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[SOLVED] Windows 7 Permission Issue

Question: [SOLVED] Windows 7 Permission Issue

I have copied an Outlook 2003 .pst file from one computer and want to import that file onto another computer using Windows 7 and Office 2007. When I go to access the .pst file I have copied onto the hard drive, I am getting a message stating I do not have permission to access the file. I have set all permissions to full control but still can't access this file. Does anyone have an idea of how I can get the permissions set to allow me to import that file into Outlook 2007? Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: [SOLVED] Windows 7 Permission Issue

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Answer: [SOLVED] Windows 7 Permission Issue

Hi, welcome to the forums.

Log into your computer with your normal user account (this account should have admin privileges). .pst is by default a hidden file\folder, go to folder options\view and check "show hidden files and folders".

We will use the Icacls cmd to grant ownership, this is a sample (you will need to substitute your user name, for the one used here, mine) assuming the .pst file is on C drive (if not change).

Go to start,search and type:- cmd, search will return cmd.exe right click on this and select "run as administrator" at the prompt type:-

takeown /f C:\windows
Press enter

SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "C:\windows" now owned by user:- (here you will see your user name, use this instead of "vistatest\paul")

Next type:-

icacls c:\windows /grant vistatest\paul:f
(press enter)

NOTE:- you will get success and successfully processed messages, after these commands

Next type:-

takeown /f C:\
(press enter)

Next type:-

icacls C:\ /grant vistatest\paul:f
Exit out of cmd, Restart computer, and then try your .pst import.

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So I've been having troubles with my computer and reformatted my Vista hard drive (two partitions on two drives). My Vista is working perfectly now, but I cannot say that much about XP. I have the XP installation disc, but I need to grab a few files from it. It's been a little too long since my last backup.

Now the problem is, one of my folders says I don't have permission to access it. I do not change the permission on my folders, I am positive that this one does not have any changed permissions. Anyways, it tells me that I've been denied and to change the permissions.

I've gone in and changed the permission of the folder, it's a large folder with tons of small files in it, thousands of files I've placed there. However, it always reverts the permissions back to what they previously were, which is not accept or deny anything. I've specifically changed it to my user, which is the admin account and has full access.

However, when changing individual folders (ones that do not have sub-folders, it seems to allow it and let me change it to myself, and then copy the folder). There's just too many folders to do that. Help?

Answer:[SOLVED] Trouble copying files from XP partition: permission issue

How to take ownership of files/folders:

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previously i had dual OS (Ubuntu and XP Pro)... they were both using a NTFS partition for data storage, there's a one folder in it that i can only read (but can't write/delete) from Windows XP

i've reinstalled Windows XP Pro deleting the Linux ext partitions for space

can anyone help please i've search online for guides but gotten nowhere

Answer:windows xp folder permission issue

sorry, i didn't state that i want to be able to write and delete folders and files in that folder...

thanks for any help...

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Hi, I have Win 7 HP I've got a strange file problem. I've already trawled the net and tried a variety of fixes, all to no avail. Even though I'm the owner of the files with in my account, I get "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them".All the icons have a green tick at the bottom left.Any ideas?

Answer:file permission issue windows 7

note: the 'group or user names' on the users file are SYSTEM, HomeUsers, Andrew (owner of the laptop) and Administrators

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I've set up several users on my W2K server domain controller. I've set up several directories to be shared with 'everyone' on the network. Whenever I attempt to logon a workstaion as one of the users, I am told 'access denied'.

If I am making the resource available to everyone (with full read/write permissions), how can someone be denied access? Am I missing a step here?

The server is W2K Server, and all the workstations are W2K Pro...

Answer:Windows 2000 server permission issue

permissions on a share is a separate set of information than login information. If you share something with everyone, it does not mean that everyone can log into a workstation. They will have to log in as a valid user, then connect to the share from there.

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The last few days I have had a huge problem in Windows 8.1. For some reason unknown to me, I can't suddenly open any picture files with the build-in Windows Photo Viewer. Program opens fine, but no picture shows up, only this message:

"Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location"

I am not very skillful at dealing with pc problems, but I know some basic stuff. So I tried for many hours to look for solutions, other users with same problems, and various possible workarounds. To make a long story short, I have come to the temporary conclusion that the program itself (Windows Photo Viewer) is the problem, since I am able to open all image files in other programs (Paint, Word etc.). The issue occurs both on images I have had for a long time on my pc, but also recently created ones. My laptop, which is also running Windows 8.1 and sync'ed with my primary pc, doesn't have any problems with viewing images.

I also spend a lot of time looking into my images' user permissions, but everything seems to be like it should. Besides, if permissions were the issue, I guess the images wouldn't be working in other programs.

So now I'm at the point where I have to look for a solution dealing with Windows Photo Viewer. I have tried to install another primary image viewer, but I like the build-in one, so I would really like it to be fixed.

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Answer:Windows Photo Viewer permission issue

Anyone? :-)

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It's starting with MMC has detected an error in a snap-in and will unload it. Now, it's affecting other apps like Adobe Reader and Revo Uninstaller. I have full Admin rights and I can do most things, I cant say all since i havent tried everything.

I download a cool tool that's an Explorer Add that allows me to "Take Ownership" of a file if I want to but that hasnt helped. In fact, gotten me into more trouble.

This MMC issue and rights issue only affects this profile. I have checked other users who have Admin Privileges and I dont have the MMC issue. I created a dummy profile and that works fine too. Something within my profile got corrupted. I dont want to use or create another profile if i can help it. I have quite a bit of apps that are configured to my profile alone.

As far as MMC goes, I tried a few suggestions from MS but they did not work. I think my first step should be to resolve the MMC issue? If so, how?

Answer:Permission/Rights issue with main profile after Windows Reinstallation

Have you tried this?
Unable To Open MMC On Windows Server 2008

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I am new to the forums and have looked around just about everywhere I can think of for a similar topic and thus far have been unable to locate any help. If this has been previously covered, please point me in the direction and I will read up.

So as for my issue.... I was running vista and had a hidden folder with some pictures in it, smart right? The file folder was encrypted with whatever built in option windows offers via check box. Then before I went to upgrade to win 7 I copied the files over to a flash drive, or so I thought. Apparently all that was copied was the empty folders. So then I ran data recovery software to un-delete the pictures. I have located and recovered them, now only lies one small issue.

When I try and open the files it says "Windows photo view can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location."

When I upgraded to win 7 I kept the same user name, except I capitalized the first letter of the name, I'm not sure if this makes a difference. Beyond that, I'm at a loss. I tried giving myself ownership of the file, but either I messed it up, or it didn't make a difference.

I'd very much like to recover my files, and any help is appreciated

Answer:jpeg permission issue / possible encryption issue

Hi mate and welcome to the forum.

Open a Command Prompt:
Click Start, type cmd, press Enter.
Navigate to the folder the pictures are in.
For example, if they are in the Pictures folder, type:
CD C:\Users\<username>\Pictures
(If the prompt already shows C:\Users\<username> you can just type CD Pictures)
Where <username> is your username of course.
Now Type:
takeown /F *
If there are subfolders, use this instead:
takeown /R /F *

You'll get a slew messages and may be prompted about replacing permissions on folder you don't currently own. Make sure it's not a system folder, then type Y.
You can also use takeown /R /D Y /F * to automatically say yes, but don't use this from the root of your profile (or anyplace else that contains system folders) as there are many hidden system files and folders, and you don't want to change them.

Taking ownership should automatically grant you full control.

Hope this works, let me know if it does/doesnt

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I messed up! Big time. (at least in my mind)

I have a laptop with a drive that is partitioned. C = programs and D = files, pics, music, etc. I have to share my laptop with a family member for awhile and I don't like them looking at my stuff, so I thought I would be savvy and change the permissions so they, as a user, couldn't read or write that drive. Since I have a administrator account I figured this was the best way to protect my privacy. WRONG!!! Now when I log in, as me, the administrator, I can not access the drive. If I click on My Computer, I see drive C with 11gb free, but drive D just says NFTS.

How can I undo this mistake?

Thanks for the HELP !!!

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I seem to be having an ownership issue with just one of my folders, and I'm not sure why. Mainly I just want to know how to fix all of the subfolders at once though. I keep all of my documents and everything on a seperate HDD from the OS HDD. Well, I recently switched from the Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 Pro RTM, and now I'm having problems accessing the 'My Pictures' folder that resides on my "Documents" drive. It's weird, because I didn't have any issues when going from XP to the W7 RC.

