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Windows 7: "Take Ownership" of files not working

18 Nov 2012   #1
ThereWillBeAWay

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
"Take Ownership" of files not working

Hey all, I have been wracking my brain trying to find a way to fix this issue.

Backstory: (2010)
My computers hard drive (herein referred to as driveA) filled up and I installed a second drive (herein referred to as driveB) to hold all my files. Simple. Next, I updated my windows from XP to 7 Home Premium 32bit. This is where I think the trouble begins. I installed Windows 7 on driveA and let it keep a Windows.old folder to keep all my old things. Install went swimmingly and I was happy as a clam. I could operate any file any time from any location no worries.

Fast Forward: (present day)
I can't open well over half of my files. The vast majority being pictures. I am talking thousands. Every picture I have taken from 2007-2010 and every picture saved from the internet along with music and videos.

I have tried going through folders and individual files properties and changing permissions. I am the only user and I am the administrator but I have checked every box Allow just the same. I still cannot access my files. I don't know when this happened, or why, or how. I just know that I would sure love to have all of my wedding photos, family albums, etc.

I have also tried using the registry "take ownership" tweak and the same results. Nothing changes. I have changed them all, restarted, and they still will not open. Can't see a thumbnail and no program can open it. The permissions stay saved as 'allow - all'

Help me sevenforums, you're my only hope.


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18 Nov 2012   #2
ThereWillBeAWay

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Could really use some help here, folks. Anything would be appreciated
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18 Nov 2012   #3
oneextraid

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Locate one of the files that has this problem and right click mouse on it and look at the properties. Select the Security tab and post what it shows.
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18 Nov 2012   #4
indianacarnie

 

Did this happen overnight say? Or did it gradually accumulate? Have you installed any new programs lately? Have you tried a system restore to before when this started?
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18 Nov 2012   #5
ThereWillBeAWay

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oneextraid View Post
Locate one of the files that has this problem and right click mouse on it and look at the properties. Select the Security tab and post what it shows.
You got it. Thanks for the response

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Did this happen overnight say? Or did it gradually accumulate? Have you installed any new programs lately? Have you tried a system restore to before when this started?
I have no idea. I'd like to say overnight but I do not know. A couple months ago I had no issues. This is my "spare" computer. I use it for storage and such. I use my other desktop for banking and what not. Totally secure and I don't do anything on it other than business and such.

Hope these images help out.
Pictures by therewillbeaway - Photobucket
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18 Nov 2012   #6
indianacarnie

 

Have you tried associating them with another viewer? VLC say? Have you tried the system restore to an earlier time?
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18 Nov 2012   #7
ThereWillBeAWay

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Have you tried associating them with another viewer? VLC say? Have you tried the system restore to an earlier time?
Not to sure what you mean there. I'm the only user for the computer. I have not tried VLC, but I have with paint, IE, firefox, the list kinda goes on

Tried restore to a few months ago, no luck.
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18 Nov 2012   #8
indianacarnie

 

Meant making a different program the "default" opener. Have you tried a sfc /scannow? Or the microsoft fixit center?

SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

Microsoft Fix it Solution Center: troubleshooting software issues
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18 Nov 2012   #9
indianacarnie

 

Just an afterthought..... have you ran any malware detection? Malwarebytes , your A/V etc.?
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18 Nov 2012   #10
indianacarnie

 

File Association Fixer: Fix File Associations in Windows 7

You can try this also..... forgot it earlier. Have used myself.
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