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

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

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

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

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

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

Take Ownership

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

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

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I have just reformatted my hard drive; Windows XP pro (same as before). I have a secondinternal hard drive [D] and and external hard drive [E]. Never had any problems with them before.

Now, if I open Windows Explorer or My computer, I can see both drives, and even the contents (listing of all folder names). But each time I click on a folder, I get the message :Access Denied." The firewall (both Windows & McAfee) is turned off. permisssions give me as Administrator full access (when i look under Drive-Sharing & Security-Security. I see administrator there with every checked for permission.

Can you help? All my data is on the two drives!


A:Solved: Access Denied (all folders & files)


This article describes how to take ownership of a file or a folder where you have been denied access.
this should help you gain access to your files

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HELP! I am trying to copy files from my old computer to a new one. I copied the contents of the My Documents folder onto an external HDD. When I connect it to the new computer, I can see the folder but when I try to access it, I get the message in the attached pic. I have tried changing permissions on the drive to no avail. I'm running WinXP Pro SP3 on both the old and new computers. I had a password on the old one to log on, which has been removed. The old computer is still bootable. Can anyone help me please?

A:[SOLVED] Files not accessable, Access Denied

Take ownership of the Folder

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I had some files compressed on vista, that were moved to 7 and now, everytime I open them I get access denied, even though I am Administrator.

A:Solved: Access denied on a few compressed files

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Not sure if im in the right forum here. I have saved some files and backed up my e mails to an external hard drive as i formatted and re installed a copy of windows xp. When i try to access the files on my external hard drive, i get a message that access is denied. Any ideas much appreciated

A:Solved: access denied on backup files

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

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

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

Any ideas?

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

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

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

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

“Windows can not access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item.”

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

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

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

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

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

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I restored a backup of the "documents and settings" to a new install of XP but when I try to access the primary (preffered customer) folder I get 'C:\Documents And Settings\Preffered Customer is not accessible. Access is denied'. This folder originally asked for a password, which was blank (ie. hit enter). Is there something I can do in the registry or am I stuck with a unaccessable backup (all the my docs, pics etc.)?

A:Solved: Restored backup files, now access denied...

Take ownership of files & folders should help here.

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Windows XP; Dell 1.7
Norton SystemWorks 2002
Norton AV 2003
NAV definitions up to date, system checked today, no viruses.

I messed with Norton Waste Basket yesterday, trying to get rid of the
'Access Denied' bootup message as seen on another thread here. Messed with taking ownership of files in SAFE mode. Finally scared myself, restored the system from earlier in the day, all looked fine again. Now I can't access the 'Program Files' folder (didn't try yesterday, so it probably didn't work then either). I must have messed with administrator rights or something. I'm the only user of this machine, although we have a four-machine home network set up, direct cables to a router.

Error message when attempting to access Program Files folder:
C:\ Program Files is not accessible.
Access Denied.

Sounds like an authorization issue. I use no passwords to log in, I am the only User on this machine.
What can I try next?


A:Solved: 'Program Files' folder, access denied

try to log in using the administrator account then set ownership.

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I have numerous files which Windows 7 Uninstall left behind when uninstalling malware. The uninstall message was to the effect that, "(xx?file) Uninstalled, but couldn't automatically remove some parts. You will have to remove them manually."

So, using the Command Interface, I went to c:\program files (and (x86) and CD'd to the "xx?file" program in each malware case and entered DEL *.*, only to be greeted with ACCESS DENIED for each of the remaining files of the four or five supposedly uninstalled malwares.

So I tried the ATTRIB function: ATTRIB -r -s -i <enter>, and then the DEL operation as before, but
no joy. The same ACCESS DENIED message in each and every case.

How can I remove the remaining malware fragments "manually"?

Dave Oesterreich

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 8156 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset, 4 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 295077 MB, Free - 238232 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 018D1Y
Antivirus: PC VITALWARE PC MRI Anti-Malware, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: How deal with ACCESS DENIED in Program Files Dir.

Hello Doesterr,

Dealing with malware is not always straight forward. What may appear to be a simple a task (eg. deleting a few files), may in fact be more complex than anticipated, and consequently require the use of more sophisticated tools. For example, a group policy restriction may have been set on your Program Files folder. Whilst relatively straight forward to deal with, you may not know how to check and remove such a setting.

As you have been, and currently are dealing with what appears to be adware or malware related, I would suggest you utilise the Virus and Other Malware removal section of this forum.

No doubt this particular issue can be resolved in this thread. However, adware/malware have a nasty habit of dropping more components than you may realise. I believe it is better to be safe than sorry, and to get your computer fully checked over in case there is anything lurking. Good luck with whatever you decide.

