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option to replace ownership missing

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#1 Bastie


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

In a WinXp/SP3 system that I inherited, I have done my utmost to eradicate all trace of the previous owner - and that MAY be why I now have a situation where I am denied access to TXT files stored close to the root [two subfolders down from C:\]. So I cannot read them, but oddly enough I can run EXE files stored in those same locations. Trying to take ownership of them results in needing to take a step I can not take, because the option is missing, namely "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" is MISSING from the Owner's tab of Advanced Security Settings of such an access-denied file. How can I get access to reading those text files ?

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:08 PM

Have you tried booting up in Safe Mode, and see if you can access them their? Hit F8 just after the BIOS POST Screen.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:32 PM

In a WinXp/SP3 system that I inherited, I have done my utmost to eradicate all trace of the previous owner


The best way to get rid of all traces of a previous owner is to do a clean reinstall of the operating system.

I belong to the camp which believes that should be the first order of business when it one gets a used system.

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