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Taking Ownership Of a Folder

Sometimes when you reinstall WindowsXP, you can receive an Access Denied error when trying to open a previous user's directory.
To take ownership of that folder again:

  1. Log on with an account that has administrator rights
  2. Right click on the folder
  3. Select Properties
  4. Click on the Security tab
  5. Click on the Advanced button
  6. Click on the Owner tab
  7. In the list of Names, click on your name
  8. To take ownership, click on Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
  9. Click OK and Yes

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You will have to login as administrator to make changes to system directories.So try doing it with an administrator account.If the error occurs even when you are logged in as administrator then
then follow these steps to turn off Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder:
  1. Turn off Simple File Sharing:
    1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
    3. Under Advanced Settings, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK.
  2. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message, if one appears.
  4. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  5. In the Name list, click your user name, Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group.

    If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace owner on sub containers and objects check box.
  6. Click OK.
    You may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of: You do not have permission to read the contents of directory Folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
  7. Click Yes.
  8. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder contents.
Hope it helped.

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I found the answer to this problem. The problem is the install tries to write to files in the c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents directory. For some reason, that directory had lost the ownership. Try searching for "my documents access denied". For XP home, I had to boot in safe mode, then take ownership of the directory. Once I did this, the install could write to the directory and it installed!

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I found the answer to this problem. The problem is the install tries to write to files in the c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents directory. For some reason, that directory had lost the ownership. Try searching for "my documents access denied". For XP home, I had to boot in safe mode, then take ownership of the directory. Once I did this, the install could write to the directory and it installed!

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This will sound off the wall, but we had something similar to this happen with my last laptop, where it was "access denied" in lots of areas, and we would have to find little backdoor ways to get into control panel and document files. The problem with our computer was that it had previously crashed, and we had rebooted and reinstalled the xp, but didn't have the registration number, so it would run ok, but to get into all those access denied things (which you eventually need to get into) we had to come up with our registration number.
Did it prompt you to enter the product key when you re-installed it?

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SYSTEM restore should help u

Restart the computer and return to the OS in "safe mode"
THen you click system restore from control panel and restore the system giving admin password when asked.

Theres another way of changing the setting in registry but thats too cmplicated, and i am not sure abt it

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