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Windows 7: Second OS causing permissions problems

19 Feb 2012   #1
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Second OS causing permissions problems

Hi All

I had to reinstall windows 7 over the weekend but I kept the original on the same drive (now windows.old).
The problem is the new windows 7 isnt allowing me to overwrite,delete,etc files because the permissions are set to the old OS user.

Is there anyway of doing a full sweep of all the directories as going through each one changing the owner permissions will take be weeks.

I`ve also discovered that I created a new directory within an old one to save a document but its now saying "You do not have permission to save in this directory.contact the system administrator. would you like to save in the *** folder"

I`ve tried everything to change the permissions on that folder but it wont let me save.

ANy ideas

Thanks alot


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19 Feb 2012   #2
Arc

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Apply Take Ownership Shortcut , and take ownership of the required files easily .

warning   Warning
Dont take ownership of your entire Windows Folder .... it might cause system instability.


EDIT : If you want to delete windows old folder securely, follow it : Windows.old Folder - Delete
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19 Feb 2012   #3
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks but its not just files its whole directories that are on other drives. Seems to be every directory I created in the other copy of windows 7 is locked to that and I have to manually change each one. Any ideas??
Thanks
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19 Feb 2012   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Take ownership of the whole DRIVE, not the individual folders on that drive. That should cause Windows to recurse through everything on the drive.

Do the folders show the "lock" icon? Or not? Or are you just getting "Access Denied"?
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20 Feb 2012   #5
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, Didnt realise you could do the whole drive. That seems to have fixed the problems.

Thanks
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20 Feb 2012   #6
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

It will fix the permission related issues. But if the drives are marked as read only, you may need different solution.

So let us know what the situation is .
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