Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Documents and Settings is not accessible. Error:Access is denied

In Windows XP you had the folder ‘Documents and Settings’ but in Windows Vista and 7 that folder has been replaced to ‘Users’ folder. You will also find ‘Documents and Settings’ in the operating system drive (i.e: C-drive) with a lock sign attached to it, which cannot be accessed. Upon trying to access you get an error “C:\Documents and settings is not accessible, Access is denied”; which is normal.

You may take ownership by following these steps:
Step 1:

a.     Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer.
b.     Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu.
c.     Click on Security tab.
d.     Click on “Advance”.
e.     Now click on Owner tab in Advance Security Settings for User windows.
f.      Click on Edit Button and select user from given Change Owner to list if user or group is not in given list then, click on other users or groups. Enter name of user/group and click ok. You can even click on administrator here, if you are logged in as an administrator.
g.     Now select User/group and click apply and ok. (Check “Replace owner on sub containers and objects” if you have files and folder within selected folder)
h.     Click ok when Windows Security Prompt is displayed.
i.      Now Owner name must have changed.
j.      Now click Ok to exist from Properties windows.
k.     Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder.

Step 2:
Grant Permissions to everyone (or your user account) -
a. Go to C: and then click right click on folder and choose properties.
b. Then go to security tab and click Edit then click Add => Advanced.
c. If you click on advanced now click on Find Now and choose everyone and click Ok.
d. Then again click Ok and now click on Allow => Full control => Ok.

DISCLAIMER: Affecting system settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly or may result in loss of data. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuration of ownership settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.

Hope this helps!