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Q: Cannot write to program files directory

I have a program files directory on my e:\ that I use to install most of my applicaitons to as it is much larger than my c:\ partition.

However I cannot write or delete anything from this folder now, and I cannot open an application I have been using for ages either, and this is how I noticed it. I have scanned my machine using Panda Titanium 2007, Adaware and AVG anti spyware, and nothing suspect shows up but I presume it is something malicious.

Has anyone got any ideas? It is only this directory that is giving me trouble and today is the first time this has shown up. I am logged in as the same profile I always use.

Win 2000 machine.

Here is the hijackthis log...... Any help appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:58:19, on 10/10/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
E:\Program Files\TPSrv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
E:\Program Files\pavsrv50.exe
E:\Program Files\AVENGINE.EXE
e:\program files\firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
e:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\nvsvc32.exe
E:\Program Files\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\IoctlSvc.exe
E:\Program Files\PsImSvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\Corsair\Corsair Flash Voyager Utility\PLBkMon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\HotfixQ0306270.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\VIAudioi\SBADeck\ADeck.exe
C:\Program Files\MSI\Live Update 3\LMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG311TSU\Utility\Gear311T.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
E:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
E:\PROGRA~1\Nokia\NOKIAP~1\LAUNCH~1.EXE
E:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
E:\Program Files\APVXDWIN.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\internat.exe
E:\PROGRA~1\PANICW~1\POP-UP~1\PSFree.exe
E:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\PCSuite\Services\SERVIC~1.EXE
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
E:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 6\PcSync2.exe
e:\program files\WebProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\MSI\DigiCell\DigiCell.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Nokia\MPAPI\MPAPI3s.exe
C:\Program Files\CASIO\Photo Loader\Plauto.exe
C:\Program Files\VIA\RAID\raid_tool.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
E:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
E:\Program Files\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
E:\PROGRAM FILES\Betfair Poker\UA.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
E:\Program Files\psimreal.exe
E:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINNT\regedit /s C:\pav.reg,C:\WINNT\system32\pavdr.exe,C:\WINNT\system32\userinit.exe,
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\system32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CORSAIR_PLUtil] C:\Program Files\Corsair\Corsair Flash Voyager Utility\PLBkMon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PLFFAP] C:\WINNT\system32\HotfixQ0306270.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AudioDeck] C:\Program Files\VIAudioi\SBADeck\ADeck.exe 1
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LiveMonitor] C:\Program Files\MSI\Live Update 3\LMonitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AS00_Gear311T] C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG311TSU\Utility\Gear311T.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [POINTER] point32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINNT\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINNT\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "E:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINNT\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "E:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCSuiteTrayApplication] E:\PROGRA~1\Nokia\NOKIAP~1\LAUNCH~1.EXE -onlytray
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] e:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [APVXDWIN] "E:\Program Files\APVXDWIN.EXE" /s
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [internat.exe] internat.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PopUpStopperFreeEdition] "E:\PROGRA~1\PANICW~1\POP-UP~1\PSFree.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PcSync] E:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 6\PcSync2.exe /NoDialog
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = E:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O4 - Global Startup: DigiCell.lnk = C:\Program Files\MSI\DigiCell\DigiCell.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = E:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Photo Loader supervisory.lnk = C:\Program Files\CASIO\Photo Loader\Plauto.exe
O4 - Global Startup: VIA RAID TOOL.lnk = C:\Program Files\VIA\RAID\raid_tool.exe
O4 - Global Startup: WinZip Quick Pick.lnk = C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: GreenJokerPoker - {40B2063F-DB01-4962-BE63-59435C01283C} - E:\PROGRA~1\GREENJ~1\client.exe
O9 - Extra button: All In Poker - {7FD14A80-30CB-434e-90A3-DEC1B1EA2014} - C:\Program Files\allinpokerMPP\MPPoker.exe
O9 - Extra button: PartyPoker.com - {B7FE5D70-9AA2-40F1-9C6B-12A255F085E1} - C:\Program Files\PartyGaming\PartyPoker\RunApp.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: PartyPoker.com - {B7FE5D70-9AA2-40F1-9C6B-12A255F085E1} - C:\Program Files\PartyGaming\PartyPoker\RunApp.exe
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.musicmatch.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.musicmatch.com (HKLM)
O16 - DPF: Ulster Bank AnyTime - https://anytime3.ulsterbank.com/asp/AnyTime.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Chess - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/ct2_x.cab
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Poker - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/clients/y/pt3_x.cab
O16 - DPF: {14B87622-7E19-4EA8-93B3-97215F77A6BC} (MessengerStatsClient Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/MessengerStatsPAClient.cab31267.cab
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1122572255015
O16 - DPF: {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class) - http://messenger.msn.com/download/MsnMessengerSetupDownloader.cab
O16 - DPF: {B8BE5E93-A60C-4D26-A2DC-220313175592} (ZoneIntro Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/ZIntro.cab32846.cab
O16 - DPF: {DA758BB1-5F89-4465-975F-8D7179A4BCF3} (WheelofFortune Object) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/WoF.cab31267.cab
O20 - Winlogon Notify: avldr - C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\avldr.dll
O23 - Service: Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service (dmadmin) - VERITAS Software Corp. - C:\WINNT\System32\dmadmin.exe
O23 - Service: ewido security suite control - ewido networks - e:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPodService - Apple Computer, Inc. - E:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINNT\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Function Service (PAVFNSVR) - Panda Software International - E:\Program Files\PavFnSvr.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Process Protection Service (PavPrSrv) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
O23 - Service: Panda anti-virus service (PAVSRV) - Panda Software International - E:\Program Files\pavsrv50.exe
O23 - Service: PLFlash DeviceIoControl Service - Prolific Technology Inc. - C:\WINNT\system32\IoctlSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Network Manager (PNMSRV) - Panda Software International - e:\program files\firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
O23 - Service: Panda IManager Service (PSIMSVC) - Panda Software - E:\Program Files\PsImSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Panda TPSrv (TPSrv) - Panda Software - E:\Program Files\TPSrv.exe

