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I saved files off a hard drive on to a usb drive.  I then reformated hd and reinstalled windows, drivers and software.  I copied old program files over new program files. on such program was in program files folder the other was not.  just under c:/  after copying old files over new files.  I could not access the shares of these files.  I tried taking ownership, setting permissions.  Oddly creator owner permissions can't be set.  I solved this problem with the program that was outside program files, by renaming folder and reinstall the program then just copying in the data files.  but this didn't work for the program within the program files folder.  how can we overcome this ownership access problem.
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by:wwnosal
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I think what you did is a really bad idea... What about the registry settings that these programs had before?
probably even if you through with ownership problem half of them will not work due to missing registry entries.
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by:topprops
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I installed the programs first.  then copied over the program files to have the setting and data from old hard drive.
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It still can be dangerous idea if set it to overwrite the files that are there.
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by:enzogoy
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it's better to reinstall all applications again.  I dont think copy an application from one location to another will work.

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no copying an application does not work.  that is not what I did.  and this does work quite often.  if you need an updated version of your program or need to move data to new computer but can't be sure were all of the data and setting are stored.  this work quite well.  what the question was about was permissions.  for some reason  I was unable to access the program as a shared folder from other computers after I copied old program over reinstalled program.  I thought you could share folder inside program files folder.  but maybe not.  I fixed the problem by moving the program outside of program files folder.
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