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Windows 7: Clean install yesterday but so many locked folders.

22 Oct 2009   #1

windows 7 HP 64bit
Clean install yesterday but so many locked folders.

Ive been running various versions of ultimate x86, started with the RC and have been just upgrading with the leaks and stopped at 7260. Ive had locked files and know how to unlock them but always assumed i had this because i was upgrading and not doing clean installs.
I got my HP yesterday so did a clean install to my C: drive (formatted it first) and everything went well but ive still got a lot of locked folders on other partitions/HDD's. In fact some of my most used folders were now locked. Ive taken ownership of them and can use them but i was surprised this happened.
Can anyone shed some light on this? Could it have been because i did a Easy File transfer from 7260? I didnt check before i restored the files so maybe that is the cause.



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22 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Hi Dave,

Simple one really, the ownership of the folders/disks etc. was held by the SID of your original user (will assume "Dave")

On the new install although you have recreated "Dave" the actual SID that windows has assigned to "Dave" will differ from the original.

The NTFS records will have the original SID allocated which is different to the new SID

Hope that is simple

If you check the permissions for a file or folder on the other partitions you should see an Unknown user with permissions the S....... number is the original SID. If you have had many upgrades to the system you may see more than one Unknown user
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22 Oct 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

You need to enable the hidden administrators account and log in with it. Once you have done this copy all of the locked files to a new folder.. Now you should be able to log back in under your account and the folders that you copied will be accessible.. simply copy them back to where they belong...

See Brinks tutorial to enable the hidden admin account -=> Here
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22 Oct 2009   #4

windows 7 HP 64bit

Thanks guys.

Tews. There are a lot of files/folders and a bit too many to move around. Im happy to use the take ownership trick as and when i need to. I also find adjusting the security works as well. Its more the why rather than how to fix it im asking about.

Nigel, im not 100% with all that but i get the gist of it.


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