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[SOLVED] Access Denied on old My Documents Folder

Q: [SOLVED] Access Denied on old My Documents Folder

Short version of a long story. Due to multiple BSOD on friends laptop, I decided the best course of action to a non-destructive OS recovery. It is an HP DV6000 laptop running XP Home SP2 with 2 GB mem and a 100 GB HD.
The only thing he had on the machine that he didn't want to lose was about 32 GB of songs for his DJ business. Just to be safe, I copied then onto a networked pc for safe keeping. Hitting PF11 during reboot, took me to the OS restore screen. I proceeded through the restore and choose a different user nane than the original one he had used. This saved the files in the Documents and settings folder for the old user (that no longer existed). After the restore was done, I tried to copy the My Documents folder from the old user to the new user directory. No matter what I tried, I received the Access denied. I tried from a CMD Prompt. I tried using the ATTRIB command to look at the attributes. The only thing I could see was, on each directory (My Documents and below) the Properties window had the Hidden check box filled in, not checked, but filled in. I could not turn it off. I even tried to boot to safe mode and log on as Administrator, and got the same results. I ended up, going back and doing the destructive restore (format drived and factory reload) and then copying the files back from my network.

My question is, why couldn't I copy or delete these files even as administrator, and how can I correct this situation in the future, as I know this same sort of thing will happen again. Also, when you do the non-destructive OS restore, if you try and use the same user name, it assigns a different set of files in the documents and settings file. Don't ask me how I know this.

I know I got by the problem, but I sure would like to know what caused it, and how to get around it in the future.

A: [SOLVED] Access Denied on old My Documents Folder

He probably had the "Make my files private" setting enabled for his account, which restricts access to the files for that account, even on a new XP install. In the future you can take ownership of the files to gain access to them.

Hope it helps,

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Win xp sp2. My computer crashed and I had to use the recovery disc supplied by the manufacturer. The recovery process erased the HD but offered me the option of backing up which I did. When I try to open the 'owner' folder or any of the users folders it says 'Access denied'. How can I open my owner folder to recover my files. This is only happening with the users folders and not with other folders on the C: drive.

A:Solved: Denied access to c:\documents and settings\owner folder

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

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Despite logged in with Administrator privileges, I can not access this folder. Any reasons. Try to change the Access right for this, but can not change.

Where else should I look?

A:Access Denied for Documents & Settings folder

Try this ffrree.

Take Ownership Shortcut

See how that goes.

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I think I have a problem with my hard drive. I get a black screen with a blinking cursor, and it beeps once, when the Windows logo is normally displayed while booting up. I put the HDD into another computer as a slave, and I can access the contents, so the file system is intact.

The only thing is, under Documents and Settings of my slave HDD, the folder with my username that has all my documents says its size is 0. And when I try to double click it I get an access denied error. Is it only saying the folder data size is 0 because I can't access it? Or did I somehow lose all my data under My Documents? How can I change the security settings so I have access to it?

A:Access denied error for My Documents folder

Hi Anom,

I would imagine that your data is intact and you cannot see the file-size due to the access issues, as you quite rightly pointed-out.

I was under the impression that you could right-click on the folder and select properties, then security tab, advanced, Owner, select your active account and tick the box that says 'Replace owner on subcontainers and objects'. Press OK.

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I can no longer access my 'Documents and Settings' folder, each time I try, I get a message saying 'Access denied'. I tried running a search for files I know are within that folder, but the search just seems to bypass that folder altogether. I tried a system restore, but that didn't help either. HELP!

A:Documents and Settings folder - access denied

Hi Magnummaniac, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Documents and Settings in Windows 7 is not a folder, it is just a junction (link) used for backward compatibility with Windows XP; for instance when an application tries to save something as in XP to Document and Settings, Windows 7 redirects the action to corresponding folder in its own main Users folder, default at C:\Users. A user should never need to access Documents and Settings in Windows 7.

Using myself as an example, I have used Windows 7 six years now, started over a year before it was officially published in 2009. I have never - I repeat Never Ever - even clicked the Documents and Settings icon, nor have I had any reason to access it.


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I've been using Win7 for a while and have found some quirky behavior, but this one has got me stumped. The Documents and Settings Folder now appears in Explorer as a Shortcut...I don't recall that being the case before? When I click it, I get, the pop up window, "You don't currently have permission to access this folder." Clicking 'continue' gives 2nd pop up, "You have been denied access to this folder".

There is only 1 account set up on this laptop, and it is the Administrator, and of course that is how I am logged in. The security permissions show that I have "Full Control". "Special Permissions" are only assigned to the 'System'.

