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Access denied error when trying to access files on pc

Q: Access denied error when trying to access files on pc


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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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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I can not get into any files from the start menu or any other way and if I try to load anything from the CD drive I get access Denied can't find "filename.exe". This computer is running windows 2000 and has 160 MB of ram and a 450 MHz CPU. It appears that if it has an .EXE file extension it will not work. Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Can't access files (Access Denied) exe files will not work

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My computer has been battling with my graphics card & modem lately. So, today I reinstalled Windows with the backup feature provided with the backup (emachine). After I had updated windows completely & replaced my extensive collection of fonts I went to put all my personal files back. I get this message:
"FOLDER LOCATION" is not accessible.
Access is denied.Click to expand...

It's the "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner" folder

It has all my music, videos, photos, & work for things I do in it. I can get into my 'WINDOWS' folder and 'Program Files' but not that. Is there a way I can get into it? I've tried using Ubuntu with the hard-drive mounted and I get that the HD is read-only and I can't move/rename/delete/ect. anything on it. I've been working on it for hours with no results at all, help

A:Solved: [Access is Denied] When trying to access files

Take Ownership

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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
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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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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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Hi Everyone,
Whenever I install some new software in my new laptop I get this error:-
Unable To Execute Files In The Temporary Directory. Setup Aborted. Error 5: Access Is Denied.
I have tried synchronizing the clocks but it doesn't remove the problem.
These softwares work on another laptop that i have, which also runs windows 7.
Can someone please tell me the solution as this is extremely urgent.
Thanks In Advance.

A:Unable To Execute Files In The Temporary Directory. Setup Aborted. Error 5: Access Is Denied.

explore to the temporary directory,  right click and select security, check that you have permissions to write to that directory.

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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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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

A:Drive Cannot Access (Error:Access Denied)

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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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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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Yesterday my computer started acting up. I ended up having to do a system recovery. When I did this though, it deleted all of my names (User accounts). In Windows Explorer I can still see them though, and even access the old files of that one.

Now, the main user account I used on this computer needed a password, so I assume that is why it is giving me an access denied message when I try to open it.

Is there any way I could be able to see these files? As I said, the accounts are erased from the main welcome page, so I wouldn't be able to click on it from there to type in a password.

Please tell me there is a way I can view these files (I was in the middle of making a photo CD of most of the pictures I have of my daughter (digital) and they are all on that name! If I don't get access it will be gone forever.).

A:Getting files: Access Denied

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good morning folks, I have a small problem that has come up since last nite. I opened the computer this morning and i went into the C:/ drive. In the list of libraries and things that come up on the lefthand side. Next to Documents and Settings there is a small box with a black arrow curving up toward the righthand corner. I tried to open D&S and a message came up basically saying " cannot open" "Access denied". The same symbol is on the lefthand side of the screen next to "libraries" with the same dialog box when I open it. The only change to the computer I have made is to instal Avast free Antivirus, which is working fine. Any answers or opinions appreciated. Regards, jonni2341

A:files access denied

Hi again folks, In my post regarding File Access denied... There is no small black arrow next to "Libraries" on the lefthand of the screen. Regards jonni2341

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after reading and reading i have somewhat succesfully created a home network. heres the problem.
-I have a desktop running win vista (host)
-i have another desktop running win xp
i have managed to share the printing aspect on the xp system and an internet connection but cant share files. i can see the files i have set up for sharingon the xp system but when i go to open them it says "not accessible,you might not have permission to use this network resource,contact the administrator
hopefully thats enough info any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:access to files denied

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Am using windows xp service pack 2. I suddenly discovered last night that all my zip files will not open. When I click on them I get a message access is denied.
I am the owner and haven't changed any settings on the computer. The only new update has been the updated palm desktop for my Palm Centro phone.
Any suggestions as to how I can detect why this is happening or FIX it? I just downloaded IZarc to see if a different program would fix the problem but no luck.
Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Hey guys,

I got an issue. Several days ago I managed to synchronize my computer with my Xbox 360 using Windows Media Center. I don't know what happened between now and then, but my computer seems to have locked my administrative controls. Most of my files I had beforehand are denying me the ability to do anything, except open and view the contents. It's really pissing me off . I'll provide details as I go along. Thanks for all the help so far.


