

Appreciating any help on this matter.



A:Unable to delete folder - Permissions & ownership issue

Hello Winster, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Depending on what program this is for by Symantec, you may be able to use their removal tool at the link below to remove it.


Hope this helps,

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Hi to all, and sorry for my first post being such a desperate cry for help.

Two weeks ago I've done something very very stupid , very similar to what JonBastyan talked about in this thread: [SOLVED] Access Denied - Fully!
Difference is my OS is Win7, but I think that most of the help given to Jon (Win Vista) also applies to Win7.

I managed to make an awful mess while trying to establish different permissions for different OS, so that my Win8.1 partition couldn't access my Win7 partition, and while trying to solve that problem I only got things worse and now I'm at a point where I'm pretty desperate.

So after doing a thorough search all over the web, I found that thread and I thought it could help me, and I know that reinstall is always an option but I'd prefer to solve the problem, I'm stubborn.

I honestly think I'm getting closer to find the solution to my problem and regaining ownership of my C: drive, but when executing some commands suggested by jenae and jcgriff2, I got some weird results.

As I can't gain access to command prompt with any user(I lost the users while trying to solve this problem) or admin(still have it but it's useless), using the Win7 DVD I went into RE and used the command prompt to type
The feedback was Access is denied.
Then I typed
whoami /user >1 & start notepad 1
The feedback was: 'whoami is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

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A:Completely messed up drive C: permissions, lost access and can't regain ownership

Since you are not logged in as a User in the RE command prompt, the whoami /user command will not work. This must be run at the command prompt in Windows once you are logged in as a user.
Booting off of the Windows DVD and choosing Repair Your Computer, should put most things back in order.
Also Your C: drive may not be the Windows OS drive in the RE.
In the RE command prompt, X:\Sources type this exactly as written.
bcdedit |find ?osdevice? (Must inc ? and the |), the | before Find is the Upper case \ key) press enter. This will tell you what drive letter the OS is on.It may not be on the C: drive.
Now use the returned as the drive letter for OS, for this example, assume C: or whatever drive letter is the os device. Then you can run the takeown command with that Drive letter.
at the x: sources type:
sfc/scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows press enter
sfc will run, it can take awhile
This will replace any missing System Files.

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Hello guys .Happy new year!!!
I am running Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit SP2 on my HP machine.I cannot access my local drive D(contains saved my folders and files).I cannot change ownerships and permissions even though I am logged-in as an Administrator(only active account). The current owner is marked: "Unable to display current owner",therefore I get ACCESS DENIED when I try taking ownership.

A:Administrator Denied Ownership: Unable to display Current

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Basically my sister has tons of pictures she absolutely does NOT want to lose.
The bad partition is non-bootable, BSOD'ing after repair installs. BSOD'ing trying for safe mode. I didn't know if it would save her profile and My pictures if I did a clean install on the bad partition. So I made a new install on a new partition, but can't access her Documents folder. Access denied, shows the folder as empty. Her account was administrator level. What are my options, I tried to claim ownership with the new administrator but when it comes to file ownership and the like I have no idea whats possible and whats not. Thanks for any tips, advice.

A:Taking ownership of administrator files from unrecoverable partition? help!

What in the article doesn't work?

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I am experiencing difficulty getting at my files. I have used the "Take Ownership" registry hacks (which open a command window) on files and/or folders, and I get a "SUCCESS" message each time; however, I still cannot access the files. I can copy the files, and the proper permissions get set on the copies ... but I have several hundred gigs of files and not enough disk space left to do that, to say nothing of having to rename the files.  Strange thing is, after I copy a file, I can delete the original file ... but still not "execute" it (double-click; the app that owns that type of file opens, but reports that it can't get access to the file). I set UAC to "off" (lowest setting) and am trying the "Take Ownership" thing again to see if that makes a difference; in the meantime, has anyone else experienced this problem?

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I have recently installed windows 7 x64.
I have a user and admin account.
I loaded and tested all of my software thru the user account.

I have one program EASEUS Todo backup that failed to run at all under under the user account bu,t work fine in the admin.

I change security permissions (for EASEUS) under the user account to full. Same results. I went a little further and changed the owner from admin to system.

The program now starts and prompts me for the admin password to continue.
This works.

I looked at some other programs and notice the owner varied from admin, user, and SYSTEM.

