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Drive Cannot Access (Error:Access Denied)

Q: Drive Cannot Access (Error:Access Denied)


i m using windows vista from my laptop HP DV5 .yesterday i was deleted Security Tab from my D drive.n i delete all the groups & users .now i got the the error access denied .i cannot access my drive :(.any how .please give me some suitable solution i ll thankful to you guys. and here is the screen shot of same thing

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A: Drive Cannot Access (Error:Access Denied)

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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. 

A: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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Hello Team, 
My colleague has created a VMWare image for me. When I logon I am able to see C & D drives. I am able to access C drive. But all the program files in D drive and any program I click it says doesn't exists. When I checked D drive i found i am unable to
access D drive and I am getting access denied error. 
I have tried enabling user in Drive security tab properties but it is not allowing me to make any changes.
Can you please help. 


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OS = XP media center, SP3. The PC is standalone, not networked.

I had a total hard drive failure and purchased another drive. The old drive was 80GB Seagate. New drive is 160GB Seagate. Luckily, I had a complete image backup of the crashed drive on a 120GB Seagate external USB drive, and applied that to the new drive using Seagate's Disc Wizard program. Everything worked great. All files are there. When I applied the backup image, I asked for another partition to be created so I have a C-partition with approximately 80GB (with the original data) and an E-partition with approximately 80GB with additional data. This has been working perfectly for several months. I recently purchased another PC and I now want to use the old PC for a small home business.

When the original hard drive crashed, the 1st user account was an admin account. This is the account I have always used and which I used to restore the image and create the new partition. When the original hard drive crashed, the 2nd user account was not an admin. I have since made this account an admin as well.

When I logon using the Admin-2 account, I cannot access the E-partition. I get an Access Denied error message even though the account I'm using is an admin account. I can only access the C partition. When I login with the Admin-1 account, I can access both the C and the E partitions.

How do I access both the C and E partitions when Im logged in using the Admin-2 account? I've tried sharing the files in ... Read more

A:Logical drive Access Denied error

Try Windows Key+E Tool \ Folder Options \ View. Scroll to the bottom and uncheck Use Simple File Sharing Cilck Apply and OK. Now go to My Computer right click the partition in question and select properties \ Security. If the Admin-2 account isn't there, add it. Click Add \ Advanced \ Find Now and add the account. Click OK OK Apply OK. You'll be doing this in Admin-1. Now log onto the Admin-2 account and try and access partition "E"

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I get a message error from Norton saying that Access Drive Denied. It does this whenever I start the computer up. I think it has something to do with when I shared files and folders. Thanks !

A:[SOLVED] Norton Access Drive C Denied Error

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Hello I am unable to access my task manager on Windows 7 as administrator. Whenever I try to access it a Command window flashes on the screen quickly and that's it. Same thing happens when taskmgr.exe is clicked. 
I was able to capture the command window error as the following:
C;\Users\<name>\Documents>REG and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System  /v  DisableTaskMgr  /t  REG_DWORD  /d  /0  /f
ERROR: Access is denied.
Any help with this would be appreciated. I have checked that TaskMgr is enabled in the registry, and have ran AVG and Malwarebytes and they didn't come up with anything. 
Thanks again for any help on this one.

A:Unable to access Task Manager - Error: Access is denied

blue gravity,
Please confirm that the command that is attempting to execute is the following:

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
This command is trying to enable task manager but the command prompt that is trying to enable task manager does not have the permissions to do that.
Please try the following:
Click Start
Type cmd
Right click cmd.exe
Select Run as administrator
type "REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f"
Press enter
Close cmd.exe
Log out
Log in
Try to open task manager
If this does not work, or you believe your computer might be infected, please follow the instructions found at Am I Infected, as I am not authorized to assist with the removal of malware.
Thank you,

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Hello I am unable to access my task manager on Windows 7 as administrator. Whenever I try to access it a Command window flashes on the screen quickly and that's it. Same thing happens when taskmgr.exe is clicked. 
I was able to capture the command window error as the following:
C;\Users\<name>\Documents>REG and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System  /v  DisableTaskMgr  /t  REG_DWORD  /d  /0  /f
ERROR: Access is denied.
Any help with this would be appreciated. I have checked that TaskMgr is enabled in the registry, and have ran AVG, Malwarebytes, TDSS Killer, RKill and Combofix and they didn't come up with anything. 
Thanks again for any help on this one.

A:Unable to access Task Manager - Error: Access is denied

Please initiate a new topic, following Steps 6- 8 of Preparation Guide, Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic34773.html and also paste in the results from your ComboFix log.  Initiate this new topic in the forum which contains the Prep Guide instructions I have linked to, do not post it here.
After that is done...this topic in AII will be closed.
Thanks .
MRL topic posted at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/596572/unable-to-access-task-manager-error-access-is-denied/ , this topic is now closed.

