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My girlfriend accidentally dragged all of her work files somewhere, and it apparently ended up in a folder (C:\d054854). The folder was from a security update msxml.msi and I believe it contained updates to the registry. Once it was in there, Windows refused to let her do anything to the files (access denied). A friend remotely tried to fix the problem by performing a system restore to the previous day. He was able to move the files out, but they're still getting access denied when they try to open them (mostly Adobe Illustrator files). He also tried logging into safe mode and granting full access to all users in the security tab, but still the files won't open.

Please help! Her store is now at a stand-still until until they can get this fixed.
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Are you using XP Professional? If you are this is what you do:

-> Disable Simple File Sharing
-> Go to Properties on that folder, then find the Security tab
-> Click Advanced
-> Click the owner tab
-> Check the box at the bottom, "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects"

Hit the apply button. This will strip all the permissions from every folder and file underneath that folder. This has to be on XP Pro though, it will not work on Home.

Edited by Cilix, 05 June 2007 - 02:19 PM.

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Thanks, but unfortunately this is the Home edition.

Are you using XP Professional? If you are this is what you do:

-> Disable Simple File Sharing
-> Go to Properties on that folder, then find the Security tab
-> Click Advanced
-> Click the owner tab
-> Check the box at the bottom, "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects"

Hit the apply button. This will strip all the permissions from every folder and file underneath that folder. This has to be on XP Pro though, it will not work on Home.


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from what i understand the same procedure applies in the home edition, with the exception of starting the computer in safe mode, an you must be logged on as the administrator
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from what i understand the same procedure applies in the home edition, with the exception of starting the computer in safe mode, an you must be logged on as the administrator


Tried it and then gave permission to Administrator groups. Still getting access denied.
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from what i understand the same procedure applies in the home edition, with the exception of starting the computer in safe mode, an you must be logged on as the administrator


It wont work on Home since you have to use SFS.

You could try to use a Linux Live CD such as Knoppix and transfer the files to an external drive. That may strip the permissions as well.
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How to take ownership of a folder

Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.

How to take ownership of a file
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).

3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.

5. Click Add.

6. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.

7. Click OK.

8. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.

9. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK
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How to take ownership of a folder


EDIT: Looks like I spoke too soon. She tried it again (I'm trying to help her by phone), and it seems to have worked this time! However, she can't seem to apply this to an entire folder and has to do this one file at a time. This is a problems because we're talking about 10GB+ of files. Is there any way to apply this to the entire contents of a folder? We've tried following the instructions found here (How to take ownership of a folder), but still no go.

Thanks for all the help!

Edited by Nates, 05 June 2007 - 05:02 PM.

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Is there any way to apply this to the entire contents of a folder?

In Short without getting to advanced no. If you would like we can research how to create a batch file to do it for you but it requires some programing experience.
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