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Windows 7: Permission Frustrations

02 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 - 64 bit
Permission Frustrations

My son had a Windows 7 box with a 1 TB hard Drive partitioned with separate Swap / Temp (D), Gamed (E), Programs (E), and Data (F) drive partitions. This has served us well in the past as reinstalling the OS. To restore programs and games under the replaced / upgraded OS, we simply installed over themselves keeping all custom files, saved games etc.

He recently added a 120 GB SD for Windows and his most used programs / games. The idea was to keep the original boot partition on the hard drive as a backup (only 64 GB) in case the SSD went south. The same user name was used on both Win7 professional 64 bit installs.

My problem is that trying to install some programs over themselves or even to delete folders on F:\ results in permissions issues that can't seem to be resolved in the normal properties / security / advanced / editing fashion.

Suggestions ?

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02 Nov 2010   #2

W7 Professional x64

You are going to have to take ownership of the drive's files manually, and change the permisisons. I take it you did a clean windows installation onto the SSD, and added the 1TB drive as a data drive?

You will have to change the permissions from advanced options under security, see attached, and click the circled check box. This way you will not have to do it for each folder within the folder you are changing as well.


With, open the .zip file, and run AddTakeOwnership (I think that's what it is called, it will be obvious though if it is not) and right click on the folders you want to change permissions on, and select take ownership.

Take Ownership Shortcut

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02 Nov 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

Does the giver of permission have ownership
Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums
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03 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 - 64 bit


Well I went about it a bit simpler

1. Copied all of E:\Programs to G:\Backup\E-Programs
2. Formatted E:\
3. Copied all the files back from G:\Backup\E-Programs

All worked so far .... about 2/3 way thru reloading all programs
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