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Hello I am unable to access my task manager on Windows 7 as administrator. Whenever I try to access it a Command window flashes on the screen quickly and that's it. Same thing happens when taskmgr.exe is clicked. 
I was able to capture the command window error as the following:
C;\Users\Brian\Documents>REG and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System  /v  DisableTaskMgr  /t  REG_DWORD  /d  /0  /f
ERROR: Access is denied.
Any help with this would be appreciated. I have checked that TaskMgr is enabled in the registry, and have ran AVG, Malwarebytes, TDSS Killer, RKill and Combofix and they didn't come up with anything. 
Here is the FRST logs:
==================== NetSvcs (Whitelisted) ===================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, it will be removed from the registry. The file will not be moved unless listed separately.)
==================== One Month Created files and folders ========
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the file/folder will be moved.)
2015-11-16 14:05 - 2015-11-16 14:05 - 00020866 _____ C:\Users\Brian\Downloads\FRST.txt
2015-11-16 14:04 - 2015-11-16 14:05 - 00000000 ____D C:\FRST
2015-11-16 14:04 - 2015-11-16 14:04 - 01378304 _____ (Farbar) C:\Users\Brian\Downloads\FRST.exe
2015-11-16 10:55 - 2015-11-16 10:55 - 00001446 _____ C:\Users\Brian\Downloads\hijackthis.log
2015-11-16 10:52 - 2015-11-16 10... Read more

A:Unable to access Task Manager - Error: Access is denied

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 in the order listed.===Here is the FRST logs:Your your is not complete. Please post the complete FRST log for my review.

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I have an external HD enclosure that holds 2 1 TB drives.  When I connect it to my laptop running Windows 7 Pro I get an error when I try to initialize the drive.  The error is "Acess denied" with no number ID.  I am logged in with an administrative account.  I connected it to a Windows XP Pro PC with no problems.  I was able to initialize the drive and format it.  Any ideas?

A:Access denied error while trying to initialize external hard drive

I found the fix.  I had to enable the local administrator account because I guess it's disabled by default.  I then logged into that account and was able to see the drive and it showed up as formatted and ready to go.  I then added my accont that is an AD network account in the security tab and gave myself full rights to the drive.  I then logged off and back in under my AD account and was able to access the drive now.   Even though I was in the local administrators group Windows did not allow me to access the drive.  It's weird because I had another external hard drive that's a WD Passport that I had no problems accessing since day one.
Now I see why people are buying Macs.  I am a network admin and I have a pertty good knowledge of PCs and this had me scratching my head.  I can imagine what a regular user goes through trying to fix these problems.  I just had a coworker ask me about laptops and he finally bought a Mac last weekend and he is very happy. 

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I use an external hard drive to transfer files between my laptop and desktop and i've recently been having some issues. I put some files on the drive from the desktop and tried to open them and it said "Cannot open file....access is denied" and asked if someone else was using the file or if the drive was write protected. Neither is true. So I plugged the drive back in to see what the issue was and it was fine. I rebooted both PCs and turned the hard drive off and on, and all of a sudden, I couldn't open the files from the laptop on the desktop, and couldn't open some of the desktop files on even the desktop!

I've done my research, and I think I know the problem. When I go to Tools->Folder Options->View tab, I scroll down to where the "Use simple file sharing (Recommended)" check box is missing. I'm the administrator and only user of the computer, so I have no idea why it's there. Thanks in advance for any replies.

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BitLocker was turned on on my previous Windows 7. It was working properly until I had to change my Windows 7 and reinstall it on another drive, this time SSD instead of HDD. After installing Windows 7, I got "Access Denied" error message when i went
to unlock the drive. The password was correct and the drive could unlock, but access was denied. I tried the built-in Administrator account and found that it had not this problem. It could access the contents of the drive and unlock. This was while my account
was also an administrator of the new Windows. So, I decided to rename login name of the built-in Administrator account to my own and use it instead of my own account. This seemed that resolved the problem. Then, I decided to upgrade this Windows to 10. Now,
after upgrading, I can't access the drive with the built-in Administrator account too!


