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Windows 7: takeown only works on some files

10 May 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate
takeown only works on some files

Hi everyone, I'm having a problem with the takeown command or with permissions in general.

I installed 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate Version 6.1 (Build 7600) on a new machine that I built. I'm trying to copy files from my old hard-drive to the new one, but am having permissions problems.

After some research, I opened a command prompt as an administrator, and ran

takeown /f dir /a /r

On the dir I was trying to access. After that I moved the files to the new drive. It worked for the vast majority of files, but for about 100 of them it didn't. I tried running takeown on individual files, but even though it reports success:

SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "e:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop\rnd.txt"
now owned by the administrators group.

I'm not able to do anything with the files - "access is denied".

There doesn't appear to be any consistent type of file or location that this fails with. Some .txt and .xls files, some .mp3, etc, when it worked with plenty of these file types already. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm hoping I'm just missing something obvious.

Thanks in advance.

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10 May 2010   #2

windows 7 64bit

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10 May 2010   #3

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10 May 2010   #4

windows 7 ultimate

Searching there only turned up a bunch of vista links. But I found a similar thing here:
Add Take Ownership Option Shortcut in Right Click Menu of Windows 7

I installed it and for some reason that works when the command line didn't. Still, it's done, so thanks.
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10 May 2010   #5

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Glad to hear you got it figured out.
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