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[SOLVED] Windows 7 cmd prompt gives "Access is denied." error for every command

Q: [SOLVED] Windows 7 cmd prompt gives "Access is denied." error for every command

It seems that other than the 'dir' command, every command I run from my dos prompt, I get an "Access is denied." message. Example:
Access is denied.

I've checked my UAC settings and made sure they're set to "Never Notify".

I've also tried to run sfc.exe, but can't:
Access is denied.

Finally, I've tried to run cmd.exe as administrator, but no luck.
The one thing I've noticed is that if I go to cmd.exe's Properties and then the Security tab, I see that TrustedInstaller has Full control, but SYSTEM, Administrators and Users have only:

Read & execute andRead
I've tried to change permissions by editing, but when I do so, I get an "Access is denied" message.
I've run out of ideas on what else to try and would appreciate the help.

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A: [SOLVED] Windows 7 cmd prompt gives "Access is denied." error for every command


The problem was that I had the Personal firewall from Comodo installed. By uninstalling this, all normal DOS functionality seems to have returned!

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Error Number: 0x80041003, Facility: WMI
Description: Access denied
Compiler returned error 0x80041003Does this need any configuration in the windows privileges before running this command. ? Any help ?

A:Unable to compile .mof usind command mofcomp in Windows 7 , throws error "Access is denied"

Hi, open the command prompt with elevated rights (run as administrator and accept the UAC prompt) and now run mofcomp again. Does it help? André"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/

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I am trying to use the fsutil file setshortname to set "Program Files" to PROGRA~1,

but the system is giving me an "Error: Access is denied" response.
what I have typed:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>cd /d D:\
D:\>fsutil.exe 8dot3name set 0
The registry state is now: 0 (Enable 8dot3 name creation on all volumes).
D:\>fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1
Error:  Access is denied.
And I try it in Safe Mode.It is also "Access is denied.".
Can someone
help me?

A:"fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1"=>"Error:Access is denied."

Hi TimFF,
This might be related with the UAC settings, check this thread:
give full permission for the users in program
files folder
The steps in the above thread is not recommended.
For the short name usage, we may consider to create a directory-junction from
PROGRA~1 to C:\Program Files:
With the following commands:
mklink /J "C:\PROGRA~1" "C:\Program Files"
Best regards

Michael Shao
TechNet Community Support

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I have basic knowledge of the command terminal, in that I only know how to navigate through directories. Currently I am trying to execute the following:

java ?jar MRTBatch.jar ?d input_directory ?p parameter_directory\input_parameter_file ?o parameter_file_directory

I have already navigated to the correct directory to make use of the MRTBatch.jar tool, however the problem arises with my user inputs, which are of the form "C:\Users\My Name\Rest of path". I keep getting the error:

ERROR: Could not find directory "C:\Users\My Name".

When navigating directories earlier I always had to go find the file I wanted, copy its path location, paste it into the command terminal, and then erase the "C:\" portion (so it became cd\Users\My Name\Rest of path) for it to work. So when I got this error I have tried multiple edits for it to recognize the paths. Could it be as simple as switching the direction of the slashes? I would have thought the complete path name would always be best. Is it because I'm already burrowed down so far that it cant seem to recognize any file further back?

Here are the directions I am following, pg 40 titles "Automated Batch Processing": https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/public/mrt41_usermanual_032811.pdf
My goal is to mosaic a bunch of satellite imagery using the MODIS Reprojection Tool (MRT).

Thank you for the help!

A:Command Prompt Error: "Cannot find directory "C:\Users\..."

Web site URLs use the forward slash / while path statements in the OS use the backslash \.

Your problem just may be that it needs to start from the root of the drive or C:\. If it starts at the standard Command Prompt it will already be looking below/inside C:\Users\your name\.

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How do I fix the NTLDR if I can't get to the command prompt(hanging at loading personal settings or stopping at floppy boot with"missing NTLDR",catch 22.......

A:Win2K"missing NTDLR" with no command prompt access

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Anyone tried deleting a registry key in Windows 7?  Got "access denied" or "Error while deleting key"?
The usual response is, "You need to run regedit as an administrator".  but I *AM* logged in as Administrator, and running regedit as administrator, trying to assign administrator full permissions on that registry key in order to delete it!!  
Am I mistaken, or isn't Administrator supposed to be able to administer and control all the settings on the computer, in order to set it up for the "Average Joe" user?
So, under the permissions menu of that key, go to advanced, change the owner from System to Administrator, and try again.  It's no longer saying "access denied", but "Cannot delete xxxxxx. Error while deleting key".

The scenario: Basically, the wireless has stopped working on a laptop. The device does not show up in Device Manager, but is in the registry, so the normal procedure is to delete the registry entry for the device in HKLM/System/CurrentControlSet (and /ControlSet001) /Enum/PCI    ,then attach the device or restart the computer, it finds the "new" hardware and reinstalls it. Easy!...