A:Access Denied to My Files

What files are we talking about?

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I have a new windows 7 install on an old Acer Aspire SA-80

when I to run certain EXE's from my external desktop HDD i get "windows can not access the specifed device, path or file, you may not have the approriate permission to access the file" - when i check permisions for my user account they do not have full control, when i set full control it just resets back to read only

can anyone help with this?

the windows user account is administrator


A:access denied to files on ext HDD

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I had an issue with my HDD the other day and just reloaded my OS on a new hdd. I have now slaved the old HDD into the PC and I wanted to get all of my files/data that I could off of it.

I can see that the HDD has 23.3GB of used space, but every time I try to get into MY DOCUMENTS or any of the files it tell me ACCESS DENIED.....

I urgently need this info......can anyone help?


A:Access Denied!.....trying To Get My Files

How to fix Access Denied errors: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/42756/how-to-fix-an-access-denied-errors/

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can anyone help me...
all my files are access denied even im the admin. tnx!

A:all my files are access denied

Quote: Originally Posted by trish27

can anyone help me...
all my files are access denied even im the admin. tnx!


How long has this been going on?

You may want to try a system restore to a point before the troubles began.

Also, go to the properties of a file you are denied access to, and take a screenshot of the Security tab.

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I will ask the mods to move this post to a new thread, along with my reply.

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I am the only user on a Gateway LX6800, user account is admin, receive error message "access denied" when I try to open my own files through Windows Explorer....cannot access or change sharing permissions for C:|documents and settings, or C:\Users|myAccountID\Application Data or Local Settings.....or Temporary Internet Folders or Cookies, etc.

I understand that Microsoft TechForums has posted that User Account Control (UAC) is not available in Vista Home Premium, and neither is WinXP's Management Console where I could access and reset User Group permissions....

any ideas?

am thinking of deleting Vista and installing Ubuntu after wasting all day on this


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Maybe you can help me resolve a problem I've been having.
I replaced my old computer with a HP d325 - w/ XP-Pro SP3.

On my old PC, an HP w/XP-Pro SP1, I had installed the system on drive C: and all programs and files on a USB HDD (D and backed them up on another USB HDD.

When I connected the USB Harddrives to the d325 I found that many of the folders on the drives were locked and I got a message that said "Access Denied" when I tried to open some, but not all, of the Folders.

I found that the solution was to obtain "Ownership" of these Folders via the Security Function in the Properties of each folder.
This worked out ok for opening the folders, however; some of the files inside the folders would still give me an "Access Denied" message when I tried to open them. Even text (.txt) files.

I've tried to take "ownership" of these files but it doesn't work in most cases. (I have had some success, but its weird that it doesn't work with them all.)
Not only that, but the system (NTFS) seems to randomly lock files for no particular reason.
For example, I used a particular text file two days ago and today I get the "Access Denied" message and can't open it.
I also experienced typing a text file yesterday and, wanting to edit it, I found that it too was locked immediately after saving it.

Do I have a Gremlin inside my PC, or is there a rational explanation & solution to this anomaly?

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I have similar problem like the following poster:
"Cannot modify/delete anything in HDD"
but my problem is not with the whole hdd but with some folders and files only. The problem started when I copied some files from desktop to a folder on "D" drive (second hdd on my computer). Now these files are "green" in color and they will not open-up: all I'm getting access is denied. 
As for the solution, I have tried uninstalling anti-virus (bitdefender), run Windows Repair 2.8.9 to restore file permission but this did not help. 
I need solution asap because these are very important files that I need for work. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Access denied to some files

Have you tried 'taking ownership' of these files?http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753659.aspx

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I have files on a shared network drive. One particular folder has gone south on me and I can't access my own files on it. Actually, I can open them, but if I save them there, I can't open them again because I'm told I don't have authorization. If I right click in the folder (or any of its subfolders) in explorer and create a new Word file, as soon as I create it I get the "Access denied. Contact Administrator." error. Game over.

I also keep some Outlook email templates (.oft) in a subfolder here. When this started happening, Outlook wouldn't see any .oft file that I updated and resaved there. Now it won't see ANY of the .oft files, even though I haven't touched them with this computer.

