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This article describes how to take ownership of a file or a folder to which you are denied access.
If you must access a file or a folder that you do not have rights to, you must take ownership of that file or folder. When you do this, you replace the security permissions that were originally created for the file or folder.
Log on as an administratorYou must be logged on to Windows as an administrator in order to change security permissions for a file or a folder. If the computer is your personal computer, you are likely already logged on with an administrator account. If the computer is part of a network at work, you might have to ask the system administrator for help. To verify that you are logged on to Windows with a user account that is a computer administrator, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Start Windows XP Home Edition in safe modeIf you are running Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has administrative rights in order to access the Security tab. Access to the Security tab is required in order to change security permission. If you are running Windows XP Professional, you do not have to start the computer in safe mode. For more information about how to start Windows XP in safe mode, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449/ )How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP
Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows XP ProfessionalIf you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File Sharing when it is not joined to a domain. For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874/ )How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP
To take ownership of a file or a folder
How to take ownership of a fileYou must have ownership of a protected file in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the file by taking ownership.
To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
How to take ownership of a folderYou must have ownership of a protected folder in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the folder by taking ownership.
To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
If these methods did not work for you, you can use the Microsoft Customer Support Services Web site to find other solutions to your problem. Some services that the Microsoft Customer Support Services Web sites provide include the following:
For additional information about file and folder permissions, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/161275/ )Interaction of file and folder security on NTFS volumes
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