Take Ownership and Change Permissions of Files and Folders

Switching to another operating system or importing data can lead to the impossibility of accessing your files and folders. This is result of the fact that your user has lost ownership of those files & folders or it no longer has the required permissions. Also accessing certain system protected files or folders involves sometimes modifying the file permissions for those resources. When you cannot read or change files/folders from your disk, it means that either you need to take ownership of them or you need to change your user's permissions. In this article you will learn how to change ownership of a file or folder and how to manage permissions for accessing and modifying them.

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Lost file ownership
Some time ago, I was infected and after several unsuccessful efforts, ended up using Malwarebytes to remove it. Ever since, my file ownership has been messed up. Even though I have only everbeen the same user, the start menu shortcuts no longer show up, many folders cannot be written to, and many files cannot be updated.

Using the security tab in the properties box for many files and folders, I find that I cannot alter the permissions for the OWNER CREATOR, so it seems that either the virus or Malwarebytes has altered these settings.

Is there some way to fix this? I am not averse to editing the registry.


Windows 7: have to change permissions for every file and folder
OK I just install windows 7 and I have to get change permissions on files and folders and I'm getting piss how can I change it for ever thing or what can I do any help


Add or Remove the Take Ownership Option to the Right Click Context Menu
Taking ownership files or folders in Windows in general, is a process that takes time and a bit of attention. Fortunately for us, there are solutions which allow you to add or remove the Take Ownership shortcut to the right click context menu. In this article I will cover two of these solutions.


Need way to disable "Permissions" dialogue and take ownership of everything
I have heard there is a way to take ownership of everything in Windows 7 (mine is Home Premium 64 bit). I want to change everything all at once.

If I want to put a permission on a folder, I'll do that but otherwise, I want to be able to do whatever I want without Windows asking me any questions.


What are permissions?
Permissions are rules associated with objects on a computer or network, such as files and folders. Permissions determine whether you can access an object and what you can do with it. For example, you might have access to a document on a shared folder on a network. And even though you can read the document, you might not have permissions to make changes to it. System administrators and people with administrator accounts on computers can assign permissions to individual users or groups.


Navigating and Customizing Folders
The Windows 7 folder allows you to store files, other folders or a combination of files and folders. Like files, folders occupy a certain amount of space (rated in KB or MB) on the particular drive.


How to Access Windows 7 Shared Folders from Ubuntu
A common goal of setting up computers on a local network is being able to share files and folders. In order for file sharing to work, the computers must exist on the same network and Workgroup. Then, the computer sharing files must have a folder configured with the proper permissions to allow other computers in the network to access it. In previous tutorials we have shown how to enable file sharing & change the Workgroup in Ubuntu and also how to share folders in Ubuntu and access them from Windows 7. This tutorial will show how to configure shared folders on your Windows 7 computer and access them from Ubuntu via your home network.


Can't delete empty folder from start menu
Only user of this computer.enabled built in administrator. Have an empty program folder in the Start menu that I can't get access to so I can delete this EMPTY! !folder. Win7 is the biggest piece of. I digress.

Can't sort the start menu so that the folders shoe up before the software icons.

I am so sick of WIndows 7 UAC and permissions and ownership.I just want to manage MY files on MY computer that is not networked in any fashion. AGH!


Drive sharing on a network
I have a new Windows 7 computer networked with a laptop running XP Pro SP3. On the 7 machine is drive D: containing two folders, each with multiple sub-folders and files. I have tried to share the drive with no success.

I have drilled down through all of the permission layers and everything is identical between the drive permissions and the folder permissions, with one exception: on the Drive Properties page the Share button is grayed out, while on the Folder Properties page, it is not.

I can open the folder on Drive D: just fine, but when I try to openthe drive itself, I am told I don't have permission.


Working with multiple files and folders
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Setting Win7 CD burn to not replace files with same name?
I'm organizing files in folders and then burning them to a CD, using the Burn feature in Windows Explorer. The burn dialog box tells me that new files burned to the disc will replace files already on the disc if they have the same name.

I want to have multiple versions of a file, as long as they're in different folders. Is there any way I can change the burn settings so itwon't replace same-named files?


Organizing files and folders using the context menu
We'll be using the context menu to move and copy files and folders. The context menu appears when you right click and as its name suggests, it changes depending on what context or situation it appears under.
When you have completed this tutorial, you should be confident with copying and moving files and folders around your PC and understand how to create your own folders and organize content on your machine.


Super-hidden Folders and Files
I seem to have discovered a strange condition which I shall call "super-hidden" folders and files in Windows 7 Professional (I have 32-bit version). I found this condition while searching for my Data folder in my Palm Desktop installation -- I sorta found it, but can ONLY see it from within the Palm Desktop application, in the Tools - Options - General tab under"Data directory".

So far, I have turned-off all hidden files & folders settings, including "protected operating system files". I've installed XPlorer and it does not show the "super-hidden" folders and files (but DOES display many files and folders I cannot see from within Windows (7) Explorer.

I downloaded "last changed files.exe", and cansee a listing of many of the files/folders that contain changed files in these "super-hidden" locations, so I have proof that these files and folders actually exist where theyought to. Palm Desktop seems to be working "normally" (compared to being installed under Windows XP Pro a week earlier on another PC).

Has anyone seen this condition, and how to turn it off so I can use my computer as I need to?


Compress and uncompress files (zip files)
Compressed files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. You can work with compressed files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders. You can also combine several files into a single compressed folder. This makes it easier to share a group of files.


WIN2K3 users files disappearing
We are having a problem with files in users home folder disappearing. None of the folders or files in the folder disappear. Only files directly under their user folders disappear. We are able to recover them by restoring a previous version.

I have corrected it from my folder by placing all my files in folders. The files are not hidden, rebooting the server does not fix it. And it is random.

It happens to one user, maybe a month later another. Now it has happened to the CIO and he wants a fix not a work around.


Why has the option to manually sort files in folders been removed?
Why has the option to manually sort files and folders been removed? Having the ability to re-arrange all files and folders is common sense and a need in some of my work . This removed feature costs me an hour or two of extra work a week One can re-arrange all links/shortcuts in any order they wish but to actually move files and folders around can no longer be done. I would have never bought Windows 7 if I had known the took this feature away from me .


Rename Multiple Files or Folders in a sequence at once
There may be a situation where you want to rename multiple files or folders at once in a sequence like a set of images, text files etc. There is a simple trick which will allow a set of files or folders to be renamed at once thus saving your time.


Work with files and folders in Windows 7
Learn about: How to work with files and folders, compressed folders and Recycle Bin in Windows 7 - selecting, copying, moving, renaming, deleting, restoring, creating, compressing and extracting


Consolidating folders??
I am trying to consolidate a number of folders into a "Master" folder. I know I can do an "Select All" for files by selecting the first file and then scrolling down to the last file and pressing "Shift" and all of the intervening files will be selected.

I do not seem to be able to duplicate the same process for folders. I want to know if there is a way to do this, or do I have to move each folder,

otherwise, it becomes a pain to do this for a significant number of folders.


Folders: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about using folders in Windows 7. What is a folder and how is it different from a library? Should I save my files to a folder or a library? Can I change the icon for a folder? Where are the menus that used to appear at the top of open folders in previous versions of Windows? Where did the folder list go? What is the address bar and what kind of information does it display?