To be honest, it is much easier to use these commands than to use the
explorer interface, as it is a bit of a pain to work with.
Basically, what this does is set the "Administrators" group as the
owner of the folder you select, as well as all the files and folders
contained within that folder. You can do this from the GUI inside of
the security tab, under advanced, and under the owner tab, and
checking the replace owner checkbox.
The second command adds a permission giving either you specifically or
all users full access to the folder and every folder and file
underneath the folder you select.
You can do this from the security tab by adding a permission from the
GUI, assigning it to either your username or the users group, and
checking the allow box under full control.
On Fri, 1 Jun 2007 08:09:57 +1200, "Jack K" <Jack@kcaj.com> wrote:
>Thanks very much Jimmy for this information, I will give this a method a
>try, but I'm a bit nervous about doing this! Is there a method that can be
>used without resorting to programming techniques? The folder and files are
>still accessible from the external drive on my old XP computer, even though
>I can't get access to them on my Vista laptop.
>Incidentally, I tried copying one of the folders again from my XP computer
>to a new folder on my external hard drive, and this time it was accessible
>on my laptop Vista machine. So it seems that it's just one particular folder
>that Vista has problems with, it's not a consistent problem, so this is
>"Jimmy Brush" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> This is a common problem with files that you created from another
>> installation of Windows.
>> This has to do with the security settings that Windows XP applied to
>> these files. Since they were created from your user account in XP,
>> they do not apply to your user account in Vista, and so you are denied
>> access in some circumstances.
>> To fix this, you can follow these steps:
>> - Click Start
>> - Type: cmd
>> - Right-click cmd when it appears
>> - Click Run As Administrator
>> - Change location to the folder you need access to (e.g. cd e:\folder)
>> - Type: takeown /F . /R /A /D Y > NUL
>> - Type: icacls . /grant USEROI)(CI)(F) /L /T /Q
>> (Where USER is your username - you will only have access from your
>> XP and Vista machine in this case)
>> (Or, replace USER with Users if you want anyone [on any computer
>> your hard drive is plugged into] to have full access to these files)
>> - JB
>> On Thu, 31 May 2007 22:17:31 +1200, "Jack K" <Jack@kcaj.com> wrote:
>>>I recently purchased a new external hard drive and I set about
>>>files from my old XP computer to my new hard drive that I then connected
>>>my Sony Vaio laptop. Most files on the new hard drive are accessible on my
>>>Vista laptop, but a large group (100 Gig) of video editing folders and
>>>are not accessible. I get these messages:
>>>"You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click
>>>to gain access."
>>>Then "You have been denied permission to access this folder - To gain
>>>you will need to use the security tab."
>>>I have tried to follow the instructions on the help file: "Take ownership
>>>a file or folder", but although I have at least managed to get the video
>>>files visible, Windows Media Player cannot play them. I can't do anything
>>>with these files, not even delete them or copy them!!
>>>Can anyone give me some advice please, this unexpected problem is driving