In my previous Windows which I could see the contents of the drive, I was seeing a tiny lock icon on the root folders (the folders which were located on the root of the drive), while this didn't appear on their sub-folders. What is that?
Now and before upgrading, I might and may access the contents of the drive by using Total Commander. This seems the only way. It can't access and then brings up a dialog and asks for using administrative rights. If I click the button, it may show the contents!
why? I'm the administrator already!
Issues like permissions in security or ownership seem not to be applicable,... Read more

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Virus\trojan causes access denied error 5 and reducing or disappearing hard drive space. I should have 11gb now I have only 4gb. Let me know if I need to post any info logs like from OTL

A:Virus\trojan causes access denied error 5 and reducing hard drive space

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then post them in a reply to this topic by using the Add Reply button.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the post and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the reply and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.Please note that I am not a member of the Malware Removal Team and will not be assisting you in removing the infection. I'm simply helping you to post the information they need in order to assist you.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.Orange Blossom

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Here is my OTL info:

OTL logfile created on: 8/12/2011 02:19:51 - Run 1
OTL by OldTimer - Version Folder = C:\Users\Aaron\Downloads
64bit- Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (Version = 6.1.7601) - Type = NTWorkstation
Internet Explorer (Version = 9.0.8112.16421)
Locale: 00000409 | Country: United States | Language: ENU | Date Format: M/d/yyyy

4.00 Gb Total Physical Memory | 2.43 Gb Available Physical Memory | 60.85% Memory free
7.99 Gb Paging File | 6.41 Gb Available in Paging File | 80.22% Paging File free
Paging file location(s): ?:\pagefile.sys [binary data]

%SystemDrive% = C: | %SystemRoot% = C:\windows | %ProgramFiles% = C:\Program Files (x86)
Drive C: | 453.62 Gb Total Space | 5.69 Gb Free Space | 1.25% Space Free | Partition Type: NTFS
Drive E: | 7.46 Gb Total Space | 0.05 Gb Free Space | 0.63% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32

Computer Name: AARON-WIN7 | User Name: Aaron | Logged in as Administrator.
Boot Mode: Normal | Scan Mode: Current user | Include 64bit Scans
Company Name Whitelist: Off | Skip Microsoft Files: Off | No Company Name Whitelist: On | File Age = 30 Days

========== Processes (SafeList) ==========

PRC - C:\Users\Aaron\Downloads\OTL.exe (OldTimer Tools)
PRC - C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Tools Security\BDT\FGuard.exe (Threat Expert Ltd.)
PRC - C:\Program Files (x86)\Free Download Manager\fdm.exe (FreeDownloadManager.ORG)
PRC - C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\mscorsvw.exe (Microsoft Corporation)
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A:Virus\trojan causes access denied error 5 and reducing hard drive space

bump Now my hard drive space is 3gb from 6gb it should be 11gb

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I want to make myself the object owner for my pc and I cannot, I did a security setting when the pc was new but I have just forgot how I did it and currently cannot install programs. please guide.

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Im trying to help someone gain access to files on an external hard drive but am getting an access denied due to permissions error.

Most files and folders are accessible its only one folder in particular with contains spreadsheets that is causing the problem.

Ive tried logging in as admin same issue. the user has full ownership of the files in question so im not sure what else I can do.

Any ideas?

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 Intel Pentium running Windows XP  sp3 and have been getting tons of junk mail. I ran Avast, malware bytes &spybot. Nothing found. So I started looking through the Dell help on my computer. I'm not as savvy as I'd like to be and while trying to fix the issue myself I did something that I shouldn't have. First, I tried system restore to go back to a later date but it wouldn't let me no mater which date I tried. Then,I followed a suggestion regarding the registries. HUGE mistake! Now my computer is stuck in a boot loop. I obviously need to repopulate my hives but have no idea how. When the computer starts the Windows XP logo pops up. Then a box pops up saying lsass.exe access denied a proccess has requested access to an object, but has not been granted those access rights. When I click ok It restarts. The Dell logo pops up then the Windows XP logo and then the access denied again. Ive tried to start in last known good configuration. Safe mode. System restore. But, i keep ending back in the loop. So, I tried ordering some disks that I thought may be able to help while I've been reading through threads for information. I don't have any of the original software for this cop, I purchased it used a few years ago. But, I purchased a Knoppix 7.6.1., and system rescue from same CO, & 2 CDs off eBay Windows XP 64 bit & 32 bit as I wasn't sure which was the one I might need. But the were being sold as disks for this... Read more

A:lsass.exe Access Denied a process has requested access to an object, but has not been granted those access rights

Windows XP has reached end of life 2 years ago... It is an insecure Operating System and should no longer be used especially online.
The Dimension 2400 is weak hardware (Pentium 4 Processor, IDE hard drive, DDR RAM) from 2003! so 13 years old! Its not worthwhile running a modern Operating System on it and below minimum system requirements.
If on a budget you are best to buy a second hand OptiPlex 780 with a Windows 7 OEM license (which can be used for a free Windows 10 upgrade).

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I read an older post about this problem. Nothing helped. I get a message stating that access is denied. I have windows vista home 64 bit pack 2. Here is what you asked for in the other post.