Not with permission restrictions on the administrator account it's not!  So I need to give myself permission, to give myself permission, to do a simple task like delete a single registry key!  Why, Microsoft, why???!!!  Please just make the Administrator accoun... Read more

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Okay, a bit complicated here. Long story short (ha) I bestowed ownership and privileges to my specific user, renamed the original "radpppoe.sys" to "raspppoe_orig.sys" and replaced the 1st original with a Vista copy. It was supposed to stop an Ethernet connection error. Idk why it's so hard to set up an Ethernet connection on Win 7; I've done it before so easily on earlier versions, anyway. When I rebooted, Windows would SEEM to start normally until an errors shows "autochk program not found - skipping AUTOCHECK" and it restarts. The Start-up Repair didn't work, I have no restore point to fall back on, and the only other option wouldn't allow JUST my system files to be repaired (twas grayed out; probably cause i don't have a reinstall CD) and I don't want to lose my files. So I tried to delete the "radpppoe.sys" and rename the "radpppoe_orig.sys" back to "radpppoe.sys". I found the codes to do it online but I get the error "Access Denied". I thought that odd since I restored ownership and privileges to ME. I don't know how to change those security settings from the cmd prompt or if it's even feasible.

My last ditch effort COULD be to buy a 1TB drive and back up all my files then reinstall... But ANY alternative will be much appreciated.

If you need more info I may be able to dig a little deeper but I think I gave about all I had.

Thanks in advance for helping/readi... Read more

A:Win 7 cmd prompt DEL"file.ext" Access Denied

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I am building a batch file to empty the spooler on a friends computer, W7 Ultimate 32 bit. Part of the batch file is to stop and restart the spooler. The subject command returns an error. How can I give permission to start/stop the spooler?

A:Get an access denied when "net stop spooler" command is used

Just taking a guess, but, perhaps the "Access Denied" message has something to do with the UAC.

You can try to adjust or disable the UAC:
Guided Help: Adjust User Account Control settings in Windows 7

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I added a slave drive to my Windows XP Pro computer, and it appears to work properly.

However, when I open the "Documents and Settings" folder (on the slave drive E:\, which is Windows XP Home Edition -- not XP Pro), I do not see any of my documents, sub-folders, etc. There should be MANY sub-folders (inside the "My Documents" folder which isn't even visible), with hundreds of documents, jpgs, etc. within it.

When that drive is installed as the Primary drive in my other computer, the User "Larry" (which is me) has all Administrative privileges. On the computer that I'm running now (with the slave drive in it), I also have Administrator privileges. I own both computers.

My User Name "Larry" is password-protected when I login to Windows (when the drive is Primary and installed into my main computer (not this computer with XP Pro).

I've tried clicking on all the users; Administrator, Default User, Larry, Guest, etc. (Note: I get an "Access Denied" error when clicking on the Guest "Documents and Settings" folder).

So, the questions are:

1. Why can't I see any files or subdirectories in the "Documents and Settings" folder on the slave drive?

2. There's supposed to be a folder named "My Documents," but I can't find it. Normally, that path is "C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents".
--- Where is that folder? It contains all the files I'm looking for.
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A:Solved: Slave drive "Access Denied" on "Documents and Settings" Folder

Follow the directions here to take ownership of a file or folder.


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Hey guys, I'm running WinXP Pro SP2 and have run into an odd problem: When I try and run commands inside the Command Prompt such as "Ping", "Ipconfig" and "Regsvr32" (with or without appropriate syntax) I get an "Access denied." message. Running them directly from the Run command or double-clicking the exe's themselves seems to "work" (although of course for the results to stay on-screen, they have to be run from within a prompt), so I'm wondering if Cmd.exe is trying to check whether I have "permission" from a file or Registry value somewhere that has become messed up somehow...

It seems to be blocking system programs (even chkntfs and ftp).

I am logged on as an Administrator-level account (it's the only one on here apart from the main "Administrator" account itself), and I can make other system-wide changes as I want, so this sudden behavior puzzles me.

I've never seen this happen before, anyone got any ideas on what might have caused this to turn up suddenly?

A:"Access denied" in CMD Prompt

if you are not an admin on the comp then the admin may have edited the accessibilty priveledges of your system to not include non power users for terminals and servers,etc look under accessibility option or under local policies in administrative tools and read through it, there's something in there about accessing these types of .exe's

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I was trying to fix the Java .jar association problem I have in Vista x64. I followed steps found on the web but they won't work. I keep getting "Access is denied" when using the "assoc" command (even with admin rights). When I open an command prompt with admin rights and type "assoc", I get the following two lines:

Access is denied.

Google hasn't been much help. If anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate it.

A:assoc command: "Access is denied"

Hi javayoda,

Have you tried to take ownership of the file?

