I just wiped my hard drive with Windows 7 and did a fresh install of Windows 8. I backed up my files on an external hard drive. When I tired copying my music over to Windows 8, I got this message for about two albums worth of songs:
So I click "Continue" and then I got this message:
(I blacked out my computer name and email address in the screenshots for privacy reasons.)
At first, it said I needed permission from my old Windows 7 user account. So I searched online and all the tutorials told me that I needed to "Take Ownership" of the file so I could copy it.
I used this Microsoft Support tutorial which is for Windows XP, but the process is generally the same for Windows 8.
And when I'm finished the "Advanced" window in the file's Security Properties looks like this:
I made my user the Owner, AND I made my user have "Full" permissions (when you highlight my username in the "Permissions" box, click the "Edit" button and then check the "Full Control" option.)
(Also, while trying to get this working, I deleted the "SYSTEM" user permissions, and the "Everyone" user permissions, just by some crazy off-chance that might work. No luck.)
What am I doing wrong here? The Properties window says I'm the owner and have permission, but when I copy, it still gives me the "File Access Denied" error, just like before! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
To access a file, you need to have read access, not have a "deny" flag for read access set, have the key if the file is encrypted, and the file must not be locked for exclusive use.
So, I'd recommend to...
Properties -> Advanced
So this isn't really the answer I was looking for, but anyway...
What I ended up doing was copying the whole folder over again. I realized Windows 8 was just choking on about two folders (two albums of music) with the rest of the 15GB copying just fine. I copied what I could, then I plugged my iPod into my computer and pulled the two folders of music manually from there and just placed the files where they normally should have copied. So I guess the lesson of the day is: backup, and then make another backup!
i opened "computer", then clicked on C:, then right clicked on C:, select Properties, go to permissions, users, select Full Control, click apply, this will change permissions for C: and all folders, sub-folders, and files on C: (the hard drive). Good Luck.
I'm going to reinstall Windows 7 soon. I'm going to "backup" my files by copying and pasting them to an external hard drive. I had a lot of problems with file ownership while doing this when upgrading (clean installs) from XP to Vista, and then from Vista to Windows 7.
So my question is - will I have to deal with file ownership issues again? If so, can I do something beforehand to avoid this?
If you are using copy and the external drive is NTFS you should just need to make sure "Everyone" or some other generic group has permissions to the folders. When using copy the files you copy inherit the permissions from the destination.
If you are worried about permissions for these files once you install Windows 7 just go to that top folder, take ownership and permission and then force to inherent and you should be done.