Changing permissions of a folder on a different HDD

Hey there all - hope everybody is doing well! Was just wondering if somebody here could help me solve a little problem I have.

A friends laptop died quite recently, but the HDD in it is still (just about) usable. I've removed the HDD and have it plugged into my computer so I can save some of the more important files from his user folder. I can access the HDD (from my main HDD) fine, but there are a few folders I can't get into - notably the guys 'user' folder.

'You don't currently have permission to access this folder.
Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder.'

I click continue, but nothing happens.

I figured I'd need to change permissions, I've tried right clicking the folder - Properties\Security\Advanced\Continue (warning),

when I get the message

'Can't open access control editor. The activation requires a display name to be present under the CLSID key.'

I've had a Google but couldn't come across much - anybody have any idea on how I can access these files? Thanks for your help!
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  1. Does the old HDD have Windows XP on it?
  2. Yes it does :-)

    It's bootable, but has an obscenely long boot time (20+ mins to get it semi-working), and once loaded it's still almost far too sluggish to use. Then there's a plethora of driver issues, + not connecting to the internet to get the drivers e.t.c - I'm aware I can do this via downloading from another OS/transferring it across via usb, but I'm hoping there is a quicker/more elegant solution!


    It also doesn't recognise any other HDD's from within XP. (They are NTFS)

  3. You could use the 'takeown' command from command line. Open comman line by pressing 'Windows key + X' and click with mouse on Command Prompt (Admin). You can use the command 'takeown /?' to list all available options. To grant currently logged on user ownership of a folder or drive use the command (replace 'full path of folder or drive' with the folder or drive which you want to take ownership of):

    takeown /F "full path of folder or drive" /R /D Y

    It will make the active user owner of those files/folders. Warning, running this command on root of the drive with Windows 8 install can make the system not work properly. So make sure you type in the drive and folder correctly.
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    I was going to say you can download and install the "Take Ownership" little widget that's out there. It adds an option to the right-click menu for "take ownership" of any file or folder.
  5. Cheers Job Creator! That worked like a charm!

    Thanks for the help also Samat - I tried that but it still didn't work for some reason - it stopped after saying a file was corrupted and then still wouldn't allow me access.

    Thanks to all who helped - it's appreciated!
    Have a nice day ^_^

  6. Excellent to hear. Glad I could help!
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