If I look at he properties (at least of the shortcut in Explorer) they are set to Read-Only.

So, I'd like to verify that:

1. Access to this folder via Explorer is by Shortcut...and it was always that way and didn't magically change.

2. There should be access to the actual folder, at least by the Administrator Account.

3. and how do you access this folder dag nab it.



A:Access Denied to Documents and Settings Folder

winbob said:

I've been using Win7 for a while and have found some quirky behavior, but this one has got me stumped. The Documents and Settings Folder now appears in Explorer as a Shortcut...I don't recall that being the case before? When I click it, I get, the pop up window, "You don't currently have permission to access this folder." Clicking 'continue' gives 2nd pop up, "You have been denied access to this folder".

There is only 1 account set up on this laptop, and it is the Administrator, and of course that is how I am logged in. The security permissions show that I have "Full Control". "Special Permissions" are only assigned to the 'System'.

If I look at he properties (at least of the shortcut in Explorer) they are set to Read-Only.

So, I'd like to verify that:

1. Access to this folder via Explorer is by Shortcut...and it was always that way and didn't magically change.

2. There should be access to the actual folder, at least by the Administrator Account.

3. and how do you access this folder dag nab it.


WinClick to expand...
If no group permissions were changed it is a simple case of ownership. Right click the shortcut>ope file location>right click folder>security>who owns it?

If the owner is not you, you can either add yourself to the group that owns it (trusted installer perhaps?) or take ownership of the folder.
That should enable access

Let u... Read more

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anytime i try to access documents and settings, am told access is denied.i want to paste a file at startup but because of this i cant.Also am trying to let my pc welcome me after booting but i cant pls assist memessage edited by EddyEmrysAsante

A:Access Denied for Windows 8.1 Documents & Settings folder

That is the correct condition - you are not supposed to be able to access that area. If you have tried to force the issue undo whatever you have done before you hit trouble, using System Restore if necessary.This is the path you want to get you to the Startup folder:"C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup"You need to say what this welcome idea is about - a screen message, audio or what? You can put a shortcut in Startup to whatever you wish.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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After searchin microsofts help and support it appeared that i found my solution but their directoins were wrong, well for my system anyway. heres a grab from their site and my problem with it.


When you try to open a folder in Microsoft Windows XP, you may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you cannot open:
Folder is not accessible. Access is denied


This issue may occur if the folder that you cannot open was created on an NTFS file system volume by using a previous installation of Windows, and then installing Windows XP.
This issue may occur although you enter the correct user name and password.
This issue occurs because the security ID for the user has changed.
Although you use the same user name and password, your security ID no longer matches the security ID of the owner of the folder that you cannot open.

For example, although you use the same user name and password, you may no longer have permission to open the folder after you complete the following steps:

1. Before you install Windows XP Professional, you change the actual location, or target location, of the My Documents folder to another volume.
2. You format the primary partition.
3. You install Windows XP Professional.


To resolve this issue, you must turn off Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder:

1. Turn off Simple File Sharing: a. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
b. On the Tools menu, click Folder Op... Read more

A:Access Denied to My Documents folder after reinstallation of windows xp please help.

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The title basically explains it. I don't have a security tab when I right click on properties. I searched for a solution already, and I downloaded the security thing for NT, but I restarted and it didn't work. I really need to access this folder, as it was the whole reason I saved the hard drive and didn't reformat it when I had to fix my computer. It has about 40gb of music and documents and irreplacable pictures.

A:Access Denied to old Documents and Settings Folder on old Hard Drive

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

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

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

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

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

So, the questions are:

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

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

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

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hi! my friends computer crashed and she asked me to transfer her files. i used the coolmax cd 350 combo to transfer them to an external hard drive. i can transfer everything except one folder under my-documents. it keeps saying "access denied." i'm using windows xp home edition service pack 3. i tried transferring in safe mode with administrative account but it's still denied. i also tried my-computer >tools>folder options>view>advance settings but i can't find the "use simple file sharing." please help, those files are her medical files. i'm hoping i can still retrieve them for her. thanks!

A:Solved: my-documents access denied

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I have an old computer running XP. The motherboard died so I removed the IDE hard disk, inserted it in a case and purchased an IDE to USB connector.

It connects perfectly to my laptop which also runs XP

BUT although I can get to most of the stuff I can't access any of the contents of the My Documents file. It just says access denied. I assume this is because I need a password although I did not have any password set on the old computer.

Is there any way I can access the old documents to copy them onto the new laptop?

