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Mario Cortes
Occasional Advisor

My Documents Access Denied

Hi,

Compaq nx7000. Win XP Home Edition

I reinstalled windows Xp cause during the first installation I made a mistake and installed the German version.
After a while I decide to reinstall the English one.
After reinstalling, I can't access to Mein Dokumente (The German version of My Documents). I receive an "access dennied" error, when I try to open or delete the folders.
I made a backup of the files on CD and now I want to delete the files on the HD. But this is absolutelly impossible.

Any hints?

M
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DGH_2
Valued Contributor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Hi
as administrator try to take ownership of the files.

if you don't know how just ask.

DGH
Jerome Henry
Honored Contributor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

You need to start as administrator. You'll get this on user management tools. Then get rights on this folders to your usual user.

hth

J
You can lean only on what resists you...
Mario Cortes
Occasional Advisor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Im the administrator. How do I take ownership/rights on the folder?
Ron Kinner
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Boot into Safe mode. On home XP that should make you the administrator. Use Windows Explorer to find Mein Documente then right click and select Properties then Security then Advanced. See if it will let you add your new login to the list with full controls or if that doesn't work select Owner and check then little box that says Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and then highlight your login and say OK. That should let you give yourself full control so you can delete the folder.

IF that doesn't work you may need to try something like a boot disk from www.ntfs.com.

Ron
DGH_2
Valued Contributor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Hi
you can try this too:
right click on the folder that contains your files ( c for example).
right click and choose sahring then choose security.
after you will have everyone as full control.
click add and add yourself and the administrator.(coz when you install winxp it ask who will use the pc ...)
give yourself full control and check the box ( allow inheritance ....) if it is not checked.
click apply

regards,
DGH
Antoniov.
Honored Contributor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Hello Mario,
if you need to take ownership of a folder read this article
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en;309531

H.T.H.
Antoniov
Antonio Maria Vigliotti
Mario Cortes
Occasional Advisor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Hi Antonjov

I tried something like this
In CMD
cacls c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Cortes\Eigene Dateien /E /G marcor:F

cacls c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Cortes /E /G marcor:F

cacls c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen /E /G marcor:F

With no result. Is that correct?
Ganesh Babu
Honored Contributor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

it has to be in "" here is the correct one try this

cacls "c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Cortes\Eigene Dateien" /E /G marcor:F

cacls "c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Cortes" /E /G marcor:F

cacls "c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen" /E /G marcor:F


Ganesh
Antoniov.
Honored Contributor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

No Mario,
they are all wrong.
a) you must type directory name inside double quote so command can understand where directory name ends (your folder contains white spaces).
b) marco must be a name of existent user (I don't known your user list); as folder name, if contains white space you must type double quote.
c) I hint add /T (so you change also subdirectory) and /C (ignore access denied).
d) if command works, don't display you the help.
For example, if you folder is [c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Cortes] and your user is [Mario Cortes] (I used square bracket to delimite begin and end string) you could type
cacls "c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Cortes" /E/T/C/G "Mario Cortes":F

H.T.H.
Antoniov
Antonio Maria Vigliotti
Mario Cortes
Occasional Advisor

Re: My Documents Access Denied

Ron:

Your boot safe mode solution worked. I went to the properties->security->advanced->owner->replace owner

Now I have total access to the files.

Thank you all for your fast and prompt help

Mario