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Preferred Solution: Cannot write to program files directory

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Cannot write to program files directory

Anyone please? I can't open most of the applicaitons I have installed to that directory. It was ok a couple of days ago, and I haven't noticed anything else changing.

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Thanks to anyone who can help. I've searched for this topic and haven't found anything that worked for me. I posted this topic a couple days ago but just now it didn't show up; sorry if I've double-posted.

I'm trying to download itunes for the first time, but I get the error in the title when I try to run the itunes_setup.exe file. When I cancel, I get "The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update. The installation cannot continue. Log on as administrator or contact your system administrator."

I checked and confirmed that I am the admin on my PC, and all accounts are set up with full access privileges to these folders. I also tried rebooting in safe mode and logging on as "Administrator" and running the .exe from a flash drive.

I think I had similar problems loading an XP Office Upgrade a few months ago; I finally just gave up. I have Spybot Search and Destroy; it says I'm clean, for whatever that's worth.

Please help! Thanks again.

A:error occurred with attempting to create directory C:\Program Files\Common Files

You are mostly likley on a limited account.
Are you using Xp
Are you the only account. There are other reasons but lets look at this option first

Go to control panel use accounts and click on your user name , it will say if you are and admin of the machine or you are using a limited account.

Take alook at that and post back

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Hi,

I have been trying to install Microsoft Office and keep getting an error

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted. I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity.

Any suggestions?

Thank

A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

Hi tonedef -

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

What version of Office are you trying to install (e.g, 2003 or 2007)?

Have you changed any file permission settings or "Taken Ownership" of any folders/files?

The "scan disk" that you mentioned running... was it "sfc /scannow"? If not, click on START | type cmd.exe in the Start Search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select Run as Admin

In the screen that comes up type the following:

sfc /scannow (space after sfc) - press ENTER

Let this run. Try Office re-install.

Good Luck. . .

jcgriff2

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Hi,

after installing a Canon printer driver, I am now getting an error:

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted.
I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity. I have also tried restoring from a back-up but it wont let me as well.

Any suggestions?

A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

I have a similar problem, see other thread with same title.

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An error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files
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When I try to install any programs like skype and the last part of the installation I get an error occured while attempting to create the directory: C:program files\ common files
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I am trying to uplift our 32 bit Eclipse RCP application to 64 bit end state.In order to do that I have updated all the required dependencies and dlls. Also I am able to launch the application under 64 bit environment only when the application is kept anywhere
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But the main problem is the same set of code works for 32 bit version no matter where it is installed. Also the 32 bit version of application can read or write result to any desired location without being launched as admin. And the 64 bit version of the application
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In order to find out more I tried with eclipse_mars_x86 and eclipse_mars_x86_64 with different location.When the workspace is
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The same behavior is
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Hello,
I am unable to write/modify/replace files in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, we have folder that is placed in Program Files folder, lets say MES folder
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the things I already do was :
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2. Turn Off Windows Firewall setting (Domain, Network Location, Public Network)
3. Change advanced security add local user for Full control, modify, read and execute (to take ownership and grant full control permission of the folder and all contents in it)
I Know from forum it must be about user security issue but this 3 steps still not change anything
How can I defeat this?

