Permission problems while accessing folders in Windows® 7
Discuss the tips to troubleshoot various permission problems that can come while accessing a folder in Windows 7?
The Windows 7 is available in six different editions, the Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows 7 Ultimate. But only the Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate are widely available at retail. The other Windows 7 editions are focused at other markets, such as the developing world or enterprise use. Each edition of the Windows 7 includes all of the capabilities and features of the respective edition. All the editions support the 32-bit processor architecture and all editions except the Windows 7 Starter support the 64-bit processor architecture. You can choose for either the Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate edition, depending upon your need and work environment.
Different permission problems that can come while accessing a folder in windows 7 and the tips to troubleshoot them are discussed below:
- Windows 7 permission problem
- How to take Ownership in Windows 7
- How to grant Permissions in Windows 7
Windows 7 permission problem
Windows 7 has an addition security mechanism to prevent accidental or intentional file or folder modification by not allowing users other than owner of file or folder to access it. In case, you need to access, modify or delete such files or folder you would need to take ownership first, then assign rights or permission to respective users. This error is common and occurs due to permission issues. There are some files and folders which are meant only for Administrators to access. If you are not an administrator, then you cannot access it and would instead get "Access Denied" error.
How to take Ownership in Windows 7
To take the ownership you need to first locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in Windows Explorer. Then right click on file or folder and select 'Properties' from the 'Context' menu and click on 'Security' tab and then on “Advance”. Now click on 'Owner' tab in 'Advance Security Settings for User' windows and click on 'Edit' button and select 'User from given change Owner'to list if user or group is not in given list then click on other users or groups. Now enter name of user or group and click ok. Select user or group and click 'Apply' and 'Ok'. Now owner name would change. Then click 'Ok' to exist from 'Properties' windows.
To grand permission, you need to locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer. Then right click on file or folder and select 'Properties' from the 'Context' menu and click on 'Edit' button in 'Properties' windows. Click 'Ok' to confirm UAC elevation request. Select the user/group from permission windows or click 'Add' to add other user or group. Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant which include 'Full Control' under the 'Allow' column to assign full access rights control permissions to Administrators group. Then click 'Ok' for changes to take effect, and click 'Ok' to exit from 'Properties' window.
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