Windows® 7 folder permissions
Windows 7 has implemented additional security mechanisms such as object ownership for preventing accidental or intentional folder or file modifications by local users. It gives access only to the owner of the file or folder. If you want to access, modify or delete them, you need to take ownership first then grant rights or permission to the users. By giving all permission to an account, you can get complete control of a folder. In some cases the owner only can assign the permission for various users. For moving or deleting the protected files, you need to become the owner. To take ownership of files or folders you need to select 'Properties' and click the 'Advanced' button in the 'Security' tab. From the advanced security settings, select the 'Owner' tab. By clicking on the 'Edit' button, you can change the ownership.
The following points discuss folder permissions in Windows 7 and ways to fix the "Permission Denied" error:
- Significance of folder permission
- Issues that can occur due to "Permission Denied" error
- Tips to grant permissions to access folders
Significance of folder permission
Similar to Windows Vista, Windows 7 has added security mechanism to protect files, applications and other resources such as printers, scanners, etc from unauthorized usage. Folder permission is a significant feature of Windows 7. One of the security features of folder permission is object ownership. This feature gives some exclusive rights like setting or changing file permissions only to a single user.
Issues that can occur due to "Permission Denied" error
"Permission Denied" error is quite common and occurs due to permission issues. There are some files and folders that can be used only by administrators. If you are a local user, you cannot access it and will instead get the "Permission Denied" error. Windows 7 has even denied administrators' access to some folders for enhancing the security. You can fix the "Permission Denied" error by giving yourself permission to access the file or folder. You can do this by right clicking on the folder and selecting 'Properties.' You have to navigate to the 'Security' tab to change the permission settings.
For granting permission you need to locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in Windows 7. Right click on them and select 'Properties' from the menu. Select the 'Edit' button in the 'Properties' window and click 'Ok.' From the permission window, you need to select user/group. Under the 'Permission' section, check the rights you want to assign for granting full access to administrators group. Please check the full control under the 'Allow' column. Then click 'Ok' and exit from the properties window. After completing this, you can access files of folder in Windows 7 with full permissions.
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