Anyways, when I first went to open 'My Pictures' I got the dialog box saying "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder." Well, I went ahead and got that folder to work. The problem is, every single folder in 'My Pictures' and every sub-folder gives me the same thing. Being that I have probably 100's of folders in there, I can't sit here and click through every folder and set it up so I have permission to access it.

Long story short, I'm wondering if anyone knows a way to set the entire 'My Pictures' folder and all of it's subfolders at once so that I have permission to access all of them.

I looked around the net a bit, and I came across some stuff to do in Command Prompt, so I did it on my Documents drive, and it said it was successful, but it didn't do anything to the contents within it I guess, since I still... Read more

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Hello everyone!

I come here with a "bug" that is really really starting to cause problems.

Firstly, I would like to direct you to this thread.

I asked for help on another forum and well you can see what we went through, however they were not able to completely solve the problem.

I've done some quick tests, and it has basically ended up being that whenever an exe file is involved, Windows will go crazy with permissions or something.

The behaviour is pretty much that I try to delete a folder with exe files in it, and it will tell me that I do not have permission to do so. If I go inside the folder, I can delete the files no problem. Once they're gone, I can delete the folder.

But other instances are that when I try to delete some files, the file will remain, but it won't be there, my computer will say that I need to specify the correct path. Then after a few minutes, the file will actually disappear.

This has become quite a nuisance, because for example, I need to run Punkbuster so I can play some games. Punkbuster runs 2 services, PnkbstrA.exe and PnkbstrB.exe

PnkbstrB.exe is created by PnkbstrA.exe when a game is launched and it's updated on-the-fly. This is a problem, since my system will then deny access to PnkbstrB.exe, so A can't delete/update or do anything to the file for a few minutes, and I'll just end up being kicked in-game because I don't have B.

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Answer:Solved: File Access Denied - You need permission to perform this action - Windows 7

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A wire came loose in my laptop charger so I asked for a replacement, but the supplier was adamant that there was something wrong with the port in my laptop, not the charger (he was wrong), so they took it away to fix. Anyway, a member of their staff took my hard drive out to copy a couple of my files to a disk for me as I needed them asap and couldn't get my laptop charging. Apparently that's all they did.

Today I got my laptop back and things are not right. I am the administrator and there are no other user accounts on my computer. I am recognised as the administrator when I go on Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts. But now all of a sudden I can't access Music, Pictures, Videos or Documents from the start menu. It just does nothing and says nothing when I click on them. I went on 'Computer' and tried to access them from the 'Libraries' menu at the left side. It didn't let me and didn't come up with any error message. It also didn't let me see the properties of them or do any of the other right-click options. It was saying at the bottom that they were completely empty, so I just deleted them and thought I'd make new ones with the 'Create Library' option. But when I go on this it says "Unable to create the file 'New Library.library-ms' Access is denied". I tried to restore the four Libraries from my recycle bin. It came up with a message saying "You'll need to provi... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 asking me for permission or saying I do not have permission to make changes

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Good Morning All and Thank You in advanced for your assistance. I own an Asus X75A 
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.60GHzSystem type: 64-bit Operating System(link is external), x64-based processorWindows 8.18.00 GB RAM
I tried to open a few files and when opened it basically tells me i don't have the right permissions, now once i checked the permisssions on the files (such as pictures or videos etc.etc.) it says i have all the admin permissions, plus i'm the only individual who uses the computer. So once i saw this i uninstalled my norton due to the free trial being up and installed avast and ran the antivirus full scan and was told everything was protected. so then i decided to uninstall avast So i can install AVG (i tried to install that before avast but for some reason i kept recieving an error code or that it didn't install properly due to it not being able to output or something like that) so i uninstalled avastand restarted my cpu and got the blue screen so i did a system restore and refresh and now i can log on to the my cpu but the Wi-Fi isn't connecting. every time i attempt to try and connect, it has an X on the 802.11 LAN when i go into the network settings. So what should i do in this situation 

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Question: Permission issue?

I am running Win 7 Pro, X 64. At some point in the past I had to alter some permissions in the registry for a reason I fail to recall.

Now, when I tried to install a program (ie the new Kaspersky and Garmin Express) it kept failing with various errors.
However, after the Kaspersky Tech continuously failed to install the new version, he created a NEW administrator user account. Thereafter he managed to re install the new application and I managed to install Garmin Express with no errors.
My question: How do I reset the permissions on my user account without having to install everything through the new user account?
I'd appreciate the assistance.

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Question: Permission Issue

Is it bad to give yourself full control when you go to Computer(Right click)>Properties>Security tab>Edit> Click the box full control (for Authenticated Users)? Is it a security threat or anything? Right now all that is checked is Special permissions. Can I check more of these, if not check full control?

Also, is it okay to check Full control for the other options (SYSTEM, Users, etc.)?

Answer:Permission Issue

Hello Blane,

It would be more secure to only grant individual users that you want to give full permission to that hard drive instead and leave the Authenticated Users set at default with only the Special permissions checked. Giving full permission to everything and everyone can leave a door open for malware to take advantage of if it gets on your system.

If this is for the C: drive, then be sure to leave the owner set a TrustedInstaller.

Hope this helps,

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Hey guys,

Been toying around with some NFS shares hosted on a win2k8 r2 server and trying to share between mac osx and win xp/7 clients. Currently I'm only able to get it working anonymously. When I try to specify a user, group, or specific computer, I get access denied. I have specified the proper permissions on the folder level as well. I'm using Active Directory as my Identity mapping source and I've seemingly set everything up correctly following Microsoft's technet article(s). I've gone through a few hours of research and trial and error before deciding to create a post anywhere.

Ideally, would like to get rid of anonymous logon for obvious reasons and really secure down some of these shares. Most of the support I find is for win2k3 and some of it doesn't seem to apply to 2k8 r2. I've tried specifying a User Name Mapping server as well under Services for Network File Systems but even anonymous doesn't even work when I try that. Read that I need to specify that server in the .maphosts file which I also cannot locate in 2k8 r2, if it exists. Any help or direction is greatly appreciated.

*Note- this is only a test environment right now, nothing is live. Testing NFS out as a future alternative only.

What should I have, if anything more in this NFS Share Permissions area? Am I supposed to be able to add Active Directory users and groups to this? Because I cannot, which would in turn be my problem. I have added actual use... Read more

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Hey guys,

Been toying around with some NFS shares hosted on a win2k8 r2 server and trying to share between mac osx and win xp/7 clients. Currently I'm only able to get it working anonymously. When I try to specify a user, group, or specific computer, I get access denied. I'm using Active Directory as my Identity mapping source and I've seemingly set everything up correctly following Microsoft's technet article(s). I've gone through a few hours of research and trial and error before deciding to create a post anywhere.

Ideally, would like to get rid of anonymous logon for obvious reasons and really secure down some of these shares. Most of the support I find is for win2k3 and some of it doesn't seem to apply to 2k8 r2. I've tried specifying a User Name Mapping server as well under Services for Network File Systems but even anonymous doesn't even work when I try that. Read that I need to specify that server in the .maphosts file which I also cannot locate in 2k8 r2, if it exists. Any help or direction is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

*Note- this is only a test environment right now, nothing is live. Testing NFS out as a future alternative only.

Answer:[NFS] permission issue

sounds like a permission issue make sure they are also added into the security tab which is under the properties of the folder u are trying to share

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Question: Permission Issue?

The problem I have is that I cannot place executable files into folders, i.e. to replace other executables. I thought it was just a permission issue at first but then I noticed I could still make new folders, etc. and edit files normally. But not executables? If anyone has any help for me, thanks.

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Dear All,

I would like to install the program Treefinder ( to a notebook with Windows Vista Home Premium. The installation script is in a file "install.js":

var WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell");

var path = WScript.ScriptFullName;
var tfdir = path.substr(0,path.lastIndexOf("\\"));

var env = WSHShell.Environment("SYSTEM");
env.Item( "TFDIR" ) = tfdir;

var shortcut = WSHShell.CreateShortcut(tfdir + "\\-TREEFINDER-.lnk");
shortcut.TargetPath = tfdir + "\\treefinder.js";
shortcut.WorkingDirectory = "";
shortcut.WindowStyle = 4;
shortcut.IconLocation = tfdir + "\\icon32.ico";

The machine has:
java version "1.6.0_03"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_03-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0_03-b05, mixed mode, sharing).