Group Name Type SID Attributes
====================================== ================ ============ ==================================================
Everyone Well-known group S-1-1-0 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
BUILTIN\Users Alias S-1-5-32-545 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE Well-known group S-1-5-4 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users Well-known group S-1-5-11 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
NT AUTHORITY\This Organization Well-known group S-1-5-15 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
LOCAL Well-known group S-1-2-0 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
NT AUTHORITY\NTLM Authentication Well-known group S-1-5-64-10 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
Mandatory Label\Medium Mandatory Level Unknown SID type S-1-16-8192 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
I'm not tech savvy so I don't know how to take my hard drive out to repair as suggested. I do have 2 drives. C:\ drive and D:\ drive. My back ups are on D drive. I thought maybe because of this you could help me. I tried to restore using it but it asks for files and folders and I don't know what to... Read more

A:Help, can't access C:\ drive (access denied)

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Hi, All.

I've got an interesting situation that I'm hoping can be resolved. I built a server using FreeNAS 8.2 to store family pictures, videos, music, and Windows backups. In my home we have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and Windows 7 Professional 64bit. The server is setup with 3 Windows (CIFS) Shares. One share for each of the two computers and then a common share for multimedia. The user accounts on the NAS belong to the common group "family." The Multimedia share has ownership (user:group) of root:family. The permissions on the directories in the Multimedia share are read/write/execute for owner, read/write/execute for group, and read/execute for everyone else (or 0775 in the *nix world). Sorry for the long setup explanation.

Anyway, on my computer (Professional) and my wife's computer (Home Premium), I see the shares in Windows Explorer | Network. I am able to access the shares, and the first time I accessed, I was prompted to enter user credentials, which I did along with checking the box to have the credentials remembered. So, now, when I access the shares in Windows Explorer, I have immediate access. I can read, write, delete, whatever through Windows Explorer.

On my computer, I was able to easily transfer my iTunes library to the Multimedia share through the iTunes application, and iTunes now sees all of my iTunes media from the NAS, rather than local. On my wife's computer, I am having a problem with pictures. I was able to easily move all of the 4.8 GB... Read more

A:Import Pictures to NAS "Access Denied" Error Though User Has Access

So have you tried setting the permissions using the Security tab rather than the Sharing tab? Often times you need to set the permissions on both of those tabs in order to have complete access. The link below shows you how.

HDD sharing

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This has happened with Windows 10 PRO and Windows 7 PRO now.

New PC, Fresh install of windows.  All updates, patches, fixes, etc.. installed.
I transfer the customers info from their OLD pc (windows 7 in one instance... windows vista in another)
After transfer the data IS accessible.  After reboot the data IS accessible...  after a few days "access denied" error. (permissions error)

I can move the same file to another location (folder) other than "documents" and the file will open fine.
I can transfer ALL The files to that location and the files will open fine.
IF I "move" the documents folder to the new location... after a day.... access denied (permissions error)
I am not doing anything that I haven't done over the last 10 years,... VERY FRUSTRATING.  I believe it is a windows update of some sort that is causing the problem but cannot pin it down.
Any assistance is GREATLY appreciated!


John Huber

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Win 7
Toshiba Qosmio x500
When i plug in an external pen drive or hdd to any of the USB Ports. a box opens & says 
" Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied"
I can view its icon in My Comp. but when i double click, error occurs.
This started happening all of a sudden. It was working fine until yesterday.
Plz help.  :'( 

A:Any External Hard drive shows " Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied", this Error is shown all USB ports.

Hi Vincent,
Thanks for your input.
My problem has been solved.
1 chap from another forum suggested it may have been a fault with my AntiVirus.
He made me check the client policy for USB Auto On/Off for external drive scanning.
he suggested me some changes, & now all my usb external drives work... :)
Thanks all of you.
(P.s.: hope the problem does not pop-up again...)

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Seems i ****** up my permission settings pretty badly thistime.

cmd is run as admin, and uac is off.


C:\>net user H?kon
User name H?kon
Full Name H?kon
User's comment
Country code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 18.8.2009 12:42:43
Password expires Never
Password changeable 18.8.2009 12:42:43
Password required No
User may change password Yes

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 19.10.2009 01:39:46

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *Administrators
Global Group memberships *None
The command completed successfully.

C:\>takeown /f "D:" /r /d y
ERROR: Access is denied.

C:\>icacls "D:" /grant administrators:F /t
D:: Access is denied.
Successfully processed 0 files; Failed processing 1 files


A:Denied Access to D:\ drive

Quote: Originally Posted by Hakon

Seems i ****** up my permission settings pretty badly thistime.

and how did you manage to do that?