Many thanks.
Regards
Michael H.
 

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Howdy.

I've been troubleshooting issues with my pc all week (0x8e BSOD mostly and a registry recover message on start up). I have narrowed it down to my RAM, processor, or motherboard (specs below). This is also a week old install of XP Pro.

During testing one of my memory sticks to see if it was the faulty one, I was trying to open Winamp and it came up with some script error, followed by a notification in the system tray to run chkdsk. I OK'd all that out, and scheduled a chkdsk. I opened my Explorer (right clicked Start and Explore) and went into Program Files...and nothing was there but Windows junk (Messenger, WMP, and so forth). There was only about 7 of these folders, and I noticed my virus scanner (Avast!) was not in the systray, nor was my firewall icon.

So, I clicked on the Avast! shortcut and an error came up saying the link is invalid yada yada Press OK to delete. I tried other shortcuts...some worked but others gave the same error.

Any ideas how all those files went Adios but some programs that are supposed to be in there still work? I have already done chkdsk /r in Recovery console, and tried to restore my pc back a few days (It runs, but it says it cannot restore it). I really want to blame one of the memory sticks for this, but somehow they are checking out ok by themselves.

Mobo- AOpen AK77-400N
Processor- AMD XP 2400+
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8x
Memory- G Skill 2 GB PC3200 DDR400 (two 1 GB sticks)
Windows XP Pro SP3

A:Nothing in Program Files directory

is it the same when in safe mode? if you can get into Avast! set it to do a full scan on startup...It looks like it could be a virus to me. Have you checked to see what processes are running?

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I'm trying to find a simple, straightforward opensource Windows program to compare all files within a directory to all files in a different directory in order to ensure that they are completely identical (basically to verify backups). I'm looking for something more reliable than simply comparing file sizes or dates. I would think the most efficient way to do this would be by using some fast and simple file hash (md5?) to compare the two.
 
I looked through the "Freeware Replacements for Common Commercial Apps" post, but I didn't see anything like this. Does anyone know of a program like this?

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Beyond Compare (not freeware): http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php

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When I start up my laptop I receive the error that my directory\program files is corrupt and unreadable. I am directed to run the Chkdsk utility. I cannot run this utility. When I try i am told that I do not have authority to run it although I am the only user on this computer. If I try to run it as a scheduled mainenance it does not run. Any one have this problem and how did you fix it?

A:Directory\Program files is corrupt

Hello Ray, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before this error may be able to fix it for you. If not, then you may need to reinstall Vista.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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After fighting with my machine all day to try to get it to boot, I ended up doing a reinstall over top of my existing windows xp installation. When I finally got my machine back up and running, everything in my program files directory was gone, though I did not have more free space on my machine than I did before. Any idea where windows is hiding my program files, and any idea how I can get them back?

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Anybody have any ideas on this? I'm kind of stuck here.

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I think a securty update that was downloaded recently is effecting some software I have. I have a program that sits in the Program Files area and one of the folders needs to be read/write since other computers in my network are accessing the data file inside here- however, when I go into the properties Read Only has a green marker in it. I uncheck it and a dialog asks something like "This folder and the ones under it?" Which I agree to. However, when you go back and look at the properties the green marker is back as read only. How do I fix this issue????????

 

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MeinDCIC

Sounds as if there are permission levels set for the folder you are talking about. To change the permission level you must have the authority to do it of course and this link will help you define what to set it to.

Take Care
Dave
 

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I am unable to copy files to the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, despite my status as Administrator on a single-user system. As an advanced user, I have many legitimate needs to place files there and cannot live with this level of protection
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Rick A.
Pleasanton CA

A:Can't Write to Program Files folder

Mark, that worked -- thanks a million, as I would never have found that little needle in the Windows 8 haystack. I do not in any way consider this to be progress or evolution in OS design...

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I have gone back to try to find the answer to this question but I have not seen it answered here yet.

I just did a clean install of a 120Gb HD on an old lappy (Compaq Presario V2000) which I want to donate to a student. I wish to have the XP Pro on the C:\ Partition 1 and then for all other files to automatically search to find the D:\ Partition 2 when they are being installed.