It's important to note that this is only an issue with this one folder - and with this one computer. If I access through another computer, everything's fine. Office has been removed and re-installed. All of my permissions have been checked and rechecked and the computer scanned for any virus or malware issues. It's clean. But obviously there's something in there that's not right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is driving me nuts!

A:Access denied for my own files

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I am in a programming class in college using C#, and have the project stored on a network drive the college gives students access to. From my laptop I can access it through FTP just fine. I downloaded the files (A Visual Studio 2010 workspace using C#) and it opened in Visual Studio just fine... the first time. After making some changes, and saving I closed Visual Studio to get back to it later. The problem is that now it keeps telling me access denied when I try to access the files.

Laptop specs (profile has my desktop specs):

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD 16 MB cache, SATA2
Intel Core i7 740 QM
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1 GB

A:Access Denied to my own files...

When you say " After making some changes, and saving I". Where did you save it to? If on your PC then you pobably need to "take Onership" of the file. Follow the guide in this tutorial to put the "Take Ownership " shortcut on you context menu.
Take Ownership Shortcut

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I have recently used the Acer Recovery tool to reload Windows XP whilst saving a back up of all files (see previous thread).

All worked really well and Windows installed fine.

However, when I try to access the backed up files (in C:Backup) I get an error message advising that accedd is denied.

The properties of my C drive show that there is 130Gbs of data used so the files must have been backed up, I just cant access them.

I have an idea that this could be because I set a password on the previous installation of XP, but I would have thought that on reinstalling with a single administrator access user would not cause an issue.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I have about 100Gbs of photos that I would like to retain (and yes I will back these up afterwards - lesson is being well and truly learned!!)


A:Denied access to files

Try taking ownership of the files.

To do that follow the instructions given HERE.

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I'm trying to copy files from one computer to another on my LAN. Both computers running XP Home. Out of 1300 files or so in a shared folder, about a dozen give me "access denied". When I remove those files from the shared folder, I can copy the folder ok. I don't see anything different about the problem files. What should I be looking for on those files?

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My Windows XP blew up during attempted installation of a new program. I tried XP setup disk but couldn't repair. Did not reinstall Windows on same drive for fear of formatting and losing all data. Instead I did a fresh installation of XP on a new drive and hoped to transfer files to my new drive.

But I find that I am unable to transfer my old Outlook Express messages, address book, etc. to my new Windows drive because access is denied for some crazy reason. I can search and find the files but can't copy or move them.

I do have access to a number of files on the old drive but not the Outlook Express files. Can someone tell me how I can get access to those files?

I appreciate any help anyone can give. Thanks.

A:XP blew up, Access now Denied to old OE files

Professional Edition:

Right click on file/folder
Security tab
Give your User full administrative access
Then try if not post exact message

Home Edition:
Boot into safe mode.
Login as the Administrator
Then follow XP Pro directions.

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When I try to open Program Files, I get an error message saying

C:\Program Files is not accessible. Access Is Denied.

This occurs on 4 out of the 5 user accounts on our computer, and on the 4 it occurs on, most programs are not usable.

This has been a problem for at least a month.

A:Program Files Access Denied

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My Hp bit the dust and I'm trying to transfer all my documents from the hard drive to my other computer. I have tried transfering by placing the HD in an external casing and transfering the files over and i have tried plug the HD straight to the motherboard as an additional drive, neither works I still get an error saying the file is unaccessable, and access denied.

A:HELP! Copy Files from HD Access Denied?

Welcome to TSG---

You'll need to Take Ownership of the files and folders to gain access.
The definitive article on that process is here in the Micro$oft Knowledge Base.

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hi i get this all the time can any one help me out really help here's a pic of it. and ya i'm computer admin BTW and i cant seem to do any thing about it.

A:get access denied when i try to download files

Judging by the file size in your pic I'd think that your download isn't fully completed, or the program isn't releasing the file. Are you sure the download is actually completing? What directory are your downloads going to? What browser are you downloading with and if you close said browser before running a file, does this behavior go away? Also, I've seen AV/AS do this as well if it is scanning or has deemed a file bad and quarantines it as you are running it.