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when i try to copy or paste on my H: drive it says access denied please help me.I don't care if my data is lost i just want my drive back and it's type is NTFS

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Hello there

I hope somebody can help, I am having problems with my computer, when I turn it on i get this message


then it also says

"The parameter is incorrect McAfee Secutity Center"

"Application resources could not be loades succesfully please reinstall McAfee Security Center"

I have Windows Vista, and the access to my C: Drive is denied, I try running it on safe mode and run an anitvirus but it does not allowed me to do anything, I also try to change the Security but still does not let me do anything. If i go into explore to see my C: drive, it has a box looking type and it says "Access Denied"

What can I do besides reformate it?? I have documents that I dont want to loose and I cannot save them since the access is denied. I try to run McAfee but it just does not load...

any suggestions

A:C: drive Access Denied

Something to try is make to make sure that you are logged on as a user with administrative rights. If you are the only user on the computer then you have these rights when logging on. See if you can change the permissions on your drive.

Right click the C:\ drive and select properties. Go to the Security tab.

There should be a list of groups and user names in the first box. Select Administrators. Make sure that it is given full control. There should be a lot of check marks in the second box. If it is not selected then click on the edit button.

Select the administrators again and select the full control check box. Click ok. Click ok on the C:\ drives properties.

Let me know if that helps you.

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when i click the cd drive didnot open access denied.pls help.picture was attached .

A:cd drive access denied

Hi and welcome to TSF.

Open disk management, right click on the CD/DVD drive and open Properties, click on the Hardware tab, click the properties command button, click on the driver tab, and uninstall the driver.
Then click on the Disk Management Action menu, click on Rescan Disks, it re-adds the drive and the error should be gone!

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somehow I deleted the users in the properties of drive c under the security tab, now it denies me access to drive c and wont let me delete any files or folders or let me do a system restore, I don't know what to do I have tried all I know, I am using windows 7

A:access denied to drive c

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Just started - upon clicking dvd drive, message says "may not have permission."

I can right click and open and play the movie, so drive is operable.

I went into registry and followed directions to delete lower filter. - no change.

I checked permissions and that is OK as well.

I also uninstalled drive and rebooted.

Also did a System Restore.

Also ran scan -- SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

It seems to be caused by message "files ready to be written, but I can't seem to delete it.
Since I can play dvds, it's not a big problem, but I would like to know why this has suddenly happened and how to correct it.



A:Access denied on dvd drive

PSCO have a look at this as I had a similar problem for ages and it drove me nuts
How do I get rid of "You have files ready to be written to your - Microsoft Community

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Hey there! Thanks for having me everyone... My first question about Vista (many more to come I'm sure) is how come my access to the C: drive is denied? I get the following message when I attempt to create a new project in my audio program (Cubase LE):

"C:\ is not accessible.

Access is denied."

Earlier today I was unable to unzip an installer I downloaded to the C: drive. How do I gain access to it?

Thanks a LOT for your time!

A:Access Denied to C drive?

Hello FattMusieK,
The first thing you need to do is to make sure all your permissions are up to date.
Open Computer and go to properties.
Open the security tab.
Click the edit permissions tab and make sure you have full control.
Give this a go and post your results, good luck.

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while manipulating properties of c drive ,i accidentally denied all permissions to Authenticated users .error: couldn't access control editor,i didn't getting access to change them even i logged as an administrator .how do i change those properties and get access to them.please help me to get out of this.....

A:Access denied to C drive


You may try doing a System Restore of your system to restore point before you made those changes.

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i was using windows 7 and access to a local drive was denied to all other users of the pc except me, admin..now i changed my os to windows 8 and i cant access that drive..plz do help asap..thnks...

A:drive access denied

Hello Shibu, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You should be able to take ownership of the drive with your administrator account, then set permissions to "Allow" "Full control" to your account and any other users you want to be able to access it.

Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Hello guys!

i cant open my drive C: and D:. when i double click either C: or D: i get the message "Access denied". but when i right click the drive and choose explore, it opens correctly. a little help pls?

I would appreciate any help..

A:Help Pls.. Access Denied on my Drive C: & D:

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Hi guys
I am using windows 7 and whenever trying to access drive c getting error message "access to drive c denied". I tried to see the owner of the drive and there a message "the owner name can not be displayed", it seems that someone has hacked my computer and has taken over the ownership of the drive. How can I get the ownership back?

A:drive c access denied?

post a screenshot of disk management

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 While I was fiddling with access permissions (because of the guest coming who would be using my computer), I seem to have accidentally lock myself out of my C: drive. I can still see it, but cannot delete anything, download on it, anything.
 The problem is, everything I touch seem to have the "access denied" message, even though I am the administrator.  When I go to Users Accounts in Control Panel, there is Security Shield icon in front of manage user accounts, so I cannot undo any of the permissions/denials I had put on.
 What can I do to gain full functioning of my C: drive again short of sending the machine to be repaired.
 Thank you very much!