As it is now the files try to load everything on the C drive. My C drive is 12Gb and D drive is 118Gb roughly speaking. I have seen answers about moving directories in registry ProgramDir but I do not see one in this XP Pro SP3 install. Also I do not want any of the Windows files to stop working, like Outlook Express etc.

What I do want is for all new software to install on D drive and not C.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:How to redefine the location of the Program Files directory C: to D:

You cannot, change the drive letter of the boot partition (the one that contains the Windows XP program files). Program Files must still be on C:
But you can change the Default Install file location to a Different Drive letter.

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OK so built new computer and was suggested by tech at ncix that i have two hard drives. 1ssd for operating system 120G and one for all other crap, programs software games etc.. 2TB. Did that and have about 70g filled on ssd with operating system and some other stuff and want now to have ALL other software etc installed on 2TB drive. I have read other forums and have changed setting as per instructions on other forums as in regedit and changing programfilesdir and programfilesdirx86 from C which is my ssd to E which is 2TB. the programs that i now install seem to install on E as from what i can see but now for some reason shortcut icons on destop will error saying path does not exist in C drive. after reading a couple of threads on this site i noticed that someone else has same problem and changed another file in regedit called programw6432dir as well. i have not made that change yet. should i? will that fix the error path message? it also affected my internet explorer when i go to use it from the start menu and with the path error message from those programs destop icon logos they no longer show up as the logo it was before but a generic logo with no discription. Just so you all know i am running windows7pro64 amd8core 32gigram. i am a novice as for computers and all the setting and all. Please email me back with advice to solve my problem at: ****

Thanks

Ryan

A:windows 7 changing program files directory

Hello toomuchbeer and welcome to TSF,

There are a few ways to do this...

Custom installation paths and utilization of Windows 7 Libraries.

The easiest way is to specify installation paths when installing programs. Most installable programs will allow you to chose a non-standard installation path.

Also, Windows 7 libraries allow you to access your documents and media files from multiple locations. When you add a location to your library, opening "Documents" for example, will show you items in your Documents folder AND the added location.

This is the way I would suggest to do things.. It requires a bit more attention, but your main OS files and updates will easily fit on the 120GB SSD. And you can still install programs that you want to launch with SSD speeds in the default location...

EDIT:
Also.... I suggest moving the paging file to the HDD...
Right click Computer
Select Properties
On the left of the screen select Advanced System Settings
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Settings in the Performance box
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Change in the Virtual Memory box.
Deselect Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
Select the C: Drive (Windows installation)
Select No Paging File
Select the secondary HDD.
Select either System Managed size or Custom Size. (note: By selecting Custom size, it allows you to set a static size for your paging file... This can increase performance, but be careful not to set the size too low... I suggest a min... Read more

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I have no write access to the program files folder (only). I have check security, it's all as should be..
I can log into administrator in safe mode and do anything I want in the program folder.
Make admin available in normal mode.. even the admin is blocked for installing, deleting anything from the programs folder.
I'm lost.

A:Write access to program files folder

If you create a new administrator account in safe mode, are you able to write to the programs folder?
Edit: Is the OS XP Pro or XP Home?

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I don't know where all the space in my C: is going. Is there a program that searches for files of a large size or lists files according to their size?
 

A:Is there a program that searches a drive or given directory for large files?

The following is freeware and doesn't require installation. It will find the 100 largest files on your drive:

Largest Files Finder
 

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I'm having several issues; I've thoroughly messed up my computer in the span of the past hour. I'll try to explain as quickly as possible. I'm on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and I have an SSD boot device with all of my files on a HDD. I edited the registry keys forever ago to move my program files directory to the HDD (both 64-bit and 32-bit to the same directory, and yes, I edited both the 64-bit and 32-bit registries), and it's worked just fine.
Installed final version of IE 10, had the same issue I had with the release preview (doesn't run--crashes a few seconds after the window opens)
Some programs run from the SSD even though I changed the Program Files directory to the HDD, so I copied the new Internet Explorer files from the HDD to the appropriate locations on the SSD, including overwriting ieproxy.dll (lots of fun to do, believe me). Didn't work, so I uninstalled IE 10 (which causes it to revert to IE 9), and rebooted as part of that process.
After rebooting, IE did absolutely nothing, but now all folders in Windows Explorer open in a new window when double-clicked. I have done everything I could find to fix this (including checking the registry entries at HKCR\Folder\shell and others). Nothing has worked.
Ran sfc /scannow, and it found and fixed errors. Rebooted but the problem persists and my program files directory (previously H:\Program Files) has renamed itself to H:\Program Files (x86), but the old directory can still be navigated to directly, and the old directory i... Read more

A:Program Files directory renamed itself, among other related issues

Having the 2 folders is totally normal. So what other problems are you having ?

