SO here’s the deal. Copy my boot and system drive over to a new drive. Install New OS on new drive and try to access old data. Even though I setup everything EXACTLY the same way, when I go to delete folders I’ve already copied it says I don’t have access to delete them.
How the heck does this thing work? I am the administrator, and I try and give myself dull permissions and it says “I can’t do that Hal”.
You have to ‘take ownership’ of the files first, and there should be a button for that in the advanced security properties.
Technically, when you retain old files from a previous install like that, they’re not “yours” anymore, they’re some other unknown user’s, since the new OS install would have assigned you a new, different security ID (it doesn’t just go by user name).
I already did that before posting and it said I didn’t have permission to change ownership details.
Honestly I just don’t get it. How can I install everything fresh, with the same userID, same version of Win7, everything identical and it still not recognize me? Both times I even had UAC off just to avoid this type of issue. I know they introduced this in Vista and it’s supposedly more secure, but I hate it.
Thanks for the articles LunchofKong & djotefsoup, hopefully I’ll find something in there that will work. I’m about ready to copy the data off and just fdisk it.
If you have the same issue I did it might be simpler, there’s nothing wildcard that works for it that I found. I still have a couple of those files left (I got bored deleting them after I got rid of the ones that were actually causing me problems installing stuff), the .reg fix / take ownership thing in lunchofkongs link doesn’t work on them either. Has to be subinacl /onlyfile bla bla as mentioned in the last step of that KB article. The article references XP but it worked fine for me when I switched from 7 RC7100 to full 7.
You might have the same local username, but that really isn’t the same thing as a userID, which is a good thing (in terms of security, if not convenience).
FWIW you would have saved yourself a ton of time & frustration by using Microsoft’s user migration tool, which exists to allow you to easily move data to new installs without having to worry about things like this.