Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: File permissions for individual user folders, program install errors

16 Jan 2013   #11
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for taking the time to help me get this right.

I've just renamed my existing user account and then created a new one with the old name. Windows appeared to complain the name was in use already, but then decided to make the account anyway. Should I be worried....
The new account appears to be working just fine.
backing up and preparing to uninstall as per your instructions


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
16 Jan 2013   #12
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linmix View Post
Thanks for taking the time to help me get this right.

I've just renamed my existing user account and then created a new one with the old name. Windows appeared to complain the name was in use already, but then decided to make the account anyway. Should I be worried....
The new account appears to be working just fine.
backing up and preparing to uninstall as per your instructions
Did I say to backup stuff?
What usernames are listed in logon menu?
What folders are in c:\users? Old and new user account should be listed there.

You did make a adminstrator account not a standard user account??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2013   #13
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Don't copy to new account:
  • Files in c:\users\<oldusername>
  • folder appdata
  • folder tracing
Did you change anyting in old account like this?
  • Internet explorer favorites
  • Open windows explorer. In left to control you see Favorites (desktop, downloads, recent locations). You changes that?
  • Check folder c:\users\oldname\downloads and c:\users\oldname\savedgames. Any relevant stuff there you wanna keep?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

16 Jan 2013   #14
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I haven't dared log out of my current account yet. Only the old account name is visible under Users, so I may just do a double take: create an admin account with a random name, copy everything into the new account, then delete the old "Jetro" account, double check it's completely gone, create a new account with the same name and copy everything again.

I never use IE so nothing needs to be rescued there. Firefox will allow me to add new machines and Sync will take care of the rest (bookmarks, add-ons, etc).

I've got loads in "Downloads" I need to keep.
Don't care about savedgames (should be empty)
Didn't make any changes in the Explorer Favourites.

About the backup. I can copy all relevant files to an external drive. How do I make sure the files on that drive will be mine after I create the new account? This whole mess started with just that problem: I made a copy of the files from the "unreadable" partition with Linux and had to reclaim the files for my new user.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2013   #15
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Copy only the stuff I told you! And of course My documents, My videos, desktop and so on.
Do all shortcuts/files on desktop work (chekc the ones you copied)
Only copy the contents from the folder not the folder itself!
Don't copy appdata!!

Initiate the copy when logged on as new user!! It can popup a message you need admininstrative rights... you acknowledge that.

Which folders/files are not copyable?

If you copy a file/folder it's just like you create it. You become the owner, permissions are set as it should. So DON'T move but copy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2013   #16
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So it's the copy vs move thing that may have gone wrong in my case (earlier, not now) and the fact that I need to initiate it from the new account.

What about the external drive I use for backup? I'm on a laptop and don't have enough space to have duplicates so I will need to backup most of my audio and video files on an external USB drive. How do I take possession of those?

I'll get started and let you know how it works out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2013   #17
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linmix View Post
So it's the copy vs move thing that may have gone wrong in my case (earlier, not now) and the fact that I need to initiate it from the new account.

What about the external drive I use for backup? I'm on a laptop and don't have enough space to have duplicates so I will need to backup most of my audio and video files on an external USB drive. How do I take possession of those?

I'll get started and let you know how it works out.
A none system disk has read/write/excute permissions for "everyone" by default. If you don't set any permissions after creating file..... it inherits the permissions from folder above. For short.... you can read/write anyting on external drive.

File owner will be the person who actually does the copy command.

Move (only possible on same partition) is just a pointer by saying that file belongs to another folder. Owner and permissions stay the same. But most permissions are like "same as folder above". in that case it is of course inhereted as well... but from another folder.

Normally you set permissions on folders and not on files. files in that folder inherit the permissions from folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2013   #18
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's been a while, but I have finally completed the move and everything is working as expected.

Since I reused the old user name after changing it in the original profile, Windows has created a new folder under "Users" with the same name, but appending "_2"

I'm starting to get the hang of it...
Thank you for taking the time to walk me through this!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2013   #19
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You also could have done move. For explame from old my documents folder to new one.
Then richt click new my documents folder->properties->security->advanced.

There you can click "change permissions". See screenhot
tab owner->change. See screenshot.

Of course you have to press OK. (Sorry... screenshots in Dutch)


Attached Images
File permissions for individual user folders, program install errors-naamloos.png File permissions for individual user folders, program install errors-naamloos2.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2013   #20
linmix

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'll keep that for reference. It might have saved me a couple of hours (copying to the same HDD is slow, moving almost instantaneous) but I'm happy everything is working again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 File permissions for individual user folders, program install errors




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
new user :-) two program files folders; can't delete
Hi Guys, I'm a little stumped by this which is unusual for me http://forum.cockos.com/images/smilies/smile.gif OK, I was installing some x64 plugs yesterday and the default installer wasn't pointing to the right folder so i manually typed the correct path c:\Program files\Steinberg\VST...
General Discussion
Giving Automatic Permissions to Folders Created Using a Batch File
So I have a batch file set up to create folders and subfolders. These folders are created on a shared server that several employees access. The idea is to run the batch to create a set of folders for each new customer. This keeps all of the files for the customer in one spot rather than...
General Discussion
powershell script to create user folders and set permissions
Wondering if anyone in this forum can help me figure out what I am doing wrong with my script. I am grabbing a text file with a list of users in it. I want to then create folders for all those people and then set explicit permissions on those folders to only allow the users and admin access to it....
Software
Can't install program - Program Data folder permissions?
I'm trying to instal Skype on my PC and I keep getting this error message: 'An error occured while attempting to create the directory: c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu. This is what I've done to try and remedy it: 1. Right clicked the installer file and tried to run as...
Software
Individual program resolution issue
Hi guys, I'm totally new to Windows 7 (64bit) after using WinXP for a long time. I just got a new Dell XPS 15 laptop with a 1080p screen and it looks great, except that I have an issue where some programs don't seem to be displaying in the same resolution as the desktop. I can't find any advice...
Graphic Cards
Two Program File Folders
I have noticed when I want to uninstall programs, not all my installed programs show up even though they function well. I explored into my main C: drive and found out there were two program file folders. One named Program Files and the other named Program Files x86. The program files in x86 are...
Software


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:52.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App