Why are you changing the program files to the hdd, it defeats the purpose of using a ssd for it`s speed.

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Hi, I work in a computer repair shop, and I've recently had two computers come in separately with the same very odd problem. What appears to have happened is that something has deleted most (but not all) of the folders within the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories. A secondary symptom is that the start menu is also almost or completely empty. Files remain associated with the removed programs, and they appear to have been simply deleted rather than uninstalled. When the first machine came in I thought perhaps this was user error, but having seen a second identical but unrelated instance that now seems unlikely. The second user said it occurred around the time she was installing Norton 360 (in fact, the disk was still in her drive). I've checked in both cases and:
- The hard drives were healthy
- The folders were deleted, not hidden.

Anyone heard of a virus being the cause of something like this? I've done some extensive googling, and found a few people mentioning similar symptoms as far back as 2002, but no explanations.

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Have a Windows 7 computer with almost 300,000 files in the %temp% dir and wanted to know if anyone had a suggestion on how to determine which program is creating all these files.  Looked under properties and didn't see any info, but maybe there is a way to generate a log of which file writes to the directory?
Any help you could provide would be appreciated.  Thanks.

A:Determine which program is creating files in the %temp% directory

Sysinternals Process Monitor can help you identify which processes create files in your temp directory. You have to set an appropriate filter so that you don't drown in the vast amount of log data.

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I have my 2 PC's networked in a Homegroup. 1 is running Win 7 Home Premium 64, the other Win 7 Ultimate 32. I want to write to the Program Files folder on the 32 bit system from the Program Files (x86) folder on the 64 bit system. All other read/write operations between these 2 systems are succeeding. I have set up full permissions on both Program Files folders exactly as with other folders: Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Share this folder > Permissions > Full Control for "Everyone". I suspect UAC may be intervening. Is there any way to defeat this? My final objective is to automate synchronization between a few selected areas in these Program Files using my backup utility, SyncBackSE. It kept failing based on access denied, so I tried to drag & drop manually via windows explorer, and this is also not allowed. Please don't focus on questions about SyncBackSE - I am seeking help getting permission to move & change files via explorer. Thanks for any suggestions.

A:Can I lift permissions and write to Program Files via Homegroup?

Hello,

SyncBackSE is a very useful tool. I use it myself.

Have you tried specifying the username and password within SyncBackSE so that it uses an Administrator account on that machine? Do you 'run as Adminstrator'?

Dave

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I have been getting the above error on every 64-bit software I try to install, I also looked at the keys in the registry for CurrentVersion and there is nothing there, which worries me. Is there a way to fix this without reinstalling windows?

A:Internal Error: Failed to get path of 64-bit Program Files directory.

Hi Tom,
from an elevated command mode run

sfc /scannow

Where EXACTLY did you look in the registry,
i'll look at mine

Roy

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Mcafee recently told me it had stopped a trojan, but it couldn't delete it until a restart. I clicked "ok" and then another trojan popped up as being stopped. Then another. I wish I wrote down the names, but I didn't and now I can't find them in any kind of Mcafee log. What I do have, however, are 2 files that seem suspicious.I went to Add/Remove New Programs and found a program called "Antiviirus.exe". I didn't know what it was so I tried to uninstall it but couldn't. I did a search and found it in my (C:\Program Files) directory. I went to Program Files, but Windows Explorer immediately encountered a problem and shut down. It only shuts down in this one particular directory. Another suspicious file there is "Instaler.exe." ------------------------------------Antiviirus.exeinstaler.exeI did a quick search for these files and found that they are sometimes variants of:Trojan.DropperTrojan.GorhaxTrojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.keu-------------------------------------I went into the command prompt and deleted both, but the problem still exists - even after several restarts and system scans. Since I still can't open the Program Files folder, I wonder what is still infecting my computer and what it is doing in the background. I have run Spybot, AdAware, A-squared and they all show up with nothing more than few tracking cookies. I tried running Panda online but I can't because I have Vista. I also tried running Housecall but it didn't ... Read more

