My Windows 10 notebook died but fortunately I was able to rescue the hard drive and put it into another PC.

Unfortunately, the other PC can't open the C/Users/Joe folder. What do I have to do to open the folder?

  • What error are you getting when you try to open that folder? – Alberto Martinez Sep 22 '17 at 21:30
  • This will be an ownership issue... – Syntax Error Sep 22 '17 at 21:35

You can gain access to this folder by following these steps to take ownership and then grant yourself full access to the folder.

  1. Right-click the folder > Properties
  2. Security tab > Advanced
  3. Click Change to the right of Owner
  4. Enter Users into box and click OK
  5. Enable the checkbox Replace owner on subcontainers and objects then click Apply
  6. If prompted that You do not have permissions to read... click Yes
  7. Completely close out of the Advanced Security Settings dialog
  8. Right-click the folder > Properties
  9. Security tab > Edit...
  10. Add...
  11. Enter Users into box and click OK
  12. Enable the Full Control checkbox then click OK
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    Please mark this post as accepted if it solved your problem. Thanks! – I say Reinstate Monica Oct 4 '17 at 0:56
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    This works, but for me Windows Explorer has always popped up a dialog and asked if I want permanent access to the folder, and then automatically created all the permission changes to make it so. – kreemoweet Feb 23 at 14:53
  • Works, thanks! Note that two of the steps (I believe 5 and 12) may take a long time – gotube Apr 14 at 23:42

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