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Question: help - can't access any settings or install files due to windows needing permission t

Ok heres the thing, i just got a computer today, my mate put it together and i have a legit version of windows vista business. I was recently downloading stuff for my computer and everytime i tried to open the instalation file it comes up with "windows needs your permission to continue". i click ok but the screen then sort of fades and then just never loads it? so i tried turning of the user account control, however everytime i do it comes up with the same message, "windows needs your permission to continue". If i try and change my firewall, or do anything with a shield marked next to it, it comes up with the message and the program never opens, forcing me to close it down in task manager. I am the only user on the computer and am an adminstrtor. i didnt set a password when i installed windows, and now i cant even change it. Please help this is frustrating me so much, i cant even find help on goodle. so yeh basically i cant install anything or change any settings. f any can help me at all please..... IM DESPERATE

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Answer: help - can't access any settings or install files due to windows needing permission t

hi and welcome this may help clarify permissions and admin and this

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My friends computer is having issues with administrator permissions?  
I was tidying up his start menu, moving shortcuts to appropriate folders.  Which I've done many times on other computer without admin issues appearing.
Some times when deleting/moving files, it says you will need to provide administrator permission to move this file (it is a Windows Live Mail shortcut file), continue/skip/cancel.  
We click continue, the UAC show Program Name: File Operation, Publisher: Unknown, File Origin: Hard drive on this computer.Yes/No. We click yes,
File Access Denied comes up, You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from the computer's admin to make changes to this file.
Some other functions that require Admin permission work ok, some don't.
His account has been set as Administrator from day 1.
I've created another account and made it Administrator, same issues.
He has:
Win 7 64bit, 6gb ram
McAfee Security Center v11.6 Build 11.6.511, Affld 876
McAfee Virus Scan v15.6 Build 15.6.245, Last Update: 30/9/2013
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:moving/deleting files, needing Admin permission not working

You need to open Windows Explorer, then right click on the folder or even C:\ drive to take over Security permissions.  See

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Hi folks,

I want to delete the windows old folder in windows 10 as its hogging up quite a bit of space, only upgraded windows 8 to 10 a few days ago.

However it wont let me, I have tried disk cleanup and tried to delete the windows old folder, but it tells me I don't have permission to delete this folder, and if I try again it says that I need permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder.

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Needing permission from SYSTEM to delete windows old.

Hello Joe,

You might see if you may be able to delete the Windows.old folder using OPTION THREE below in a command prompt at boot.

Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10

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Hi folks,

I want to delete the windows old folder in windows 10 as its hogging up quite a bit of space, only upgraded windows 8 to 10 a few days ago.

However it wont let me, I have tried disk cleanup and tried to delete the windows old folder, but it tells me I don't have permission to delete this folder, and if I try again it says that I need permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder.

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Needing permission from SYSTEM to delete windows old.

Hello Joe,

You might see if you may be able to delete the Windows.old folder using OPTION THREE below in a command prompt at boot.

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My son received an HP laptop for christmas.  I'm unable to access family settings to give permission for Chrome.  Shoot, I can't find any settings to change.

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Hello,I recently had a problem with a friends computer that they could no longer bootup in to. It was Windows XP Pro, it would just reboot all the time. You could no longer access the OS. So I suggested installing a fresh XP Pro on a new harddrive and move you saved files to the new harddrive.Well, now I am to the point of moving the files and I keep getting a Access Denied error when I try to paste them to the new hard drive. I know how to change the security permissions for each file and it allows me to move the files then. I used this article from Microsoft to learn how to change the permissions questions is this. How can I change the security permissions on multiple files? I have 1000 different files that I need to do this on so I can move them.

Answer:Access Denied Old My Document Files - Changing Permission on Multiple Files

You could look into the CACLS command in commandline. Should do the job in combination with some for loops. Also usually has scripts such as these.CACLS

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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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Over the last couple of days, there have been several occasions when I've tried to move/delete a file/folder and been told that first I need to give administrative permission, and then I need permission from either the computer or myself. How does that work? I'd really rather not ask me for permission. I'm a bit of a bastard and I'd probably just say no.

Answer:Why Do I Keep Needing My Permission?

If you're trying to move files/folders to system space or delete files/folders that reside in system space (e.g. Program Files and sub directories, Windows and sub directories) then you'll need to provide administrative permission. The only way around this would be to disable UAC which is something I wouldn't recommend.

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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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Ok, I give up. I've been trying to fix this one my own for two days, and I've got no clue. For some reason I suddenly cannot open or save files on my desktop. It tells me I don't have sufficient permission. My account is the admin account, I've checked the Desktop security settings to make sure I'm still listed as the owner, and I am. If I drag and drop a file from the desktop to another folder, like one of my libraries, it works fine, but if I try to run it off the desktop I get some variation of, "You do not have sufficient permission to access this file".

As I said, I checked permissions and ownership, all seems good. I also did a Restore to 4 days ago, changed nothing.


Answer:Don't have permission to access files on my own desktop???

Bumping this back up to the top. Please help!

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After I install the Windows 7 in my partition c, I wasn't able to open folders that were in my partition d. I managed to change the owner and permissions, and then I get access to them.

However, I have a folder with image files that I can't access (the images). I can open the folder, but I can't open the image file because it says that I don't have permission. However, if I copy to file to my desktop, I'm able to open the image.

How can I fix the problem?


Answer:Can't get access to image files, even with permission.

well.. copy the folder with images to desktop..and then ..try to delete the original image folder..and then copy this
desktop folder to the original location.

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I recently reformatted my hard drive so before I moved all the files I wanted to my external hard drive.

So I'm all formatted with Windows 7 Ultimate re-installed and I'm trying to move all the files back. For whatever reason, a couple pictures (.jpg) and a couple videos (.avi) will not move or open. They were all contained in the same folder.

It was saying access denied and I needed permission from S-1-5-....gigantic number. So I changed the ownership and permissions of the files and the folders. Now it says I need permission from myself (Laptop/Kevin). I am the only account and have administrator privileges.

Any ideas?

Answer:Cannot access files even after ownership and permission changes

I'll give you what I worked out for myself. Not sure of everything about your problem.

Access Denied - For the file in question.
Right click - properties - Security Tab - Advance Button -
Change Permissions - Edit - Allow - OK- Apply - OK - OK - OK

Windows 7 makes it difficult to get through Access Denied and if done
wrong you won't get permission

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I am having an issue with my pc not allowing other software within to run/install
It may be due to permissions violations, but I have set them (and the subdirectories) as an administrator user.
I have found I can do some things if I download in any user, but run in safe mode.  But, when I return to the non-safe mode, I cannot do it again...and some things are no longer available.
All this became obvious when a popup taking me to showed up and I could not run McAfee OAS, run SUPERAntispyware free addition and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.  Additionally, Windows tries to update every time (with 7 updates) the pc is shut down...even if I start up and shut down immediately after rebooting.
Updating any of the antivirus and antimalware is futile.
How can I start remediation of this problem?
(there is a lot of background in the previous topic)

Answer:No permission to install...or "access denied"

Are you sure the user account you are using possess full admin rights ? . If yes, try the below steps. 
- Create a system restore point if possible.
- Remove Mcaffee
McAffee is the number one Windows crashing AV programs. Uninstall it at lease for testing. Follow the guidelines in the below link for properly removing it.
If regular uninstall is not possible, then reboot the system in to safe mode and run the official removal tool.
- Download Windows repair portable from the below link.
Reboot the system in to safe mode and run the tool.
Go to Start Repairs tab and click Start button.
- On the main screen, press unselect all to remove current selections.