Why are some programs owned by SYSTEM and other owned by admin, or user?

What would be the affect of changing owner of all of them SYSTEM?

A:Security and Ownership

Hello nabulldog, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have not already, try right clicking on the programs's shortcut, and click on Run as administrator to see if it will run afterwards.

If so, then you could use OPTION FIVE or SIX in the tutorial below to set it to always run as administrator when opened.Run as Administrator
Hope this helps,

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I have this problem, whenever i try to install something it wants me to enter the administrator password. My dads account is admin, once he left his account logged in so i went to it, and made the user account setting to the minimum, so any user of the pc, can install or make changes to windows, i tough i wont need admin password anymore, but when i tried to install a game, it said, that i have to be logged in admin account. So my question, is there any program or any way i could get admin password, without reseting it? Or is there anyway how i can avoid that error?

A:I need help about administrator permissions.

To the best of my knowledge we do not help people bypass passwords.
Please read.
Windows 7 Forums - Forum Rules

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I've set up everything on my pc after loging in as admin, am i able to make all installed apps usable to everyone??


A:Administrator permissions

It depends on the application install it will ask if you want to install for yourself or all users. Typically all the users are able to use any application, unless it requires certain permissions.

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Hello Guys and Galls...
Wonder if you can help me please.
I'm new to Win 7 (like 1 week) previously XP...
Ok - I checked on control panel - and I am definately established as Administrator.
There are no other user accounts.
I've had no probs loading big daddy Adobe progs like CS5 and LR3 etc...
But today, I d/l an extension panel from BPT: contains presets for use in CS5
The d/l was a RAR - I unpacked it: two files inside.
Instructions went: double click on Adobe Extension Package File - this will open Adobe extension manager. If this fails - then right click on utility and open with "open as administrator"...
Okay - here's the problems: double clicking does open Adobe Extension Manager - but then gives me a message that I don't have administrator permissions to open this file...
Oh - Ok... Right click on the utility... Uh-Oh.... there is no "open as administrator".
Well - it "says" in Control panel that I am the administrator - but apparently not.
Can anyone shine a light for me please?
Much appreciated

A:Administrator permissions..??

right click computer>manage>local users and groups>users>double click ur username>member of> make sure ur not a user and are part of 'administrators'

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My 13 yr old daughter has been given and old laptop running Xp Pro, but can only log in as a user. The laptop belonged to to our health service ( mother is a nurse ) and the IT dept are the administrators but will not remove any permissions. This means i cannot load any routers hardware or software to get on the internet.
When trying to load a BT ISP disc the comment "No administrator privilages declared".
My question is there a way of me removing the administrator account or getting around the problem.
The laptop did not come with a sytem disc so cannot reinstall Xp pro.
I have a windows system disc Xp home for my desktop but presume it can be used on that one machine.
My daughter awaits your response.
thanks in anticipation

A:administrator permissions

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I cannot tick the 'allow' box but I can tick the deny box. When I right click on a folder, then click 'properties', then 'security', EDIT, the 'allow' option boxes are white - not available. How can I fix this. I have already opened another account. The box in security lists three accounts - SYSTEM, my name and administrators my name. I have switched off my UAC, and tried all sorts of other things to no avail. Help!
Steve Harris

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I deliberated with myself about upgrading from Win 7 to Win 10 for the longest while, and unfortunately decided to take the leap. After upgrading I noticed that although I could access both of my drives (previously partitioned), I no longer had the ability to save anything to any folder on either the system drive or the data drive. The only thing I can do is create a new subfolder, but that's about it. My account was the only account on the machine prior to the upgrade, and it was an administrator account as well.

When attempting to move files to either drive, I consistently get a sequence of prompts as follows:

"You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file". I provide the permissions using the blue shield option, but then it tells me that "you need permission to perform this action". This is a loop that continues; I am continuously re-prompted for the permissions that I should have but somehow have been stripped of.

I've tried several suggestions pieced together from the web, including:

- enabling the hidden administrator account using command prompt as an administrator and the prompt, "net user administrator /active:yes" (the hidden account, once enabled, also did not have the requisite permissions)
- rewriting permissions under the Properties->Security tab for each folder and ensuring full access for administrators
- disabling OneDrive
- disabling UAC
- resetting the "read only" attribute that... Read more

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When managing my Vista x64 system from an administrator account, I too often get the error message,

"you need permission to perform this action".

what can this mean? If I need the "special permissions" in addition to all the others that my admin. account already has, how do I enable that? thx edo12

A:administrator permissions

Right click on the program Icon and run as adminsitrator, see if that helps.

