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Re: Access to files on windows XP professional as a normal user

Q: Re: Access to files on windows XP professional as a normal user

Re: Access to files on windows XP professional as a normal user


Hello, I have installed a screen saver where you can make it use a bmp file. I have installed the file on the c:\program files\logo.bmp. When you go via the screen saver properties on the desktop, and browse for the logo.bmp is say 'failed to load image c:\program files\logo.bmp. it also says failed to write to registry. This is only when logged in as a normal user. When I log in as administrator, it works fine. I know its a permissions issue and that the file needs to write to the registry. How do I solve this issue please?

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Improbable\Flag3D\Sett ings]
"Background State"=dword:00000000
"Bitmap Random"=dword:00000000
"Bitmap Tile"=dword:00000000
"Move State"=dword:00000000
"Spin State"=dword:00000000
"Move Speed"=dword:00000028
"Spin Speed"=dword:0000003c
"Flag Image"="c:\program files\logo.bmp"
"Flag Random"=dword:00000000
"Flag Scale"=dword:0000006e
"Wind Speed"=dword:000000c8
"Wind Gusty"=dword:00000078
"Wind Random"=dword:00000000
"Change Time"=dword:00000014

Th above is the registry for the program, how do I open it to regular users

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Recently i've noticed that if I click the properties of any file on my computer, and check the security settings.. this user is on the list of every file: ?(*S-1-5-21-1993962763-1844823847-839522115-1001) It used to appear all the time, but now when I click security I only see it on the list for a fraction of a second before it dissapears. What does this mean? I'm new to computers and i'm not sure if this is a problem or not, but i'd rather be safe than sorry. Here's some more information.

This is what I found in Local Security Settings in Administrative Tools. Everything I could find that has this user in it.
Policy Local Setting Effective Setting

(Deny Logon Locally) *S-1-5-21-19939627.. *S-1-5-21-19939627..

(Access This Computer
From The Network) *S-1-5-21-19939627.. *S-1-5-21-19939627..

(Impersonate A Client
After Authenication) *S-1-5-21-19939627.. *S-1-5-21-19939627..
(Log On As A Batch Job) *S-1-5-21-19939627.. *S-1-5-21-19939627..
(Log On As A Service) *S-1-5-21-19939627.. *S-1-5-21-19939627..
Ok , I think that's it. If anyone can help me figure out what this means, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Everyone!

A:Is This Normal? Unknown User Access

Hey there Infern0, welcome to BleepingComputer.Sorry for the delay in the reply.This is a SID, which stands for Security Identifier and is used within NT/2000 as a value to uniquely identify an object such as a user or a group. "The SID assigned to a user becomes part of the access token, which is then attached to any action attempted or process executed by that user or group. If a duplicate SID did exist then all users with this SID would authenticate as what would be seen as the same user. It is possible for cloned machines to have the same SID, which would be seen by the authentication mechanism as the same machine. The SID under normal operation will be unique and will identify an individual object such as a user, group or a machine."In simple terms Windows uses SIDs instead of usernames. For example, if you double-click a folder, Windows checks whether your SID is allowed to access it; it doesn't use your username. You can read more about this at the link below:http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SID.htmlDavid

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Dear All,
Could you please help me out in Decrypting my files in Windows XP, Professional SP 3, not knowing i created one user ID and tried to hide few files by encrypting them, and later on I forgot the User ID and deleted.

Can some one help me in Decrypting the files in such situation please


A:Decrypting files in xp professional, while user is deleted

Hi and welcome to TSF

I am sorry we can't help you with your problem, it is against our forum rules:


It falls in the same category as password help.


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Many complaints about Msft's jumbled handling of user accounts,  but none of the fixes I found work.
Files in a folder on an external hard drive give an access denied error - you must be an admin to access. Only one account on the pc and it's an admin enabled account. Other files in this directory on the hard drive open fine, and the folder has never had
different permissions applied so it's ridiculous that I can't access these files.
One thing to note is I do get a "Windows needs to be activated" alert when I look at the admin account dialog. The only option given there is to sign into a Msft account which I don't want to do nor should I have to. Windows is clearly activated
and working fine and the need to link to a Msft account is just Msft marketing bullcr*p. 
I only use this pc for music so if this can't be fixed easily I'll just install Linux and be done with Windows. I've already wasted far too much time going down Msft's rabbit holes. 