If I double click "install.js", I get the error message:

Windows Script Host
Script: C:\Program Files\Treefinder v.03.2008\install.js
Line: 8
Char: 1
Error: Permission denied
Code: 800A0046
Source: Microsoft JScript runtime error


Perhaps this "permission" error is easy to correct, but I do not know how to go about it. I thought it might have been connected with the Windows Security Center Firewall, but if I disabled the fir... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows Script Host, Permission denied, Microsoft JScript runtime error

Hi Geoff, Welcome to TSF!

Vista being Vista, can be very cantankerous at times.

I use this little utility (Click the coloured link) to over these situations....give it a try and post back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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I had also considered posting this in the Home Theatre area, but I'm thinking here in the Networking forum is more appropriate.

Quick summary: I recently put together a new desktop PC (in my signature). I use this PC (amongst other things) for downloading media and moving it to my WHS 2011 server to then access the files on my HTPC and laptop. I did have some issues with the permissions between this PC & WHS when I first set things up. But I was using both my previous desktop PC and this new one at the same time and they both had the name "desktop" on WHS. Since then I've switched the name and the log on name on WHS for my new PC and also removed the old desktop PC as a user from WHS. This seemed to correct those inital permission issues. I'm now able to cut & paste, open, edit & save, and delete files directly from the server folders without any problems.

The current problem that I'm having: I use Media Center Master to add the image and info files to the folder and then transfer that folder down to my server. But I've been having problems with the files being transferred. The files get scanned and a folder is created but then the folder is just left in the scan folder, it's never moved to the server. I posted a question on the Media Center Master forums about this and am still waiting to hear back on my most recent post, but it seems like they're saying there is a permission issue between my PC and WHS... Read more

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I recently reinstalled my laptop with the Reinstallation CD from Dell. I moved all my folders to my external drive first. After I reinstalled Windows XP, I was able to move all my files back to my laptop, but I couldn't move one. When I tried to move it, it gave a error message saying "Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

I am 100% sure the file wasn't in use and the disk isn't full. I tried opening some word documents from the folder, I got error messages saying " user does not have access privileges"

How can I fix it?!?!?! Please help!!!!!!!!!! thank you

Answer:Folder Permission Issue

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

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Hi guys. I have a massive issue at the moment. I was at home playing around with my USB's security settings. I deleted this unknown account from the file security permissions and it turns out that the mystery account was my school account! Now I don't have the correct permissions to change the file permissions back to normal and I can't do it at home! Any help?? I will contact my IT department and see if they can change it back.

Answer:Big USB file permission ISSUE!

Ever heard of backing up? I think this is about the third time we told you. Nothing is too little of importance. Before you mess with anything, back it up.

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I installed windows server 8 next to my windows 7 recently and wanted to be able to connect to it through RDP, after setting it up I figured it would be good to make my D: drive (the drive that keeps my documents) inaccessible within that OS however I did
not realize it would also change the permissions for my user/administrator accounts on my main Windows 7.

The majority of the drive I have regained access to by using takeown and icalcs in cmd. However there are a few folders that I have been unable to access in anyway.
Here are the things I have tried(cmd ran as Administrator): 
D:\>takeown /F "D:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security" /A /R /D Y
ERROR: Access is denied.

D:\>icacls "D:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security" /T /Q /C /RESET

D:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security: Access is denied. D:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\*: Access is denied.Successfully processed 0 files; Failed processing 2 files

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose
The page where I found this read it would reset the security to default however in the log file(scesrv.log) it contained alot of access denied warnings (let me know if log file is needed).
I am completely lost on this issue. One of the folders that is inaccessible is quite important because it contains my antivirus software.

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I need to back up data off of a clients drive. The OS failed, but the drive is still good, so it is hooked up as an external. The drive in question had xp and I am using 7. I am able to change permissions on a file by file basis, granting myself (admin) both ownership as well as full control. I do not seem to be able to grant myself permissions to move the files at all, even with owner/control and I can not seem to grant permissions to sub-folders and files of a parent directory, as I am lacking permissions there too.

I am able to use a live linux distro to get the results I need, but I would like to learn how to make this work in windows.

Answer:Folder Permission Issue

Hello Avitas

Take ownership of a folder by right clicking it and selecting Properties. Select the Security Tab and click the Advanced button. You'll see an Owner tab so add your User Name to the list

You may need to go to My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing" or you won't have a Security tab otherwise.

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

You need to be using an Admin Account to do it.
Once you have given yourself permission you will not get the ?Access Denied? message.

To apply to subfolders check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" before you click ?Apply?


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I just took over a factory that had there engineer managing the network and this guy made a mess of the network. One thing we have discovered and I have never seen before is when you add a person to the folder permission of a master folder it won't propagate down to all the sub-folders and files even though when setting his permission it's told to do so. Does anyone have any idea why this would be happening it or what's causing it. I have double checked everything and cross referenced it with there other factory and everything is setup the same but we have no problems at the other factory. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Folder Permission Issue

The folders and files underneath that folder have to have "Include Inheritable Permissions" checked in order for changes to the parent folder to propagate down.

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I have a HP laptop with Vista ultimate 64-bit and I recentlybacked up most of my files to an external hard drive. I then recovered tofactory settings.
However some of the files on my external hard drive cannotbe viewed at all.
For instance a word document would not open and have the followingmessage ?word cannot open the document:user does not have access privileges?
For a photo the following comes up ?photo gallery can?t openthis picture because you do not have permission to access the file location?
This does not occur for all of my files, only specific oneswhich are worded in green.
If I try to send them from the external hard drive to thelaptop it will not allow me and the following message comes up ?you needpermission to perform this action? and I can only choose ?try again? to noavail or ?cancel?.
I just wanted to ask can anyone on this forum help me out please.Is there a way that I can view these files anymore or are they lost forever?

Thank you in advance

Answer:Issue with viewing/copying due to permission

You have to give yourself permissions
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups - Windows 7 Forums
If you cannot get permissions to grants to you, give ownership.
Take Ownership of file
If those steps do not work, as a final effort have the hidden administrator try.[2]=User Accounts
Works with Vista, too.

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I have a network printer attached to a Windows 2000 Server Domain. The printer is installed just like all the other network printers we have. I have 5 computers that need to be able to print to this printer. I can print from my computer (on the other end of the building), and my boss can print to the printer (I am right outside his office). We are both part of the Domain Admins group. I printed no problem from one of the computers that actually needs to print to it when I was logged in as admin, but I can't print to it logged in as anybody without administrator privileges.

The Security tab for the Printer has the "Everyone" group listed with print privileges, no one can print except admins. I added the Group that the people that need to do the printing are a part of, I gave them all the privileges to the printer (print, manage printer, manage documents) still can't print if your not admin.

Any ideas?

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Couple things.

Got my first Vista BSOD today

Rebooted into Safe Mode (no networking) and therefore could not use the "online problem solving" option. I did capture the data from the dialog, though:


Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: d1
BCP1: 00000014
BCP2: 00000002
BCP3: 00000001
BCP4: 8065FB10
OS Version: 6_0_6000
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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I went to try to open the minidump file after rebooting in Normal mode, and I got an Access Denied message. I'm logged in as Admin, so .... what's the deal there?

Did a search and found a suggestion for a user with a similar permissions issue to Disable UAC. Don't know enough about that, so it makes me uncomfortable. What are the implications of doing that?

I am downloading the debug tool now. Hopefully that helps somehow. Not sure I'll be able to decipher it though...

Thanks for any tips.

Answer:vista bsod and permission issue

Hi. . .

Welcome to the TSF.

I would advise you not to disable the UAC. You may even find out that you cannot as the area on the screen may be greyed out.

I would suggest trying to change the file permission settings on the folder containing the minidump.

Afterwards, you could attach it to a post and I'll be glad to download it and run the chkdump.

I'll get instructions to you if necessary. I must go and pick the kiddies up now, but I wanted to get this out to you.

regards. . .


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Hi All,
In trying to enforce stricter delineation between data on my system I've created a file permission issue for myself that I seem unable to reverse. Of course, this is caused by the fact that permissions and privilege don't work the same under windows as with Unix system.

In summary, I've set a bunch of deny permissions on some important directories for all users thinking that I, as an administrator would still get access. How wrong I was. Booting into Safe Mode as Administrator still doesn't allow me to reverse or slacken of the perms. So right now, these directories are inaccessible - a little more secure than I was hoping for

Can someone explain to me how I can get superuser access to these settings so that I can reverse them? It would appear that the Admin account is not a true superuser account.

All help warmly received.

Answer:Win XP: Self inflicted file Permission issue

You changed the permissions for the creator owner to deny too, didn't you. I suppse you could go and try to take ownership, and hopefully that helps.

