Windows XP Folder Security

September 29, 2010 at 23:45:02
Specs: Windows XP
I recently changed the security settings of one of my folder (residing in my shared folder) so that the people accessing it might not be able to delete any thing in it. But the problem is that i am not able to access any folder residing in that folder. The error i receive while opening the subfolders is "Access denied".

I have even taken the ownership of that folder.
I cannot set permissions / ownership for subfolders.
I have tried logging in with administrator account on this machine but still I cant access it.
My user and administrator is added in the Full Access in security tab, but still i cannot access its subfolders.

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September 30, 2010 at 10:03:21
Muzammil, dunno just how you managed to lock yourself out nor how to get in. Seems to me you should have been required to create a password? Forget it?
Anyway, suggestion for the future, zip the folder(s) you want private and allow shared access to the rest. That lets other users see general stuff yet keeps private what you want private. In order to even see much less alter the contents, it must be unzipped and that's password protected.
Ed in Texas.

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September 30, 2010 at 23:20:13
Well i managed to break into it finally. The procedure i adopted is
1. Restore my system to a prior date using system restore in Windows XP (log in with administrator account to do that)
2. After that you will most probably be able to access the folders, List all files in the folders by Searching (hit F3 and put nothing in search field, and hit search).
3. Ctrl + A, select all and then Alt + Enter to show their properties.
4. In Security tab, goto Advanced and take ownership in ownership tab.
5. Then uncheck the inheritance check box and remove every security setting. Click OK
6. Back in the Security tab, click Add and add Everyone with proper security priviliges. Click Apply. This would most probably add the administrators to security itself too.
7. If administrators are not added, add them to yourself and allow unlimited access.

Hope so, this would help the people in future.

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