Permission Issues on Windows 7

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Hello,

I did not have any permission set on my computer and I left my sister with the computer for 2 days while I was on a trip. On coming back, I realized that there are some folders that I cannot access and when I try to open the error below pops up. I do not know what exactly my sister did but I think it’s about permissions. I am just a novice when it comes to computers and am afraid to lose my data. Please assist me on this. I am using Windows 7.

Error – C:Usersumair.ASARLEGAL.000Desktopold desktop stufffiles is not accessible.

Access is denied.

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Permission Issues on Windows 7

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Hello Henry!

Yes, I think you are right, it is actually a problem with the permissions. Many users encountered problems with changing permissions in Windows 7, so don't worry.

Try changing the ownership on the folders or files you want. Ownership is not the same thing as administrator. Right-click the file or the folder you need, select Properties and click the Security tab. Click the Advanced button and go to the Owner tab. Click Edit and when the dialog box appears, choose the new owner and click OK.

For changing permission, right-click again on the folder and go to Properties, then Security tab. Then, click the Edit button and select your account username. Also, check the Full Control box and click OK.

You can also use a free Windows tool that helps you unlock every file and folder. Lock Hunter, for instance, not only that it unlocks the file, but it appears in the Explorer menu, so it's really easy to use.

Still, be careful what you are unlocking or deleting, because there is a reason why Windows doesn't allow you to see some files under no circumstances, so that you won't delete important parts for the system.

Good luck!

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