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Hi, 1st post so if you're feelin cranky go ahead, I've thick skin and a sense of humor (left it in my commodore floppy drive though, just a sec, I'll get it...)..

Would like to know:
1. Is it broke?
2. Do I have 35,225 or 70,450 files on my hard drive?
Conventional wisdom would lead me to 1. No and 2. 35,225 files.

Toshiba U505-2002
Pentium Dual Core CPU T4400 2.20 GHz
4GB Ram (LOL!)
Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
100gb hard drive, 70gb available, external 500gb plus various usb sticks, etc.

The following two directories (with sub-dirs) 'exist' on my laptop:
(no complex explanation of why or how this is 'standard', just want to know if it's 'normal'

C:\Documents and Settings (35,225 Files)
Sub Directories:

C:\Users (35,225 Files)
Sub Directories:

Experience taught me, long ago, that the ANSWER, the WHY is hardly ever worth the time it takes to figure it out cuz it's really the FIX that one is most earnestly seeking, and I'm indifferent to pursuing the Phi Beta Kappa Sigma Cum Loudly learning curve since Windows 3.0 arrived, as long as there isn't, never was, nor ever will be a problem that hasn't been resolved with the proper tools, foot, hammer, etc., and/or knowledge of HOW to fix it..

For example, I don't have a single CLUE as to WHY my previous laptop began working again AFTER I tossed it out my fourth floor apartmen... Read more

A:Win 7 Ultimate duplicate User Files: Normal?

Not normal.

What handy-dandy, super cleanup, speedup, wonder software did you install?

What software did you use to show that info?

Possible is that the 3rd party super program is reporting incorrectly.

Download TreeSizeFree, use same to display your C drive folders & subfolders,
Make a snip using the snipping tool of the display
Upload the snip.

For treesize free:
JAM Software - Windows Freeware

to make a snip:
Make a snapshot (Snip)
WIN | type SNIP | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

WIN=key with the Microsoft logo on top.

to upload:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

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On 7/7/17 I did a system restore to a date in June 2017 after trouble shooting a problem with my email program, Thunderbird/Firefox. I don't allow automatic updates from Windows, however Microsoft did an update upon restart. I lost all of my data - documents, photos, bookmarks, pocket lists, passwords, emails, contacts, etc. I attempted to uninstall the update but Microsoft won't allow it. Every time I log on to my laptop, a temporary profile is created for Lenovo. So every setting is lost - default browser, personalizations, desktop, apps, etc. I found my original Lenovo profile hidden along with all of the data I lost. However when I attempt to open it, I receive an "Access denied" message.Help?

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Hi, I need help:

1. I log into a normal user account.

2. I double click to access a restricted folder.
(Restricted folder means: In administrator account, I made this folder restricted to other users. Right
Click/Properties/Security tab)

3. A message came up:
You don't currently have permission to
access this folder.
Click Continue to permanently get access
to this folder.

4. After I click Continue a message came up:
You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use
the Security tab.
But I want Windows to ask my admin password to access that folder.

I have done this job before, and it worked fine but I forgot how did I do...
Thanks for helping me.

Related topics: UAC, netplwiz, secpol, gpedit, runas

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When i access a system which is having windows xp professional as an operating system and it is in workgroup it is going to guest account and asking the guest password but there is an option in which if we change and when we try to access the same system it will ask the user name and password instead of going to guest account.

So do anyone have an idea about that option. Please let me know it is very much needed to me.

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.

A:guest account - normal account access in xp professional

Not sure I understand your question or problem. Maybe this info will help.

If you are using Simple File Sharing (Control Panel - Folder Options - View tab - Use simple file sharing) it should quietly use the network guest account for access and there should be no prompt. If there is the system has a problem.

If you are using Advanced File Sharing (not using Simple File Sharing) you should get the prompt for a regular account/password.

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There is or used to be a hotfix for correcting a problem in Windows 2012 r2 where users could not be added to access an encrypted file. The problem is addressed in the MS Support web page:
To download the hotfix you are asked to open the link at the top of the page entitled "Update Available." The leads to a page that states the hotfix is no longer available for Windows 8.1 and you are advised to update to Windows 10, but I need
this hotfix for Window 2012 r2 Server. Is there a way to obtain this hotfix?

