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 Post subject: How do you "Take Ownership" when OS denies Admin access?
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:49 pm 
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Hi Scott,

I was wondering how to record radio music in Vista Ultimate's Media
Center. I could not find any useful information on it in the Help
section, so I wondered if I could just take a cable with a male connector
at each end and use it to connect the speaker port to the microphone port
and to use Sound Recorder to record the music. This worked but the
quality was HORRIBLE! As a result, I decided to delete this file from my
hard drive, but, for some reason, the OS denies me access to the file.
The only thing I can do is play this WMA file!

I signed into my administrator account in order to take ownership of the
file, but even in this case, I am denied access to take ownership! I
thought administrators ALWAYS had the ability to take ownership?!!

How can I remove this stubborn file?

TIA!


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 Post subject: Re: How do you "Take Ownership" when OS denies Admin access?
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:15 pm 
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You should indeed be able to take ownership of a file as an administrator. However, you may also have to change the file permissions in order to delete the file. The fastest way to do both under 7/Vista would be to use the Takeown and Icacls (or cacls) commands as follows:

    takeown /f <filename>
    icacls <filename> /grant <username>:F

If that doesn't help, then there may be other problems with the file or file system, in which case here are some steps you can try. Finally, you can try using Unlocker, one of the many utilities that I install by default on all systems I build, use or maintain. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you "Take Ownership" when OS denies Admin access?
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:06 am 
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Scott, by default when you create a file in Vista/Xp/7 aren't you the "Owner".


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 Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:17 am 
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Normally yes. Scott.


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