A:Denied myself access to C: drive, please help!

Hi TheToeJoe,
This issue occurs because User Account Control treats members of the Administrators group as standard users. When a member of the Administrators group logs on to a Windows Vista-based computer that has User Account Control enabled, the user runs as a standard user. Standard users are members of the Users group rather than the Administrators group, and thus they have no permission to access the resource that does not grant permission to Users group.

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The problem is on a laptop belonging to a relative.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista? Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-62, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2813 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: D: 9 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Wistron, 303C
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

I've been installing stuff like Avast antivirus, Superantispyware, Advanced System Care. All was OK until foolishly I decided to use Permissions Time Machine Lite in an effort to avoid so many Access Denied messages. The program ran for about 15 hours and then, foolishly again, I decided to shut down the computer. On rebooting it I'm faced with access denied to drive C. I can't copy anything off it. I've tried rebooting in safe mode to last good config but the problem still exists. The problem, as you may imagine, lies in getting the stuff off the machine, photos etc. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
I notice that on the Sysinfo file it doesn't show drive C. It's about 400GB with half of it occupied. I have emailed the publisher of Permissions Time Machine Lite but as yet have not received any reply.

A:Access denied to drive C:

In windows explorer I can see all the photos, documents etc but cannot do anything with them, if I double click on a photo or try to copy it to an external drive I just get an access denied message.

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Suddenly I am finding that if I left click my E-Drive-DVD writer/reader to play a music DVD I get a messgae that acces to the drive is denied. If I right click to open/explore it does this and I can then play the music content.
If I write a data DVD this writes and then opens with the left click open command as normal

This is with fully up to date vista SP2 and explorer 8. The Musicd should have played with Windows Media Player

Help Please

A:Access to E-Drive Denied

I think one of the latest updates did something with auto play, check the control panel>auto play, pick a default program there... if you don't want auto play opening every time you put media in the tray, take the check out of the box (top left)....

good luck

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Hello, I was messing around trying to share my local disk on my home network and in an attempt to give everyone access I deleted some Users from the Groups or User Names box and added "Everyone" with full permissions. Now when I click on the c: drive I get a message saying "Access Denied" Has anyone encountered this before?

A:Access Denied To C: Drive

What exactly did you delete...?


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My hard disk have two partition DRIVE C: and DRIVE D:

But now DRIVE D: is not accessible, i cannot open or explore

D:\ is not accessible
Access denied

A:Access Denied in Drive D:

Did you do anything prior to this problem occurring? When did you create the D: partition?

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Hello. I have a folder share on my Windows 7 computer and I was trying to access it with a Windows XP Home computer in the house. However, I kept getting an "Access Denied" error whenever I tried to write to the folder. How can I fix this?

Also, sometimes when accessing .zip files and .exe fines from one XP Home computer to another XP Home computer, I get a "Unspecified security risk" and "Access denied" error respectively. How do I fix this?

A:Access Denied error when trying access Windows 7 folder from Windows XP

multiple levels of controls here

the XP needs the LLTP service from SP3 to be able to share w/ win7

there are two layers of access for share resources:

the network access
the NTFS access
The simplest solution is to use Simple Sharing and share via the All Users\Shared Documents\ directory. The Admin can set Allow Modifications (or not as needed),
which create the NTFS perms for the <Everyone> group.

So, *IF* you have network access (you can see the shared folder and it's contents),
then the NTFS permissions are the controlling factor.

IF not, the the network access is in control and you need to figure out Simple Sharing vs not-so-simple and those requirements

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I just joined and need help with accessing my c drive in Vista. I created UACs for 5 users and changed permission for all to the c drive. Now no one can access the c-drive including the admin. Seem as though the trusted intaller has taken control. I have tried everything to get controll back to the admin or my user in safe mode and normal mode but was not successful. Keep getting "control editor access denied". I can't access any program installed on the c-drive from any user. I tried using the command prompt also but still no luck. I can log in and see the info on the c drive using other entries but cant run any programs. Can you help me?
Thanks so much,

A:c-drive access in vista denied

I found this answer on the internet posted by a Microsoft moderator. Maybe it does the trick.

1. Go into safe mode and log into an Admin account

2. At the command prompt, type - NET USER Administrator /active:yes

The key is to be able to login as administrator.

Don’t worry if you get an error message, you might have to do some of the following steps.

3. Try NET STOP ProfSvc

This should stop the User profile service and bring you back to the login page - and if you are lucky you will have an Administrator login there.

It might not have a password if you did not set up a password when you configured the system.

