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There are occasions where file and folder ownership (permissions) are lost. This can occur when you reinstall the operating system or when moving drives from one machine to another. Fortunately, Microsoft has provided detailed instructions on taking ownership back.

Please refer to MSKB article # 308421 - How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

Note - this article applies to both Home and Pro versions. In either system. you must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.
  • If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
  • If 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.

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last modified: 2006-03-21 19:38:46