- Now select only the following items.
Reset registry permissions
Reset file permissions
Remove policies set by infections
Set Windows services to default startup
- Click on box next to the Restart System when Finished. Then click on Start.
It may take a while to complete the operations and restart the syst... Read more

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My original installl starting crapping out and I couldn't boot into the OS, I tired all the different modes ie, safe mode, last know good config. nothing worked. I used another hard drive and install a fresh copy of XP on it. However I still have data on my old drive that I need. So I made an image of the old drive using Acronis Image server and mounted the image onto the new OS. I need to access the "my docs" section. When I try and go into that folder is says permission denied. I tried to take ownership of the folder but it's not working. I am using the same computer name and user name as my old install. Here are some screenshots to illustrate what I am talking about. Any help is appriciated.


Answer:No permission to access certain folders on old XP install

Have you logged in as Real-Administrator from Welcome Screen ?
>Press CTRL-ALT-DEL twice, type in "administrator" and password if any, press enter..

From this logon:

>Can you access a folder above that one ?
>If so set setting downwards as from Parent to Child objects.......and apply it downwards.
See if you can access the folder then...Do it for Owner.

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I have worked through every post I can find but cannot access files on other PC's on a Windows 7 Homegroup.

I have disconnected both Computers from the Homegroup and started a new homegroup and have connected both to it. The My Documents folder on the second Computer is located on a seperate drive ie D:\My Documents. I have right clicked and allowed it to share with Homegroup.

When I go to my computer it now shows in the list in the homegroup but when I try to access it I get the error - 'You do not have permission to access \\Computer name\My Documents Contact your network administrator to request access."

This is so frustrating because this has only recently happened and I have had no problem accessing them in the past.

One thing I have noticed is that both computers only show Access as Internet as opposed to Local and Internet.

Anyone any further ideas>>

EDIT - Reset the Router back to factory settings and started the whole produre over again and now have connectivity with other PC

Answer:Network Error - you do not have permission to access files

Hi I'm Sanjay from Mettupalayam, India
Recently I have purchased a system in that I found this problem and I have solved by given solution traced by myself

Right Click the hard disk (in which your folder is set to sharing) go to properties click security find the list under the Groups or User names: the following list should be there
1. Everyone
2. Authenticated Users
4. (system name) for eg. Sanjay (Sanjay-PC\Sanjay)
5. Administrators (Sanjay-PC\Administrators)
6. Users (Sanjay-PC\Users)

If any thing is missing from the above list please add by clicking on Edit button and then on Add , Advanced..., Find now, select from the below list.

Thank you
Sanjay, India

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Hi folks,

I want to delete the windows old folder in windows 10 as its hogging up quite a bit of space, only upgraded windows 8 to 10 a few days ago.

However it wont let me, I have tried disk cleanup and tried to delete the windows old folder, but it tells me I don't have permission to delete this folder, and if I try again it says that I need permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder.

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Needing permission from SYSTEM to delete windws old.

Hello Joe,

You might see if you may be able to delete the Windows.old folder using OPTION THREE below in a command prompt at boot.

Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10

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Partition that had OS pooped out on buddy's laptop and he asked me to go see what I can save from his Documents folder.
I put the drive in an external enclosure -

I can see the folders but when I click a file, it says I "don't have the correct permissions to access the file location"...

I've changed ownership and I THOUGHT I changed permissions but I still can't access the files...

what am I doing wrong?

Answer:how do I gain permission to access files on hard drive?

Did you take ownerships this way?

Click Here

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I have a 250gb hard drive from an old PC that has ALOT of pictures ,videos, and music stored on. The PC was running Window XP. It died and I removed the hard drive and bought an enclosure to install it in. I have it hooked to a newer PC running Windows 7. At 1st when I pulled up the folders with the pictures ,videos , or music in them it told me I did not have permission to access the files. I went to security and changed ownership of the files and allowed full control of the files. I am the administrator on the PC. It allows me to open the folder after this displaying the individual files, such as pictures for example. But when you click on the individual pictures in the folder it still says I don't have permission. I can grant myself permission for each file individually one at a time and can view the pictures or videos at that point. It does the same for the music folders. I have to change ownership of one song at a time to listen to them. Someone please help. I know there has to be a way to change ownership of all these files at one time. I even tried taking ownership of the whole hard drive. It shows me as owner of the folder and shows I have full control. It will take me forever to change them over one at a time as there are literally thousands of pictures and at least as many songs.

Answer:Permission not granted to access files even after taking ownership

You can use this on Personal folders,

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I built a new desktop and did a clean Windows 7 64-bit install. I hooked up the hard drive from my old PC, which had XP on it, so I could copy all the files over to my new hard drive. But when I try, I keep getting errors that I don't have permission to access the file or copy the file. I was trying to do it for specific folders, but then I still needed to go through the process to ask for permission for each individual file inside the folder! So I changed the security settings for the entire drive by right clicking E:/, going to security and changing the permission for "Everyone" and checked the box "full control," which then checks all the boxes. And yet, when I try to copy folders from my old My Documents, it's still giving me error messages. I don't want any security settings at all. No one else is ever going to use this computer. But at the very least I need to copy these files. Please tell me how to do this, thanks in advance.

Answer:Permission denied to access/copy files from my old computer

Hello cutiepie

Try to take ownership look here Take Ownership Shortcut
Apply it to all folders then try to copy it !!

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After updating to the Anniversary Update I no longer have access to my photos, game files, etc. They are located on the same drive (C:\) as WIN 10. Here is the mssg in the window that pops up:

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Any ideas as to what happened? This is really aggravating....


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I had an older PC running windows 10 which was installed on an old HDD. I finally picked up a SSD for it. I opted for a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD. Everything seemed to go okay until I tried to access anything but what Windows installed.

Every folder, file, etc I don't have permission to access. It doesn't matter if it was a Windows folder on the old drive or a folder of music on drive. I have never had this issue before after doing a new install. Usually I can just connect the old drives and access them without issues.

I found the Take Ownership context menu install which seems to fix these issues, but it seems I have to do it on everything so I am hoping there is a better fix. I tried changing the security on the drives, but they are stuck in Read Only.

Answer:New install now no permission to access any file or folders old drives

Put it in a either a SATA to USB 3.0 or USB exernal case, you should be able to read it then unless your using some sort of encryption bit locker or similar

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Hey, I have a problem. I have my two sata hard drives partitioned into 3 parts. On One part (Drive E), theres a couple of files that have been there for a while (from previous windows installations), and I can't access them anymore. It's been like this for a while.

If I try to move or copy them, Vista says "You need permission to perform this action. Try Again. Cancel". If I use CMD to do it, it says Access Denied. If I try opening the videos files that are like that, the video player says File not Found.

I've tried botting in safe mode, enabling and logging in as the administrator (both in regular windows and safe mode), tried loading the vista installation cd, and using command prompt to copy the files.... but it says "Access Denied".

I've tried taking ownership using takeown or cacls, NO LUCK! I've also tried right clicking, properties, and messing with the security settings, still.. NO LUCK.

I've been at this for about a month, trying different things.
Anyone have any suggestions or a solution to how I can access those files?

ps: Running Vista 32bit, Ultimate Ed.

Answer:Access Denied/Need Permission for LOTS of my files. Can't open. HELP!! Vista.

someone pm'd me the info. Turns out it was a certificate I was missing, fixed.