3. Control Alt Delete, start task manager, Applications, New Task, explorer - this should bring up the start menu etc

4. Disable UAC [User Account Control] which might give access to your C: Drive.

Follow the steps below in order to disable UAC.
A. Open Control Panel.
B.Under User Account and Family settings click on the "Add or remove user account".

C.Click on one of the user accounts, for example you can use the Guest account.

D.Under the user account click on the "Go to the main User Account page" link.

E. Under “Make changes to your user account" click on the "Change security settings" link.
F. In the "Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure” click to unselect the "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer".

G. Cl... Read more

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I had to do a clean install on a PC. Got a new hard drive and all went well.

The old configuration had a second disc that was the data drive. After getting XP Pro up and running on the "new" box, I attached the slave from the old box to the machine. The drive did not show up. I went to Disk Management, and it was there, but it said it was "FORIEGN". I right clicked and selected "Import Foriegn Disk". It then showed up in Disk Management.

However, in "My Computer", I can see it, but when I click or right click and OPEN, I get an instant ACCESS DENIED error. If I right click, there is no choice for "Sharing and Security", so I cannot take ownership.

I do have the PC set so the "simple file sharing" is UNCHECKED.

For some reason, I cannot get to the point where I can get to "Sharing and Security" for this drive.

Anyone have a clue? I know the data is still there, because in Disk Management, it correctly states the size of the drive used and the free space, but if I right click in My Computer and go to properties, it shows a full pie chart.



PS- Both the old and new boxes had WinXP Pro SP2 installed.

A:Foriegn Drive - ACCESS DENIED! [HELP!]


The most common error we see is jumper conflicts and incorrect ribbon cable placement.

When one gets a new drive from the factory, it is set to Cable Select. Then, when you take the old drive to use as a slave, it is set to slave....won't work that way. You need to (if on the ribbon cable with another drive) make sure your master is set with the jumpers to master before you add the second drive. Then, you need to set the slave jumpers to slave. The master always goes on the end of the ribbon cable and the slave in the middle of the ribbon cable.

Hope this helps and if your setup is different, then post back with clarifications.

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All my system Drives except C: is showing Access Denied while double clicking on the drive icon. I can Right click and select to open to open a drive. But Double Clicking is Not working. I am not sure is it a problem with any virus or not. I used all antivirus to check it, But didnt get any. I tried to format the drive also, then also it continues. Once after partitining the drive the problem got solved. but again the same continues.
Any other method to sollve this issue

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Hi everyone, newcomer here. been searching the web for days trying to get my C drive unlocked again. me being an idiot wanted to mess with the groups (admin, system etc) permissions by deleting them, thinking it would default like most things do. it did not. so i am in a world of frustration. i have tried system restores, CMD as admin, takeown, safemodes, you name it. when i tried the above step in desktop, it says its not valid, and will not open. i try saving and opening in a removable drive and it says there is an error in the x86 filepath. i cannot access ANYTHING that is on my c drive and i am running on windows 7 ultimate. i have also tried an upgrade repair, but alas, it cannot upgrade. please help, i cannot backup and all my restore points are now from after the incident, and I'd rather not have to do a clean install to get everything back.

A:locked out/access denied on C drive

Hello castleofanime and to Bleeping Computer
It is recommended to type bump into a post so it goes up in the forum views than create new topics, but anyways:
Windows Repair AIO - Default
Windows Repair All-In-One
NOTE: Before following to step below, please disable your Antivirus software or any other real-time security software that you have enabled.
Boot in Safe Mode with Networking;
Download the portable version of Windows Repair All-In-One;
Move the file (archive) on your Desktop, and extract it there;
Go in the tweaking.com_windows_repair_aio folder, then Tweaking.com - Windows Repair folder, right-click on Repair_Windows.exe and select Run as Administrator;
From there, click on the Next button until you are presented with an Open Repairs button and click on it;
Let the Registry back up complete, and move on to the check-list window;
Leave all the items checked by default;
Click on the Start Repairs button and let the scan execute;
If you are being prompted with a Security Warning, allow it to go through;
Once the repair is complete, it'll ask you to restart your computer, please do it;
Can you access your C drive now? 

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*Toshiba Satellite A130/A135 series
*Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
*1st hard drive that came with laptop with the OS on it
*2nd hard drive I separately installed (ST9250827AS ATA Device)

*I Reimaged my OS with the CD that came with the Toshiba laptop (Recovery and Applications/Drivers)

*I took out my extra internal hardrive (ST9250827AS ATA Device) for what i though would be good measure. I dont know if that was the right thing to do.

*I Reimaged my 1st hard drive with thte CD (everything went accordingly)

*Reinstalled my 2nd hard drive (ST9250827AS ATA Device).

*I now no longer have access to it. It gives me an error message of (H:\ is not accessible - access is denied) Note: It used to be named E:\ but i started trouble shooting and inadvertently renamed it to H:\.