A:Solved: USB to IDE connection Access denied to Documents

You need to take ownership of the files and folders.

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I performed a System Recovery. I installed Word and went to access my Owner documents from the Backup File that was created during the Recovery. However, I now get this error message: C:\My Backup-10-01-18 0912AM\Documents and Settings\Owner is not accessible. Access is denied. So I have LOST all of my work. However, I can easily access any and all files under the Guest profile. Can anyone help me figure out what happened to the Owner profile?

thank you!

A:Solved: After System Recovery Owner Documents Access Denied

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Had probs with my PC not booting up so took it to a PC repair shop that found that the part on my hard drive that holds the boot-up info was corrupt, they istalled a new hard drive but managed to keep the old one as a 2nd hard drive as the rest of the data was good on it.
I am now trying to access my files on the old hard drive under documents and settings\user but it wont allow me to access them - how can I access the files? I did set up user accounts on this but they were not password protected...
I'm on XP...
PS I've tried info on here: but I dont have a 'security' tab once i click on properties....I'm no techy so advice in laymans terms please!!

A:Solved: D:\Documents and Settings\user is not accesible. Access is denied. Help

If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.Click to expand...

Did you follow this step? When you start the computer, and before Windows boots, you need to press F8 and select Safe Mode.

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I'd like to transfer the data from my Owner profile to a new profile, but I keep receiving this message while trying to do so: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner is not accessible. Access denied.

I followed the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, so I don't know what's preventing me from accessing the Owner folder.

Note I'm using an administrator account to access the Owner folder.

A:Solved: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner is not accessible. Access denied.

Could be the permissions are set for the Owner account only, and not the Administrators Group.

Right click the C:\Documents and Settings\Owner folder, click Properties, then click the Security tab.
Make sure Administrators is listed -- note the s, and the icon should have two heads, not one.
You must have simple file sharing turned off to see the security tab and for XP Home, boot into safe mode, or install the XP Security tab fix from the link in this post
To turn off simple file sharing:
Control Panel | Folder Options
View tab
Uncheck Use simple file sharing (Recommended) (last item in the list)

You can also take ownership of the folder:
How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP



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Hi, if anyone could help me with this, it would be great!

All of a sudden when I try to open my C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents folder, it says "access denied"

running xp home sp2.

any suggestions?

oh, I did a google for solutions and various pages often suggested I turn off simple file sharing, but the option is non existant under my file/view menu...

A:Access Denied to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents

It sounds to me as though the administrator has made that directory path private. Are you the admin, and if so, are you logged into a user account with admin rights? If all else fails, reboot and log into the Administrator account and go to the control panel/users and change your preferred account status. While you're there, unlock the problem path to allow all users to view.

Good Luck!

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Ive built a new pc for a guy cos his mobo failed and installed his old hd as a slave so he can get his old files etc..

All the user log-ins but 1 didnt have a password and can be accessed easily but the main account used to have a log-in password and we cant get into "my documents" on the old drive.

Is there anything i can do to make it accessable?


A:Solved: folder saying access denied

search the net for a utility to blank his XP password. There are several good ones out there.

Misread that.

Try taking ownership of the folder

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I shared a folder on my LAN network, (University hostel). after that i "unshared" it. shared it by right clicking, security and sharing, share this folder on network,did not allow users to modify contents. there might have been a problem while setting permission. the problem is, after i "unshared" it, i have no modification access to the folder. i can access it though to view my files. but i cant create a new folder, rename a new folder, or modify files within the subfolders. FYI its my Games folder. i found out abt this when i wasnt able to save my games cos the error said that the program was denied access. i am the admin on the pc n i still cant modify it. Win Xp SP3. usin AVG IS 9.0 . simple sharing is enabled. have shared the folder b4. had no problems. till a couple days ago. tried system restore to no effect.
Additional Details

can delete a folder..(regretting it)...but cant restore it from recycle bin...says check if disk is full or write protected.

A:Solved: Denied access to folder...

Try taking the ownership of that folder.
Goto Security -> Advanced -> Owner
If you are admin on your PC, you should be able to take ownership. After that you should be able to modify that folder.

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Hello guys, I tried all I could... all I know. Means not so much. My windows HP was having problems booting and shutting down, so I reinstalled from the orig. CDs. I have a Cd in french, but now XP is in English. This is not the problem, as I speak English. BUT my folder containing pictures, private files, and working files, in the folder C:\Documents and settings is now saying "C:\Documents and Settings\Francis is not accessible" and just under "Access is denied". I runned Registry mechanic, from PC Tools, and I see all my files being scanned, but I tried by all the possible ways I know, and I was unable to find a solution. I guess it might be a detail, but I sincerely ignore it. Could anyone help me as soon as possible ? I would appreciate it very much. Fred from Geneva.