Take Ownership of file

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I have a new Dell computer with windows xp operating system. My old computer was a gateway with windows xp also. The mother board on the gateway crashed and I could not find a replacement thus I purchased the new dell. I extracted the hard drive from the gateway and installed in an external drive case. All works well and I am able to retreve data from the gate way hard drive with one exception. While the hard drive was installed in the gateway I elected to make some of the folders private, ie right click on folder, click on sharing and security and clicking on private. This worked fine in the gateway but when I installed in external hard drive I am getting an "access denied" error message when trying to open with the Dell. How can this be fixed? Thanks

A:Solved: Error message "access denied" when attempting to open private folder


follow the instructions there


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When I try the command shutdown -i to shut down network computers, it gets error "access is denied.(5)".

I also tried creating a same administrator account of the remote computer but still get the same error.

The computer from where I'm trying is windows 7 and other computers in LAN are xp.

Is there a way to fix it?

We are under Workgroup, not Domain

A:[SOLVED] shutdown -i gets error "access is denied.(5)"

Are you accessing the command prompt in Windows 7 in Elevated state?
Go to Start/Search and type CMD right click the CMD icon and Run As Administrator. On the XP computers, log in as the Local Built in Administrator
Shutdown Command Details and Examples

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I am getting an "Access is denied" when I try to run a command from the command prompt.  The command is:  set . C:\environment.txt.  When i type this and hit enter I get the error message.
I tried setting up an an administrator account (on the advice of my instructor) but it doesn't seem to effect being able to work from the command prompt.
I am using Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.
This has got me baffled.
Thank you.
Larry Phillips

A:Command Prompt error message: Access is denied

Open Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, right-click
Command Prompt, select Run as administrator.Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience

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After booting up my laptop (Dell studio 7 running Windows 7 Premium 64) today, two strange "Command Prompt Error" message appeared. They had something like "Hidden Startup" as the window title (I might not have remembered this completely accurately as I didn't think to take a screenshot or save them at the time).
I haven't seen these messages before, and since rebooting they haven't returned.
Is there a way of viewing them again so I can work out what they are and what might have caused them to appear? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:Strange "Command Prompt Error" Messages on Startup

There may be others that know how to review the messages but before that
run an anti virus scan
Download and run a full scan with malwarebytes
Run a full scan with eset online.

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I get error "can't create directory C:\Program Files\GNS3\PROJECTS\test123" : access denied. this is when i click on "new blank project" so GNS3 tries to create new folder "test123" in the path mentioned in 1st line here. how to get it resolved so that GNS3 can create directory when I click on new project and than save it?

could you advise?

A:windows 7, GNS3 0.8.2; Error "can't create directory; access denied"

Hi Iray007, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The Windows system folders Program Files, Program Files (x86), Windows and ProgramData are protected and by default the user cannot create / save anything inside them without taking the ownership of these folders or using the built-in administrator rights.

It is not recommend to use these protected system folders for saving program output or personal files. You should create and save your projects on some other location, for instance create a folder in your personal user folder for this purpose (C:\Users\Your_Username\MyProjects).


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I was in the process of setting up my XP Professional machine to get a "Command Prompt Here" option according the instructions in http://www.fileformat.info/tip/microsoft/cmd_prompt_here.htm

But instead of selecting "Folder" as the instructions say, I selected "File Folder" by mistake. Now whenever I double click on a folder icon in Windows Explorer, it opens a command window instead of opening the folder. I am not able to remove this action as the remove option is grayed out.

Please help.

A:How to revert error in getting "Command Prompt Here"

Do a system restore to before you made that little mistake.

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I am getting an "Access is Denied" error message on a hard drive that I am trying to recover files from that is from my HP Pavilion with Windows XP that fried. My hard drive is still good, and I am trying to rescue the files in the "Documents and Settings/Owner" folder. I have connected the hard drive to my laptop, which also has XP; but when I try to open the "Owner" folder in "My Documents", it tells me that "Access is Denied." And when I hover over the folder, it says "Folder is Empty." But it is not empty. I can also access everything else on the drive fine -- just not this folder. I suspect that this is a networking type of issue, but I am not sure how to resolve it. Can someone please help me?

Thank you,

A:Solved: "Access Denied", "Folder Empty"

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In Windows 7, whenever I try to select "Open file location" from the right click menu of a shortcut, instead of opening the folder in explorer, it opens a command prompt window with the directory set to file location instead. The same thing happens when I select "Show in Windows Explorer" in iTunes.

How do I fix this?

A:[Solved]"Open file location" opens command prompt instead

Hi, sorry for the delay, we down unders are having problems accessing the site. Both Vista and seven have the option to "open command prompt here" it looks like this has been associated with the context menu "open file location" very unusual. I wonder if Bonjour has anything to do with this (comes with I Tunes) you might prevent it from startup (not needed) under Msconfig uncheck it... is known as Responder has some letters before it like Mdns Responder.exe (or similar thats the one).

I would like to see the contents of this registry key (perfectly safe for you to do) open a Command prompt as administrator (start ,all programs, accessories right click command prompt select "run as administrator" at the prompt type:-

regedit /e C:\Note.txt "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell" & start notepad C:\note.txt
Press enter.

Copy the notepad contents here.

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Please Help.