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Hi All!
I'm relatively new here and I have a very annoying problem with my new laptop that, (unfortunately), runs the despicable OS, Windows Hate....oops, I mean '8'. I'm the ONLY user, the owner AND Administrator of my laptop, but I'm denied access to my own files!! I'm only a casual user, meaning I use my PC for "fun stuff"...i.e. writing & reading emails; playing games & searching the internet for things that interest me. I don't have anything on my PC that has to be "guarded" from others, as NO ONE ELSE uses my PC. That said, I should be able to access EVERYTHING on my PC, but the paranoid screwballs at Micro$oft have set up the most confounding OS, & I'm repeatedly denied accessing things like: Program Files, Pictures (even though I'm the one who put them there!!), Properties, etc. etc. I know I'm not the only one who's been confronted with these problems, as I've read the same things repeated on sites in the many places I've visited in my attempt to figure out how to break the chains that Micro$oft has put on MY PC. Does anyone know how to change the settings so I can access my own stuff??? I'm really tired of fighting with a %&#@ machine about this!!! I've tried using the "knowledge base" at M$, but the site is WAY too technical for a casual user like me. I don't understand why MY computer is given the authority to DENY ME access to stuff I entered myself. When I couldn't view my OWN Pictures, (that I put here!!!... Read more

A:I'm denied access to my own files in Windows 8...HELP!!!

Hi DogPal. I'm kinda new too, so I'll try my best.
To me, this definitely looks like a virus or malware. A normal system isn't supposed to behave like this. Do you have an antivirus installed? If not, you can try AVG or avast!, both of which are free. Run a full scan (including boot scan) and see if anything pops up. If they don't solve your problem, try MalwareBytes too. It is also free.
Good Luck

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My other computer is a hp using windows xp. The computer lost power and now program files will let me access any file in that folder, either through explorer or through any program that is in that folder. The computer is not connected to the internet and never has been. The computer is only used for backup of photos and backup files. Virus scan comes up with nothing. I tried the whole folder options thing.. no luck. When you check the properties of that folder, there nothing showing. Shows 0 mb in folder. Any ideas besides a complete format and reinstall.

A:Program Files access is denied

Try taking ownership of the folder.

To get the Security tab to appear, reboot into Safe Mode.

If no luck, try Unlocker.

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When trying to move/delete/modify Video files on my computer, or even the empty folders that used to hold them after I finally did get that done, I often get a message that the action could not be carried out because access to the file has been denied - it is either in use by some program or process or write protected. This sometimes fixes itself after a reboot, sometimes remains the same for a long time, and sometimes doesn't happen at all - at random for each file.

There is no file-sharing or multimedia program running at this time sharing or indexing my files. I suspect the windows Thumbnail View feature is trying to read the first frame of the file and is thus denying me access. But it doesn't make sense that it's still the same an hour later, and I'm not even viewing the files in thumbnail view.

Besides that, it's an old computer, so things are naturally slower than average, anything in that log that can be done without and is slowing down the computer would be better off removed.

Thanks :)

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Scan saved at 16:38:28, on 25/09/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
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A:'Access Denied' to video files.

nobody replied, so can I...


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I am using Windows 7 (Svc Pack 1) on my laptop and it is connected to a network running Windows Server 2008. I have just returned from a trip and now all my Acrobat files will not open. Getting the standard message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item." I had this issue with Itunes when I traveled a few months back and I fought it for awhile, but since Itunes was not crucial to me, I finally uninstalled it and went back to Windows Media. This makes me wonder if there is something in the way my laptop and the network are communicating. However, I have tried running the laptop off the network and this does not resolve the issue.

I am running Acrobat 9 Pro (not just the reader). At least I used to be running it! I have Adobe CS5 running and all the other programs (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, etc.) still open properly. I have checked the permissions in Acrobat and can see nothing wrong. If I go around the shortcut, directly to the program, it still does not open. If I try to access it with Adobe Bridge, it does not work either.

I've also tried checking to see if the program was blocked (right clicking to get Properties), but I don't see the block/unblock option, so I'm assuming that's not the issue.

Anyone got any ideas what else I can try? Thanks!

A:Access denied to Acrobat files

Are the PDF files you're trying to access located on the server or on your laptop? It sounds permission related. Is your server a domain running AD? If so are you having any problem logging into the domain or are you logged onto your laptop, locally.