All the best,

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Thor gave me a link to the microsoft page saying how to give people ownership of files, but a link said that persons with xp home can't turn off simplified file sharing, which would allow access to the security tab that has the box to allow for the sharing.

How do I access these files otherwise?

All help will be greatly appreciated and I will definitely try it (If it's not obviously rediculous...)

A:[SOLVED] How do you access denied files on xp home if you cant turn off simplified fi

Go to your Control Panel > Folder Options > View (tab). Scroll down to the bottom of the window and see if there is an option for "Use simple file sharing".

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I have "blue screen of deaht" laptop that I was told to use an adapter to get any files off. For the most part, I had access to most files. However, I get a message saying my main account is "unacceeisble, access denied." when I try to view the files. Is it because I once had a password on that account? Is it possible to get passed this?

A:[SOLVED] Access denied when trying to get files off drive from dead laptop?

You need to take ownership of the files:
How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

How to take ownership of a folder

To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?

All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.

Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

How to take ownership of a file
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
Click the Se... Read more

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I've just got a new netbook and have connected it to my home network. Internet connection is working fine, but I also want to access shared files on my main PC.

I've run the Network Setup Wizard on both computers. Both have the same workgroup name and both have file and printer sharing enabled. There are no third-party firewalls running on either machine, but both have Windows Firewall enabled. Both are running AVG free edition.

The netbook is running Windows XP Home Edition SP3
The main PC is running Windows XP Pro SP2

I can access the shared files on my netbook, using my main PC.

Here's the problem. When I go to View Workgroup Computers on the netbook, I can see the main PC in my workgroup. However, when I double click to open this, I get an 'access is denied' message which advises me to contact the server's admin about access permissions.

Can anyone tell me which setting I need to change to enable access? Any help would be much appreciated - please let me know if there's any important info I've left out in this description.


A:Solved: Acessing shared files from netbook: access is denied

After doing some more digging, I found some info that's helped me fix this. For anyone having a similar problem, this is what I used;

On each machine, do this.

Create a file in notepad named FIXANON.REG with the following contents:

You should have 3 boxes on the bottom in NOTEPAD.
1)Filename : FIXANON.REG
2)Save as type: all files
3)Encoding: ANSI
If you do not change it from txt type to All files type, then the file will actually be FIXANON.REG.txt, this won't accomplish the desired result.

------------------- Use text after this line -------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
------------------- Use text before this line -----------------

Double click on the file and say Yes to the merge into registry question.

Reboot the computer.

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

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

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

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On Windows7 Pro,  trying to run IIS.  The way I am used to execute is  on the browser "localhost".  I used to have the code in the directory  C:\inetpub\wwwroot.   Even before I copy,  I am hoping to see
the image IIS welcome page.  Once it is successful, want to copy the code as that was the way I used to do in Window XP.    However I am getting the following message.  I have administrator access to the machine and gave full permissions
to the folder  'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.  Still the same message. 
Error message 401.3: You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied (access denied due to Access Control Lists). Ask the Web server's administrator to give you access to 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.

Can someone help me to address this issue.  Thanks a lot in advance. 

A:Error message 401.3: You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied (access denied due to Access Control Lists). Ask the Web server's administrator to give you access to 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.


You can click the IIS hyperlink in my previous post or using this one



Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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

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

any ideas?

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


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

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

Laptop specs (profile has my desktop specs):

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

A:Access Denied to my own files...

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

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

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

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

A:Access denied for my own files

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

A:files access denied

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

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

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

can anyone help with this?

the windows user account is administrator


A:access denied to files on ext HDD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Access denied to some files

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

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

All worked really well and Windows installed fine.

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

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

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

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


A:Denied access to files

Try taking ownership of the files.

To do that follow the instructions given HERE.

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

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Hey guys,

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


A:Access Denied to My Files

What files are we talking about?

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

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

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

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

A:Getting files: Access Denied

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

A:access to files denied

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

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

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


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

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

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

A:all my files are access denied

Quote: Originally Posted by trish27

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


How long has this been going on?

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

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

A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots

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

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old problem fixed:

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

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

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

new problem:

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

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

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

please help if you can; thanks.