A:Multiple Trojans / Windows Explorer Error In Program Files Directory

And now there's a new development... Sometimes when I try to run certain programs they don't start. They act like they do (and they even show up in my processes) but they never actually open on the desktop. And my computer isn't freezing or slowing down - these files just don't open.I tried AIM, Firefox, and Google Talk Installer. None of which opened.After a restart, I got Firefox to work but still not Google Talk Installer. I didn't try AIM again, I deleted it before the restart.Even in safemode, I can't get McAfee to open. (It does in normal mode, though)------------------------------------------And my processes now show a new file that wasn't there before. It's a known TROJAN called:Wininit.exe------------------------------------------NEW HIJACKTHIS LOG Please helpLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:23:10 AM, on 3/22/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\System32\smss.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\services.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsass.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\winlogon.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exeC:\Windows&#... Read more

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I got one of those pesky programs that try to scan your computer and then sell you a service to fix it. I terminated the program, but some damage was already done. I have run a Windows restore, run the rkill programs, and installed and run the Malwarebytes program. Both the Windows Security Essentials and Malwarbytes programs are finding no additional viruses (after finding several and cleaning).

Currently, the remaining problem is many of my files have gone missing. Meaning icons are gone from my desktop and folders come up as “empty” when they are opened, although there appears to be files in them when I conduct a “Search”.

The other remaining issue is my inability to execute some programs. I get a “No write permissions to directory” dialogue box when I try to run my H&R Block tax software, for example.

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit) SP2.

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ok, i know i'm doing something stupid, just don't know what...i reinstalled vista and all my apps (well, the ones i need)...i have a couple HDD that i've partitioned, for arguments sake let's call them drives M, N, and O...i had these drives setup previously so that we could access them with our laptops - we pretty much had full control of these drives: we could write, delete, etc on all these shared drives...

so, i shared these drives again...i can access the files, but i don't have write priviliges...i tried giving full control to the user but with no success...obviously i'm missing something....

please, how do i provide permissions to my various laptops on these shared drives?
 

A:Solved: permissions to write to directory

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HI - new to the forum and would appreciate anyone's help.

When trying to update install updates to quicktime and thunderbird I get an error saying I don't have permissions to write to the application directory. I have only one user on this PC set to administrator. -

A:Windows 7 - no permission to write app directory

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Try updating them from the built-in administrator account, which gives you full privileges and permissions.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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Hi everyone ,

ok so I apologize if this has been posted before , I did a search and I did not see anything , but then I may have over looked it.

I am trying to open my H& R Block 2010 to print some forms off for my daughter that she needs for Fasfa ..I had previously printed them had them in a file , went through one heck of a divorce and the file "magically" disappeared..which now brought me to tonight to print them ..and I get the error message...

No write permissions to directory .
(see WinFileWriterImpl::open())
I am lost , and now at my wits ends...I was able to open and print them two months ago .ugh

any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks once again , I apologize if this subject has been covered before.

A:New and confused,write permissions to directory

Hello and welcome, This is probably not malware and I do not know your operating system.See if the 2 posts by Almost Jake on April 3 help ...go here [email protected]@K

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Should I create my own Wallpaper directory or somehow (not sure how) make this directory writeable since it is set up as read only and cannot be changed easily.

Thanks
Peter

A:Wallpaper directory \We\Screen write protected

I keep wallpapers & backgrounds in a folder.
The ones I downloaded.

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I have three 180GB External HDDs hooked up to my computer and they ALL experience the SAME issue!!! I CANNOT write ANY files to the root directory of the drive!!! ALL programs results a some kind of "permission denied" error or another!!! I HAVE to create a sub folder before I can write ANY file!!!!!!! There is NO OS installed on any of these external HDD drives!!! they just have a bunch of pictures and stuff backed up... and Google is getting NOTHING when I search the problem!!!!!!! How do I get anything to write to the root directory of these drives???

A:UNABLE to write to the root directory of ANY external HDD

That kind of seems like a good thing to me... save clogging up the top branches of your hd's with files.
 
But it seems you are pretty keen on doing it. Have you checked the disk user permissions?

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I need some help in figuring out how to copy a whole bunch of files from a directory tree to a single directory. I looked at all the xcopy switches, but none of them look like they will do what I want it to do. If I use the /S switch, it will keep the directory structure. Any ideas?

A:Help with copying files from a directory tree to a single directory

Do you have XP up & started? Why not just go into explorer, highlight all you need (CTRL + A to highlight everything), copy & paste?

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I have a 10 files that have all been categorised into about 40 folders. These files have been damaged.
I have a backup of all these files, but they are not categorised and sit in a single directory.