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Windows 2000 Professional

I have never helped anyone with windows 2000 or 2000 Pro before. When you start the computer it is a blue screen with txt and starts out saying a stop error

Stop:0x0000007B (0x81872030,0xc000014F,0x00000000,0x000000007 INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Then it says ot run a virus scan and chk disk etc but I can't get into normal or safe mode to do that, when you press F8 to get into safemode it comes up and you press enter then the next screen for windows you press enter then it ends up back at the blue screen witht the error again. Can someone please help me on what I can try or do?? Please? Thanks

A:Windows 2000 Professional- Stop Error-cannot get normal or safe mode to do anything-P

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According to the windows.microsoft.com website "Your user account prevents anyone who is using a standard account on your computer from seeing your files." My wife and I share our computer: I have an administrator account and she has a standard user account. Yet when she is logged in she can access my documents and read them via File Explorer, though she cannot delete them. This seems to contradict what Microsoft say or am I missing something? Grateful for any advice.

Since writing the above I have found that the same situation exists on the other computer that we share, but in this case she is able to delete the documents as well.

Sorry, everyone, I think I've solved this. I must have set particular sharing permissions and forgotten I'd done so.

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having trouble with my windows pro. I can connect to internet but no web pages work at all. tried tech support for three hours and still nothing. can anyone help? I use this computer to run my bussiness and all my client intel is on it.

A:windows professional user

Create a folder on your hard drive for Hijackthis, like My Documents\HJT
Click on this link and save the file into the folder you have created.
Unzip the file to the folder.
Scan your machine, then click on Save Log.

Post a copy back here and someone will be happy to review it.

Don't make any changes until instructed to do so.

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My boss gave me his old XP after his company closed. There are two users on it, his name, and my name.

Is there any danger if I delete his user name, and just use mine. I am not certain if there is some administrator password.
I know that I have full admin rights. I have removed most of the old data and archived it on a USB Mybook and on a USB Scancor 64 gig. I feel it would free up some resources if I delete his old profile. On the other hand, I would regret it if I deleted his profile and the machine stopped working properly, since I do not have the original install disks for Windows XP, and there is no real problem in leaving his user profile there and just never using it.

Also, I dont really have the expertise to reinstall Windows. And his machine also has some software that we find useful, like Quick Books, which would be difficult for me to reinstall. I suppose I am really answering my own question, namely, it is better to leave well enough alone, and, if it aint broke, dont fix it.

We did have a second XP at work that had all sorts of problems with the 4 of the user accounts. We had to give that machine to someone who purchased parts of the old company. But I did not dare delete those other user accounts, I just changed the name to DO NOT USE, and put a password on them, to discourage someone from accidentally getting into them.

I also had one strange experience with that particular machine. I purchased a CHEAP USB extender, and installing it seemed to mess ... Read more

A:Removing 1 Windows User on XP Professional

Make sure the at least one of the account that you do not delete, is the administrator account. Go to Control Panel > User Accounts for an admin account you would see Computer Administrator written under the user name. Make sure you do not delete one of such accounts.Best way to do this is to logon to Windows as an administrator and delete all other accounts. You cannot delete the account you are logged in to, so final account left would an administrator account you are using.

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When user account page is accesed, no details are shown for any user on the respective page ( except BACK and HOME)
How can the details be retrieved

A:User accounts in Windows XP Professional

You have to be logged in as an account that has Administrative rights.
Why are you trying to view the details of users?


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I have a simple question but very complicated for me.I need to download software from HP,the only way that I was to download the software was to create a new user account, which I did and the software downloaded, but what happened is that my administrator account disappeared which is were I have all of my documents, pictures etc. I could not figure out how to keep my administrator account and a new user account, so I finally did a system restore which deleted the new user account and gave me back my administrator account and now I don't have the software I downloaded anymore.

What is the best way to solve this problem?

Thank you for any help

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How can I start my Dell inspiron 8500 lap top without a user name and password.

A:Lost user name and password for windows xp professional

Hello, and Welcome
Is this a standard username and password for a Windows account? If you tap F8 for safe mode, you will see another account called Administrator. There is no password for the Administrator account unless one was added.

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I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question but I really need help. At some point I accidently changed user name and password and now can't get back in. My computer is so screwed up. I tried to download an update and i don't know.
Can anyone help?

A:?? user name and password for windows 2000 professional??

Hi and Welcome but TSG can't help you This from the rules:
"Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided.".

