> My old Win Xp Laptop broke so I'm using the hard drive as an external for
> my new Vista Laptop, but whenever I try opening files from it I'm getting
> trouble with permission.
> I have tried changing permissions on the security tab of properties but
> not having much luck, although I had a bit of luck with idividual files
> within folders but cant for the life of me work out how to set it for
> whole folders and subfolders, and now I'm going around in circles getting
> more frustrated with this whole thing.
> Anyone shed any light on a simple solution or have I got to go through
> setting the security permission for every idividual file?
All my notes about taking ownership:
A. Check the permissions of the file or folder the file is saved in and take
1. Right-click the file or folder, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab.
3. Under Group or user names, click your name to see the permissions you
To open a file, you need to have read permission. For more information on
permissions, see What are permissions?
To take ownership of a folder:
1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click
2. Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
3. Click Edit. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an
administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide
4. Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.
5. If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this
folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
6. Click OK
B. Run this at an elevated Command Prompt:
cacls c:\ /t /e /g Administrators:f [enter]
This will give full rights to all the files and folders on drive C: to the
Administrators group, any member to this group will then have full rights
to the files.
To grant full rights to a specific user issue the command with the user's
cacls c:\ /t /e /g Steve:f [enter]
will grant Steve full rights to all the files and folders on C:. If the
user name has spaces you must surround it with quotation marks:
cacls c:\ /t /e /g "Some User":f [enter]
C. Add Take Ownership to right-click menu in Vista -
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