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: Recurring Ownership Issues - Windows 7 Ultimate N

30 Sep 2013   #1
roma1625

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 
Recurring Ownership Issues - Windows 7 Ultimate N

It seems as if folders/files are, in effect, "locking" themselves. Whenever it happens, I use the "Take Ownership" utility to fix the problem, but I don't understand what is causing this and how to permanently fix it. FYI, I have UAC turned off, if that matters.

This has been going on for a while, but here are two recent examples:

1. I was trying to install the latest version of iTunes and it repeatedly popped up messages that I didn't have permission to access certain files/folders. I used "Take Ownership" and eventually got it installed.

2. Windows search indexer turned itself off and I couldn't turn it back on without using "Take Ownership" of the files/folders.

Thanks!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
01 Oct 2013   #2
roma1625

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

Does anybody have any theories as to why this is happening?

Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2013   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Roma,

Did you do anything like try to change your user name or user profile folder name? A mistake made there could cause the new name to no longer have access rights.

As a test, you might create a new administrator account, and log in to it to see if you have the same issues.

Hope this may help some,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

02 Oct 2013   #4
roma1625

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

No, I have not done anything with my user name, but what you said made me think: Is there a way to reset my permissions to "factory" settings? Anyway, aren't all administrator accounts the same? In other words, even if I did create a new account, why would it be different from my current account? Just trying to get a better understanding, not questioning what you're saying.

Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2013   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No way to reset permissions that I know of. Creating a new account would have it using default user permissions to see if you may be able to use the new account instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2013   #6
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

A virus or some kind of malware could cause issues like this. I recommend you scan your system with A good AV such as avast and run a scan with malwarebytes. Full scans.

Also, I recommend that you leave UAC on. Much of the security in seven depends on having UAC on, if you have it off, you might as well be using windows xp.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2013   #7
roma1625

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

Brink,

OK, I'll follow your recommendation to test it. I'm not having the issue at the moment, so I guess I'll have to wait for it to happen again and then create a new account to see if it happens on that one also.

If I set up a new administrator account, could i delete the existing one and just start using the new one? In other words, could I set up a new user just in case it is the problem? Or would that just create a whole new set of issues? I don't understand the concept of users except in a very basic sense. I've never done anything in this regard as I am the only person who has ever used this computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2013   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yes, you could create a new administrator account at anytime to use to see if it happens in it as well. I would recommend waiting to see what your results are before deleting the old account though. This way you could copy anything (shortcuts or files) you may want from it to the new one first.

If you still have issues in the new account, then you could just delete it.

User Account - Create

User Account - Delete
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Recurring Ownership Issues - Windows 7 Ultimate N




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows files, folders and drive ownership issues!
So I formatted my system today and did a clean install of Windows 8 and now my USB storage drive says cannot access. I remember vaguely adding permissions or taking ownership to the files when I was on Win 7 but dont remember what it is I did exactly. I was trying to hide my files from other users...
General Discussion
BSOD issues recurring for months - C5, D1, 8E
Hi, I've been having BSOD's for several months now and have have been trying to fix them all. Thus far I have identified and fixed a few of them (some driver issues and crashes from Avast!), but have been unable to fix one that continues to occur. Here are some of the things I have tried: -...
BSOD Help and Support
Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit issues with desktop freezing/ other issues
Hi all, Going to try and make this brief, "try" being the operative word here.. I have a Gateway PC running Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit 4 gigs of ram but obviously not all useable (yet) Dual core processor Nvidia 9800GT graphics Card Corsair 650 watt PSU HT Omega Striker 7.1 Souncard..
General Discussion
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Recurring BSOD
Hi, I have a recurring BSOD on my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate OS. It is my work machine as I tend to leave it on after I leave work so I can access it remotely, but it has been crashing when I return in the morning consistently. Please help! My Operating System Details - Windows 7 x64 Ultimate -...
BSOD Help and Support
Recurring issues with automatic updates
Hi, all I know there are lots of threads on this, but it seems like everyone's issues are SLIGHTLY different. Sorry for any duplication. I basically can't install ANY Windows updates. Every time a new update comes out, my computer downloads it, and attempts to install it on shutdown... and it...
Windows Updates & Activation
VISTA Ultimate to Windows 7 ultimate issues.. wit gamin
Ok, Its either gotta be that Windows have may changes in the O/S for gaming or there just could be something wrong with my computer... I DON"T GET IT. First of all, I had windows vista, CPU over clocked playing all my games with out a drama, (steam, cs, tf2, l4d, COD4) the games started without...
Gaming


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 05:55.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App