I un-checked boxes (haphazardly) in the Security Field under Printers. I think I must have changed the User Settings for ADMINISTRATOR. Now, The computer won't allow me to add a printer under "Devices and Printers". And, I am signed on as the ADMINISTRATOR.

When I hit the "Add Printer" link, a box pops up with an "X" in a red circle and states the following, "WINDOWS CAN'T OPEN ADD PRINTER. ACCESS IS DENIED".

Please tell me how I can reverse this mistake I've made. Thank you.

A:Solved: "windows can't open add printer. Access is denied"

Have you tried doing a System Restore to a date/time prior to doing this?


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I tried to associate the file extension .txt to a new editor program
with the well known cmdline programs ASSOC and FTYPE.

No, assigning them through WinExplorer menu does not work.
But this is another problem which should not discussed here.

When I type now one of the following alternative commands at the CommandPrompt then Win7 returns me something like:

assoc .txt=txtfile

"Access denied"
The following error occurs: .txt"


ftype txtfile=D:\notepad++\notepad++.exe "%%1"

"Access denied"
The following error occurs: txtfile"


The command above work fine under WinXP


A:"access denied" when using "assoc" and "ftype" from cmdline?


Did you run cmd.exe with administrative previlliges?
Elevated Command Prompt

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Hello Everybody!

I don't know if this is a real issue, or just one of those "What the . . . .!!" situations. You judge.

I was working on a batch file that combines two .txt (ASCII?) files created in Notepad to create a composite file, and I noticed something really interesting. (And yes, when someone talks about doing something and the result is "really interesting", it's time to duck and hunt cover! )

Assume that there are two text files: "This.txt" and "That.txt", and they contain the text "This[cr-lf]" and "That[cr-lf]", where [cr-lf] is used to indicate a newline generated by hitting the "Enter/Return" key on the keyboard.

If you look at the files with a hex editor, what you see is something like this:
The file "This.txt" contains the text "This" followed by 0x0D0A, which are the ascii codes for CR and LF.
The file "That.txt" contains the text "That" followed by the same CR and LF characters.
Note that these two files contain nothing else.

Issue I discovered:
When I execute the command copy /y ".\This.txt"+".\That.txt" ".\This&That.txt", I do not get the simple concatenation of the two files, which is what I would expect. Instead I get the two files concatenated, (including the trailing CR/LF's as I would expect), but also one additional character, the hex character for a right-arrow symbol - 0x1A. In e... Read more

A:"Copy" command in command prompt generates 0x1a artifact?

I was trying to remember from my DOS days but drew a blank. A Google Search brought up a possible solution:
ms dos - In MS DOS copying several files to one file - Stack Overflow

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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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ok so about 2 weeks ago ive been noticing that any cd i burn, half of the cd would be un readable . so for example: if i were to try burning a 21 sond cd i would only be able to listen to songs up to song 7 or so and the rest of the songs were showing up on my cd player screen but no sounds would follow...

so ive tried the usuall stuff here...first did a scan with adaware se and spybot and then i un installed then re installed my cd burners drivers and tested the burnign out on nero once more...no success at all......

so heres my nero log maybe u guys can find something. thanks.

Drive Information
Drive : LITE-ON LTR-52327S
Type : CD-RW Recorder
Firmware Version : QS0C
Buffer Size : 2 MB
Date : ?
Serial Number : ?
Drive Letter : F:\
Location : 1:0
Mechanism : Tray
Read Speed : 12, 8, 4 X
Write Speed : 52, 48, 40, 32, 24, 16, 12, 8, 4 X

Read CD Text : Yes
Return C2 Pointers : Yes
Read CD-R : Yes
Read CD-RW : Yes
Read DVD-ROM : No
Read DVD-RAM : No
Read DVD-R : No
Read DVD-RW : No
Read DVD+R : No
Read DVD+RW : No
Read Digital Audio : Yes
Read CD+G : Yes
Read VideoCD : Yes

Write CD-R : Yes
Write CD-RW : Yes
Write DVD-R : No
Write DVD-RW : No
Write DVD+R : No
Write DVD+RW : No
Write DVD-RAM : No
Buffer Underrun Protection : No
Mount Rainier : Yes
Modes : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96
Disc Information (F:\)
Type : - no disc inserted -
Capacity : 00:00.01 (0 MB)
Tracks : 0
Sessions : ... Read more

A:"D:\ access denied" and "no additional sense information (000000)" Burner Probs

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We are having an issue with Internet Explorer 10 affecting users on a number of our Windows 8 workstations. When a user visits a web site that uses the Local Storage feature of HTML5, the page is not displayed correctly. For example, if you visit this page:
You should see text in the grey boxes in the lower-right hand corner if everything is working. For the affected users, nothing is displayed. In addition, if you open the F12 Developer Tools and reload the page, the following error message is displayed: "SCRIPT5:
Access is denied.". It appears the LocalStorage feature is broken for these users.
From the troubleshooting I've done so far, I've determined that this issue does not affect the Local Administrator account on these computers, but it does affect any domain user and any new local user I create, whether the local user is in the Administrators
group or not. This leads me to believe the issue may be related to the default user profile in the image that was applied to these computers.
Other observations:

Performing a complete reset of Internet Explorer settings (from Tools > Internet Options... > Advanced) does not resolve the issueThese sites do work correctly after turning off Protected Mode for the Internet Zone (from Tools > Internet Options... > Security) These sites also work correctly when InPrivate Browsing is turned on
I've tried using Process Monitor to determine whether access is being blocked t... Read more

A:"SCRIPT5: Access is denied" error when accessing web sites using LocalStorage

With some excellent detective work by Microsoft Product Support (thanks Siddarth!), the solution has been found.
It turns out that in addition to the security settings on a folder, there is an integrity setting. More information about it is
The integrity setting on the AppData\LocalLow folder in each user's profile is supposed to be set to "Low" (hence the name, presumably). In our case, the integrity level was not set correctly on this folder. To rectify the problem, we will need
to run the following command under each user's profile (with a login script, for example):
icacls %userprofile%\Appdata\LocalLow /t /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)L
As for how this incorrect setting was propagated in the first place, it is because the LocalLow folder in the C:\Users\Default\Appdata folder in our customized OS image had the wrong setting. The C:\Users\Default folder is the template for a new user profile,
so each new user on these computers was affected. I examined the C:\Users\Default\AppData folder on another machine without a customized user template and found the LocalLow folder is not present at all, so in our environment we will be deleting the C:\Users\Default\AppData\LocalLow
from each machine to prevent the issue from affecting future new users.
EDIT: If the command above does not resolve the issue, the registry key that points to the low integrity DOMStore folder may have been changed. Check the
CachePath registry value at HKCU\Software\Microso... Read more

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So I'm running XP Pro, finally updating to SP2...

About halfway through I get the "Access is denied" error message...

I followed Microsoft's instructions to locate the registry subkey causing the problem, however (as shown in the attached picture) the problem isn't in the usual vnd.ms.radio (infact, that file isn't mentioned at all in the setupapi file), but in the DependOnService...
Problem is, it doesn't exist under the directories listed...

As shown in the second uploaded picture, it's not in the SSDPSRV directory itself, and the only subdirectories are a pyramid of jibberish (none of which contain anything except a "(Default)" value)...

And so I've hit a wall and my brain hurts...
Any idears, fellers?

A:The infamous "Access is denied" error message when installing SP2... With a twist!

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I installed WP11 on 3 workstations. One of the workstations is where all the doc's ar kept.

If a doc is saved by the WP11 application on the PC where all the doc's are kept....whenever another user tries to access it we get Wordperfect error while accessing file "Access denied" and says it's in use

Any ideas? it's a peer to peer network and maybe it's the way I have my drives mapped on each PC...........Confused though.

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Error assigning ownership "Unable to set new owner on.. Access denied" Hi,

I've a question about assigning ownership.
I'm logged in as user "Steph".
As Steph, I made a new folder "Documents_Steph".
Because she made the folder, she's owner of this folder.

Then I tried as Steph to assign ownership to a different user "User01".
But then I got the message "Unable to set new owner on.. Access denied"?
Though I thought that when you're owner of a file or folder, you can assign ownership to everyone?
What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!!

Kind regards,

A:Error assigning ownership "Unable to set new owner on.. Access denied"

Well, you have to run as administrator in order to do that. Make sure the account you're using is an administrator account. Even if it is, run the explorer "as administrator". It will as you for permission, but not for the password - since you're already an administrator. After that it should work. Let us know if it does not.

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I've a question about assigning ownership.
I'm logged in as user "Steph".
As Steph, I made a new folder "Documents_Steph".
Because she made the folder, she's owner of this folder.

Then I tried as Steph to assign ownership to a different user "User01".
But then I got the message "Unable to set new owner on.. Access denied"?
Though I thought that when you're owner of a file or folder, you can assign ownership to everyone?
What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!!

Kind regards,

A:Error assigning ownership "Unable to set new owner on.. Access denied"

Quote: Originally Posted by cvdh


I've a question about assigning ownership.
I'm logged in as user "Steph".
As Steph, I made a new folder "Documents_Steph".
Because she made the folder, she's owner of this folder.

Then I tried as Steph to assign ownership to a different user "User01".
But then I got the message "Unable to set new owner on.. Access denied"?
Though I thought that when you're owner of a file or folder, you can assign ownership to everyone?
What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!!
Kind regards,

Taking ownership of a file is a multi step process unless you use the "take ownership" shortcut which does all the work for you.


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Hi everyone. I was updating my drivers in vista home premium 32bit and after using driver cleaner 3 to remove the nvidia drivers when i tried to install new drivers, i was unable to. thinking that this was just a Nvidia prob, i went into device manager and saw that other drivers weren't installing either. i am unable to install any new drivers because vista says that access is denied. i am the only account on my computer and i am the administrator. Please help (i am forced to use linux to access internet for help as the ethernet drivers aren't installing). I will post a screenshot of the error soon.

