[HOW TO]: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by GoNz0, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP

    This used to come up quite often after a windows repair went wrong (normally due to the user taking the wrong path after the system drops dead)

    you reinstall windows but can't get access to your old files as they were tied into your old account using some of XP's security features.

    Instead of formatting and losing the lot, take ownership of them.

    here is a copy and paste of MS article 308421

    lets hope this saves users files b4 they format thinking it's lost forever :)
     
    delta4s and NetRyder like this.
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    Messages:
    13,256
    Location:
    New York City
    Nice one! :) I remember seeing several questions on this matter.
    Thread Stuck
     
  3. Erbmaster

    Erbmaster Moderator Folding Team

    Messages:
    1,195
    Location:
    Middle Of Nowhere - UK
    Nice work GoNz0 ;)
     
  4. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

    Messages:
    2,725
    Location:
    Chicago
  5. King Ratt

    King Ratt OSNN Junior Addict

    Messages:
    14
    I have noticed at my workplace that some computers have the sharing tab missing when tweaking a files properties. Is there a setting that reenables the sharing tab or a registry tweak?
     
  6. King Ratt

    King Ratt OSNN Junior Addict

    Messages:
    14
    Disregard, didn't see that link in the 1st post.
     
  7. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

    Messages:
    1,243
    Location:
    Amongst the Native Ones
    You could have edited your post and chose the option to delete it ;)
     
  8. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

    Messages:
    2,626
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    *bump*
    I have got a computer of a client with the same problem as this thread is about, which I am working on for a few days now. I followed the guide, which went fine, but I still have a problem. All the files/folders in the folder I have applied the steps to, have a Read Only mark. When I remove the Read Only mark, it seems to be gone, but then I reload the folders' properties and it's still there. I have tried to remove the mark in both the Administrators and the user's (which is in the Administrators group) account, but the Read Only mark stays there. The weird thing is, the tick at the Read Only is not a tick like a 'v', but it is a green square (Windows Luna) or a grey smudge (Classic theme). Does anyone know why this is?
    I also have a question about the ownership, why can I only set or the Administrator or the Administrators group as an owner for the file/folder? Can't I just set the User as an owner?

    Cheers :)
     
  9. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

    Messages:
    2,725
    Location:
    Chicago
    Every folder on XP has that, don't know why, it doesn't mean anything.
     
  10. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

    Messages:
    2,626
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    I noticed not every file on the folder had a read only mark, so I guess the square/grey field means that some, but not all, files in the folder are read only? But it doesn't matter anymore, the computer has been returned to the client, I have told him what I found, including the stuff I had questions about and he didn't mind.
    Now all I have left is another computer for another client, who has seriously fuxored up his computer, I don't know how he did it, I tend to find out the the following week. But that's another problem, I won't bore you with that :D
     
  11. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    2,566
    SP2?


    I do believe the ownership and control of objects and files is based on teh same system. Just take control of the top level folder and choose "inherit properties from parent objects" or whatever BS winder chooses to use.
     
  12. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

    Messages:
    2,626
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    I keep that in mind for the next time :) Thanks
     
  13. maddoctor

    maddoctor The Greek God ...... ;-)

    Messages:
    95
    Location:
    Greece
    And if all these fails, you can always do one of these two things:

    1) Use a NTFS DOS reader in order to read the files from DOS (if your system is in NTFS) and move them elsewhere
    2) You can use a livecd from Linux to do the same work :)
     
  14. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    thats no help at all afaik mate, moving the files is ok, but you still will be unable to open and read them from windows as the permissions are set to a set user.
     
  15. maddoctor

    maddoctor The Greek God ...... ;-)

    Messages:
    95
    Location:
    Greece
    Well I dont think so.I have come across several cases, which the help of these two tools the user was able to read the files that were locked from the previous installation of windows.And....what does this word afaik stands for, as it is an unknow word for me!?
     
  16. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    afaik = as far as i know. :p

    yes you may be able to read the files using the viewer, but can it remove the ownership issue or is it just a temporary answer?

    i guess if you can resave the document it may circumvent the ownership. dunno never tried it as i found the M$ link when it happend to me :)
     
  17. maddoctor

    maddoctor The Greek God ...... ;-)

    Messages:
    95
    Location:
    Greece
    Since you can move the files from this folder to elsewhere and be able to open them, where is the problem!?Is this in the end that anyone wants to do!? :rolleyes:
     
  18. koko

    koko Got Root?

    Messages:
    577
    Location:
    Columbia, S.C.
    gonzo - thanks so much for creating this post. this helped me solve some issues i was having with several folders. :)
     
  19. Skunk141

    Skunk141 OSNN Addict

    Messages:
    98
    Excellent, helped me as well :)
     
  20. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    the year 2525
    glad to help :)