Saturday, February 02, 2013

Take ownership of files/folders after reinstalling Windows

If you use the NTFS filesystem, you may notice that you may not be able to access certain files or folders after you have reinstalled Windows. This is due to a change in ownership of the files or folders. To gain access again, open the command line with administrator permissions and run the following commands. Note, the takeown command with the /r flag will recursively reassign ownership of all files/folders under the current folder to the current owner.

cd <parent folder>
takeown /r /f .

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