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I am trying to use the fsutil setshortname to set "Program Files" to PROGRA~1, but the system is giving me an "Error: Access is denied" response. The following is what I have typed:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>cd ..
C:\Windows>cd ..
C:\>fsutil.exe 8dot3name set 0

C:\>fsutil file setshortname "C:\Program Files" PROGRA~1
Error: Access is denied.

C:\>fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1
Error: Access is denied.

As you can tell, I first tried to do a reference to the path of Program Files, and failed. Then, I tried without the path file and got the same result.

What could be the reason that the system is denying the access? Thanks.

(P.S. This Command Prompt is ran as Administrator, so that shouldn't be the issue)

A:Receiving "Error: Access is denied" when using fsutil setshortname

Well, the shortname is already set as you want.

C:\>dir /x pro*
Volume in drive C is Win_8
Volume Serial Number is 3400-1036

Directory of C:\

07/06/2013 08:56 PM <DIR> PROGRA~1 Program Files
07/01/2013 08:23 PM <DIR> PROGRA~2 Program Files (x86)
0 File(s) 0 bytes
2 Dir(s) 72,667,992,064 bytes free
Edit: I get the same Access denied when I try it.

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When I click the "ok" button on the msconfig window, I am getting the following message.

"An Access Denied error was returned while attempting to change a service access. You may need to log on using an Administrator account to make the specified changes."

Also, I am looking for suggestions (programs to run etc.) to help optimize the performance of my system.


A:msconfig "Access Denied error" and system optimization

Are you logged on with Administrator rights? If you're just a 'user' it won't let you access any system components, like the one you're trying to use.

One quick thing you can do to speed up the computer is to turn off the indexing that's on by default in XP. Open 'my computer' and right click on your partitions. Scroll down and select 'properties'. At the bottom, there will be an option to let windows index the drive for fast file searching. un-check this, apply to folders and subfolders, ignore all. Now go get a sandwich. When it's done, you should have a slightly faster computer. Don't forget to run cleanup to get rid of temp files and also to run your defrag app.

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Anyone out there know how to install Win SP2 avoiding the "Access Denied" error? So far I have tried to install it about 10 times and have tried the following troubleshooting techniques:

1) Tried to install under new administrator account
2) Tried to install as administrator under safe mode
3) Changed the logging to verbose to determine which portions of the registry that were not allowing access and then modifying the registry to allow full access to the installing user

Everytime I attempt to install, it runs for about 50 minutes and then returns the "Access Denied" error and then uninstalls the SP.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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For a couple weeks now the text on my laptop appears very, very slowly when I type (it took nearly 10 minutes to type this thread)--regardless of what program or browser I am using at the time. I went in to try and change the Startup settings in msconfig, thinking this might help the situation, and I got an error message that read "An Access Denied error was returned while attempting to change a service. You may need to log on using an Administrator account to make the specified changes." Since I AM logged on as the administrator, I thought it possible that I have some type of malware. I ran a scan on Panda per this forum's suggestion and saved a copy on my desktop (not sure if I'm supposed to copy it in the thread now or wait to be asked for it). I also ran hijackthis and have copied the results at the bottom of my thread below...

Does anyone a) know what might be causing the slow text when I type, b) how I can fix the administrator issue, and c) whether or not either one is caused by a malware? The only thing I can think of that I've done differently in the last couple of weeks that might possibly be affecting my system is I've been running on the Beta version of Google Chrome and I downloaded Adobe Digital Editions reader (for eBooks).

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide. I greatly appreciate it!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:59:18 PM, on 10/1/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Int... Read more

A:Text Appears very slowly when typing AND getting "Access Denied" error in msconfig

Hello, jems1304
Welcome to TSF

My name is Billy O'Neal and I will be helping you. (Billy or Bill is fine, if you like.)
Please give me some time to look over your computer's log(s).
Please take note of the following:In the meantime, please refrain from making any changes to your computer.
Also, even if things appear to be running better, there is no guarantee that everything is finished. Please continue to check this forum post in order to ensure we get your system completely clean. We do not want to clean you part-way up, only to have the system re-infect itself. :)
If you do not understand any step(s) provided, please do not hesitate to ask before continuing. I would much rather clarify instructions or explain them differently than have something important broken.
Finally, please reply using the button in the lower left hand corner of your screen.
Old topics are closed after 3 days with no reply, and working topics are closed after 5 days. If for any reason you cannot complete instructions within that time, that's fine, just put a post here so that I know you're still here. We get a lot of people who simply leave, and if there is no contact for that amount of time I will have to assume you have "vanished" .
We need to run a Scan with DDSPlease download DDS, and save it to your desktop, from one of the following mirrors:This is a mirror
This is another mirror

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Every time I download a winamp skin from their site it comes up with the error message stated in the subject after it has downloaded 99% of the file!

