Fix per­mis­sions

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

When you hive off your data to a sep­a­rate par­ti­tion or drive, you may have is­sues ac­cess­ing your user fold­ers after re­in­stalling Win­dows. That’s be­cause they’re ‘owned’ by your cur­rent user ac­count, and when you re­in­stall Win­dows, you’ll end up cre­at­ing a new user ac­count, even if it’s iden­ti­cal to your old one.

In most cases, when you first try to ac­cess one of these fold­ers – when you point Win­dows to­ward them, say – you’re told ac­cess is de­nied, but are prompted to click Con­tinue to gain per­ma­nent ac­cess. This usu­ally re­solves the is­sue, adding your cur­rent user ac­count to the list of users who have been per­mit­ted ac­cess. If this fails, you need to man­u­ally take con­trol of the folder. Right-click it, and choose Prop­er­ties, then the Se­cu­rity tab. If there aren’t any read per­mis­sions, click Ad­vanced, fol­lowed by Con­tinue. Next, click Add, fol­lowed by ‘Select a prin­ci­pal’, be­fore click­ing Ad­vanced > Find Now.

You have a choice – if you share your PC with oth­ers, select your user­name; if you’re the only user, you could select ‘Ev­ery­one’, which saves the has­sle of hav­ing to re­peat this process ev­ery time you re­in­stall Win­dows, al­though if it’s a lap­top, ask your­self if you want the data ac­ces­si­ble to any­one who might steal it. Click ‘OK’ twice, and you should now be able to as­sign ba­sic per­mis­sions – choose Full Con­trol if you were the pre­vi­ous owner of the folder. Click ‘OK’, select ‘Re­place all child ob­jects’, and click Ap­ply > OK. Click ‘OK’ twice, and you should now have ac­cess. If you’re feel­ing zeal­ous, right-click the folder again, and choose Prop­er­ties, then the Se­cu­rity tab. Click ‘Edit’, then select each ‘Ac­count un­known’ en­try – a ref­er­ence to ear­lier Win­dows in­stal­la­tions – and click Re­move fol­lowed by OK to get rid of them all.

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