A:Solved: Access denied to my own folder...

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I Keep Getting 'You Have been denied permission to access this folder' when i try to open my User area from my backup of vista (i've just clean installed Windows 7). It instructs me to go to the 'security tab'. I only have the 1 administrator username, and it's already checked as 'full controll'.

Other places have told me to do this :
- Click Start
- Type: cmd
- Right-click cmd when it appears
- Click Run As Administrator
- Change location to the folder you need access to (e.g. cd e:\folder)
- Type: takeown /F . /R /A /D Y > NUL
- Type: icacls . /grant USEROI)(CI)(F) /L /T /Q
(Where USER is your username - you will only have access from your
XP and Vista machine in this case)
(Or, replace USER with Users if you want anyone [on any computer
your hard drive is plugged into] to have full access to these files)

But it's not done anything, despite working for others. Anyone Think of any other solutions? I've attatched screenshot of what I tried in case i went wrong. Other thread is pretty dead which is why im reposting over here.

Thanks so much for any help, all my important files are inside there.

A:Solved: Denied Access To Folder

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I?m trying to move a word doc to a shared document file on my network. The reason for moving it is so that I can print it. Windows 7 is not compatible with my old printer.
Whenever I try to move the word doc to the shared documents file on the network I get this message. ?Destination Folder Access Denied? ? You need permission to perform this action?
How do I fix this issue?

I don't see a search box so I posted a new thread.

A:[SOLVED] Destination Folder Access Denied

You are trying to transfer a file that the destination computer does not allow network computers to write to the folder you are sending it to. To fix this the computer with the printer (which I assume is where you are sending it) must have file sharing set up. Which can be enabled in the Network and Sharing Center, from the start menu or the Control Panel. File sharing is turned off by default for security reasons. Also some Anti-Virus programs can interfere with File Sharing.

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I'm using Xp sp2.
Since my system went down i was forced to format and install XP once again..
After installing i'm not able to open some of my folders...I'm the ADMIN.
I also have a user account.. But the folder was created from the Admin Account.
I tried opening the folder from both the accounts...the folder is in E: drive...But i'm able to open all other folders in the same drive... Plz help me.......i'm in very urgent to have the files in that folders......

Thnx in advance......

A:Solved: Access Denied while opening a folder

Give this a try:

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[I'm using Windows XP]

I wanted to move a folder from one location to another. I cut the folder, went to the desired locationa nd pasted it. When when trying to open the folder it said access was denied. I went to it's properties and unchecked "read only", tried to open it again, "access is denied"(again). I checked properties again and read only was still checked(stays checked even after unchecking it and clicking okay). I then did a system restore to 2 previous dates. Both resulted in the folder going back to it's original location. I was then able to go into the folder but did not have access to view any file in the folder (access was denied to all of them).

I have no idea what to do. The files in that folder are very important to me, so I really hope there is a simple solution to this.

A:Solved: Moved folder, now access is denied!?

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i have an external usb hard drive with a wierd folder that wont delete.
has a long name like some type of temporary folder, containing a "i386" folder. (windows setup?)
windows explorer check disk says all is ok. nod32 scan says clean. tried the command prompt command "rd /s/q "folder name".
all are "access is denied"

A:Solved: cannot delete folder - access denied

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I am having a problem adding some sites to my Favorites. Some work normally and some I get the message that "access is denied". Anyone know of an easy fix for this problem?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4001 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1808 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940261 MB, Free - 874879 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0CXTWJ
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Favorites Folder-Access denied.

If you accidentally deleted a the folder called "Favorites" in the Favorites section you will get
Access Denied --- simply make a new Folder with the name "Favorites."

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Got a new computer with Vista Home Premium installed.

Just uploaded some digital photos to my pictures folder in documents main folder.

went to attach the new photos to a email and get the error msg above.

I am logged in as an admin level

Is there something I need to reset to allow me to attach files in the documents top folder?



A:Solved: Access denied msg on pictures folder

try putting the pictures on the desktop and see if that fixes it

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I have a folder on my desktop that I created about a month ago. Nothing is really in it, just some video files. Im trying to delete the sub folders within it, and it gives me the message that 'The Folder Not Accessible' It says that I have to have Admin permission to delete the contents. Im the only user on my lap top though. What I have tried so far.