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I had windows xp professional downloaded into my computer. It lets me access internet and do other basic functions, but I cannot download anything becaused it says I do not have "administrative access". I am the only person with an account on the computer. I checked for answers online and it says I need to reboot the computer. I do not have the disk. I tried to download the xp "fix it" program online, but I cannot download it because I do not have administrative acess! See my dilemma? I hope someone has a FREE quick fix and can help me put my frustration to an end! Thanks!

A:FRUSTRATED COMPUTER USER! windows xp professional

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Hey peoples, i've just reinstalled windows (mylast installed killed itself).
I backed up my documents and settings folder (dads important business stuff in there). After installing this fresh copy of windows. I realised that dad had made the acount private.
OUCH! I'm in trouble!!!!
Theres a lot of stuf fin there we really need (most of its backed up though, thank god).
It wont let me access it. Anyone know how to get in? is it even possible!?

I really need this to work guys, plz help!


A:Windows XP "Private User" Problem. Cant access VERY IMPORTANT FILES. NEED HELP ASAP

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Our Windows 7 now has all of the user login icons being displayed during boot up. Can this be changed back to the last user to login with the "switch user" login. I work for a K12 district. Our users do not want to see all of the other user's with login capabilities and neither do I. Our other logins are designed for our techs to assist users with computer problems.

Can anyone give me any information on how to return this screen to its original version instead of listing all users. We tried the other choice and that will not work either. Users do not want to type their username very time.


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We have workstations that are wireless only with policies in place to Authenticate through wireless.
When attempting to log in it is required to select Other User then you can enter username and password. GPOs are set to disable Fast User Switching and Do not display last user name.

This has become a larger issue after switching to Kaspersky Endpoint now two Other User options are showing. One will not attempt to connect to the wireless for Authentication which is selected by default. Pressing escape and selecting the second
Other User prompts that it will attempt to connect to wireless first. 

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I have Windows 2000 Professional using Fat 32. I have an administrator account and 2 user accounts. One account is in the administrator group and the 2nd account is set up as a user with restricted access.
The account set up as a user with restricted access is able to view my files in "Documents and Settings" as well as all the other users currently set up.
How can I set up this restricted user so that they can only view and have access to ONLY their files and NOT have access to other folders in other user accounts.
I tried using the "MMC" but their was no option available. Since I didn't install using NTFS, there is no security tab in the properties section of the folder. Any assistance would be appreciated, thanks.

A:Folder & File restrictions for user accounts on Windows 2000 Professional

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Hi -
Since I could NOT find a Windows 2000 or NT Forum I selected this one as being the closest Windows OS to the one I'm having a problem with. Hope I don't intrude where I don't belong.
Well, I'm work'n on my clients' OLDE Compaq workstation running Windows 2000 Pro.
I runs PERFECTLY. It has the following LOCAL accounts set up and properly configured for Standard and Administrator access.
Administrator (Built in to Windows)
ASP.NET (Built in to Windows)
Ian (Admin. Acct. with NO PASSWORD)
Teacher (Admin Acct. with a known good password)
VPK (Standard Acct. with a known good password)
I'd like the login screen to show a Window with ALL OF THE ABOVE Accounts in a list so that the User can click on an account and login to it if they know it's password.
Can NOT find anything to show me how to do that.
Help..... Please.

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I am running an XP computer on a home network, there is no server. Trying to test the auditing feature in XP to track user access of files. I have set the Local Security Policy for Audit Policy, audit object access. However, when specifying which folder to audit, the "Auditing" tab is not showing up in Advanced Security Settings.

Is there any other settings to enable the Auditing tab?


A:Audit user access of files

Hi, has anyone experienced this issue? Also, is this the correct forum for this type of question?

Thanks ...

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1. Is there anyway to delete a file under a username without logging on, (I stupidly downloaded a file, not noticing I was on the wrong username)? I can only access the computer through safe mode on the user: Administrator.

I already tried to find the username's folder (the username is Please Use This) in documents and settings, but it's not there. I can't access the control panel too, it's not shown in my computer. Is there any program, that I can download that can do this?

I am not trying to do any thing malicious, I downloaded a music video curiously not knowing it had nudity in it. After noticing that, I attempted to delete it, but windows wouldn't let me, it said another program was using it. Then the computer froze, so I shut it down and started it back up. That's when I realized that I can't go back and delete the file, because it was on my girlfriend's user (the user: Please Use This), worst of all it was the desktop too.

