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#1 silkzip

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 08:25 PM

I was given an older computer that had two admin accounts on it, I didn't know the passwords so I started the computer in safe mode and changed the passwords and signed on. I deleted one of the accounts and the files associated with them, opened my own admin account in order to delete the other. Everytime I attempted to delete the other account and files, I kept getting a message stating that the program was not responding....end program mshta.exe. After rebooting, the account was gone, but there are files still located in Documents and Settings. Files that include: java, jpi_cache, contacts, favorites, documents, system, .plugin141_02.trace, resetlog, ijavaws, desktop, start menu, windows, ntusr, app data, arinthood, templates, local settings, net hood, send to and ntuser.dat. totaling 70.6mb in all. Also in Documents and Settings are files in my name, owner and administrator.

1) Can I delete the files in the deleted account name?
2) What files would be in owner and administrator, if I am the only computer administrator now listed in users?
3) When I log on, the only option given is my account.
4) At the start, it states "turn off Administration", who does this refer to?



Thanks for your help.

Edited by silkzip, 14 March 2011 - 08:26 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:55 AM

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 file that you now own, follow these steps:

1. Click Add.
2. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to have access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
3. Click OK.
4. 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.
5. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
6. You can now access the file.


To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the folder 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 your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of the folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
All permissions will be replaced if you click Yes.

Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
6. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

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