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Windows 7: Take Ownership Shortcut

09 Jan 2019   #400
merlinver

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I installed a fresh copy of Win 7 on my SSD. I left the 2nd HD attached during this process. After the install finished, I was unable to copy any files to the 2nd HD.
I installed the Take Ownership context menu and used it on the Users Folder of the old drive. Now all those folders link to the C drive, which of course have nothing in them yet. Is there a way to undo this? I used the 2nd HD to backup the C drive before the re-install, so I've lost everything....

Thanks,

Art


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10 Jan 2019   #401
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merlinver View Post
I installed a fresh copy of Win 7 on my SSD. I left the 2nd HD attached during this process. After the install finished, I was unable to copy any files to the 2nd HD.
I installed the Take Ownership context menu and used it on the Users Folder of the old drive. Now all those folders link to the C drive, which of course have nothing in them yet. Is there a way to undo this? I used the 2nd HD to backup the C drive before the re-install, so I've lost everything....

Thanks,

Art

Hello Art, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you explain more about what you mean by that they are now all linked to the C drive?

The "Take Ownership" context menu will only change the owner of the item to the current user, and grant that user full access in permissions. It has not affect on anything else.
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10 Jan 2019   #402
merlinver

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have an SSD and a 2nd platter drive in my laptop. The 2nd drive was used to be the boot drive years ago, once I got the SSD, I made it the boot drive. I left Win 7 on the 2nd as a backup bootable. It’s run for years with no problems. To save space, I used my profile on the old ‘Documents and Settings’ folder on the 2nd for all my docs, pics, etc. For the fresh install, I used a different user name.
After the install, I was getting permission errors trying to transfer items to the 2nd and installing apps. Did some research and found this tool, installed it and used it on the 2nd drive ‘Documents and Settings‘. In that folder were 3 subfolders - Public, Mine and All Users (mine was the only one with meaningful items).
After a *long* time the cmd window stopped scrolling text and closed.
After the script ran the ‘Doc & Settings’ icon is different - where it was a folder with a lock on it, now it’s a small square with an arrow. I open it and see the 3e folders - All Users and Mine have lock icons, Public doesn't. I can open My folder despite the Lock, but most of the icons are arrows - My Docs, My pics, My Music, etc. Double clicking those open the corresponding folder on the fresh Win install on the SSD. There are no docs, pics, or music in them.
In one of the attachments is shows the Doc & Setting folder as I see it now. The other shows what I see when I double click the Desktop folder - as you can see shows the items that are on the current desktop. The path includes the new username, but on the D drive. It should be the items from that very old user.
In addition to all the Spare drive issues, the Documents & Settings folder on the fresh Win7 on C drive has a lock icon and wont let me open it "Access Denied". So the Spare drive Doc&Settings acts like the boot drive Docs and the boot drive is inaccessible
I just remembered something that may help troubleshooting - in the prior install I had redirected my boot drive user folders (docs, pics, music) to the Spare ‘Docs & Settings’ via dynamic link. So previously - clicking the My Documents icon in the side bar opened the Doc folder on the Spare.
But Change Ownership shouldn’t have replaced the folder, just changed the ownership rights to my new username, right? The Spare folders were not the dynamic folders, they were what the SSD pointed to. I thought that dynamic folders were a one way path, not a back and forth thing.

I'm long-winded, but I hope this gives a better picture of the issue and hopefully a resolution where I can get my stuff back!
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10 Jan 2019   #403
merlinver

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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10 Jan 2019   #404
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ak, ok.

The "Documents and Settings" folder is a protected hidden system folder, and should not be used or messed with as you found out.

You could try using the context menu added by the tutorial below to reset permissions of the folder back to default to see if that may help.

Add Reset Permissions to Context Menu in Windows | Tutorials
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13 Jan 2019   #405
Iori3310

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Hello,

After adding the registry I am getting this message. Also my permission options are grayed out. Please see attachments.

I am looking for solutions for 3 days now. Please help me out.

Thanks in advanced.
Iori


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14 Jan 2019   #406
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Iori,

If the middle screenshot is what you see after using the "Take Ownership" context menu on the "basebrd.dll" file, then it the .reg file in the tutorial may not have successfully merged.

The "Application not found" message indicates it cannot find the cmd.exe file to run the command from the context menu.

Try merging the .reg file again to see if that may help.
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15 Jan 2019   #407
Iori3310

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

I tried that. I emerged and removed couple of times. But still the problem exists. Please help.
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15 Jan 2019   #408
Iori3310

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Ok. I was using some other windows version reg file. Downloaded the this thread file and worked fine. Thanks. :)
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15 Jan 2019   #409
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news.
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