Thanks for your help,

A:access files under another user (urgent)

Hey, twack, this is what friends are for:

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i have installed windows 8.1 using bootcamp, and when i log into OS X i can view the files, but my username doesn't show up in bootcamp/users, the only folders there are Public (empty) and Default.migrated (also empty). does this mean i need to use a flash drive/external hard drive to share files? if not, where are the user files stored?

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I'm on Windows Vista - 32 bit.

I apologize for not understanding the terms (and whatnot) enough to know how to ask the question shortly (in less than a hundred words), but ... here's what I know:

I don't care about "sharing" because I'm only dealing with one machine for now, but the issue ... is about sharing. It's about sharing files from one USER ... to another on this one machine. All in the same Vista system. I'm the administrator. I've got two kids, each with their own "username." One has a password. One doesn't. I was on LeAnn's (with a password) user weeks ago and she was in the middle of something (or I was lazy or just curious - I don't remember but it might have been just curiosity on my part) I wanted to access one of my word files from HER user (without leaving her user and logging into mine).

So I did the admin override thing.

And ever since ... I haven't been able to KEEP her from reading all the "word" files in the admin user. It's got to be just a checkmark in a box somewhere but I can't find it. Please help.

A:user access to non-public files

Read this article about how to stop sharing and permissions:http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...0b63eb1033.mspx

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I have two Admin accounts on Windows 8.1 and able to access Documents of other Account. There is a security issues as sometimes if anyone else access my Laptop from my Second Account then the person can open all documents in Documents folder of my Main Windows 8.1 account. Both the Windows Accounts has Administrator privileges and I want to restrict access from different account accessing my Documents. Note that both accounts are Password protected.

A:Restrict User Access to files

Hello Towget,

The only true way to prevent the other account from being able to access anything it wants is to change it to be a standard user account type instead of being an administrator.

User Account Type - Change in Windows 8

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Hello all,

I just upgraded my PC case and after putting everything together, I booted the PC. Instead of booting into Windows 10, I received the 0xc000000e error saying the winload.exe was missing or corrupt. Using start up repair and resetting the PC all failed. I'm going to try an rebuild the BCD later tonight.

However, my question is this: there is a file on that drive that i do not want to lose and I want to make sure I recover it. I pulled the drive and attached to my other PC via USB. The drive is accessible, but my User folder is not there. Is this some type of encryption associated with my Microsoft account login that prevents me from accessing it, or can I just take ownership of the drive and my User folder will reappear?

Thank you for your response.


A:Access User Files on Other Computer

Originally Posted by Daniel Jakob

Using start up repair and resetting the PC all failed.

Depending on how far along resetting this PC got before failing, it probably erased the user profiles on the drive as that is what resetting this PC means. Reset to factory condition, which means no user profiles.

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I have a server with Windows Server 2016 Standard forTerminal Services access, and the user can't run the MBSA, appears always pop up for introduce Admin Credentials.... exist anyway to change this and user run the MBSA?

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I have been running two hard drives in my Asus M60J for close to two years. It did not come with an actual Windows CD. I have a HDD which has the original operating system on it (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit). I have a second SSD running Windows 7 as well. I am able to access the HDD from the operating system on my SSD. Right after Windows required a restart after installing an update the Windows welcome screen comes up with the default blue background with the "EN" icon in the upper left but no users/shutdown icons appear (This is on the HDD, the SSD OS works fine). My cursor is active and I can bring up the sticky key window by pressing the shift key five times. The screen flickers black for a split second and then comes back to the blue graphical background intermittently. Mostly the blue graphical background stays up.

I realize that the normal answer is to restore a previous back, etc. Only one backup shows up from 2009. I would prefer to fix the problem instead of avoiding it. I may be wrong but it feels like this is some kind of minor registry/user account issue or something.

So no user login icon when launching Windows normally or launching safe mode/command prompt.

Here are the things I've tried after Googling and after removing my SSD:

1. I ran offline virus scans and found nothing
2. I booted with a Windows 7 Pro cd I have and tried running the repair. "Startup Repair could not detect a problem. (My HDD is partitioned so I h... Read more

A:After Windows Update aroundJune 2013 no user icons on login for normal

Try a System Restore going back as far as necessary.

You can also uninstall the suspect Updates to see if it resolves it.

If it installed IE11 there are issues with that update resolved by changing DPI back to 100%. I would uninstall IE11 until they get it fixed.