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I recently upgraded my dual boot PC to Win 10 Creators edition (both 32 bit & 64 bit installations) - these share access to a data partition.

Some files I downloaded in the past few days will not let me open them & give the attached error message.

This is very strange & has not happened before - can someone advise why this is happening, how to fix & how to avoid in the future ?


Answer:Loss of permission to access to files on data drive - advice please.

Take ownership of the files and folders:
Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

Take ownership of files and get full access in Windows 10

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I have shared one folder and in security I added "everyone" and given full permission (full control, write, etc.)

But still I cannot access some pdf files in the folder from another computer. I can open the folder but when I try to open the pdf file I'm getting some permission error. Then I went to the first computer I selected all pdf files >> right click >> properties >> I changed security and added everyone there. Then I could open the pdf files from another computer.

Now the problem is every time when I add some files in the shared folder. I have to select all the files inside and add permission even though the folder itself is given full permission. I wonder why is it so?

Answer:shared folder with full permission cannot access files inside

If the same users access this folder. Add each person individually with Full Control rather then the Everyone Group to the permissions of the folder. Or You can add the users to the Power Users Group. Then allow the Power Users Group to have Full control.

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My old HD has a corrupted windows 7 and won't let me boot at all. However, I can still access the HD via a dock and all it's folders and files.
What I want to do is transfer the settings and files from that old HD to a new HD with a fresh install. Obviously, Windows Easy Transfer won't work as I can't boot from the old HD. Is there a way or a program that will allow me to migrate from my old HD without having to install anything in it?

Answer:Migrating Windows settings and files to new install from a corrupted HD

It can be done manually. Be sure to get the data from
for each application you want to save your preferences from, and copy directly to you new installation.
Install the applications first though

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Recent changes:
We recently removed 5 out of 6 total 2008R2 DCs from our environment and promoted 5 x 2016 servers as DCs.  We are still running the domain functional level @ 2008R2 however.
Single forest 2 domain environment
Shortly have recent changes (stated above) the issue started with 5 users in parent domain.  After existing user logs in applications like  windows explorer, internet explore, will error with  "windows cannot access the specified
device, path or file. you may not have the appropriate permission to access the item".  Also, other applications will not run as they are attempting to resister OCX file and DLLs.  cannot access computer management even after granting affected
user local admin rights.  This issue has now transcended to child domain and is affecting at the moment only 1 existing user.
Unaffected users are able to login to same test computer and run applications without issue.
Clearly a domain permission problem with the user account, but not sure how to proceed.
For testing I gave affected users domain admin rights and the issue goes away.  Remove domain admin rights and the issue returns for the user.
Any ideas?

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I have my OS settings configured not to check for and install updates unless I prompt Windows to do so. I recently manually installed some updates. A few days later I noticed Windows was installing updates upon start up. I checked my update settings and sure enough they were set for everything to check and install updates automatically. What is going on here? I never noticed this kind of behavior with Vista or Windows 7.

Has anyone else noticed this or have a way to truly stop automatic updates?

Answer:Windows 8.1 Update Settings Changing without Permission

Hello Dricketts,

It appears that one of the OS updates in this last round of Windows Updates reset some of these settings back to default.

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I have been working with programs such as Blender 3d recently which conflict with my security settings. I have been getting permission denied for saving files and doing other functions in these programs. I found out how to disable the administrator setting by going in command prompt and typing "net user administrator /active no" and how to keep the computer from constantly bringing up warnings asking me to allow a change to my computer by going in user account settings and sliding the slider to zero. It seemed to be working untill I took the slider back up so that I could have some security enabled while on the internet, and then even when I took the slider back down it was still the way it was before, not letting me save my files on some programs and bringing up messages asking me to allow myself to run a program I had clicked on. I tried bringing up the command prompt and re-disabling the administrator setting and also made sure the slider was down all the way, to no effect. I was trying to do a system restore to restore whatever is screwing this up, but an error comes up everytime telling me it can't access a file possibly because of antivirus being on, even though I already turned all the security features off. Any way I could have missed something that I did right the first time but not the second?

Answer:cannot change security/permission settings in windows 7

Right click => Properties => Security => Advanced => Owner => Take Ownership => Click your user name => Then Select the box that says "Replace Owners on subcontainers and objects"

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Today has been the 3rd or 4th time in about two months that I have had to reinstall Windows because the computer won't complete it's boot-up and logging-on.

Lastnight (as with the time before), everything was fine. My computer had been running fine, I had no viruses, no problems what-so-ever. I turned the computer off at about 3am because I was up late lastnight. This morning, it's doing the same thing it did last time, and the time before that. Sometimes it would get as far as the Windows loading bar, but then flash a blue screen with some text on it that I had no chance of reading because it would vanish so quickly and then it would reboot itself again.

Today I wrote down the things I tried before giving-in and just reinstalling it again:

From the Recovery Console on the Windows Installation CD, I used CHKDSK and it said it seemed to be fine and asked if I wanted to run CHKDSK anyways, so I did. When I ran CHKDSK /r and it got to 75% and said "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problem".

I tried FIXBOOT just incase. I tried again to start the computer and had the same problems as before and I didn't know what else there was I could do because I couldn't get online to check.

Also, I don't know if this matters or it's normal, but when it was installing Windows, it got to saying it would be finished in about 34 minutes, and then the screen kept going blank every-so-often. The loading bad seemed to have paus... Read more

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Anybody having any luck installing Microsoft's Live in Windows 7? I need Windows Mail features that are not automatically included in Windows 7. Live just will not install after repeated tries, I'm assuming that it is not allowed in this Beta version. Any info. on this would be very welcome.

Answer:Windows 7 needing to install Live

It should work I have it running on mine and I am using Windows 7 64 bit but if you want you can try this fix for Windows Mail, BUT you will need to have a dual boot with Vista or a way of copying the files from Vista and applying them to Win 7.

Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

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Client of mine has got windows 2008 server as a standalone PC (no domain) with username: server and password : fake

And he has 5 other PCs (XP Profe SP3) on the same LAN

PC1, username : forum1,password : work1

PC2, with username: forum2, password:work2

PC3, with username: forum3, password:work3

PC4, with username: forum4, password:work4

PC5, with username : forum5, password:work5

Windows 2008 has got a folder to be shared with PC1, PC2, PC3,,,,not PC4 nor PC5

I know how to share the folder if I use option “Everyone” Under Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Permissions > Add > Everyone ,,,,,,and I know how to use the option “Public Folder” which is located %SystemDrive%\User\Public

With “Everyone” option PC4 and PC5 would be able to get access to the shared folder
Now my question if I do not want to use "Everyone" option , I have to create additional three local accounts on the server which are ( username : forum1,password : work1 ) and ( username: forum2, password:work2 ) and ( username: forum3, password:work3 )

Those username then will be able to login to the server which I do not want that to happen. Is this what suppose to be in such scenario ?


Answer:Windows 2008 shared folder with XP and permission settings

make a folder for each username ? make it so they can see their own folder ? not to clear on what exactly you are trying to do...

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Dear Forum,

I recently changed computer and therefore had to use a external hard drive.