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In my PC I have 2 hard disks, one for XP and the other as a backup. A few days ago I had to format the main HD and reinstall XP. Before that I saved all the useful files to the 2nd one. To my surplice I can not use any of my files anymore as ?access is denied? due to permissions. Can anyone help me get back my files????? S.O.S.
Thanks in advance.

A:Access denied in files of my 2nd hd after reinstall xp

hi, can you see if the following microsoft article is of any use to you:


unfortunately I may not be available over the next couple of days, but if you have any problems after trying the advice given please do not hesitate to post back, as others will be able to help also. (Could you also post back if you are successful, as this may help others with the same issue).

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I keep getting BSOD for 'Memory_managment', so I decided to run memory tests and sfc scans, memory tests turns out conclusive but the sfc scans showed corrupt files but could not fix it. It left a log file, I tried to open it but it said 'Access Denied'. Any ideas/fixs etc, thanks alot!

A:Accessing CBR Log files (Access Denied)

Take Ownership of a File or Folder

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This is only on files on Acer (as far as I know) = Computer #1 where all data is stored for the three computers on a peer to peer network. All are Windows XP SP2 fully updated. But Computer #1 is Media Center Edition. Neither computer is password protected.

When move PICTURES I then cannot view, move, copy or delete them. When moved/copied from camera, they are OK until I move them again. (Probably the same for non picture files.)

When open a file from one computer on network, often cannot open it from a different computer - either way.

A:access denied problem with files


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040 and


They should help you setup file sharing properly.

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I'm new here, so I hope I don't mess-up too badly! Anyway, I'm running Windows 8, (unfortunately), & I can't access certain files even though I'm the only one who uses this laptop & I'm also the Administrator. I tried numerous times to allow file sharing & change what I thought I should, but I kept getting red-lettered statements saying that I'm not allowed to make such changes. I really hate Windows 8!! Please tell me what steps to take so I can get to the files I need. There's no reason why I should be denied access to do anything when it's my own computer! Thanks in advance for your help!

A:I'm denied access to my own files on my own computer in 8

Not much help but I agree, my short experience with 8, the security is way overboard especially for a personal use computer OS.

Maybe create another Administrator account and see if it works.

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hello, one of my computers crashed, but the main harddrive could be saved.
I installed the harddrive into a different computer where it is now a slave drive.
before the computer crashed i had a file on the desktop where i placed alot of large files.

now, when i try to access documents and settings from the new computer, the folder that is the username that would contain the desktop files, i get the error message access denied, not accessable.
i can access the desktop files for "all users", and another user folder i created for a friend of mine. but i cannot access the desktop files that i created for my user account.
i am certain that the file that contains the files i want is on the desktop.

ive also noticed that the total space usage of the harddrive is 140 GB.
yet, when i explore the harddrive, i only see six directories i can access.
when i hover the mouse over them, i can see the total GB stored in each directory.
when i add up the total, i get 65 GB. so, there is large amount of GB of files not accounted for.
the files must be on the harddrive somewhere.
when i hover over documents and settings folder which should contain the files i want, i see that the size is 571 MB. which is where the files should be stored, so im confused.
i even tried doing a search across the whole drive. i cant find the files.

how do i access these files? i also tried the DOS prompt....
thxs for any advice and help

A:access denied to desktop files

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Hi I have encrypted my files and then I reinstalled windows without backing up my private key and my public key that I made the encryption with for the files. Now I look around on forums and I see mostly that you cant unencrypt them. I get a message that gives access denied. I was trying to change the certificate thumbprint to the file to match the encrypted file encryption but it didnt work.

Theres got to be a way to do unencrypt the files. I was looking on how to make a recovery agent for unencrypting the files. I'm not on a domain. This computer is a standalone computer. I cant figure out why this data recovery agent stuff isnt working. I am looking on this forum for anyone who has done this.

Was doing this with mmc and certmgr.