Does anyone know of an easy technique to batch replace the damaged files with the originals?

Cannot find any apps to do such a task.

A:Replace files in multiple directory, from a single directory

Easy one:

Built in command part of Windows. Open an elevated Command Prompt and type:


Code:
replace /?
Here is how:

Folder with Backup files:

C:\Data\Backups

Folders with corrupt files:

E:\Finance\Statements\2001
E:\Finance\Statements\2002
E:\Finance\Statements\2003
E:\Finance\Statements\2004
E:\Finance\Statements\2005
E:\Finance\Statements\2006
E:\Finance\Statements\2007


Code:
Replace c:\data\backup\*.* e:\finance\statements /s

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I ha the same problme with double program Files directory. One is the nromal directory, the other contains the same subdirectories but when accessed the message is that attached
 

A:Double directory "Program Files" win 7 32

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So i have 3 files i cannot delete after uninstalling a game. I also cannot rename the folder they are in without windows explorer not responding and i have to restart explorer.

I did take ownership method but that froze up to. I went into safe mode, and tried it that way - also didn't delete, it equally froze up.

I have attached an image of the delete attempt - it just gets stuck like that.

I'm out of options - please advise on what i should do ?

A:Files won't delete in directory - can't rename the directory either

What is drive F? Is it a flash drive?

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How do I enforce a standard user such that he/she can create files/folders within a specific directory (e.g., Desktop directory)? Any write access to the other directories should be denied.

A:How to restrict user write/read permissions for a specific directory

Hello Yildizabdullah, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could add their user name to the permissions of the directory, and check "Deny" "Full Control" to prevent them from being able to open the directory.

Be careful though. If you deny a directory, it will also prevent them from being able to open the subfolders in that directory.

Here's a tutorial with more details on permissions. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

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This is what I'm trying to achieve in the end:

1. I need to traverse all the subfolders within the same directory I specifies. While I am traversing through the folders I need to find all the excel that ends with "issues" within the folders.

For example I want to traverse through "C:\Documents and Settings\Excel Macro\testing" and within this directory I need to go through all the sub-folders within this main "testing" folder.

This is how my directory may look like:

- testing
- folderOne
- sub Folder One One
- sub Folder One Two
- folderTwo
- sub Folder Two One
- sub sub folder Two One One

2. After I found the excel spread sheet I need to copy from the second rows to the the nth row (where the information ends) in the file and paste it into Master Excel SpreadSheet. Before I copy anything into the Master Sheet I have to erase the previous information first
For Example:
xxx1_Issues.xlsx
Row Column A Column B ..... Column Q
1 blah11 blah11 blah11 blah11 blah11 blah11
2 blah12 blah12 blah12 blah12 blah12 blah12
3 blah13 blah13 blah13 blah13 blah13 blah13
4 blah14 blah14 blah14 blah14 blah14 blah14
5 blah15 blah15 blah15 blah15 blah15 blah15
xxx2_Issues.xlsx
Row Column A Column B ..... Column Q
1 blah21 blah21 blah21 blah21 blah21 blah21
2 blah22 blah22 blah22 blah22 blah22 blah22
3 blah23 blah13 blah23 blah23 blah23 blah23
4 blah24 blah24 blah24 blah24 blah24 blah24
5 blah25 blah25 blah25 blah25 blah25 blah25

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A:Solved: Tring to write Excel Macro to traverse through directory and combine all exce

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A:How can i find the program directory for a certain program?

Use Windows Search.

Most programs are installed into c:\program files

what program are you referring to.
 

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I'm starting to collect CD's at an alarming rate and when I want to locate something it is taking hours to find a file.
Is there a way or a program that can put all CD directories and files in one giant file so that you can do a search without sticking each CD in a drive?? This seems like an interesting project but I don't want to start writting a program if they are availiable..
 

A:CD directory program

How about this Free CD Catalog application?
 

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Hello,

First time on this forum, so I hope I chose the right category to post my problem. I just got a new laptop, and it has Vista Home Premium.

My problem.. I use a program/application called "DVArchive" (aka: DVA) for archiving my tv shows on my PC (from my ReplayTV). This application worked just fine on XP, but of course, Vista is giving me all kinds of crap.

The application IS working.. It can see my ReplayTV unit, I can access my archived shows, etc. However, Vista is giving me error messages, which are interfering with it and making it crash.