I have placed some documents onto the desktop until l
1. I figure out where to locate it.
2. I also recently had the Windows Update crash my documents and altered the settings - after looking how to do it.
Recycle Bin Corrupt and Permission settings confusion - external hdd

I followed a prior thread and my Command Prompt has not moved from the last command

To solve the desktop issue: (also elevated command prompt)

cd %userprofile%
You see C:\users\<your name> now.


icacls Contacts /reset /T /C
icacls Desktop /reset /T /C
icacls Documents /reset /T /C
icacls Downloads /reset /T /C
icacls Favorites /reset /T /C
icacls Links /reset /T /C
icacls Music /reset /T /C
icacls Pictures /reset /T /C
icacls "Saved Games" /reset /T /C
icacls Searches /reset /T /C
icacls Videos /reset /T /C
icacls appdata /reset /T /C
Is this common thing to happen?

I am being patient. I am glad that I had assistance from this forum. Better than others.

I am hopeless. I think I was inpatient, and perfectionist and should not go into items I should not. I am now going through all the issues of retrieving everything from the recycle bin. That caused a multitude of problems. I also have invested in a couple of external hard drives from a nurse that felt sorry for me.

I have left most things alone - I lacked a lot of energy and had no time.

T... Read more

Answer:Permission settings from Desktop - Windows 7 32 Home Premium

I'm unsure of all of the items your moving onto the new machine,
You can use this on Personal files/ programs would not qualify as a personal file,

Permissions- inheritable,

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Hi ,How are you. I get this error over and over again in the Event Viewer:

1203 - Description              : The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID

                                   and APPID

                                   to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19)
from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

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I am receiving the following error in the Event Viewer from the source DistributedCOM (Windows 8.1 64 bit) :
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID class identitification
 and APPID identification
 to the user Lenovo\Ewa with security identification SID
(S-1-5-21-1287633286-651115146-4152900111-1001) from the address LocalHost (using

LRPC) acting in the application container with identity SID
This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.
It regards Zinio Reader application.
Please advice how can I fix the problem.
Thanks and best regards, Ewa

Answer:The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID

Hi Ewa,
It's just a example instead of your real ID.
The ID of yours {316CDED5-E4AE-4B15-9113-7055D84DCC97} must be in that list. Have you attempt to find it?
I have search it on my lab computer(Windows 8.1)as below:
Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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I am attempting to access an application.exe file on my desktop. Each time that I click on it the Windows message, "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." pops up. I am the system administrator so this should NOT be a problem but apparently many out there are dealing with this as well. I can delete, move and even copy the file but I cannot run it. There is no option for override with password or grant permission. It just says that I cannot run it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, the system I am running is Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Answer:Windows can't access file. May not have permission to access.

Hello KyRy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might check to see if you can right click on the file, click on Properties, click on Security tab, and make sure that you have Read & execute permission allowed (checked) for your user account or the administrators group.Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
If not, then you might see if you may be able to install and use the free program Unlocker on the file to have access to it afterwards.

Hope this helps,

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Ok so currently running windows 10 pro and using a Emachine with built in HDMI port.

I have a 32 inch led hdmi emerson TV I'm using as a monitor and for some messed up reason before and after installing the clean install of windows 10 pro I'm having issues with my screen size.

I can't even see half of my taskbar. Plus my text is all way to small.

Is there a way for me to find the best fit for my screen and how do I fix it.

Answer:Just did a clean install of windows 10 pro needing help in other areas

The only settings I know are 1360 x 768 from the TV website.

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I am having a serious issue as I built a new computer and installed Windows7 64bit Ultimate and can no longer access my Windows XP drive.
I have been able to gain access to some files on the partition through the GRANT FULL ADMIN control app:
Take and Grant Full Control Permissions and Ownership in Windows 7 or Vista Right Click Menu ? My Digital Life

However, I am still unable to access files from my external backup drive. The folder is "My Pictures" and has files from 4 years ago I would like to backup. This is the only folder on the drive I cannot access and the error I receive is:
You require permission from "X" to make changes to this file.

X=the user, I have changed this to administrator, everyone, my user name through:

"Right Click" --> Properties-->Security-->Advanced-->Owner

When I then go to the main security tab the user has check marks under allow but they are all greyed out.

How can we go about fixing this?

Answer:Cannot access files from WinXP install in windows 7Ultimate

I noticed that the folders and file names are green which signifies they were encrypted. How do I remove the encryption if I no longer have access to the old windows drive?

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I want to set up another drive to house all my installed applications. However, I realize at this point that if I ever format the system drive and re-install windows, I will have to reinstall all the apps.

Is there a way to install applications, or take a backup, or anything, where I do not have to reinstall a program after I reformat windows? I.e. some way to keep track of the registry entires made by the program's installer?

Answer:Method to re-install windows without needing to reinstall apps?

I heard someone did a Windows Repair running windows xp...and all their programs ran fine and their computer acted as if it was freshly formatted.

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I am running XP and have instaled a Canon PIXMA MP150 printer. I am attempting to change to quiet mode for the printer and receive this error message from Canon In Windows XP and Windows 2000, users who have not been granted access permission for printer management cannot change the Quiet Mode settings. T . How do I change this setting so I may make changes to my printer. Please help its very noisy in normal mode. Thanks

Answer:Windows XP access permission

Hi angp, welcome to TSF....

Do you have XP Pro or Home Edition?

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Hello dears,

PC1 drive has folder1 and folder2.
I need PC2/User to access folder1 only and PC3/User access folder2 only on PC1 (through the lan).
Please advise.

PS: all have Windows 7.

Thank you

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Recently I have been setting up a workgroup network comprising three Win 7 PCs and one XP PC.

Two of the Win 7s can each access the other three PCs, but the third Win 7 says that I cannot access one of the other two Win 7s because I don't have permission. Previously I could so by entering my username and password. I have turned off this requirement on all PCs, but even if I try to restore it I no longer get the opportunity to enter username and password to access the other PC. So everything works on the network except this weird refusal.

The XP can access the other three PCs, except strangely I need to enter username and password when accessing one of the three. Annoying, but I will wear it.

The inability to access one Win 7 PC from one of the other two Win 7 PCs is obviously much more of a problem. I would be ecstatic if I had to enter username and password rather than getting a straightout refusal.

I have tried without success to find where Win 7 is getting the notion that I, the administrator, don't have the credentials to access one of my PCs. Can anyone help me stop this inane message popping up?

Answer:Windows cannot access \\COMPUTERNAME. You do not have permission ...

Can you access the already shared Public folder on the said W7 PC?

If not, try turning off all firewalls, if you haven't already.

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My windows system was corrupted so windows support sent me a new windows home premium sp1 disk to perform a clean install. I used the windows backup feature to back up all my files to the D drive. I then performed the clean install. However now I can't move the backed up files back onto the C drive. Also it says this computer does not have a wireless adapter installed and configured. I'm pretty much fkd. Please help.


Go to Solution.

Answer:performed windows clean install, now cant access backed up files or connect to internet

Ok, with some research I realized I needed to say the windows restore was from a backup on another computer and then point it the the d drive. Its now in the process of restoring them. Ill update whether I'm still having problems connecting to the internet when it is finished

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Greetings everyone!

Decided to register here because I've been researching this issue for a few days but none of the similar threads has information that helped me solve my problem. Here, I will leave the report:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-X92GV-V7DCV-P4K27
Windows Product Key Hash: aU2z1/fnhnLHmhBm699qYZT2E6s=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00400
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {C9FAD99A-8135-4B19-BDBC-036E1078DBF2}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.150928-1507
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Si... Read more

Answer:Windows cannot access slui.exe (Permission problems perhaps? )

You have this in your log.

Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00400
Windows License Type: OEM SLP

Which means your installation of Windows belongs to a Dell computer.
You have it installed on a Retail ESC aftermarket motherboard.

