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Taking ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

One of the computers on the network running XP Pro gets an error message of "Access Denied" when trying to open C: drive. Even the administrator can't access it. Do you have any ideas why this is happening?
Have you looked at the permissions on the drive? In Windows Explorer, right click on the drive, and select the Security tab. This will show the permissions, and you can add in the correct permissions for the drive. If you cannot add permissions, you may have to take ownership. Click the Advanced button, select the Owner tab and give the Administrators group ownership of the drive. For more information see KB article 398421.
This was first published in January 2005

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