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Hi,I have a several computers on my LAN. One of the computers is the file server. There are a shared folder that is currently shared on the network. There is no a proper permission set on that folder. This means anyone can access to it. What i'd like to do is to set a permission on that. So what i've done is that i've found some help on the internet. I followed the procedure. What i've done for a testing only is as follows1. turned off the simple file sharing 2. set up a user and a group and put the user into the group3. go to the shared folder called aaa -> click on sharing and security -> under sharing, select the share this folder, then permission, add the group (Full Control)-> apply and OK-> then go to security tab, add the group (Full Control)After having done all that, i went to the other computer that has its simple file sharing turned off as well. I went to my network places folder, and i could actually see that folder. When i clicked on the folder, it said that it isnot accessible, ... contact administrator.Can anyone please tell me where i did wrong here? Your help is greatly appreciated.Thank you in advance

Answer:Issue on File sharing permission on XP

Associates,Restirictions takes priority over Permission. So turning off simple sharing may cause that.Why don't you try to add users or groups from Security tab of that folder?After general sharing you can assign different permissions to your users.Turn on simple sharing and try what I offer. Hope this helps

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My in-laws have a computer running Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1. I was out of town for a week, and was told my father-in-law may have had a virus, but it was removed. Several scans came up clean, so I can't confirm this was true. Anyway, when I try to run Security Essentials, the following error occurs. There are 5 user accounts on this system, and the message appears for all users, including Admins. I can't run it, nor can I remove the program, either, due to permissions. I haven't gone over to have physical access to the system yet, but what could be the cause, or more importantly, the solution?

Answer:Permission Issue on In-laws Computer

Either a SFC /scannow or a reinstall of the Security essentials are what I would try.

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I'm running Vista Ultimate x64, and I have this nagging problems I can't seem to fix.
First of all, IE protected mode is broken. It won't run any scrips(JAVA and ActiveX) in protected mode. Not a big deal as I use Firefox but a bit of an annoyance.

Bigger issue is that cookies get reset in both IE7 and Firefox fairly regularly, and that one of my programs(xplorer2) loses its configuration regularly. I think it's some kind of permission issue since it doesn't happen when I'm logged in as the Administrator(the built in kind. the even the accounts in administrator group has same issues).

I gave up on fixing the issue since I'll be reinstalling Vista when I switch the mobo, but I wanted to know if anyone else had similar problems. I'm trying to figure out this happened because something broke in Vista or if it's something I'll have to live with in Vista.

Answer:Another Vista Question. Permission issue, I think.

If it's occuring in protected mode only then I would check Windows Defender settings. Defender may be preventing things from working as you want.

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Hi, I recently reinstalled my copy of windows 7 on my laptop. I saved all my files to an external hard drive so that I could reload them after I was finished. I forgot I had some folders locked to my user account so after the install I cannot view or transfer them back to my laptop because it recognizes my computer as a different account. I tried to go into properties and give my current account full control but even though it has the check marks in all the property permission boxes I still cannot view them. All the locked folders and files have a green text to them indicating they are locked. Please help, I don't want to lose these files (step by step instructions to try would be the best, thanks!)

Answer:Picture Permission issue after reinstall

I've never tried to get permission after reinstalling Windows 7I give what worked for me under normal conditions.Access Denied - For the file in question.Right click - properties - Security Tab - Advance Button - Change Permissions - Edit - Allow - OK- Apply - OK - OK - OK

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Ok, new to this, but here goes....

I have Vista home premium 64-bit; am the only user and administrator.

I moved a folder containing an .exe setup for Hallmark Card Studio and all it's content, from my external hard drive to my hp laptop that it's connected to (onto the desktop), then tried to move that folder from my desktop to another folder on my laptop, called media where I have other print shop programs. It starts the move, then I get the permission window which I click 'continue', then it says permission is needed in another window, and I click 'retry' and it keeps trying and returning to that same window! (Same thing happens when I try to delete folders sometimes also). Don't know what's going on, as this is a new problem I've encountered and can't seem to figue out.

Can anybody help me?

Answer:Can't move folder due to permission issue

Try and take ownership of the files...

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Hi All,

i request you that please help me out in below detail hard drive issue.

i am facing problem with hard drive permission. i have a dell vostro laptop.
its have only one hard drive c. i am working and i do not remember what i have done with hard drive permission. now i am enable to access the hard drive. even hard drive shows the 0 byte space use and 0 byte spec is free. but my laptop is running with out any error.

can you please help me to reset the hard drive permission and get back my laptop as previous.

thanks in advance for this great help


Answer:Hard Drive Permission issue


Are you the administrator? If so Right click over Local Disk C > Security > Does your user have full permissions? If not click edit permissions and give yourself full access.

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Okay, here's what I've got:

Music video file named: Evanescence-My_Immortal(dvd-2nafish).mpeg

Resides in: c:\users\(myuser)\downloads\

I can not delete, rename anything to this file or the directory it resides in. I "Do not have permission". This is the same with the true administrator account as well.

File permission and ownership is perfectly file.

KillBox doesn't see the file.
Boot and Nuke can't see the file and neither can any of the other utilities.

This is not an invalid file - i can play the video with PowerDVD and Windows Media Player.

I can't figure out what else to do. I'd prefer to just rename the file and move it where it should be, but I can't.

Any thoughts?



Download processexplorer.

Run Process Explorer.

Click on "Find"->"File Handle or DLL"

Type in the name of the file that is giving you trouble. Click on any items that show up and "Close Handle". This may cause Windows Explorer to freak out for a second, but it's fine.

You can now delete the file.

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Hey People,system specsWindows Vista Ultimate, 64 bit, SP2I was playing around with the permissions for one of my secondary drives that holds data e.g videos, mp3s so that my pal couldnt get into them and mess around with it and know it gives me this message everytime i try and access the drive.Location is not available (this appears in the title bar of the error message)I: is not accessible (this appears in the main part of the error message)Access is denied (this appears under the above message in the error message)And there is only an OK button i can press.So here is how this all came about.I right clicked on the drive,selected properties,Clicked on the security tab,clicked on the "users" option under the "Group or user names" section,Clicked on "edit",clicked on the "users" option under the "Group or user names" section,selected "deny" for every box under the "permissions for users" section,clicked apply,an clicked "ok" until the windows were all closed.The drive name was then changed to "Access Denied" after i had done this with no letter assigned to the drive.I went into computer management and assigned a drive letter but still no good.I now right click the drive and select properties and the security tab is no longer there, so i cannot reverse the permissions.I am logged in as an administrator.I have tried to turn off UAC with no luck.I have attempted to create another administrator account and change the permissions from there but no good.So does anyone out there know... Read more

Answer:Access denied issue after tweaking permission

Might boot to administrator and try it in safe mode.Make a vista pe disk or barts pe and try to fix it.As you say it is a secondary drive, it might be possible to access from booting to the Vista dvd and use command line repair tools.The MS books all post a warning about deny's. They over-ride all other permissions.Usually you only select the users you want to have read write access.Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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Hi everyone

I have been trying to solve a problem with my Verbatim USB drive for about a month now and have been trying to solve the issue myself

So I gave up today and called Verbatim support who quickly sent me the solution by mail (they said this is an issue present in windows 7)

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your phone call. Your reference number is HMA100412-026.
Please quote this reference on all future correspondence with us.

Windows 7 uses its own built-in drivers
and it manages the installation of external USB devices by it's own.

Please verify that you are logged as an administrator on your laptop/computer.

Please disconnect all external devices from your computer (except mouse, monitor and keyboard) and go to c:\windows\system32\drivestore.
Please rename ?infcache1? to ?infcache.1OLD?.

You might need to give the user account file write and read permissions for this file. You can change this settings via the file's Properties/Security/Advanced.

Now reboot your computer (with still no USB device connected) and connect the HDD as the only USB device to an USB port on the back of your computer if WINDOWS has started.

Best Regards,
Verbatim Euro Support
Dutec Limited
Company Registered in Ireland No: 307480

Ok, very nice I hear you say However my issue now is that I can not the name of the infcache file as per instructions. I have been playing with ownership of the file in accordance with windows inbuilt help but no l... Read more

Answer:Permission issue prevents drive from working

The easy way:

Enable the hidden Adminsitrator account:
Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek
Log in via this Account.
Change the name of the file (You should be able to granted you haven't FUBARed the permissions already)

If you don't want to do it that way, you need to choose "Peter or PETERPHOTOGRAPHY" from that list of users. At the moment, Administrator's have permissions for that file, which might not be you if you're not an admin. However, if you change that file's ownership to both Administrators (PETER-PC\Adminstrators) and Peter (PETER-PC\Peter) then you should be able to do whatever you want.