This installation of Windows 7 is counterfeit.

You need a proper media for Windows 7 and the proper matching COA key.
Then do a Clean Install.

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I hope you guys can help me here. I consider myself an experienced admin for my home LAN including Win 7 and Win XP systems, and a networked HP printer. I have been able to solve many networking-related problems over the years. I keep a record of all my patches and fixes, so if I solve a problem on one system, I have a guide to solving the same problem on other systems.

Until a few weeks ago, everything was hunky-dory. From any system, I could access all the folders and files on any other system. All-of-a-sudden, my wife's system, which is still Win XP, restricts access from all the other systems on the LAN, but not at the drive level. I hadn't done any new software installs, or any hardware upgrades on my wife's system when this problem came up. The system is pretty old but it has been extremely stable.

From any other system, I can still access each of the drive's root folders, e.g. C:\ or D:\. I can see all the files and folders in each drive, but I can't access them, e.g. I can see D:\lists or D:\family,. but if I try to open up one of these folders, I get the typical Windows error message "You do have permission to access ..."

I do not use simple file sharing, and for each drive share, I have full control permissions enable for Everybody. NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled, and File and Print Sharing IS enabled on my wife's system. I have already implemented the IRPStackSize fix, with value decimal 50.

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Answer:"do not have permission to access XXX" but only non-root folders and files!

inb4 "yeah not having permission to access porn sucks"

have you tried simply re-asserting the permissions?

you say you havn't use simple file sharing. What do you mean by that and what did you use instead?

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I've created an Image Back Up; however, when I review the folder created it denies access to the folder "You don't currenlty have permission to access this folder". 

1) I could change the ownership of this folder, but I'm not sure who I should change this to or if this is even required.  Should it be: 

Administrators (PC Name\Administrators)
ME (PC Name\ME) 
Currently, The admin, and backup Operators have access to this folder and it still states, "You don't currenlty have permission to access this folder". 

I'm concerned that if I do need to perform a system back up, Windows will have an issue with the permission rights to reinstall Windows. 

Answer:Windows Image Backup - Don't have permission to access this folder

You normally restore an image by booting the machine into Repair Mode. In that mode you will not have any problems with access permissions.
You can modify the permissions of the image folder if you wish by giving full access to the Administrators group and the System account.

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I have few computer at home with different Windows version, there are Windows XP, Windows Vista HP 32 bit and Windows 7 HP 64 bit. I have two share folder in the desktop using Windows Vista HP 32 bit, Share A is set to Full Control for Everyone and Share B has a permission access setting, allow few persons to access only. All computer can access Share A without problem. However, there is a problem with Share B. I only allow 3 users to access this share folder, 2 of them using laptop with Windows XP Home and Professional, they can access Share B without problem, the 3rd user using laptop with Windows 7 HP 64 bit (username is Jolene) can't access Share B, it shown "You have no permission to access...". I already double check the user name and password, there are correct. I try to login to the network using Jolene in other laptop with Windows XP, it can access both Share A and B. That means the username and the permission setting are correct in the Windows Vista desktop. I removed the anti virus in Windows 7 HP laptop, disable Windows firewall, or bootup in Safe mode with network support, but still can't access Share B. I think there is some setting which I missed, hopefully someone can help me to solve it. Thank you very much.

Answer:Windows 7 HP 64 bit Can't Access Vista Shared Folder With Permission

Does vista and win7 have an account named Jolene? If so... same password?

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Hi,Have had to reinstall Win XP and my old settings are not available with "access denied" to my "old" My Documents folder. This also applies to previous software installed as the new version of Win XP obviously created a brand new "registry" with all the old settings having been deleted. Cannot access MS Office XP but can obviously install it again. Problem is how do I access all my old e-mails and setting within MS Outlook etc?Please believe me it took a solid 9 hours to get my PC up and running again and reinstalling XP was the only option available.I have Win Rescue XP which I ran to restore my old settings but at the log on screen to windows the mouse and keyboard refused to operate leaving me no option again but to reinstall XP. Any ideas on that problem.Any assistance would be appreciated as it is not something I have had to deal with before as I do tend to overcome most problems but this has me stuck.I have managed to regain some programmes but most of my serial numbers for software were contained within the old documents folders.Cheers.George.

Answer:Access to "My old" Win XP Settings/files/docs etc.

just a thought - do you access to another pc - you could put your hard disk in as a slave and then it might be possible to use explorer to open your old folders.

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I connected to my computer a hard drive that has Win XP as a secondary
hard drive. The problem that I have is that I can't access the files
in documents and settings it keeps coming up access denied. My friend
tells me that Win XP encodes the user files. If yes is there any way
to decode it, and if not what else could be the reason.

Answer:Re:How to access files in documents and settings

Have you logged on as "Administrator" to try and access them?
If they were created on a different computer with a different Administrator then you would have to log on as that administartor or the User whoe's name is on the files.

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On Windows7 Pro,  trying to run IIS.  The way I am used to execute is  on the browser "localhost".  I used to have the code in the directory  C:\inetpub\wwwroot.   Even before I copy,  I am hoping to see
the image IIS welcome page.  Once it is successful, want to copy the code as that was the way I used to do in Window XP.    However I am getting the following message.  I have administrator access to the machine and gave full permissions
to the folder  'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.  Still the same message. 
Error message 401.3: You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied (access denied due to Access Control Lists). Ask the Web server's administrator to give you access to 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.

Can someone help me to address this issue.  Thanks a lot in advance. 

Answer:Error message 401.3: You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied (access denied due to Access Control Lists). Ask the Web server's administrator to give you access to 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.


You can click the IIS hyperlink in my previous post or using this one


Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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I am a one person shop in a home office. I am the sole administrator and sole user. There is no higher authority in my company than me. Suddenly just today, I do not have permission to save any kind of file from the web to my desktop. I cannot save them to the desktop, download them to the desktop, or create a shortcut from the web to the desktop.

Both Avira-AntiVir and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware say my computer is clean. I have tried takeown /F with no luck. What are the possible causes of this? Other suggestions to fix it? I typically do all support for my home office and computer and this has me stumped.

And while we are on this, it would be nice to have a simple, direct way to allow me to open any folder on my own computer and save to any folder on my computer as I have always had trouble with this, even when logged in as an administrator.

Help please. I am trying to work today and save research to the desktop and this is a pain the the rump.

Answer:Windows 7 64-bit, now no permission to save files from web to desktop

Hello Geercom,

Do you have this issue doing those actions to another folder (ex: C:\Users\(username)\Downloads), or is this only happening with your desktop?

Are your user folders still located in the default "C:\User\(user-name)" location?

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My account type is administrator.
I try to copy the minidump file to the desktop and windows says I am trying to change the file and I need administrators I hit continue...then it says I need permission again and leaves me with "try agian" and cancel options...
how do I get this file??

Answer:no permission for minidump files windows 7??even admin

Quote: Originally Posted by mesososo

My account type is administrator.
I try to copy the minidump file to the desktop and windows says I am trying to change the file and I need administrators I hit continue...then it says I need permission again and leaves me with "try agian" and cancel options...
how do I get this file??

Hello Mesososo, Welcome to SF,

This article should help Take Ownership Shortcut

Good Luck,

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Hi everyone,

I am experiencing a very annoying problem with Windows 7 files and folders permission.

