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limited user account file access issues

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by funkpunk, Jun 22, 2009.

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  1. funkpunk

    funkpunk Thread Starter

    Jun 22, 2009
    Hi all. I recently formatted my drive and did a fresh (legit) reinstall of XP. I've been trying to run a very tight ship since then, among other things, doing my daily work in a limited account. I have a large number of files that I backed up from my previous (admin) account and have copied over to my newly formated drive, and which I now need to access regularly as a limited user.

    Mostly this works okay, but I've found that for a lot of my files I just can't get write access to as a limited user. These are just random text and image files -- not anything significant or sensitive. They're not being used by any other process. If I switch accounts and open them as admin, then I can write to them. Otherwise not.

    I noticed that after I initially copied all these files back onto my drive, they were flagged as 'read only.' I changed that in the Admin account, and now there's no 'read only' flag when I check the properties as a limited user. However, I still don't have any write permission.

    Any insight would be apprecited.

  2. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Welcome to TSG!

    I suspect you need to take ownership of the files from the limited account.
    First, change the limited account to a Computer Administrator account
    Follow the steps in this article to take ownership of the files:
    How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

    Then, change the account back to a Limited Account.


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