When downloading, the file is temporarily placed in here:

"C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\6j8XMZO1\filename"

Is it just because I am not logged in as an administrator, or is it something else???

How can I overcome this problem???

Cheers )


A:Error message "Access to the specified device, path, or file is denied" when download

It is indeed probably because you are not logged in as the Admin. When you download skins for Winamp, they self extract and install to the proper directory. Sounds like the skin is coming down OK but when it goes to extract and install, it stops as you don't have access.

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I just tried to install the latest iTunes update, but keep getting an error when it tries to access the C:\Program Files\iPod folder.

When I try to access the iPod folder directly through Windows Explorer, I get "Access is denied".

The same happens when logged in with the system administrator account.

When I right-click the folder and choose Properties > Security, the Current owner field shows "Unable to display current owner." And it won't allow either of the listed administrator accounts to take ownership.

When I choose Properties > Security > Advanced > Owner, the Current owner field also shows "Unable to display current owner." And it won't allow me to Edit it either.

I've tried opening the Command Prompt as the administrator, and deleting the folder, but it won't allow me to do that either.

Any ideas on how to forcefully take ownership and/or delete this folder?

A:"Access is denied" - "Unable to display current owner"

Check in the file security tab that there isn't a deny entry for the user group "everybody"

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I have been having a problem concerning an error message on my built Windows 10 PC. This error keeps me from doing several tasks on my computer, including downloading firmware updates and downloading/updating applications from the Windows Store. I also cannot install any fonts on my system from a different error, but from research, all 3 of these problems are caused by one thing: Windows Firewall is disabled.

Naturally I went to the Task Manager, went to the Services tab, and tried to re-enable Windows Firewall. However, that failed, giving me the error of "The dependency service or group failed to start." I then checked the dependencies of Windows Firewall in the Services application to find that the Base Filtering Engine is disabled. I believe this may have happened a while back when I disabled several startup applications to troubleshoot an application, and Windows Firewall may have been one of those applications, causing the BFE to be disabled, though I don't know that for sure.

I attempted to enable the BFE by right clicking on its Services entry and hitting "Start", but the option was greyed out. I then tried to change its startup type from "Disabled" to "Automatic", but when I hit "Apply" afterwards, I got the message "Access is Denied". I then re-ran Services as an administrator (my account on the computer an administrator account, btw) and tried again, only to get the same error. I checked the Base Filteri... Read more

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With the help of jmw3, I managed to remove all of the malware from one of my computers a few weeks ago, but now I'm having a strange issue with another computer in my house....

I was doing some cleaning (removing temp files, etc.), and I noticed there was a folder under "C:\Documents And Settings" called "Tyler". There's no account for this person on the computer or anything like that, but the computer was given to me by a friend so I figured it must have been an old account for one of his brothers or something. When I tried to delete it (as it was a waste of space on here), I got an error saying that it is not accessible, and "Access is denied." When I tried to do anything else to the folder, I got the same error message, so I went on Google to search up ways to forcibly remove files. It seemed like the most popular choice was a program called "Unlocker", so I downloaded that. It allowed me to see the folders within the "Tyler" folder (many of which were things like LimeWire, which just made me want to get rid of it that much more)....but despite telling me that none of the files were currently in use by any program, whenever I tried to delete the folder, nothing happened. When I set the program to remove the folder on start-up, it simply closed and gave no "OK" message, but I restarted anyway and sure enough, the folder was still there. I tried using Unlocker's "move" option instea... Read more

A:"Access is denied" error, cannot delete file, tried EVERYTHING

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I have windows 7 Dell pc and i seem to have did something bad.
I completely messed up my account.

First, I went to 'lusrmgr.msc' in CMD and I disabled the adminstrator account.
Then after that i went to my own account and changed "member of" settings by removing "group" and 'admistrator'
and added in "users" instead.

I restarted my pc and from this time onwards I am unable to access anything from:

exe files,
msconfig, in CMD TO restart in safe mode to add admistrator back

local group settings, or pretty muchmost permissions,,

i get a

"System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied"

when i run CMD to:

net user administrator /active:yes
( I ran it in elevated command prompt)

I even tried changing my account type by going to in start menu, and nothing happens after i click, it stays in 'standard'
Nothing works, any tips?

by the way, my pc has no F8, to boot into safe mode,

it has *F12*

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All of the sudden I am getting error number 5- an error occurred while attempting to verify the maximum number of users allowed by the program.

I tried reinstalling the program and Iím still getting the same message. Of course I am in the middle of a project and I need to get into my program. Has anyone got any ideas?

A:The Print Shop 6 - "Error 5 - Access denied"

You need to replace a file to resolve the error. Here's a link to the file and solution: http://support.riverdeep.net/fix.asp?isid=21578&prog=1294818512

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When I try to open Yahoo email, Gmail OR get Windows Updates it won't let me. When I go to Windows Updates I get the following message.

Files required to use Windows Update are no longer registered or installed on your computer. To continue:
Register or reinstall the files for me now (Recommended)

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.