My computer hard drive consists of 2 partitions: partition C for OS installation (which was previously Vista and now Windows 7) and partition D for my data. After installing Windows 7, I couldn't access partition D any more. I then add a permission for me with the full control option. After that, I could see the contents of the partition. But I couldnt do anything such as renaming or deleting any file and folder easily. If I wanted to do something, I had to right-clicked it and do the same thing as I had done earlier with the partition. And this was really annoying. I couldn't even play a music file without doing so.

Is there any way to solve my problem? Any answer would be very appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Problem with Windows 7 files/folders permission

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

Use the above to take ownership of the file,then you can do as you like

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Hello All,
Where to start? Several weeks ago I installed a windows update & then my Bullguard firewall wouldn't start. I got remote assistance from Bullguard & they succesfully restarted my firewall.
Since then I have permissions issues, I have tried changing my status from admin to standard but the standard option is greyed out. I have tried setting a new user account but that also will not let me apply any changes without a password which I don't have. Also when I go to All Programs this is empty?
My other problem is my windows security updates faill to install ( error 8000ffff) I have looked at different solutions online & used microsoft fix it but all to no avail. I have 19 updates to install but they constantly come back with the same error.
I am using an Acer Aspire 5336 64 bit on Windows 7.
Thank you in advance

Answer:Windows updates don't install &amp; permission issues, Help!

Have a look at:
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Just did a new clean install of W7 Home Premium 64-bit with SP1. Installed all MS updates.
Went to install a virus program and both that I tried (Avira and MS Security Essentials) fail to install. The MSE only provided an obscure error code. Avira comes up stating Local Admin Rights required.

My account is listed as having admin rights.
I tried the Run as Admin, same result.
I rebooted into safe mode, same result.
I enabled the Full Adminstrator account and logged in there. Same result.
Looking in Properties (for Avira)/Security/Advanced it shows full control, and I am THE owner of this file.

would love some help getting this fixed


Answer:Windows 7 Admin Permission problems, cannot install

Where did you get the install media from?

Please Run sfc /scan now using option 2 in this tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please post back the results.
Please indicate what message was displayed at the end:

Windows found no integrity violations


Corrupt files were found, and windows was unable to fix them.


Corrupt files were found, and windows successfully repaired them

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I recently downloaded YouTubeVideo2MP3 Firefox plugin (only so I could save some songs from an old TV show that have never been available to purchase), but I couldn't get it to work because it said I needed Java. When I went to download Java, it said I didn't have permission.
This has happened to me before. I am the only person who uses this PC, and so I am the only Administrator.
What's even stranger, is that I also recently installed 2 free font creation programs (Type Light and Font Forge) and I never got a message saying I didn't have permission to install those.
But I think I also tried to download the most recent version of ComicRack a few weeks ago and that time, it did claim I didn't have permission (maybe ComicRack uses Java, I don't know).
Does anyone know why this keeps happening and how I can fix it (hopefully permanently)?

Answer:I've lost permission to install some software on Windows XP

When you go to the Oracle website, you have to agree to their license agreement before the site will let you download. Perhaps you neglected to do this?

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Ok, so, I am so lost and confused. I just bought a new Gateway computer with Windows 7 and then I tried to hook up my old harddrive (xp os). I opened the "My Documents" on the old hard drive containing xp. Well, I am getting all confused because of the fact that I don't have "permission" to access the files. Well, how do I disable this, what is it, and if I cannot disable it, how do I "claim them as my own" or however Win 7 says it? Very confused, flustered, and dumbfounded, Dragonpoet. Thanks for the help!

I am very new with Win 7. as in I just bought is yesterday.

Can you no longer do Ctrl+Alt+Dlt at the welcome screen and access the admin account?

And my old hard drive is connected with the old school sata cables.

Answer:Don't have "permission" to access the files

Try this
Is there a way to file share with XP?

Then this[2]=Networking%20Internet

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please delete this thread. i figured out what to do

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I don't understand what they're asking for. It stopped letting me use it

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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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Ive been trying for about an hour now to disable the stopid message saying are you sure you want to open this file? i got to a site wich got me to internet settings of windows. made custom profile for zone and disabled the warning if i want to open those files.

Applied settings, tried to open a random exe file i downloaded and now i dont have permissions at all anymore to open a downloaded! I tried defaulting settings but no luck. stopid windows likes messings with me.

How can i revert this? and make sure that stopid message is never going to show up again?

Answer:Cant open downloaded files (windows message no permission)

Hello borgqueenx,

The tutorial below can help show you how to unblock a downloaded file to turn off the "Open File - Security Warning" message for it.

Open File - Security Warning : Unblock File

Hope this helps,

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I wasn't quite sure which sub-forum to post this in, so forgive me.

Recently reinstalled iTunes to my new laptop (Windows 7), and I just noticed that all the files are non-modifiable. I haven't finished uploading all my files to iTunes, but at the moment I have 6000 tracks that I can't modify. I found out that it was the permission section in 'properties' that I had to change. However! It seems you can only change the permissions to "full control" a file at a time? Which would be ridiculously tedious considering I'd have to do that 6000 times.

I was wondering if there was a way to change the permissions of full folders? I selected all and right clicked but Properties didn't give me that option.

Any ideas?


Answer:Windows changing permission of multiple music files

You can select the folder and change the permission, it will ask you to apply to folder only or to sub folders and files.

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Hello, I have a Windows 7 Ultimate.

Recently I have been unable to change or even access some settings on my pc. I can't access user accounts- when I click on it, nothing happens. Same with other stuff like my screen saver and sounds. This is also happening when I click on the properties of a file. I right click on the file, click properties and nothing opens. This happens with all files (folders, pictures, documents...).

I have run several antivirus scans on the computer, opened it in Safe mode, done the sfc/scan too. Nothing has appeared to be wrong apart from the above.

Answer:Unable to access all pc settings and view properties of files

Quote: Originally Posted by chromer

Hello, I have a Windows 7 Ultimate.

Recently I have been unable to change or even access some settings on my pc. I can't access user accounts- when I click on it, nothing happens. Same with other stuff like my screen saver and sounds. This is also happening when I click on the properties of a file. I right click on the file, click properties and nothing opens. This happens with all files (folders, pictures, documents...).

I have run several antivirus scans on the computer, opened it in Safe mode, done the sfc/scan too. Nothing has appeared to be wrong apart from the above.

You should only have one anti-virus. More than one can cause them to conflict with each other.

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First post to forum hope I don't mess up; Computer description; XP SP3 Home computer Friends Symptoms ; Cannot access firewall settings Cannot install spybot I have tried to run superantispyware here is the information I recieve before the reboot as if the power cable was pulled out; adaware.Vundo Variant/resident trojan.downloader-NewJuan/VM 2 in memory items 2 in files Cannot access Firefox have not tried OPERA I can access Google, MSN with IE7 but when I try to go to online I am redirected I can access google but the links take me elseware also, http://yellowpages; and trys to open other web pages. What I have done; I have run AVG "with no updates. Ran the SDFix that helped a lot "Thank you forum" task manager came back Ran microsofts defender "no updates" It have logged hours on this issue and the computer actuall runs pretty quickly, but is no good without the updates or firewall access. I hope this is enough to get started and would greatly appreciate any help.. Thank yo... Read more

Answer:No Firewall Settings Access, No Updates, Cannot Install Spybot

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen:Click on the Show Results button to se... Read more

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I've been looking through the forum for some help on an issue I'm having with my daughter's laptop - Dell Inspiron, Vista Home Premium, plenty of memory, use RegCure and Kasperski. It pulls off of the DSL wireless in the house, great signal.

