As a computer tech frequently engaged with customer data recovery, I seek advice on infallible means for taking file and folder ownership and subsequent full permissions on NTFS partitions. My initial research led me to using <icacls> and <takeown> when working from Vista/Win7 kernel O/Ses. However, <takeown> appears not to have a switch to turn off link-following, as does <icacls>. This has been problematic in some circumstances for me. I subsequently pursued the use of <subinacl> when working from XP O/S environments. This appears to offer a superior method. Subsequent testing on my part whether <subinacl> might operate in Vista/Win7 suggests that it will (to my surprise), in fact, work (in both 32-bit and 64-bit settings), and in what appears to be normal manner. However, I wanted to settle my uncertainty by asking Experts Exchange. Thanks for what I hope will be definitive advice that resolves this issue for me.