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    Can't get permission to view My Documents

    I have a new problem. When I try to view My Documents I get an error message that I don't have permission to view the folder. This has only happened since I installed 8.1. I have full control of the folder when I check the security of the folder. I can't change the settings either. Any ideas? This is really frustrating.

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    My Documents is a junction point, not a folder and it is normal to get that error when you try to access it. Your documents should be in C:\users\youruserid\documents.

    See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...(v=vs.85).aspx for a discussion of junction points.

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    That is where I get the error message Jerry. In the other locations it shows as a link (icon with the arrow).

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    You can also try Grant Admin Full Control, which is like Take Ownership on steroids.
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    Rui's solution should work but just out of curiosity, who is the folder,s listed owner?:
    Right click on the folder > select properties > security tab > advanced button
    The owner should be listed at the top of the window.
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    TakeOwnership worked. Thanks Ruirib.

    Jerry, I am shown as the owner. I was shown as the owner when I couldn't get access also. I am still mystified why I ever lost control.

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    Glad it worked .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medico View Post
    You can also try Grant Admin Full Control, which is like Take Ownership on steroids.
    The download link on that page is broken.

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    Sorry about that. Try this site. I just checked and it does work if you use the Softpedia US site.
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    Yes, that URL does work, at least it's working today. "Grant Admin Full Control" is a more powerful command than just "Take Ownership" and it's backward compatible with all MS OS's all the way back to XP.

    I use it every time I set up a new version of Windows 7, 8.0 or 8.1 and then I make myself the Owner of all the important folders, starting with "My Documents" and going on to "Program Files (x86)" and "Program Files". The program takes ownership of files one at a time, so really BIG folders will take some time, depending on the speed of your PC.

    But it's well worth the time it takes, to not have to deal with those "you don't have permission....." messages. I really hate those things!!!

    Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
    The Doctor

    PS: On that site is also a link to download "Internet Download Manager".
    I tried it, I liked it so well, that I bought it. Now I won't be without it. It's better than any Torrent and a lot safer too.
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