Thanks a lot in advance

A:Access denied to Encrypted files

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A lot of threads on "Access Denied", but haven't found one to resolve my issue. Had to reinstall Windows Vista Ultimate (started from scratch and reformatted the hard drive) recently, and since then I'm unable to access files from any other computer on the network. Three Computers in the Network:
1. ComputerX (the problem computer) has Vista Ultimate 64-bit with a shared USB drive and printer, and these Sharing settings:2. ComputerY (Vista Ultimate 32-bit)
3. ComputerZ (XP 32-bit)BehaviorsComputerY and Computer Z:
Can see ComputerX on the network and browse and acess Public folder and all filesCan access the shared USB drive on ComputerX and all filesCan print via the printer on ComputerXCan see the folder Users/Charlie under OFFICE, but cannot open it, which is the main problem. On ComputerX, the Charlie folder has these shared settings:

The Charlie folder includes permissions for Everyone to access and edit files.Efforts to resolve (after searching the web):Resetting Security settings to default via a Microsoft FixIt For Me appRenaming ComputerX from OFFICEPC to OFFICETurning OFF all Shared settings, then turning them back ONTried Password Protected Sharing both ON and OFFAs I said, this was working fine before I reinstalled Vista---I could go to Computer Y or Z, click Network, click OFFICE, click USERS, and I would see both Public and Charlie, and could open either no problem. Now, I click OFFICE then USERS, but I only see Public. Alternatively, because I shared... Read more

A:Access denied when accesing files from another PC

Got the answer to my own question from another thread.
On ComputerX, the problem computer, I shared the folder Charlie, but the Permissions on it were restricted to the user Charlie, which I thought, as Charlie, allowed me to access it from another machine. It does not (probably because on the other machines I do NOT have the exact same login). Once I expanded the permissions to include Everyone, it allowed the other computers to see this folder.

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old problem fixed:

i had malware on my pc. removed what i could with mcafee and spybot.

tried to restart in safe mode without success. used another master drive to fix boot.ini and used avg to finish off the malware.

my pc is now booting from the original master. no problems reported by avg etc.

new problem:

i get "access denied" when i try to open any encrypted files created before the restart and incomplete system restore.

xp has created or recreated my admin account with the same name/password (new valid from date). is this why i can't access the files now?
under encrypted file/properties/advanced/details/add option xp reports "CA Root certificate not trusted, install in Trusted Root Certification Authorities". is this a related problem?

i've tried these ms articles, but no luck so far.
Share Access to an Encrypted File in Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308991
Take ownership of a folder: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
Encrypting File System in Windows XP: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/cryptfs.mspx#EAAAG

please help if you can; thanks.

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Hey everybody. As you all know, there is a method of saving lots of HDD space (experienced it myself), which is, you go to Run and then type Temp/%Temp%/Recent and some files appear, just delete all of them and job done. I did this once and it freed up lots of space. But a few months ago, this started happening. My laptop is showing that I have no access to recent files. Can someone tell me how to fix this?

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Windows XP Home 32 bit version
I have had a strange problem where I am not sure I am infected, but I am certainly as hell feeling painful symptoms.  Every now and then I will download something that needs to be unrared, and when I do I put it into a folder on my desktop.  When I then try and run the program in question it tells me that
access is denied.  
Weirder still is that when I try and use other files in that same folder, it tells me that access is denied on them as well.
I have since been able to delete the folders with great difficulty by using "unlocker", but unlocker had no clue as to why I couldn't delete them either.  It just said:

No Locking Handle Found
However Unlocker can help deal with this object

I have since run all manner of antivirus and antimalware programs from your downloads section.  ADWKiller, Malwarebytes (ant-malware), HitmanPro, Windows Repair (All in one) and each of them reported all manner of malware and deleted said files, but the underlying problem still remains.  
I have run a scandisk and I am currently running disk defragmenter as well.  And I am downloading from windows update seeing as it found several security updates for me.  I am not sure scandisk ran fully either because it takes so long to run I used it while I was sleeping

A:Files in Folder become "access is denied"

Hello DarkD and Welcome -
I am not sure scandisk ran fully either because it takes so long to run I used it while I was sleepingIf you mean sfc /scannow, the program should not take much more than 30 minutes at the most.
If you mean another program, could you please be a bit more specific with a name.

I have since run all manner of antivirus and antimalware programs from your downloads section.

Please try to be reasonably specific with the programs you ran, and the order in which you ran them.
Do you have your last Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan logs, or open the program face, and look under the Logs Tab across the top line -
Please post the log back here, and any other related current log that you have access to.
Thank You -

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