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permission problem "unable to display the current owner"

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    windows 8

    permission problem "unable to display the current owner"


    I am unable to change any permission for any folder . every option that supposed to be available for setting the permission is gray out!! , for some of my files I see the owner is "unable to display the current owner".

    I have attached the 3 screen shots !!


    please help me
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails error 1.jpg   error 2.jpg   error 3.jpg  

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  2. #2


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Do you have UAC toggled on?

    you need to do that then take ownership of the folder(s) from the advanced properties.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    The UAC is toggled on as always. the problem is the same for every single folder and file. I checked other systems and they are working just fine ! but I am just unable to modify any permission for any folder or file !! even I tried to change the owner but it didn't worked !!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    The last time I had this problem , I had to download and boot into Linux mint from a DVD I made and used

    chmod -R 777 \mydirectory

    and

    chown -R username \mydirectory

    to set read/write/execute and set owner from there , it's not ideal , but it was a workaround which let me then set permissions under Windows afterwards.

    I am fairly sure you can do the same from the GUI under linux mint as well.

    I keep my linux mint DVD handy at all times these days , sometimes it's the only way to fix drive/file permission problems under Windows.
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permission problem "unable to display the current owner"
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