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Hello sir,
This is Shyam Singh. Some days before my windows profile account got corrupted and I made a new account with the admin privileges but I am getting some issue which I unable to solve it.
Issues are as follows.
1.I cannot access the c drive for writing but I can read the content from the drive.
2. I cannot download the software 
3. I have a problem with CMD because of the path defined previously.
4. Unable to delete the files.

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I have two win7 Home premium 64 bit pcs. Set up homegroup and share documents, files, pictures and videos. Permissions on both are set to R/W with Homegroup. computer a can read and write to computer b. computer b can only read computer a. Unable to copy to computer a or delete files on computer a.

Answer:Win 7 Homegroup Read/Write Permission issue

If this is at home in a secure environment (hardwired, not wireless networking), then you have the option of adding the network user "everyone" to both systems and change the right to full read/write and you should no longer have a problem both ways. I would not be so fast to do this however if this is a business environment or you use wireless networking, since then others may gain access to your files. If you are not as secure, then your best off just double checking your network users settings and your firewall settings to see if you missed something.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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I have Windows Vista service pack 2, recently updated, it's working fine.

When the new Google Reader layout arrived I disliked it and decided to download another RSS reader, Omea. During download it created a folder in Program Files as usual, but Omea didn't work so I tried to uninstall it. While the software shows up in the add/remove programs list, when I try to uninstall it doesn't recognize Omea Reader as even being on the system, saying it's already been removed. I manually removed the software but it has left one file behind I cannot delete because I need "permission." The file is IexploreOmeaW.dll

I already have User Account Control off.

I've tried removing the file from the account I used to download the software as well as from the other account I have on Vista. Neither worked.

I made the file unhidden and changed permissions on it in Properties. That still didn't work.

The path is Program Files -> JetBrains -> Omea Reader -> IexploreOmeaW.dll

What can I do to remove this? Thanks!

Answer:Permission to remove file issue on Vista

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I backed up my data to an external hard drive using rsync on Windows using cygwin+rsync. Below is example of the command:

rsync -avhP --delete --log-file="/cygdrive/C/Users/Username/rsync-backup-log.txt" "/cygdrive/C/Users/Username/Documents" "/cygdrive/F/Backup/"

Now, when I connect my external hard drive to another computer, I am unable to access my data. When I try to read or copy a folder, Windows says permissions denied. Attached are the screenshots of the error prompts I get when I try to access the data on the external hard drive.

Edit (partial solution found):
I came across a similar issue/solution by another user. By adding then noacl flag to the fstab file in the C/cygwin/etc/, I am able to avoid the permission issue. BUT the permission issue is only fixed on all NEW/UPDATED files/folders I sync. All existing data still have the permission issue despite rerunning rsync command.

How do I fix the permissions of all my existing data? It is very strange I never had this issue until after updating cygwin and rsync yesterday. How can I ensure my data on the external hard drive will be accessible by any computer?

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Hi. I apologize if this forum is inappropriate, I do not know if I am having a Unix problem or a Windows problem here. I have two machines, WORKER1 and WORKER2, both running Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit. I have the latest version of Cygwin and OpenSSH installed on each, and am running sshd from Cygwin on WORKER2. I have a file stored in the default Users\Public folder on WORKER1 that I am having permission issues with and was hoping for some advice on how to fix it.

I am using Cygwin on WORKER1 to ssh into WORKER2 using public RSA key authentication. Then after doing this I am trying to run a file located in Users\Public on WORKER1. I keep getting permission denied and have run out of ideas. Here is the permissions information I am getting from ls -l and getfacls in Cygwin. The file I am trying to run is

[email protected] ~
$ ssh WORKER2
Last login: Tue Jan 31 10:51:54 2012 from worker1

[email protected] ~
$ cd //WORKER1/Users/Public/pMatlab/MatlabMPI/Examples/MatMPI

[email protected] //WORKER1/Users/Public/pMatlab/MatlabMPI/Examples/MatMPI
$ sh
sh: Permission denied

[email protected] //WORKER1/Users/Public/pMatlab/MatlabMPI/Examples/MatMPI
$ ls -l
total 28
-rwxrwxrwx+ 1 Administrators None 2 Jan 31 11:01
-rwxrwxrwx+ 1 Administrators None 127 Jan 31 11:01
-rwxrwxrwx+ 1 Administrators None 250 Jan 31 11:01 Dos_Commands.bat
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Answer:file sharing permission issue involving ssh, cygwin

Issue resolved. It turns out that all of my permissions were set fine, but the software I was using (pMatlab) unzips as an encrypted folder! I did not know that green folder meant encrypted - I just thought that maybe you could set folder colors and the author liked to color-code his folders.

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Im on my laptop right now, and came to ask a question about an issue that sprung up a few days ago, magically.

I used to be able to access my PC's shared folders without a hitch, but suddenly, it says they are all unavailable. Even if I browse to my PC via Network Places > Entire Network, etc, I can see the shared folder icons, but I can't get into them. It says I don't have permission to open the folders.

Any ideas? I can access the other computers on the network just fine, but not mine. As far as I know, all of the Workgroup settings are correct, and I didn't knowingly change anything that could have obviously affected this.

I even have shortcuts on my desktop to shared files that I work on, but they won't open. Says the drive or network is unavailable.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:File Sharing / Home Network - Sudden Permission Issue

Try restore back a couple of days ago then.

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Apologies if this topic has previously been discussed, but my search didn't yield helpful results.

In attempting (unsuccessfully) to install a citrix plugin for remote desktop, I'm discovering that advanced security settings for Program Files are screwed up, but I am unable to adjust them. I am currently logged in as administrator and user account control settings are set to "never notify". Please see the attached screenshot. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Permission / Advanced Security Settings issue with Program Files

What is the image you posted supposed to show? I don't see anything wrong. It's normal for Trusted Install to own the operating system directory trees like Program Files, Program Data, Windows, etc.

Your looks the same as mine:

Are you logged in as the normally hidden Administrator account or are you logged in as an Administrator level account?

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I like to save some files to the Desktop for easy access on a temporary basis. Sometimes (not always) while attempting to save the file I get this
'You don't have permission to modify files in this network location.
Contact the administrator per permission to make these changes.'
Then I click the OK button and again attempt to save the file. Then I get the message the file already exists do I want to change it? I click save and the file saves. How can I stop this behavior?

Answer:Permissions Issue: You don't have permission to modify files in this network location

Hi Martha,
Do you use NOD 32 Antivirus? If you are, try disabling "Scan on File creation" this seems to fix the problem.

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I have a user when he browses to the share he can drill down to all folders and see all documents but when he tries to save a file he gets a message that
the location does not exist. I changed the drive letter to the unc path in the same browser window and now he can save. It can not be permissions since he can save when he browses to the location. It only seems to be a problem if he browses from the mapped
drive instead of the server name. So far this is what I have tried:

I mapped the share to a different drive letterI turned off offline files and deleted the cacheI have logged the user into a different computerI have cleared his profile and created a new oneI can save files to the other share on the same server no problemThe error returns file location not available not access denied, but I can open a file at the same time I have the error, it only happens when I saveThe share permissions are set to everyone full control the permissions of the folder are set by group I added the user in manually and still can't save.
If anyone has any solutions I would greatly appreciate the help.

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dear TSF specialist
I have windows xp
in the last day I encounter some problems when tring to use windows installer (i.e. when I install/uninstall programs)
sometimes (not allways) this message appears

Windows Installer:
the Windows installer Service could not be accessed.
This can occur if Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact ...

please help
thank you
niv jokop

I just might add that I recently sent a post on another issue
slow startup , no sound, no internet, classi
but after trying a system restore I think most of the issues are solved (I have internet access for example!)
but this windows installer issue is valid (also I guess there are other minor problems)
I tried attach a file from today (if needed )
(embarrassing I couldnt upload the using ie or firefox ) (so Ive added to the title "(and upload issue)" Ill try to send the attach later from differnrt computer
thanks again

Answer:[SOLVED] windows installer issue (and upload issue?)

Have you tried installing the most currently up to date Windows Installer?

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hi all

i m managing file server on windows 2003 server. in a directory i want to give all permission except file or folder delete permission to domain user.

please make reply as soon as possible.