A:access denied to encrypted files

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

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

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


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

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I have just registered in this website because I don't seem to find the solution to my situation, so here's the story:
My sister bought a laptop a few weeks ago and it came preinstalled with windows 8, so I immediately suggested to upgrade to Windows 10 which I find easier to use, so I did that for her but the Pc became really laggy and so slow to boot up that I had to configure sleep and hibernation. So my sister told me that she wanted to go back to the original windows that came on the laptop, so I made a backup of the files to another hard drive (I opened up the laptop and extracted the HDD an plugged it in my Desktop PC) and then, used One Key recovery from the laptop (Lenovo) so it has Windows 8 or 8.1 (Im not sure but it does have Start button) So I restored the files from the other HDD but I get a message saying "Access Denied" and "Use the security Tab to enable ownership" and I have actually seen videos on how to take ownership of the folder but with no luck. So I hope you could help me to sort that out, I was thinking that maybe the file system of Windows 10 is slightly different that of W8  because I get sometimes the error "Destination or file is corrupted"
So I am thinking of two possible solutions to this:
-Be able somehow to gain access to folders again and everything cool and good (preferred)
-Clean install W10 and see if I can access the files that way
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A:Restored files from another PC then Access Denied

Update: The Pc ran a HDD scan for errors on the unit and fixed them, after some reboots and some BSOD everything worked, I can access all the files now and sometimes I just get the "You need Admin rights to access this folder" so I just press OK and everything good.
Thanks for the ones who took the time to read my post.

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I have the following problem.
I bought an external HDD (WD Elements 1TB) and used it for a while for backup purposes. I used it on several computers for saving files.
Now I discovered that a number of files are not accessible. I get a message" File access permission denied". Also, it asked me to save encription key when I used it on other pc. I never used encription, so why this message?
How can I get my files back?

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Edit: 2 of my pc's have windows 8.1 and I other "had" windows 7.

A:Access denied to files on external HDD

Have you checked the permission of these files?
Right click a file/folder>properties>security tab>advanced, there you can check if you have the permission and if not get the permission.

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I have administrative rights on my computer but it won't let me delete certain temp files, says needs administrative rights to access. How can I figure out what is going on?

A:files locked ...access denied

You could try LockHunter is a free 64/32 bit tool to delete files blocked by any processes or Download Unlocker 1.9.2 - FileHippo.com to unlock the files and to see what is locking them.

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When I try to access program files, install a program, or anything else along those lines, I get a simple message:
"C:/Program Files is not Accessible. Access Denied."

Nothing more. No error, no details on how to undo this denial of access. I have windows XP, and I can find no way to correct it, and I want help ASAP.

A:Access Denied (program files)

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I have a Win8 Helix Laptop
Can no longer open or copy Offline files/folders received Access denied messages
Other users can login and their offline folder access and sync to the share works with no issues
Need to retrieve the offline data for the user before I try to clear the cache
I can open and view offline files from the Sync Center but I can not copy .. access denied message
The sync fails as well with access denied messages for every file
Any thoughts are welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

This has been a problem for at least a month.

A:Program Files Access Denied

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

A:get access denied when i try to download files

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

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

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

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

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

I appreciate any help anyone can give. Thanks.

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

Professional Edition:

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

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

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

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

Was doing this with mmc and certmgr.

Thanks a lot in advance

A:Access denied to Encrypted files

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I am having problems accessing the program files directory on an Emachines PC running XP Home..

The pc has been infected with spyware and I have clean some of it..

I have ran super antispyware and it did not find anything, but as it ran I was getting McCafee warnings of spyware and trojans..

I am also unable to open McCafee antivirus, the prgram files directory, and install Spybot..

I ran Hijack this and removed some items, but still no help..

I ran VUNDOFIX and it did not find anything, but McCafee did while it was running..

This is very strange and I am wondering if there are any known trojans/spyware that could cause this..

I am going to try combofix next...

Thanks for any help...

A:Program files access denied

Well I figured it out...

I put the HD into a Windows 2000 machine.

Then took ownership of the files and was able to access the directory..

I found many malware programs which I was now able to remove..

Thanks for trying..

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Hey guys, I really need some help with this. For some reason I cannot do anything in my Program Files for one of my hard drives. My C drive seems to be fine, as well as my 2 other drives. But in my F drive, Ive broken down the program files into a normal one and x86 one. I can basically access every other folder expect the Program Files in F drive. Program Files (x86) in the same drive works perfectly fine. Everytime i try to add a new folder or delete anything in my Program Files folder it says destination folder access denied and i need permission.

Ive tried fiddling with all the UAC and permissions but nothing seems to work.I even tried the command prompt :
"4. To Take Ownership of a Folder or Drive in a Command Prompt
NOTE: This command will take ownership of the folder or drive, and all files and subfolders in the folder or drive."

method but it says Access is Denied in my command prompt.
I will really appreciate any assistance as this is really starting to annoy me. I am also not very proficient with this matters so please bare with me. Thanks in advance

A:Access is denied in Program Files

Are these programs that you deliberately installed to that drive, or does the drive have it's own OS on it? If it does, you may not be able to get to it. If you right click on it and go to Security Options, it will show a user which is a string of numbers. You have to remove that user, and set the Owner to Administrators. Sometimes you can't get rid of that "numbered" user.

Did you use an Admin Command Prompt?

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