I restored an old Vista C: drive backup image to a new disk under Windows 7. How do I set permissions so I can browse files and directories, and delete at will on the added drive? Whenever I try to add full control privileges I get an "access denied" error for each object in the directory tree.

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    Do you plan on booting from this Vista disk? – Moab Apr 15 '11 at 14:54

First, take ownership of all files on the new disk. Run from elevated Command Prompt:

takeown /r /f <path>

Replace <path> with the actual path to your files (for example, C:\)

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    might be dangerous if they plan on booting from this disk. – Moab Apr 15 '11 at 14:54
  • @Moab: Did you forget to include a "coffee and cats" (humour) warning? ;-D – Randolf Richardson Apr 15 '11 at 15:51
  • They can find out the hard way I suppose, I did. – Moab Apr 15 '11 at 16:17

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