Issue 1: I can't access the 'Network' setting on her computer, when you click it, it just sits there idol and won't pull anything up. This has been like this after installing, can't remember what it was but the screen went out so I installed a new part a few years ago and gave it to her. It connects and reads the wireless connect fine, you just can't access her 'Network' settings.

Issue 2: Her system wouldn't boot yesterday so I had to reboot with disk and repair, which worked. I tried to uninstall some old programs that she doesn't use anymore and it won't let me. Gives me an error that the install server can't be found.

I searched this forum and found something similar but was on a Win 2000 server system, they had to update or delete the ACP/Powerchute stuff? I can't even locate that on her computer, but this is Vista and not on a large server so I'm not sure that's the issue? If so, how do you fix it on Vista?

Any help would be wonderful! There's so many programs that need deleted and I think it would make her sys run so much better!

Thanks in advance!

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It seems to me that the best way to upgrade win98se to winXP is to do a clean install. I have done all of the preliminary checks and my pc is XP ready. I have a good guide to help me do the upgrade. I don't have two PCs nor two hard drives. My dilemma is that I want to do the upgrade and still use the files and settings from win98se. When winXP is installed over win98, there appears to be no problem is doing this, but with clean install, the guides seem to skirt the issue. Maybe I'm being overly cautious, but I cannot visualize how this is to be done. Partitioning and formatting hard drives is unfamiliar to me.... is this the step where the saving of the win98 will take place? Has anyone done a winXP clean install with win98se files and settings in tact and can guide me through it? Perhaps this is either not possible to do or too involved for me to do and I should go ahead with the simpler upgrade?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Is a clean XP install with 98 files and settings possible?

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Hi guys I'm BACK!

Thanks again for your attempts with my first problem!

Now to the NEW question, I just installed xp pro x64 edition.
On bootup I see the option for the first <corrupt> install AND the new one, can I move files & settings on the SAME pc from one os to another and then how do I remove the old problem os ????

Answer:How do I move files & settings from one os install to a new one?

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Hi everyone,
I've recently installed Windows 10 and since today I'm having this issue when I edit an existing Word document and try to save it.
The error:
"Word cannot complete the save due to a file permission error.
(C:\User\...\Ongoing Notes\InfoSoft.docx)"
I've noticed that there is a new user account that I didn't have before, which is an account associated to my Gmail. However, I've checked which account I logged in before opening the Word document, modifying and trying to save it - and it is an account with theoretically full control.
Has anyone had this error? Any ideas on how to fix it?
Many thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows 10 - Why do I get a permission error when saving existing Word files?

I'm assuming you upgraded from Windows 7 and used a local account prior and now are logging in via a Microsoft Account.
Basically Microsoft did a bad job at setting permissions on files that were created previously under a local account during Windows 10 setup. Since you're not technically logged into your local account anymore, the local accounts permissions don't carry over. The 'Authenticated Users' group is now what you're accessing files under in most cases and giving 'Authenticated Users' Modify and Write access will solve the issue.
To do this right click on the file -> Properties -> Security -> Select 'Authenticated Users' and click Edit -> Check Modify and Write.
If that fails, add the account you log in as '[email protected]' and set the Modify and Write properties as mentioned above.
Note you can do this on the folder or drive level as well.

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We're in a domain at work and a user have a folder on the server that he usually syncs with from his computer. The problem is that when I right click on the folder and choose "syncronize" it gives me "permission error". 
How do I fix this?

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Can I install XP over itself and not lose files, folders, settings ect?
I have rediculously malicious adware/spyware, also could anyone reccomend any really good programs besides Spybot and Adaware, which weren't able to solve my particular problem.

Answer:Can I install XP over itself and not lose files, folders, settings ect?

You can perform a repair install but not without having to reinstall most of your software. Have you tried looking into your registry and/or the Startup tab in msconfig? You'll be able to find unwanted applications and services that are starting in the background when your computer starts.


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Dear Sir/Madam,

I guess that my Windows Vista computer has been caught by some malware/virus. The User Access Control keeps asking for permission to continue with an unknown Windows Command Processor program though I had cancelled the request. I have tried to use Malwarebytes Anti-malware and ESET Online Scanner in Windows safe mode (as I could not start these programs in normal mode) but it is still there after reboot. Based on the instruction on your preparation guide, the contents of dds.txt and attach.txt are shown below respectively. I would like to request for your help to get rid of it from my computer. Please feel free to let me know if you need further information. Thank you so much.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16455
Run by Lenovo at 6:50:54 on 2012-12-03
============== Running Processes ================
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Pro... Read more

Answer:User Access Control Keeps Asking For Permission To Continue With An Unknown Windows Command Processor Program

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Please download ComboFix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop. For information regarding this download, please visit this web page: 1Link 2* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your DesktopIMPORTANT....1. Close any open browsers.2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.3. Do not install any other programs until this if fixed.How to : Disable Anti-virus and Firewall... click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts. When finished, it will produce a report for you. Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt Note:Do not mouse click ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stallNote: If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link --> If after running ComboFix you get this error message "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion." when attempting to run a program all you need to do is restart the computer to reset the registry.===Third party programs if not up to date can be the ca... Read more

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Found after doing an IObit UNINSTALLER of Avira Antivirus (free version) while it showed, successful completion and after reboot and clean up, similar Avira alerts occurred (per my earlier post re Advanced System Care problem) showing items being quarantined as before.

So I searched and found an Avira folder with files under Programs.

I wasn't allowed to delete the folder and files because it appears I needed System or Administrator permission to do so.

A search for such a procedure left me feeling nervous, so is there a safe and simple stepped way for a dummy like me to gain permission needed to delete this Avira folder with files under Programs?

Thanking you in advance



Answer:Safe Easy Way To Get Permission To Delete System / Administrator Files In Windows 10

I responded in the other thread.

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Hello there!
A setup.exe file downloaded from Internet tries to install some of his files on C:\Documents and Settings and crashes. It tries also to create a sub-directory on the directory above mentioned. According to the developer this happens due to the read-only attribute of the directory. I tried to uncheck this property but it didn't work. I created the sub-directory for it but it was of no help.
I am the only user/admin (Win XP, NTSF). The developer reports having never seen/heard nothing about (???).
Is there any means of "authorizing" this setup program to copy files to read-only folders?

Thank you for any help,

Answer:How to autorize setup.exe to install files on C:\Documents and Settings

Try Taking Ownership of the entire folder.

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Here is my situation: My cd-rw drive was slowing down attempts to, copy from My Music folder to E:drive. The drive in question was slowing down other processes as well
Anyway, I reinstalled windows xp thinking that this would correct the cd drive problem, by fixing the registry or whatever, I had no idea.
The problem is that after the new install, I am unable to access the folder with all of my music files in it. I have done the new install before, and only the windows OS folders were affected. My other folders and files were still there for me to access.
I can tell you that the hard drive was formatted NTFS, and that I had made my profile inaccessible to the other users.
Please help, if you can.

Answer:Solved: Retrieving files from Documents and Settings after new install

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Basicly, I changed my Vista settings on the c drive - security so that everything had permission. I thought it would help me install lol. I have managed to install stuff now,but I want to change it back to the default - but I don't know what these are, can anyone tell me? Is it unsafe to have it all set to allow?

Thank you!!!

Answer:Vista permission settings;en-us;313222

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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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I am trying to set my folder permission settings on XP Pro. If I take away someones ability to delete they can no longer rename a folder. How do I enable someone to create and rename both folders and files, but not delete them. Thanks.