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We have few laptops (windows 7 pro) for sales rep and Offline file enable to sync their documents which are on SBS 2011 server.
I don't know why it try to sync some other users (My video , My music , etc ) files and error says "access denied" or

“The Process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”

we have tried many times and confirm there's no one using those files but still same error
I found this article on forumbut not sure how much this valid to SBS 2011, and if it's known issue why not there's fix patch yet from Microsoft

On the 2003 server I had to ADD this reg entry and set it to 0:
OplocksDisabled REG_DWORD 0 or 1
Default: 0 (not disabled)

And then Changed this entry to 1:

EnableOplocks REG_DWORD 0 or 1
Default: 1 (enabled)



A:Offline file sync try to sync other user files and folder and failed with access denied or files already in use

Hi Scott
I found the problem and use following method to fix it
1) Check SBS group policy
2) Check permission on CSC folders (I delete all folder under this folder and check permission on this folder)
3) Reinitialize Cache database, there are different method but i use following
And finally restart PC

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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate - and I've noticed that from a secondary standard account, users can access the admin's files (my files) from simply going into C:/users/xxx... or by accessing them from windows search.

I want to prevent this from happening - I've tried preventing access to my user folder, but it is still accessible from another account. Scouring Google hasn't brought me results either Can anyone help resolve this problem?

A:Standard User Can Access Admin's Files

have you given admin rights to the User account in qestion?

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Microsoft warned on Wednesday that a flaw in its Internet Explorer browser gives attackers access to files stored on a PC under certain conditions.
"Our investigation so far has shown that if a user is using a version of Internet Explorer that is not running in Protected Mode an attacker may be able to access files with an already known filename and location," Microsoft said in a security advisory.

The vulnerability requires that an attacker knows the name of the file they want to access, it said.

Source -
IE flaw gives hackers access to user files, Microsoft says

A:IE flaw gives hackers access to user files, MS says.

Another great post. I hope you know how much we all appreciate this. Thank You Jan

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Due to a virus, I had to reinistall Windows Xp Pro SP3 but it now denies me access to any files or folders under my previous ID.
I know the files and sturcture is still there.
There where no indicated problems with the reinstallation.
Anyone have a fix?

A:Cannot access previous files under user after reinstallation of XP Pro SP3

If "my files" means My Documents" and all that are in that group...then you need to Take Ownership .
If you mean anything other than that...please provide more explicit details on just what is happening and when.

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Hello, I have a domain environment and my current windows 7 is in domain, (I'm logged in with local admin credentials) I'm using command "net user <user> /domain" which gives me access denied (<user> is domain account) Can't figure
out why, hope you can help. Thanks.

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Hi Guys,

I recently recovered windows on my compaq presario cq60 using the built-in recvoery program, which also made backups of my files. I have reinstalled windows now and recovered my files but I have a problem. A large number of my documents and files come up with "access denied" when trying to access them. I have tried running "take ownership" on the folders but that has only resulted in some of the files becoming unblocked. When I right click-properties- security settings on the blocked files, there is a s-1-5-21- (followed by another string of numbers) and a picture of the user account with a question mark, which has full access as well as the administrator account. If I remove this unknown user account and add my new user account, the file becomes openable once again.

The only problem is I have thousands of files like this- I've tried performing the operation on the folder itself but it has no effect- anyone know how to do this on a mass level?

Thanks in advance

A:Unknown user account blocking access to files

Very easy fix this.
Firstly please note that taking ownership DOES not set permissions. It does exaclt as it says, it sets you as the owner. Being the owner now ALLOWS you to set permisions. After this you now set permissions as you have tried.
Go to the root of my docs. Right click the my docs folder, properties, security tab. Now click the advanced button. In here set the permissions you want and now tick the box that says "reset permissions on all subfolders" or soemthing like that. It will then go through and apply those permissions to everything so you only need to do it once.

Bonus answer for you here. The s-1-5-21 account was your old user account from your previous Vista build. This is called a SID and it is used to uniquly identify a user object. This actually is what it really is. It is the windows interface that matches this up to the username and displays it as that for you. since this SID no longer exists on your new system it can't match it to the name so it displays the SID instead!

EDIT: I forgot to add when you take ownership first you also need to take the same box "reset permission on subfolders etc..." THEN do the same on the security. if you only take ownership on my docs you will not have ownership of subfolder and wont be able to reset permissions on them

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Hi all

I have a problem
I have a few files and folders I encrypted a little while back to keep them secure
Well the good news is it worked , only now that i have reinstalled XP it sees me as a new user and wont let me view, move, copy etc the files.
When i try this i am told "no access

When i try to add a authorised user to access the file (even while logged in as admin) i get the same ?rror code 5"

Can someone please help me out here
How can i get these open or at least move them



A:Unable to access files encrypted by previous user

How did you encrypt them?