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In vista, I am having trouble downloading an update. I googled it and it told me to rename the software distribution folder to softwaredistribution.old.
However I need permission to do so and i don't know how tio do that and it won't let me change

Answer:[SOLVED] Getting permission

Hi please see this How to use User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

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Trying to remember how to reset the settings for download files off the internet

Basically i selected a file to download and the file started downloading without asking me where to save it!!!

I dont recall ever changing any settings but whatever!

Anyone assist?

Im not using Firefox, im using XP Internet Explorer

Answer:Solved: Without Permission!!!!

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I was wanting to disable the hibernate feature on my vista machine. I was told I can do this by going to the command prompt and typing in powercfg.exe/hibernate off. When open the command prompt box, the line in front of the blinking prompt is C:\Users\Steve>. But after I type in the command and hit enter it says "You do not have permission to enable or disable the hibernate feature." Why would that be if my user account shows definitely shows me as an administrator? What's up with that? I thought when you were the administrator you had permission to do such things?

Answer:Solved: no permission?

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Win 7 Home Premium X64

I am using a version of Quicken I have used for years, including on this machine.

Today it tells me :

"The item referred to by this shortcut cannot be accessed.
You may not have the appropriate permissions."

The icon picture is missing, on the desktop and the task bar, just a generic box showing,

This is in a window with "Explorer.exe" in the upper left corner.

This is while I am signed on as Administrator with no password.
I have used it like this for at least a month with no issue.

This machine has one other STANDARD user, with a password, and I can get in that way.

I tried to say Run as Administrator and got the same result.

How did I lose permission to use the same program I used yesterday?

Answer:[SOLVED] Need Permission?

I created a new shortcut that seems to have fixed the problem .

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Have looked at the other postings about Windows 7 and "You need permission" - this one seems new. I have a laptop and a desktop both running Windows 7, both part of HOMEGROUP.

The desktop has two hard drives (C and D), both shared with full access to EVERYONE.
I can see both but can only update the D drive on the desktop from the laptop. When I try any update (new folder, copy a new file in, etc.) to the C drive, I get the "You need permission" error.

Have tried turning off sharing then turning back on for the C drive and have compared the sharing between C and D - they appear identical. Snipit of C drive permission attached. Any thoughts or ideas on what else to try would be appreciated.

Answer:You need permission - happening on networked drive that has permission

Rather than sharing form the root of the C: drive you should be sharing from the C:>Users folder instead. This is the default setting for Windows and there are many good reasons for this.

For networked drives that were created under a different User name you would also need to allow for sharing using the "Security" tab of the C: drive. The link below shows you how.

You can also set this drive share up at the C:>Users location if desired.

HDD sharing

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The action is removing meta data from an app I created using iexpress/justbasic

I am the admin on this win7 machine. I have taken ownership of the file. Security/advanced permissions/audit set.

ran Icacls from an admin cmd prompt.

nothing lets me have control of the file...

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I have worked for days and days trying to solve the "do not have Permission, access denied" error. After trying everything Windows Help, Microsoft Support, and every help forum on the net....I tried this one. Thank you Tech Support Guy and especially DragonWiz....He is exactly right on his advice for this problem. I was so impressed I joined and will use no other forum but this one from now on.

Thanks again.

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I backed up a files on an XP machine to an external drive. When I try to copy them back to a newly installed XP install on the same machine I get the following message:
"you do not have permission to view or edit the current permission settings" it then states the name of the file.

What can I do to to copy these files (mainly .jpegs) to the hard drive?

Thanks for looking.

Answer:Solved: Permission settings

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Been trying to network desk top w/ laptop. Using my D-Link router for internet connection so everthing is hard wired.
The laptop sees the desktop but when I click the icon to access folders I get;
Mshome not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permission.
What do I do to fix this little problem?

Answer:Solved: Set administration permission

"What do I do to fix this little problem?"

Uninstall or properly configure your 3rd party firewall.

Or, you could tell us more information. Can you ping each PC from the other by IP address? By Computer Name? What OS(es)?

So we don't assume too much, what do you mean by "sees the desktop"?

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Hi Everyone,

This forum seems like an absolute wealth of knowledge, and about now I have just the right amount of vacuum between my ears to need it...!

I just now came across this forum and signed up, but I'm overwhelmed with the options and don''t know where I should even post my question (if you haven't guessed, I'm pretty much computer ILLiterate!) and I'm hoping you can point me to the right forum.

I know I'm not supposed to ask questions here, I'm just lost and hoping that by explaining a bit of my problem, someone can tell me which forum I should post in.

My situation is that I had a new (larger) hard drive installed in my laptop, (and a whole bunch of other work done to it, it's not the same any more, much better), and I have the old hard drive in a little case that plugs into a USB port so I can still use it.

The problem comes in when I try to access a lot of my photos on the old drive, it says something to the effect that I don't have the correct permission to access that file, I have to be (actually, myself) but the old drive doesn't recognize me anymore).

How do I get the old drive to recognize me on the "new" laptop so I can get access to my pics?

Can anyone please point me to the right forum to ask this?

Thank you very much, I REALLY appreciate your time and help!

TechHelpless 1 (don't laugh, the name fits! )

Answer:[SOLVED] Hi Everyone, I need 'permission' to see my pics

Hi and welcome to TSF make a thread in the win 7 area

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Several months ago I tried to download AIG free anti-virus software, but was not successful. I then was able to download Commodo. I removed AIG from my computer, but occasionly upon starting up computer I receive a request to give permission to download Aig. I have been unable to remove this and would like any help .

Answer:Solved: Remove aig permission box

Are you referring to AVG Free Edition ?

If you are, go here to download and save AVG Remover 2011 (32-bit or 64-bit, depending on whether your computer has Vista 32-bit or Vista 64-bit).

Close all open windows first, then double-click the saved tool to run it.


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hi, ive been drawing blanks with this over the last few weeks, im running windows 7 on an hp , every piece of software i have tried to download and use have given me the same error (these are downloads like sketchup etc. from google)

'The item referred to by this shortcut cannot be accessed. You may not have the appropriate permissions'

if i them try to edit properties and change security things it says:

'the name [location] specified in the target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct'

i dont claim to be the most technologically talented, but this has really f*cked over my pc and screwed with study etc.

any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] permission error

Which version of Windows 7 do you have? (eg) X86 (32bit) or 64 bit?
If you have X86 Windows and you are downloading 64 bit programs this will not work and give you that error.
When you download the file, change the default save location. If you are trying to run this program from the Temp folder, it would give you that error also. Save the file to your desktop or your downloads folder and then try and run it.

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Hi, I have run into a problem in Windows 7 and can't seem to find a way around it, can anyone help?

I need to become the REAL administrator to fix another problem I'm having with a PC game.
From what I've heard there is a hidden administrator with power over everything, if I could just gain access to this account I could sort everything out. I have waded through hundreds of websites looking for an answer to my problem.
I can't change any of the account permissions through the control panel due to the lack of permissions!
I have also heard I can activate the administrator account through the "Command Prompt", In order to do this I am supposed to right click > run as administrator but once again I am en-counted with the same message reading "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"
It seems there is no way around this but then again I am a beginner at this sort of thing.

Please help!

Many thanks


Answer:Solved: Permission Problems

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How do I get permission to delete a file I put on the machine?

I am signed on as Administrator, or my USER ID is as Administrator.

Answer:[SOLVED] Permission to Delete?

Take ownership of the file and if necessary, assign your user account the appropriate permissions. Right click the file, go to properties, then Security tab. Click Advanced button, then switch to ownership tab. Should be straight forward from there onwards.

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I just downloaded a trainer for a game and when I try to run it, my AVG says there is a trojan in it, and I think it locked the file. I would like to run the trainer anyway, but when I double click, I get a "Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item" pop up. I am on my admin account- I only have one account on my XP(SP3),so it must be an admin account right? Well, is there a way I can run the trainer without Windows blocking me? Hope someone here can help out.

Answer:[SOLVED] Need help with file permission

Your profile account is listed as admin, yes, but it's not really the TRUE Admin account. The real one is hidden in the bowels of XP. Go HERE to read more about how to activate the administrator account. You could also try right-clicking on the icon, select "run as" and then select the administrator account on the screen that pops up. I'm assuming you set up an admin password when you installed XP. If not, it might not have one and you can just try pressing ENTER and not insert a password.

Let me know how that works for you.


