After receiving my email answer to his earlier question, reader Arjun wrote back with a followup question:
Thanks for the solution, it really worked great but there’s a catch in this. Under security tab, in ‘groups or user names’, my username, GNR wasn’t included. There’s this administrator account included with check-box, full control checked. I presumed my username, GNR being account type as administrator would hold the same privileges, it turned out to be wrong though.
So I had my user name added in the list and had "full control" checked, like you said. It worked well for that particular folder I chose, and I had to do the same for every single folder out there for which I chose the security tab for every partition and did the same as above.
After which I was able to create text doc, word doc, etc within the folders and not to mention, I was unable to create in some of the folders as I encountered some errors, access denied.
I then realized it’s not b’cos I changed target locations of those folders as I could see that most of the folders even in my C: where my Windows is installed [By the way, I’m using Windows 7 as my OS] didn’t have my user name listed in the sec.tab.
Lemme tell you something here, those folders which had my user name listed allow me to create new docs, but don’t let me edit and save the files underlying within the folders.
Just to give it a chance I opened up the properties for one of the files and I could see in the sec.tab that my user name wasn’t listed so I added and had ‘full control’ checked, after which I was able to edit and save it and it’s the same file underlying in one of the folders which has my user name listed in the sec.tab.
So, bottom line is that I can add my user name in the sec.tab, have ‘full control’ checked for every file and make it editable and savable. Question is, How will I do it for so many files and folders out there, plz lemme know if there’s any alternative.
FYI: At the time of installation I had the same user name, GNR created but didn’t set any password which I did that later.
I’ve been using the same user name, GNR ever since I installed W7 on my laptop and never created any users nor logged in with other user names, besides GNR.
So, that’s all there’s to it, and I look forward to hear from you.
Thanks a million Terry.
The same security settings are available at the Drive level. Using Windows Explorer, maybe you can right-click on the Drive and set the permissions and have them inherited through the underlying folders — I do not know, I have not tried this – you’re on your own.
Another thought — COPY the folders and files to another partition or drive. That may break the issue and set you as the owner. If that solves the problme, try copying them back to the original drive — again in hopes that it solves the problem.
Again, I haven’t tried this, except that I know that copying some files from C: to E: on my computer with Windows 7 actually DID SOLVE THE permissions problem for me.
I moved them back to C:, but that was after a reinstallation, so I don’t know whether the move back to C: or the reinstall helped solve that part of the issue.
Arjun wrote back to say:
Thanks for the response. I’ll give it a chance and let you know how it goes…
…and then the final report from Arjun:
Finally, I made it and everythig is back on track.
All I did was I opened up sec.tab, chose advanced options, under permissions tab, I clicked on "change permissions", in the next window I checked the bottom two check-boxes, "include inheritable permissions from this object’s parent" and "replace all child objects permissions with………", after which I applied changed and clicked ok, that’s when everything fell back on track and I was able to edit & save the files underlying in that folder.
I could notice one change, "Inherited from D:\" .
Like you said, I went ahead and did the same at drive level, I could see only one check-box, though, at the drive-level which was " Replace all child objects permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" , applied and clicked ok.
Then, I was able to edit and save every single file in every partition out there.
That’s all there’s to it and I have no idea what’s the underlying engineering to what I did. Hopefully, you can enlighten me on this.
Thanks a ton for your ideas and support.
With all that said, I’d like to wind up this conversation saying, my laptop is exactly the way I wanted it to be, applications and windows on my c: and the data in the other partition while I can edit and save all my files.
I look forward to your next newsletter.
Thanks & Regards,
Thanks to Arjun for a great brain teaser. It was fun to figure out — and I appreciate the feedback on what didn’t work and what did.