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Windows 7: Permission denied to access/copy files from my old computer

04 Jan 2012   #1
cutiepie

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM, installed January 2012
 
 
Permission denied to access/copy files from my old computer

I built a new desktop and did a clean Windows 7 64-bit install. I hooked up the hard drive from my old PC, which had XP on it, so I could copy all the files over to my new hard drive. But when I try, I keep getting errors that I don't have permission to access the file or copy the file. I was trying to do it for specific folders, but then I still needed to go through the process to ask for permission for each individual file inside the folder! So I changed the security settings for the entire drive by right clicking E:/, going to security and changing the permission for "Everyone" and checked the box "full control," which then checks all the boxes. And yet, when I try to copy folders from my old My Documents, it's still giving me error messages. I don't want any security settings at all. No one else is ever going to use this computer. But at the very least I need to copy these files. Please tell me how to do this, thanks in advance.


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04 Jan 2012   #2
N0b0dy

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hello cutiepie

Try to take ownership look here Take Ownership Shortcut
Apply it to all folders then try to copy it !!
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04 Jan 2012   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums cutiepie. Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts, click on Change User Account Control. Move the slider all the way down to 'off'. You'll have to reboot to make the change, then try copying again.
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04 Jan 2012   #4
cutiepie

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM, installed January 2012
 
 

These directions don't make any sense to me. When I download and open the zip, I see two registration entries, Add_Take_Ownership and Remove_Take_Ownership. When I right click either of them, no where does it say "merge." I added Take Ownership to the registry, but it hasn't done anything. Please help.
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04 Jan 2012   #5
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Just checked the download. All is good. Did you extract the files from zip? Creates a new folder with the files in it. If you want to add the take ownership right click the first file then merge.

You must unzip the files first.
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07 Jan 2012   #6
cutiepie

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM, installed January 2012
 
 

I got it to work. The directions were just very unclear, but I figured it out. I didn't have to merge anything, I just installed it and the new option appeared.

However, it's not working on a couple files. It worked mostly very well. But on an old hard drive of mine, I am trying to delete the old Windows XP system files. I got 99% of it done, but it refuses to delete the folder for Macromedia Flash. Even when I take ownership of the folder, the subfolders and the files individually it still says, "You require permission from Katie-Desktop/Katie to make changes to this folder" when I try to delete any of them. The thing is, I am logged in as Katie on Katie-Desktop! It is claiming I need permission from myself. I have gone in the security tab and given myself full control, "everyone" full control and nothing works. This is so freaking annoying. What do I do?
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07 Jan 2012   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Cutiepie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might give the free program Unlocker a try to see if you may be able to use it to delete them.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 Jan 2012   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Also in MalwareBytes FREE there is a sub-program called File Assassin which may let you delete stubborn files. Link in my sig.
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