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I have been struggling with this for a month and reading every internet search refference to "you may not have permission.."
so I had done all the suggestions
enable NetBios
disable simple file sharing on XP pro
All using same workgroup name
All with shared folders available.
I did not disable the firewall in SP2

After much effort and time wasted I have solved my XP pro workgroup problem so I have to get this out there. May not be the solution for everyone but seems a lot of people have done all the suggestions and are struggling with this quirk.

I first had discovered that although XP pro would not allow access through the workgroup,
(error: ...not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource ...) I could access the various workgroup computers by entering their IP in the address bar of a folder on XP pro. ie
\\ or whtever had been asigned by the router.

but the computer "\\name" would not work in the address bar. Even if I could call up the workgroup (sometimes possible), clicking on the computer name would not allow access.

I could not understand why XPpro would see the computer but not recognize its name as a valid workgroup computer.

Using Search/files and folders/computers on the network/computer name
The computer was found. s
Still, I could not get to it by clicking on the found link in search.

However, I made a shortcut of the found link on my dedsktop. Then clicking this desktop shortcut, I was taken to... Read more

Answer:Solved: You might not have permission to use this network resource

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Every time I want to open a program or install, etc., I get an alert asking for permission. I obviously approve of it or I wouldn't have tried opening that file. Is there a general way to turn off these alerts so I can add or subtract programs without this alert??

Answer:Solved: Vista Permission Alets

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This is a really strange problem that I have. I don't know what it is, but when I create a file from an application such as paint, gimp, notepad,unity, anything really with a name of "Reset" or "Security" I have no permission to it. Like if I name a file with that name, it becomes out of my permission as adminstrator.

Attached is a screenshot showing that the file has no groups once created.

The reason why this is a big problem for me is because a lot of programs are not working right. Any file on my computer with "Reset" or "Security" will not work as I have to add myself to a group which has a permission through the security tab in the properties of the file.

This is just as confusing as it sounds, but I need this to be fixed to finish a project in Unity. My game cannot be saved as Unity creates a file called "Mono.Security.dll" which makes the saving process screw up. This has been bugging me for a bit now, but I need this to stop.

There's probably other filenames that create the problem, but these are 2 that I have figured out.

If you have questions, just ask.

Thank you!

Answer:[SOLVED] I have no permission to some files I create

Are you an administrator of your own PC? Can you access other files within the Documents library?

What antivirus are you running?

Please follow this guide here to perform a System File Check of Windows:

How to run SFC /scannow from Command Prompt - Tech Support Forum

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When I try to install Adobe Reader X it says:

"Error 1402. Could not open key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\...\MSFS

Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel."

So how do I give myself access to that key?

Thank you

Answer:Solved: How Do I Give Permission Registry?

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Sorry for the post I figured it out !!!

Answer:Solved: File Permission Problem !!


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I have four Windows XP machines. One of these is considered my main computer. All four can see each other. Two of the four have the correct permissions to modify files on the main computer but cannot. The permissions seem to be correct. One of the four does not have permission to modify files on the main computer but can modify files. I can't seem to figure out these two issues. I don't know what changed but it used to work just fine.

Is it best just to rename the workgroup these four computers are in and start from scratch? Is there any harm doing this?

Answer:Solved: Permission wackiness on four XP Pro machines

You can configure all of them for Simple Sharing, which should simplify networking. Are you sure this is not a firewall issue?

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New computer only a week old, gettin acquainted. (Moving from XP)

Read somewhere I should not expose Admin acct to online risks, etc. So I set up a user acct for myself, as well.

Signed in user acct. Then it said I need to sign in for Admin. (not sure when, wasn't taking notes)

Downloaded a program and proceeded to install it. Message something ilke, "Denied to install in "Programs" and you can do this later.

Trying a second time, I obediently logged out user; In Admin... Can't find program. It isn't in download.

Guessing I need to use Admin to download or do anything but cruise on the net, yes?

Now what?

Answer:Solved: Permission to install program Win 7

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When I try to access my network from a computer I just added to the existing 'Workgroup," this error message appears:
1850 HOUSE (workgroup name) is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this system resource.

FYI, I am the system administrator.

What needs to be done?

Thanks, {redoak}

Answer:Solved: Workgroup is not accessible- may not have permission

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have two computers hooked on a router both running windows xp. Both connect to the internet fine.
I ran Network Wizard to connect the two to share files.
Problem is....
Computer A doesn't have access to files on Computer B
Computer B doesnt have access to Computer A

All im getting is the message:
" \\name of computer is not accessible. You might not have permission to use the network resource. Contact the administrator of the server to find out if you have access permissions".

Please advise how to solve this.
Terry net I have tried you comment on a different thread( I am looking for further asstitance. Any one else who can help please Help

Answer:Solved: HELP!\\computer is not accessible.You might not have permission to use this n

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Every day I have another folder or file that won't open because "I" dont have permission. It is getting daily more files forbidden to open. Now I can't even see my own pictures. I never had a problem on any version of Windows until Win7.
I have tried everything I could read up from Google but nothing helps. I just don't understand what to really do to see my files. I am the only one on this computer. I have Kaspersky, run Malwarebytes nearly daily and SuperantiSpyware. I have Malwaresearch so I never open anything that is not green. Nothing is ever found. It does not matter if the folder or files is on the laptop or on an external drive.

What is it that I don't understand how to take ownership of my files? I have not changed anything on the system. Also many of my pictures suddenly refuse to be shown, it says either they are corrupted or too large. I have no problem to see them on the XP laptop. All I want is to delete double files and pictures. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Answer:Solved: permission denied, Win7

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Hi there...

I've recently moved my Outlook folders from one machine to another, exporting the Personal Folder File and then importing it. All worked fine.

But now, when I try and make a sub-folder in my folders list, it refuses. The New Folder option is available when I right click the INBOX folder, but not if I right click any of the sub-folders there-under.

Similarly, it won't let me copy items from one folder to another. Says I don't have permission and that I should right-click the folder and click properties to check permission for the folder. But I can't find anything like that under properties.

It suggests I see the "folder owner or your administrator to change your permissions" but I am both of the above!

I hope someone out there can help me.

Many thanks

Answer:Solved: OUTLOOK refusing permission

I have sorted this problem out. Please do not worry about replying.

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I have 4 xp pro sp3 machines + a wireless Vista Laptop network behind a Cisco 804 Router... I know this is well behind the power curve.. but it's my only choice with reasonable latency. This machine is the master browser not accessible to the other machines but is serving my squeeze box and is routable to the net. I can ping it and it has an assigned local ip Address & DNS. The nbstat -n & Ipconfig /all as follows:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\John *****>ipconfig /all
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : bookends-e96796
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 CT Network Connect
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-11-2F-D1-C6-92
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\John *****>
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\John *****>nbtstat -n
Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [] Scope Id: []
Net... Read more

Answer:Solved: \\****** is not accessible.You may not have the permission to use this networ

i don't see anything wrong with your stats. routers should be named with the ip, but i don't think that's an issue at this point.

since you're hardwired in it doesn't sound like anything with your router or your internet, or your computer.

actually... wait... i missed this. you need to enable your dhcp lease. if needed you should set it up with a manual address making sure you're not taking up someone else's ip address. if that's an issue with your router (which it could be) you may need to change your router settings so it automatically gives ip ad's to computers via dhcp. if everything is enabled and all your settings are correct you may need to just reboot your router, and then when all connections are active, reboot all your computers.

if that's not it, it's probably a vista bug. i've heard about so many people having problems with vista there's a good chance of that.
that would require a repair with the vista boot discs, or a full reinstall. (hoprefully you won't have to go quite that far, since it's a pain in the *you know what*).

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I have a fairly old system (Athlon 64 3300+ 2.4GHz). I had two hard drives one consisting of my c: drive that was 160GB. The second is 320GB partitioned into a D: and E: drive. Running Windows 7 Ultimate (on C: drive)

My C: drive recently failed and I had to replace it. I decided to try an SSD drive ( Kingston V-Series 64GB) installed new drive with Windows 7 without any problems (very nice improvement in performance BTW). By Bios recognizes the now c: drive as the primary boot disk, as well as the d:/e: drives. I am able to access the d: and e: drive without any issues.

The problem I am having is when I try and save a file to these drives (d or e) I receive a message saying I do not have permission to save to this drive (neither d: or e) . I am able to save the file to my C: drive and then copy it over to d: or e:, but this is a pain.

Any suggestions on what I can do to give myself permission to save to this drive. I did not format this drive when I re-installed windows on the new SSD drive as I have a lot of files on it that I did not want to lose. Could this be the reason?


