How Do I take ownership of Vista Files and Folders?

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JoeyG

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In a Vista Home Premium, I recently had to change a user account's name and permission level to administrator, (The account was the only one named OWNER, It was the default account, and somehow was only a standard user, NOT administrator.) By way of changing the name from owner, to now (Joe) and permission level from Standard to administrator, it seems now I cannot open some of his previously made folders and files, despite giving the new Joe administrator account all permissions, and access I still cannot open them, especially from shortcuts. I believe I may have to "take ownership" of these files that were originally created by the "OWNER" account, but not sure of the exact procedure. Any Suggestions are deeply appreciated.. Thanks..
 

JoeyG

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WOW.. Didnt try it yet, But I will let you know as soon as I do.. Thanks again
 

JoeyG

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Good stuff... Awesome directions!!!! Thanks sooooo much brotha!!!!!!
 

JoeyG

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Aw man, most of the files it worked on, however some have an errors, that say " cannot locate file USERS/MS PUB/ BY5582, because it is either in use or corrupted" Is their anyway I can "refresh" these? They are there I see them, They will just not let me open them, regardless of ownership.. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.. (Again :) )
 

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The link between shortcuts and files can often get corrupted. Can you locate the original location of these shortcuts?
 

JoeyG

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yes. However I cannot open the source file either, regardless of ownership. I'm a little stuck. I think it was all started when I changed the user accounts name, but then I did change ownership, but some of these (Mostly mspub files) will not open. I'm going to upgrade his office from 2003 to 2007 as well. thx.
 
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