Make sure that you have permssions,.

Do not change permissions given to the system or problems may develop.

If you are in an adminstrator account and you do not have permission, you must use the right click method, that I gave above.

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I find that I can't now gain access to the files in my Client PC from my Host PC and when I try to check the network settings etc on the Host PC I receive the following message "Your user account does not have adequate permissions to set up a Home or Small Office Network". I am the only administrator on both PCs and there are no other Users. How do I overcome this problem?

A:Administrator Permissions

Do you have a Local Area Connection under Network Connections?

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I'm running Vista64 Home Premium service pack 2 on a Toshiba Notebook.

Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3200 @ 2 GHz with 4 GB of RAM.

I am running a program called PyMOL with has a small .rc file for preferences to be changed on startup. When I try and save this file, I'm told that I don't have permission to save the file in that location (a subfolder in the PyMOL space in the x86 program folder). It asks would I like to save it in documents or some other place. I'm also told to contact the administrator for permission. Well, I logged in to my admin account and changed the folder permission from read-only, click apply, all seems okay, so I hit ok to dismiss the dialog. Guess what? Nothing changed. As best as I can tell, every single folder on the drive says read-only, even under admin, although I regularly do work on the computer so I can only assume that when I'm the originator the file this ridiculous situation doesn't occur.

I hope someone can tell me how to fix this. I would also be interested to know if this is specifically a home premium issue as I have a Vista Ultimate version but have not had the time or inclination to upgrade yet.

And I hope this isn't too rude or offensive on here, but what exactly is having an Admin account good for if something like this is possible? Seriously!

Thanks for your time.

A:Can't change permissions as Administrator

Solved, sort of:

I started the program notepad by right-clicking on the icon and selecting run as administrator. This allowed me to save anything I opened in this program, anywhere I wanted (as best as I can tell). I was able to do this while logged in as a regular user as well, so I did not have to be logged in as admin. Apparently, there is no true admin account anymore, but you are able to work around it by running specific programs as admin (go figure). I assume if you wanted to move a folder from program files (say one containing work data for a program) you would have to run windows explorer as an admin to be able to do this, but I have not experimented with this.

I think I understand now what microsoft was trying to do here, but I'm sorry, the implementation is absurd. Create a new super-admin account or something, but this is just silly. I'm relatively familiar with windows in its previous incarnations. I haven't had to get into the guts of Vista at all until now. The point is, I shouldn't have to, EVER get into the guts of any operating system unless I'm doing something that involves programming. Simple mundane tasks should never be this complicated, and they surely shouldn't be for a company that has been designing OS's for almost 3 decades now.

Kinda emphasizes why monopolies are bad, doesn't it?

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Ok this is starting to get annoying.
I don't care about the protection I'll get from limited account(UAC on my only account which is actually the administrator account)and I thought I disable that thing already but I still get "Access Denied" kind of messages from time to time.

Currently I just want to change the file
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\Calendar.Gadget\en-US\js\calendar.js
to display Monday as the first day of the week but it doesn't allow me to save the change and I'm 100% sure that the file is not used when I try to save(or drag-drop from another location to replace it)

A:Win7 administrator permissions.

On my machine, the permissions for calendar.js are,SYSTEM (User) : Read & execute,
Administrators (group) : Read & execute,
Users (group) : Read & execute,
TrustedInstaller (service) : Full control,
... And the owner is TrustedInstaller.Observing the above, notice that no (real) users have anything more than read access to calendar.js; you currently cannot make changes to the permissions of this file.

If you would like to change the permissions of calendar.js, you will first have to take ownership away from TrustedInstaller, give ownership to yourself or a group that you are a member of. Then you'll be able to make permission changes.

Vsub, what would you like to do to calendar.js? Give Administrators full control? Give users write access?

Recommended tutorial:
Take Ownership Shortcut

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After cleaning a laptop running windows 7 home premium of several malware infections i have been having some file permission problems.

First of them was all adobe products stopped working saying i didn't have access. There is only one user account on the computer and its an administrator account. I reinstalled Photoshop using 'run as administrator' on the installer but the adobe folder
that gets created in program files has a red x next to the administrator entry in the security tab.

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