Answer:Solved: No permission to save to second drive

Right click on both drives and go to security. Give yourself permission. Remember you installed the new C drive hence you have new credentials or user name. Give that username/account permission to access the d and e drives.

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I got my new computer --Dell Inspiron 580 with Windows 7 professional 64 bit. I successfully transferred all of my files from the old computer to the new.

But, when I try to access my Music folder or Videos folder, I get a pop-up stating "You don't currently have permission to access this folder". I tried making the necessary changes but still denied even though I'm on it as Administrator.

How do I gain access?

Answer:Solved: No permission to access my files-- help!!

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PC1 has Windows SP3 on it, PC2 has Windows SP2 on it. PC1 can see PC2 ok and has permissions. But PC2 can see PC1 under Entire Network>Microsoft Windows Network>MS Home>My PC name but when double clicking it I get this error:

\\My PC is not accessible. You might not have the necessary permission to use the network resource.

The network path was not found.

Why would that be?



Answer:Solved: Network permission problem

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I am just recently familiarizing myself with win32 processes as pertaining to firewall activity. I am using EZ firewall and am not sure if I should allow certain access. EZ says a win32 process wants to accept incoming Internet connections. My gut feeling is no, but I have some connection problems every now and then and cannot tell if it is coincidence. Also, if a win32 generic host has zeros for I.P. but a port address is it a legitimate process?

Answer:Solved: Win32 permission question

Answer to the 2nd question is yes.

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When I backed up all of my pictures and then restored them all on a new computer the permissions set got messed up. The user account name was the same but the name in the permission list is "unknown user".

I can right click on an individual picture, go to properties, then security and add "Everyone" as a user and give it full permission. But that takes time and I have thousands of pictures.

Is there a way to change the permission on groups of them, rather than just one at a time?

Answer:Solved: All of my pictures need permission change

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I was receiving the same error on an old system that I was troubleshooting

I found some gems under

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Local Security

-> Deny Access to this computer from the network !

And the Guest Account had been restricted !

Take that away and all was Great.


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I have a network setup and operating successfully between machines running XP and Visa. The Vista file sharing is currently set to "everyone". I'd like to improve security on the Vista machine by limiting access to users logged on to machines on the network.

When I go to adanced sharing | permissions, the only user names I see are "everyone" and the logged on user name on the Vista machine. When I try to add the user name from the XP computer the check names always fails.

The problem seems to be that the only location recognized for searching is the Vista computer. How can I add the XP computer as a place to search? Or am I missing something else?

Thanks for any help you can offer.


Answer:Solved: Vista file sharing permission

That new user needs to have a user account on the Vista machine with the same name/password as on the client machine.

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I hadn't used this computer for awhile. I added much data and wanted to save to disk
When I tried numerous times I get the same message on all three drives- Parameter-incorrect - permission- need to contact administer

I don't want to do system restore because i would lose all the info I've added

Have made no changes but did have several power outages that shut down machine

I need help- Please

p.s. I forgot to add- I CAN access these drives- Just can't save to them

Answer:Solved: Can't save to D, E, or F--perameter incorrect-Do not have permission

did chkdsk Solved problem

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Just wondering if anyone knows of a program that will copy files and folders along thier permissions. I came across the Scopy stuff on M$ but just wondering if there is a easier way....a GUI is always nice.

Answer:Solved: File and permission copy program

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Before installing Windows 7 Pro on top of Vista on my laptop I made 2 backups of the computer on the C: drive. The first backup was incomplete which is why I made the second one. Once Windows & was sucessfully running I checked the C drive and noticed I have 20.5GB free of 65.7GB. I checked the size of the first backup and it is in excess of 20GB. I have tried to delete the file but I get the message " you require permission from SYSTEM to to make changes to this folder".

I am already signed in as the administrator and I have removed the protection from the C drive but I am still getting the message above.

Can someone please guide me through the job of getting permission from SYSTEM so I can reclaim some disc space?


Answer:[SOLVED] Need SYSTEM permission to make changes to this folder

Hi -

Activate the hidden Admin user account and try deletion -

Regards. . .



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Hello my friends:

I don't know if this is a Vista issue or a MS Word issue:

I tried to "save as" a document specifically to my personally named user folder and got an error message that said:

// "C:\Users\Paul\Documents\Forex\Forex newsletter.docx
// You don't have permission to save in this location.
// Contact the administrator to obtain permission.
// Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?"

I am the administrator and I don't know what's going on with this! I'd give the permission if I knew how!

Is this related?
I've noticed that I have inadvertently been using the "user/documents" path for some saves and I've wanted (still do) to STOP using that and make my own, named folder the default.

How do I stop getting these messages and how to I change the default save to the folder I really want to be using?

Sometimes I feel that Vista is an example of over-improvement and is less easy to now. I *hate* having to waste precious time with little, diddly-squat issues like this one!

It seems to me that good software ought to seem "invisible" to the user and the tasks for which it is used (like a good sound system should be invisible to the music it conveys). I don't think Vista is really terrible, but I just wish programmers would know when to stop being overly helpful.

Answer:Solved: Permission to Save? Change Defaults?

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I want to rename c:\windows\system 32\catroot2 .

Because I am having problems with obtaining the updates on a Vista Home Premium SP 0 computer.

On my computer, Vista Ultimate, SP0, I tried to rename it, logged on as "XX", member of Administrators group.

UAC is off.

I activated THE "Administrator" account & established a password.

Still, I am unable to change the file name. I checked the properties of "catroot2"

"You need permission to perform this action"

At, I found this, which makes no sense to me.
takeown /F D:\folder
cacls D:\folder /g Users:F

I do not understand.

Your guidance is eagerly anticipated.


Answer:Solved: folder rename permission needed

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earlier i downloaded c&c 3 uprising....i had a problem with running the game so i researched on the net to find some solutions and found one....after fixing what was wrong/missing i needed to install the game again...i ran the setup then on the window showed access denied so i tried to delete the file folder and just unzip another one...but no luck at all i cant delete the file folder!!! it says "You require permission from BACCHUS\ADMIN1 to make changes to this folder."



and PLEASE DO e-mail me at:


Answer:[SOLVED] hey guys! i may have made permission problems for my self please help!

(C&C 3 Uprising?, C&C.RA:3-Uprising I guess.)

Where did you download it from?

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- recently, in trying to combat a particularly nasty hacker that corrupted my last hard drive so bad i couldn't reformat it and put a password virus on it, i bought another hard drive that's already infected and i've found three trojans with superantispyware plus more in a previous scan despite having this drive less than a month. my PC would totally lock up when trying to watch videos, so i started deleting flash, java and disabling active X when scans with SaS, avast, malwarebytes, stinger, hijackthis, anti-malware, threatfire & eset nod online, and uninstalling C++ couldn't stop the slowdown and got rid of SOME of the problem tonight with autorun unchecking several citrix systems' programs that shouldn't be on my PC with several of them being malicious according to research, but now i can't get flash working again. i've also noticed some kind of block that refuses to let me install explorer 8. i've tried the &quot;right click as administrator&quot; trick to install flash 11 but only get current user and my named user without a password options, neither of which worked. - i've also tried unzipping in the flash 11 folder to no avail per adobe's own suggestion and keep getting the same a required file (H:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromedia\Flash\FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe:5) could not be written due to insufficient permissions error message. it could be that i deleted that option with hijackthis ... Read more

Answer:Solved: no flash install permission XP home

Sounds like your firewall is not able enough, the one built in to XP certainly isn't. You need a third-party firewall. I use Norton Internet Security and I've never had any of the problems you've had - none at all in fact. For good protection you have to pay for it.

Wipe your drive (not just a format) with DBAN from a bootable CD: (some malware can survive a format, but not when wiped with DBAN).

Then re-install Windows and immediately install a decent firewall ( plus antivirus of course).

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I installed XP on a friend's computer onto a fresh hard drive, leaving his old one on the same IDE channel (it's an old computer), but I just made one master and one slave.

When we went to try and move over his user folder from the old hard drive, it gave us the ol' 'Permission Denied'. I'm being told by a few of my other tech friends that you need to set the security permission for the folder, but I don't really know if that's the solution. I activated the Security tab on all folders, but I haven't tried to mess with it because I don't rightly know what to do.

If anyone has a solution so my friend can get his files off his old user folder, I would be very grateful.

Thanks, guys.

Answer:[SOLVED] User Folder - Permission Denied

Welcome back to TSF

You need to take ownership of the files.


You can find out how to take ownership of a file/folder here:

And you can find out about changing permissions to files/folders here:

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