Answer:Folder permission settings.

I have these basics down.

It seems that when a new file is renamed, the phrase "New Folder" is actually being deleted, thereby requiring "Deletion" capability. But a user can also delete anything else with this permission, which is bad news. Is there away around this bug?

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While my WD Portable External Hard Drive was connected to my work computer, I changed the permissions on a particular folder so that only I had access to it. (I was lending it to someone else but didn't want then to have access to this particular folder).

2 hours later I was told my services were no longer required, pack up all my things and leave. Unfortunately, I forgot to reset the permissions before I left, and now when I try to access the folder on my home PC, I get 'Access Denied'.

I realise it was stupid to mess about with the permissions (especially when I don't know that much about them), but is there anyway to take ownership of this folder to gain access to the contents?

Both work and home PC are XP. Work is 64 bit. Home is 32 bit. Permissions were set up on work PCs, but not on home.
And no, there's no chance of me gaining access to my work PC again.

Answer:Need to Override Permission Settings

Did you adjust the permissions or did you try taking Take Ownership of the folder

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How the hell do I turn off all the annoying Vista pop-ups always asking my permission every time I tell it to do something? I know there is a way because I did it on my previous install I just can't for the life of me remember where that was.

Answer:Vista Permission Settings?


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I'm not griping this time!

I've set up a limited account on my computer, and when I was testing it out, I noticed that I was able to manipulate the settings to the anti-virus program that's installed. How do I, using my administrator account, prevent the limited account from messing with it? I've hidden as many folders as possible, but the task bar icon is still visible and I can't hide it. And I can't right-click the task bar icon and mess with the security settings that way.

Answer:User account permission settings


The problem is more with your Internet Security software than with Vista. If you make the files for the Internet Security software inaccessible to a limited user - that software might not work properly for that user. Most Internet Security software (i.e. Norton, McAfee) allows you to install parental controls and give you the ability to control WHAT Windows users can or cannot do (including the manipulation of the software's settings).

What Internet Security Software are you using? Have you installed parental controls? Did you install the software while logged in as "Administrator"?

Let me know and I can probably offer more assistance.

- John

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As a less than knowledgeable computer user I stupidly changed my User "Permission Allow" check marks. I now get a "failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access denied." Of coarse I didn't write down what was originally checked off in the "Allow" box.

Would there be a listing of default settings so I can recheck the 3 categories and boxes within them to original. "System", "My Name With email address", and "Administrators"?

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Is there a way I can restore the default permission settings on a hard drive. I have two drives my master which Vista runs on, and a secondary drive, with all my audio and video files I use for all my editing, plus my photos and music. I was messing around with the premission settings, and I am set as an Adminstrator, but now all my files are not accessible, I have tried to do a million things but I have to click so many windows just get to a file to use. Is there anything I can do to get back to the orignal settings!

Thanks a ton!

Answer:Messed up my Permission Settings on Vistax32

Try using system restore to reset the settings. If not, create a new user account with administrator priveleges and delete the old one.

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My friend has windows 7 and can't get into windows. I need to figure out how to access other restore points. I have tried the the option from the "safe mode screen options" to try a system recovery but basically says there are no recovery points available. Also tried the system repair but that will not work. Any help would be great

Answer:Needing to Access Past Restore Points

If it says there no restore points available, it sounds like System Restore may have been disabled by the user, so you won't get anywhere trying to use that.

Please post any error messages which appear when a Windows startup is attempted.

Typically, when Windows will only start in safe mode, it can often mean a bad device driver is causing it (or some software which installs a driver such as a third-party firewall, third-party antivirus, or CD-burning software).

If your friend remembers installing a driver or any such software just prior to the problem, remove it in safe mode then try starting normally.

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I am creating a Task Tracking Database. Using a command button on a form one “Add New Task” and another “View or Edit Task,” they both are using the same form and the form’s Record Source is tbl.Main. “Add New Task” I want it to go to a blank form to enter new task (next available #). “View or Edit Task,” I wanted it to start at record 1,so user can click through task to find the one they want to edit.
Do I need to copy form and name them 2 different names? If this is what I need to do, how would the data get updated in both forms simultaneously? I have tried to link them and that does work. Or can I have one form and code it to go to next available # for “Add New Task,” then code it to go to 1st task to “View or Edit Task” and how would I do that. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:MS Access-2 identical tables needing to update each other.

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moving some folders around to the server and forgot that that my email .pst file is kept in one of the folders that I started moving. vista bitched about that and i told it to skip file.... open outlook this morning and bam

deleted permissions, re-added myself and still nothing.

Answer:file access is denied, you don't have permission to access


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While searching the web for a number of things using Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Avast SafeZone I came across:
Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "" on this server.
Reference #18.a6921602.1473777976.6a63591


Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "" on this server.
Reference #18.64ff4317.1473778078.15314924

What might be causing this?

Any ideas or solutions gratefully received

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While searching the web for a number of things using Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Avast SafeZone I came across:
Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "" on this server.
Reference #18.a6921602.1473777976.6a63591


Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "" on this server.
Reference #18.64ff4317.1473778078.15314924

What might be causing this?

Any ideas or solutions gratefully received

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Hey Guys,

I am needing to transfer files from one computer being an HP with an ethernet card to my new custom build.

I'm running XP Home on Both.

I have a crossover Cat 5 cable I believe with RJ45 connectors on the end of it

What do I need to do to get the 2 computers to talk.


Answer:Needing to transfer Files

Q. I have just two computers that I want to network together and I don’t want to buy a hub or switch; isn’t there a special cable I can use?

Q. I just installed my home network, what IP address should I use?

... and for good measure...

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I remember that before I started tinkering with my windows 10 desktop pc I could open the pictures folder and see the images but now on window 10 and windows 8.1 I only see the image icon. I have just disconnected my desktop windows 10 and laptop windows 8.1.

Is there away to see the images again without needing to open each image.

Or is there away to hover over the image and see it before needing to open it.

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I think I've screwed myself up into a corner. I really need help as Google is not bringing up anything that might help.
What happened is I tried to adjust the security setting for my whole external hard disk.
I have the admin rights to my computer and wanted to restrict a user to be able to read and execute only. I right clicked the drive (L:\) and adjusted the EVERYONE group.
What I didn't know was EVERYONE included the admin too. So now I've blocked myself from editing the files and folders in the external. Now I see all accounts have the special permission part unticked.
And if I check the properties of a folder in the hard disk I see an account with the special permission allowed
In a fit of panic I accidentally removed the account with special permission privilege from my hard disk properties so I don't see it when I check the properties of my hard disk but I can see the account when I check the properties for the individual folders.
For awhile I had access denied when I tried to enter the drive but now I can enter but still am restricted (can't delete folders, etc)

How do I rectify this mess I'm in?

Answer:File Permission Settings for External Drive

Through further googling, I've discovered 'taking ownership' so it's all settled now.
Admins, you can close this thread

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I recently re-installed Windows 7 and all of a sudden I was having access denied problems which had never occurred before.
I have managed to fix all of these apart from one:-
When I try to change the icon via the properties of a desktop item I get:-
"you will need to provide administrator permission to change these settings"
I am the only user of the PC and my account is an administrator account.

As I said, I never had this problem prior to the re-install.
I have searched and searched but have yet to find any answers or solutions.

Any help or info would be helpful.

Answer:need to provide administrator permission to change these settings

Turn off your user account settings in user accounts.

control panel>user accounts>change user account control settings

I always set mine to never notify.

You will have to reboot to make changes.

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