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Hopefully I can explain my situation without dragging it out to long, but it is involved.

The problem is with my wife&#8217;s computer which is an Emachine, Model T3265, running Win XP, Home Edition and IE 7.0.

The last time my wife was on the computer was the evening of Aug 14, at which time she had been playing the card game Spider Solitaire. I am also listed as a user but only to keep it running for my wife.

When she tried to use the computer the next day, Aug 15 she kept getting the message

&#8220;Windows can not access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item.&#8221;

Having come up with the same results as my wife, here is what I have been able to determine.

Be it from the Start Menu, Desk Top or Program Folder, the end result is the above .message. .

It didn't&#8217;t matter whose account I was in, mine or my wife&#8217;s, or if I tried to open an executable file or program directly or with a shortcut, the results were the same.

However I did find a couple of things that were quite odd. The items stored in the task bar at the bottom right side of the task bar could be opened, but only from here.. These programs consisted of the Virus Program, Trend Micro&#8217;s Pecillin, messenger program and the like. I also found that if I opened Documents and Settings and then opened either my wife&#8217;s or my personal folder and then went to Favorites I was able to access the inte... Read more

A:Solved: User Access Denied To All Exe Files and Programs

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IE Flaw Gives Hackers Access to User Files, Microsoft Says.

"Our investigation so far has shown that if a user is using a version of Internet Explorer that is not running in Protected Mode an attacker may be able to access files with an already known filename and location," Microsoft said in a security advisory.Click to expand...

-- Tom

A:IE Flaw Gives Hackers Access to User Files, Microsoft Says

Never a dull moment with Microsoft.


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Made several mistakes. Situation now is I had to re-install XP and try as I might it won't let me access my files under my original user name. It keeps saying Permission Denied. I can access Program Files and set up new shortcuts to my programs, so most will be able to work, but the software isn't the issue. I need my files, like taxes and pictures. I used the same name for myself but couldn't remember my original computer name, so now it lists myname.newcomputername. Any suggestions? Still cannot get computer to boot without a boot disc in the drive. Gives me 'loading Grub' then Error 17.

A:Cannot access files in directory under original user name after reinstall

Hellp thescarecrow

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

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

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

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

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

Did you reinstall XP on another partition or drive? If not, you will have a bit of a mess there with two installations of XP.


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Hi COursework deadlines are coming up and my acess has been denied to my folder. Please help windows couldnt find my user profile so i had to go to safe mode log on as admin create new account. I also deleted the old account and kept documents and settings. I could not access this. after searching i found out i had to go back to safe mode log on as admin and go golder options ---> view then there would be an advanced tab yet this wasnt there what do i do.. :/

A:Access Denied To files after deleting user account

Google "taking ownership of files" and follow the how to.

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This is a new laptop Toshiba Satellite L55t with Windows 10. I have had several instances where access to a file is blocked because of a stored profile. My user account is administrator and it should allow access to any file. I found the stored profile but I can't find any way to change it so I can access all files on my laptop. Do you have any suggestions that will help me solve the problem. Thank you

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My previous user account became corrupt and so I created a new one and moved all of my data to the new user account. But like the title says I can?t access any folders. I can?t even access My Computer or even the Control Panel. It keeps saying I don?t have the appropriate permissions to access these folders and paths. I?ve tried changing ownership and I?ve tried changing permissions to the new user account. So now I have no idea what to do.
Does anyone have any ideas?
When I go into safe mode, I am able to open my files and folders. I've also tried disabling all services and startup programs and still have the problem. I've also installed Malwarebytes and did a complete scan of that.

So I tried creating a new user account with admin privileges. At first it seemed to work but after I finished transferring all of the data from the old user account I got the same problem and now I can't access and folders. It still says I don't have a appropriate permissions.

A:Cannot access files and folders after moving to a new user account

Take ownership of the files and folders?
Take Ownership Shortcut

Dont run Take Ownership on the entire C drive or on any system elements without consulting with the experienced members of the forum. That might be fatal.

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I am attempting to setup a w2000professional machine to be dialed into over the internet. When I open incoming connections I only have the parallel port as a connection option. How can I add my network card as a supported device?

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