Windows 10: Copy files from one user to another, and change ownership?

Discus and support Copy files from one user to another, and change ownership? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'm looking to create a new user on my laptop (20H2 Pro x64) and copy over a bunch of settings and documents from the old user account, and then... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by mc510, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. mc510 Win User

    Copy files from one user to another, and change ownership?


    I'm looking to create a new user on my laptop (20H2 Pro x64) and copy over a bunch of settings and documents from the old user account, and then eventually delete the original account. I seem to recall having permission/ownership problems in the past, when copying files between user accounts. Is there an easy way to automatically change ownership from OldUser to NewUser while I'm copying the files?

    I think my workaround would be to copy to files from OldUser to a FAT32 flash drive where they would lose ownership information, and then copy to NewUser ... but if I could avoid that PITA, I'd sure like to!

    :)
     
    mc510, Mar 26, 2021
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  2. User File Ownership Conflicts

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I understand your inconvenience. We will assist you with it.

    Before we proceed, we require more information to assist you better.

    • Are you able to login to your user account?
    • Are you able to access your files?
    • Are you getting any error message, while accessing the file?


    I would like to inform you that upgrading to Windows 10 doesn’t change anything on the computer or to the user accounts on the computer. I suggest to change the permission of the files and check.

    You may refer the following Microsoft help link to give permission to a file.

    "Access Denied" or other errors when you access or work with files and folders in Windows

    Note: The steps provided in the link shall work on Windows 10 as well.

    Hope this information helps. If you have any queries, let us know. Will be happy to assist you.

    Thank you.
     
    Syed Md Bilal, Mar 26, 2021
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  3. temp02 Win User
    Java.nio.file - Copying files

    You can't copy a folder, thats why it generates an exception (you are trying to copy a folder using a copy file function).
    You probably need to list all the files inside that folder and copy one by one
     
    temp02, Mar 26, 2021
    #3
  4. Copy files from one user to another, and change ownership?

    How to copy administrator user account

    Hi,

    I suggest you to follow the below steps to copy the user date and check if it helps.

    Note: I suggest to create a new user profile and transfer user data to new account and delete or change the corrupt user profile.

    Copy User Data: Follow the below steps to copy files to the new user profile

    • Log on as a user other than the user whose profile you are copying files to or from.
    • In Windows Explorer, click View, and Check mark hidden files and folders, uncheck the
      Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click
      OK
      .
    • Locate the C:\Users\Old Username folder, where
      C is the drive on which Windows is installed, and Old Username is the name of the profile you want to copy user data from.
    • Press and hold down the CTRL key while you click each file and subfolder in this folder, except the following files:

    • Ntuser.dat

    • Ntuser.dat.log

    • Ntuser.ini
    • On the Edit menu, click
      Copy
      .
    • Locate the C:\Users\New Username folder, where
      C is the drive on which Windows is installed, and New Username is the name of the user profile that you created in the "Create a New User Profile" section.
    • On the Edit menu, click
      Paste
      .
    • Log off the computer, and then log on as the new user.

    Keep us informed if the issue is resolved. We are glad to help you further.
     
    Sachin Venkatesh, Mar 26, 2021
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