*what can i do to recover this hard drive??? I have over 5000 pics, not to mention 1000's of old, old famlily photos i spent 6 months scanning and saving and also family videos. I CAN NOT afford to lose what I have acquired on this hard drive over the the past 3 years.

*Am I doomed??

*is this an easy fix??

*If it is not an easy fix, will I need to go to a computer shop and spend "X" amount of money to recover it??

*Please let me know what my options are if any. (i have NOT reformated the disk) and hoping all my data is still on this hard drive.

NOTE: I DO have administrator rights

A:Access Denied Hard Drive (PLEASE HELP)

Try right click on computer, manage,expand storage, click disc management.
In the center section click on the drive and try giving it another letter.
save changes.
EDIT: Welcome to Vista Forums Memoryfoam

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Finally in version 10565 you are able to move/install Apps to other location than C:\Program Files\WindowsApps
To change permissions for C:\Program Files\WindowsApps to be able to see what was inside the folder was easy however to do the same on D:\WindowsApps seems to be impossible.
Tried to change permission / ownership but still no luck.
Have hooked up the HDD to another PC and deleted the folder.
After restarting Windows 10 the folder is gone, however when I try to make a new folder WindowsApps I am told that it can not be created as it already exists!!!???. But how?

Any comment appreciated

A:WindowsApps on D:\ Drive - Access Denied

Having the same problem. When I try to change owner of directory it does not work. "Can not establish owner..."
After deleting the directory (Only possible with USB/WinPE) Rebooting into Windows 10 and trying to make new
directory fails. Folder already exist! However can't be found even when hidden folders are shown.

Why make all these things so difficult! Soon I will give up on Windows 10 and stay with my Windows 7 (and MAC)

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Hi guys

Not sure if this belongs here...if it doesn't please direct me to the right place or move this thread :)

I am helping a friend that got a black screen of death with movable cursor.

I was unable to access windows from safe mode or anything. At this point I am just trying to recover his data, so I removed his HD and used a SATA to USB converter to access his drive from my computer. I can see the device, but I am getting an access denied with no security tab to change permissions to myself. Is there any way to take ownership of the drive without the security tab? either by 3rd party software or a work around?


A:hard drive access denied

There's no Security Tap at all? Or is it greyed out?

Nothing like this?:

How To Take Ownership of Files or Folders or an Entire Hard Drive

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Following a successful upgrade from my PC running Windows 7 pro 64bit I had a short while running OK. I then had a Notepad window appear on startup together with a sub window saying 'access denied'. Clearing these was no problem but I asked on another forum how to get rid of these messages. I was told to change the access rights on my C: drive and that was when my problems really started.

Now I can't access my C: drive at all and most of my programs transferred from W7 are not working. Whatever I do I get a message saying 'access denied'! My D: drive (partitioned) is fully OK.

I have tried to change the access rights in C: ---- Denied
I have tried to recovery/reset on my W10 ----Failed
I have tried to revert back to W7. It got 1% into making the change and stopped ---- Failed
I even tried option 4 in this link Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums but I got as far as putting REM_SAM into the Load Hive and it said it was already in use ----Failed

Although I have a backup of all my personal folders and files I do not have a backup of my W10 set up. I think I have a backup of my Windows 7 but it is not up to date and I am not really sure how to use it.
I really need help on this one. I have over 20 programs that were successfully transferred over to W10 most of which I need but am not sure how to reload them if they are lost. Most are not now working!

A:Access denied to C: drive serious issues

IMO, as it sounds like you've done everything else, including the attempted 'recovery/reset' - have you tried reinstalling 10 from a USB media?

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I have been having all kinds of problems with my computer lately. The newest one is making me crazy. I want to install the coupon program for my printer but it tells me I don't have enough room. So when I go to delete programs I don't need or use, it tells me access denied drive c://
I have tried everything I can think of but nothing has worked. Earlier I had to use the pc recovery disks that came with my computer just to reinstall my printer, could that have something to do with it?
Please someone help! Thanks.

A:Disk drive c:/ Access denied

Your post has a lot going on there.

First, the coupon program is adware. It will clutter your browser, slow down your system, and probably cause you problems and grief later on. Is that worth the 50 cents off a box of cereal?

Second, you should never delete anything from your hard drive that you didn't create yourself like Word documents, videos, pictures, etc. If you want to uninstall programs, you go to Add/Remove Programs. Do not delete a program's files manually.

Third, if you used the recovery disks that came with your computer, then you must have rolled the whole thing back to the way it was when you bought it. That means anything that happened before you ran the restore has nothing at all to do with what's happening now. That seems like a pretty extreme step to take to install a printer, so I'm wondering what other problems are going on with that system.

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