The problem has to do specifically with the applications configuration (.XML) files. I'm pretty tech saavy, but I'm not a computer expert, so I'll just cut and paste the actual error messages below. The listed pathways are where DVArchive stores it's files...
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04/29 23:12:17 ERROR: XMLUTILS:: Error trying to create XML Output file C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak - C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak (Access is denied)

04/29 23:12:17 ERROR: Error flushing persistant store - C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak (Access is denied)

04/29 23:26:13 ERROR: LOCAL_STORE::SAVE: Unable to rename old store C:\Users\badg671\DVArchive.xml to backup C:\Users\badg671\DVArchive.xml~ - PLEASE BE SURE THE DIRECTORY/FILE CAN BE READ/WRITTEN TO
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A:Help - .XML files - Read/Write error - Vista won't allow app/pgm to copy/backup files

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Does anyone know how to open old Display Write text documents in MSWord? I have not been able to find a converter for it.
Thank you
john0109
 

A:Solved: How can I convert Display Write 4 files into Word 2002 files

Look here: http://www.gmayor.com/downloads.htm
 

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NoVirusThanks File System Protector is a powerful utility which uses a kernel-mode driver to completely lock a file or a folder and to deny write access to files (allow read-only). You can write rules for any process or only for specific processes, you can lock files or folders and you can also protect files from modifications (write access) so that processes can only read the file content, but not hijack or modify it. With NoVirusThanks File System Protector you can protect sensitive files and folders from unauthorized accesses or modifications, a swiss army knife against nasty ransomware like CryptoLocker family or to just protect important files.

On the ?Settings? tab you can specify a custom logs folder to save blocked events, and on ?Exclusions? tab you can manage trusted applications (using wildcards), so they are excluded from the block-rules. To edit the default rules or to create your custom rules, open the ?Rules? tab and then click the button ?Edit Rules? (it may ask you Admin credentials) to edit the Rules.DB file. The rules are updated in real-time and writing rules is very easy, you can use wildcards characters and aliases, example:


Code:

[%OPER%: DENY_ALL] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\locked-file.txt]
[%OPER%: DENY_ALL] [%PROC%: *process.exe] [%FILE%: *\LockedFolder]
[%OPER%: DENY_WRITE] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\read-only.txt]
[%OPER%: DENY_WRITE] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\ProtectedFiles\*.txt]
[%OPER%: DENY_WRITE] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\Prot... Read more

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Can anyone tell me why I am unable to save files to the Program Directory. I appreciate that that this is not a normal protocol but I have 2 statistical replay games that from time to time require me to make changes to files that are saved in the Program Directory; however Vista will not allow this stating that that the file in question does not have a valid path.

The work around is to save elsewhere and copy in but it would be more straightforward to save direct - does anyone know a way round this?

Thanks

Glyn

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Can anyone instruct me on how to enter a specific program DIRECTORY to possibly make changes...in Windows XP?

Many thanks!

LeProfesseur...software-impaired.
 

A:Locating a program directory

What program are you talking about and what changes do you want to make?
 

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I am a newbie so please bear with my meager knowledge In an effort to speed up my PC and to eliminate some slight erratic behavior I am trying to eliminate any prgrams that I do not use or need. My PC is an HP A630N and I use the XP system Can anyone tell me what the abbreviation HPHMON05 means and do I need it, my normal usages are pretty basic so if there are sophisticated programs running that take up a lot space in my pc's capabilities I want to get rid of them, thanks much

A:Abbreviations In Program Directory

Google is your friend! http://www.google.com/search?q=HPHMON05&am...lient=firefox-aAnd the 4th link on that page points here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/h...5.exe-2023.htmlAnd that says that it's not needed unless you want the Hp Printer monitor to detect flash cards when they are inserted into the printer and automatically start HP Photosmart.

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hi,
I am being told to install a program and then extract libraries to program directory.I know what the files are just dont no how to overwrite the original files
many thx
 

A:overwriting program directory

Copying or Moving a file to the same folder, will automatically
overwrite a file with the same filename. Or you will be prompted
asking if you would like to overwrite the old file.

If I was doing such an operation, I might consider moving all
the old files in question to another folder and just hold them
until I was sure the new files work properly.
 

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I need a program that I can lock onto an .exe and see what directories and files it connects to and uses while it runs. I've been doing some googling and haven't been able to find anything. Do any of you know of any program that does such a thing?

A:Program to view directory use

You can do this with Process Monitor from Microsoft's Sysinternals.
Just make sure to set up filters properly.

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