Does anyone know how to fix this? I've gone to "Tools" in Explorer, but I'm not sure which things to "enable." I don't want to enable everything and have something else go bad.


A:"Server Error - 403 - Forbidden: Access is denied."

Are you administrator on the PC? You will more than likely need to be.

Here's a KB from Microsoft that may help you. It has a "Fix it for me" option, which should help complete the steps successfully.


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After new installs of both XP Home & XP Pro (I upgraded to Pro hoping it would fix the problem, and reinstalled) I continue to get an access denied error upon trying to access and create most folders on each of my networked PC's hard disks, however I can access and perform file mgmt in all folders on two volumes set up on an external hard disk on one of the PCs just fine. This is a cabled Linksys network. I have spent 2 hours with MSFT level 1 & level 2 support and they are stumped. Now I'm waiting for a 'level 3 consultant' to call me back in about a week since he called the wrong number and missed my 3 hour window yesterday. The 1st PC is a Dell Latitude CPx and the 2nd PC is a Compaq Presario 7478.

Anyway, if I try to create a folder, I get 'Invalid folder name or path, or folder already exists' or 'Unable to create new folder: Access Denied'. Oddly enough, I can browse a couple directory trees, but none others, and even create a folder and do file mgmt off of the root of both PCs, just not most subdirectories. This all worked fine under Windows 2000 Pro.

MSFT walked me through all of the standard solutions, to no avail. Any thoughts? Thanks! Rick.

A:"Access Denied" error message in XP Pro & Home

Here's the Solution to the Problem

MSFT came through. To fix this problem, run secpol.msc from START. Drill down to Local Policies | Security Options. The 'Network Access: Sharing and security model for local accounts' should be set to Classic. Mine was somehow set to Guest. It can be changed by double clicking on it and all will be well.


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Hello, I am helping with some network printer issues at my school and we have been unable to resolve an access denied error with our printer.

The computers that have the issue are running windows 7 and all the computers on campus use a special print manager system that tracks the number of pages printed by each user. This print manager is maintained on a Windows Server 2003 OS.

Every student who logs in does so through their own unique account, these accounts are not able to print using the printer in the lab if it is set-up through the print manager. If the printer is setup directly, there are no issues, however we are unable to keep track of how much people print (we need to be able to do this). The status of the printer in the "devices and printers" folder says "Access Denied."

If we log in via the administrator account, we can print off the printer regardless of whether or not it is setup through print manager.

Things we have tried (in no particular order):
1. Using a new printer with updated drivers.
2. Re-installing the printer.
3. Checking driver authentication (passed).
4. Possibly a few other things that other techs have done, I would need to check with them later for the details.

If anyone has any possible solutions or knows of any major software incompatibilities, I would greatly appreciate your assistance with this issue.


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I just upgraded legitimately to win10 yesterday but right before that with win7 I could not update my gtx750 gpu drivers. I keep getting this error mess. right from the start. (see pic) This has followed me over to win10. I was able to get my gtx750 working but still can't update it and I have no control panel either.

I am an admin, I have even tried creating a separate profile, to no avail. Have removed everything nvidia with gur3d and then I had only Basic Drivers, was able to get my gtx750 to be recognized but I have no idea what drivers are installed now because I have no Nvidia Control panel. Also my original driver disc won't install either.

I have been working with nvidia to no avail. If this is not the place for this issue, just let me know and I will continue with Nividia support.


Win10 64bit HP E8400 2 core duo gtx750

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I realize this has been posted before but my problem is slightly different and also the original thread was closed (I'm not sure I understand the logic behind closing a thread like that; perhaps someone could explain that to me).

Whenever I try to change my startup programs with MSCONFIG I get the following error:

"An Access Denied error was returned while attempting to change a service. You may need to log on using an Administrator account to make the specified changes."

Many people have said that it allows them to make the changes regardless. But does it really? It appears to allow the changes but how many people actually checked their running processes after restarting? The processes that I removed from startup are still there and the programs still start at Windows startup. Essentially, the check marks are gone but nothing has changed.

I DO NOT have the PML driver installed and thus do not have the entry in my registry. I do, however, have an HP printer driver installed.

If there is any other information that you need in order to help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. This is causing me to get in trouble at school because I forget that, for instance, uTorrent is running when I attempt to log on to the network. Not to mention it's just annoying to have almost all of the programs listed in MSCONFIG to start at startup (especially on a netbook with a 1.6 GHz processor).

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A:"Access Denied" Error When Attempting To Use MSCONFIG

You should really be looking in the individual programs settings and configuration preferences to stop things starting when the system boots and only use msconfig as a final option if the prgram doesn`t have a tick-box option relative to startup.

The msconfig is generally located in C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries with a size of 166kb and can be copied from another XP installation if you have access to one running the same system as yours.

If you have the XP installation CD, open the run command and assuming D is your optical drive, type


When you have the time, it`d be worth running full scans of your installed anti- virus, spyware and malware and see if they come up with any nasties.


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