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Read the article that everyone's commenting on.
I have the same problem as the article, but the thing is after I've unlocked the folder, the files inside are still locked. In order to unlock it, I have to repeat the same process but on each individual file before I get to use.
Thing is, one of these locked folders have ALOT of files, so unlocking them one by one is a bit impractical. Are there ways to do this faster or multiple files folders at a time? I am using Windows 7 64 Bit Home
Thanks for the artical. On A win 7 64 bit system you have to take control of the folder and all the sublets folders. Make sure you have the right person to do it. There are several persons it the ownership window. Make sure you pick the right owner when you take ownership. Hope this helps.
Thanks a million! Had tried everything - even Microsoft Help, which, of course, used the "See your Administrator" fudge when it got down to the nitty-gritty of giving a helpful answer. Why MS can't give the instructions like you did is beyond me.
Thanks Again, N-Ray
Thank you so much for the helpful information! The command prompt solution was so useful and finally unlocked my files and relieved me of so much stress. Thank you Leo.
I just wanted to say thank you for such a helpful and easy to understand guide.
I put the HDD from my dead desktop into an enclosure but couldn't access the files - but now I can!
Many thanks for this. I went the "windows" route and it worked for me. I had been searching for a solution to this problem for over three hours, literally! Many thanks, again.
None of this works on W7 with a FAT32 drive, I wish I could find a similar article about that. "takeown" just gets me "ERROR: File ownership cannot be applied on insecure file systems; there is no support for ACLs." and attempting to delete a file on the drive gives me "You require permission from Everyone to make changes to this file." It's a write protect problem of some kind, and all I've found so far is a registry policy setting for write protect on StorageDevicePolicies that also didn't fix the problem.
I've been searching through all kinds of forums and articles with no success so far...
I did the command prompt path and it said success on taking ownership of the files, but I still can't view them or move the folder over to my other hard drive. It still says that I don't have the permissions.
Thanks you're a life saver.
One last question - most of the folders still have padlocks on them, and although I can access them, I have to manually change the permissions to move them.
Any way of bulk changing that?
Hello everyone, i discovered another simple and alternative way of getting your file permission and control. All i did was to select all the files (not the folder),
*clicked on Share with(this can be found on the property bar)
*clicked specific people,
*in the file sharing interface, i typed everyone, clicked add, also changed permission level to read/write
*finally clicked share.
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