Reinstalled XP, lost access to folders.

May 3, 2009 at 20:58:52
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition
I had to reinstall my windows xp home edition. It allowed me to keep all my old documents, however, I cannot access the folders. I gave myself ownership of the my documents folder. After that, I can access the folder, but then all the folders and files inside still deny access. So far, all I can see is that I need to give myself for EVERY folder and EVERY file. However, I have far too many folders and files to do this. Is there any way to give myself of all files folders and subfolders? I saw check box for it when moving ownership, but even when i click that box I don't get ownership of the subfolders and files, just the current folder I am clicked on. Please help

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May 3, 2009 at 22:02:22
Is there any Anti virus scanner in your computer? Try on reinstalling the XP once more you must have encountered a faulty installation. But still do this as your last option. But try to see other comments they might help you.

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May 4, 2009 at 14:48:41
If the permissions are inherited from the parent, you don't have to take ownership of each file/folder.


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May 4, 2009 at 16:27:30
At the top level you need to take ownership AND replace owner on subcontainers and objects 9this may take a while if lots of files/folders). Then you need to go to the advanced permissions. If your user is not shown, add it and select all permissions, then check the replace all existing inheritable etc permissions box. If it is shown, select it and check the same box. Ok it - again, may take a while, but you should have full permissions to everything when its finished.

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