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Cannot Access My Documents Folder in Vista

Just installed Vista Ultimate on my box. Had the Vista Beta on there before. Used Windows Easy Transfer to get stuff off of the computer and store the data in a file on the network. Installed Vista and used Windows Easy Transfer to put everything back on the computer. That seemed to work quite well.

The problem is now when I try to go to My Documents, I get this:

C:\Users\Administrator\My Documents is not accessible. Access is denied.

I am Administrator. Not only that, I am the Domain Administrator. Why do I not have access? Is this a SID issue? If so, why didn't the Easy Transfer utility take that into consideration? I tried changing permissions but that didn't work. Got a string of error messages saying "Access is denied." Any ideas how to override/get past this?

Windows OSWindows Vista

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You might be able to resolve the problem by taking ownership of the folder.
To take ownership of a folder
1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

2. Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

3. Click Edit. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4. Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.

5. If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

6. Click OK.

Good luck,
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Another approach is to right mouse start; open explorer; page to C:/Users/(name of your my docs); right mouse click; properties; security; advance.  Set up full control or what ever you need to get control of folder.  Good Luck
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In Vista, "My Documents" has been changed to "Documents".  You can do what you are attempting by:

1. right-click on the folder
2. select "properties"
3. go to the security tab
4. click "advanced"
5. click "edit"
6. select the entry that says "deny"
7. click "remove"
8. press ok a whole bunch of times
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I have to agree with jd2066.  the "My Documents" folder is the same as the Documents folder, and the Documents folder should be used instead
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