I have manually attempted to take ownership of the files through cmd prmpt, it tells me Access Denied.

I downloaded the Take Ownership program and tried it that way, no luck

Any ideas on what I can do, any why its locking me out?

A:[SOLVED] Folder Not Accessible. Access Denied

Hi, you mention manually attempting to take ownership through cmd prompt , how did you do this (was it using takeown and Icacls?) and were you running cmd elevated as administrator?

What is the full path to the files and have you tried using the right click properties then security tab to grant your user full control?

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Good Evening....haven't been here in awhile....and I've missed y'all.

Here is my problem/question for now:

I have a folder on my desktop (I made it and put some of my pics into it)...well, now I want to delete this folder, and it will not delete, (it won't let me delete). I am running Windows Vista. on a HP computer (Dell monitor).

Anyhow, I always get this message:
Destination Folder Access Denied (across the top in blue)

The body of this message says "You need to confirm this operation"
then the name of my folder: JH Wildlife
date created 9/25/2011 10:05 P.M.

then below that it has 3 choices
continue skip cancel

I click Continue

Then a new window opens: It says:

User Account Control (across the top in blue)
and in the body this time it says
Windows needs your permission to continue

If you started this action continue.
File Operation
Microsoft Windows

and my choices are:

continue or cancel
I click Continue and the cycle starts all over again with DESTINATION FOLDER ACCESS DENIED
with 2 choices:

Continue & Cancel
and this goes on over and over and over.

I am the only one that uses this computer here at home...and the only one with access to it anyhow....
How do I get this folder and any others that I have and no longer want?
Is there a setting that I can change so I don't have to go thru this every time i want to delete something on my desk top? ( a folder I created)
Thanks in advance for any help y'all can giv... Read more

A:Solved: Destination Folder Access Denied

Try Unlocker.

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When I'm trying to access my Documents and Settings folder through the explorer, my computer says I don't have access even though I'm logged in through the only user account. I try to change the permissions and it gives me an error and then still prevents access.

How can I get rid of these stupid security measures that I don't need?

A:[SOLVED] Can't access Documents folder

Hi, sounds like you are trying to access Documents and settings, that exist in Vista\Seven.
Actually, those "folders" are Junctions, or reparse points. You'll notice they have the Shortcut arrow on them. Their sole purpose is to redirect old programs that have the old locations hard coded, rather than using environment variables, to the new locations.
Open a Command Prompt, navigate to any folder containing a junction point, and type Dir /AL, and it will list the Junctions, and the location they point to.
If you want a list of all of them, run Dir /AL /S from the root of the hard drive (i.e., C:\)

You can't access them because the Everyone group only has permission to traverse the folder, and has a Deny permission set for reading/listing.
(thanks to Outcaste)

For these three in particular:
C:\Users\ Your User Name \Documents\My Music is now C:\Users\Your User Name\Music
C:\Users\ Your User Name \Documents\My Pictures is now C:\Users\ Your User Name \Pictures
C:\Users\ Your User Name \Documents\My Videos is now C:\Users\ Your User Name \Videos

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One of my office computers mobo died (Dell GX270) and I moved that boot drive to my backup computer as slave (SATA). It still boots the Dell but the Dell goes to black screen to quickly to do a back up. It has my daily working files so the backup isn't current enough for my needs.

When I moved it to a Compaq Presario backup computer, it won't allow me to access, in Documents & Settings folder, the sub folder I need to access. Returns 'Access Denied' message.

Things I've tried: Followed MS Support instructions on taking ownership of the Documents & Settings folder, sub folder, drive. None of these actions allow access to the sub-folder I need to access. Each User has been changed to allow full access (in Safe Mode) but there is one user 'Creator Owner' that won't allow full access. The hour glass shows up for several seconds and then it un-checks all the access rights I've selected.

Also tried stopping the security accounts service in 'Services'. Didn't help.

The drive has a bootup password but none of the folders have their own password. None of the folders are 'Shared' on a network.

Have Win XP Home Edition, SP3 on both computers.

Any suggestions?

A:[SOLVED] Access Denied on slave drive folder...

OK, my mistake. Wasn't following the instructions from MS carefully enough. Wasn't taking permission by the correct admin account.


There's 5 hours I won't get back!

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I have two XP desktops. I use one for the internet & email and the other for work. I have a SharedDocs folder on each desktop.

On my work desktop it works. On the email/internet desktop, I can take files out but I can't put files into the folder. I get the message:

Error Copying File or Folder
Cannot copy [file name]. Access is denied.
Make sure that the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
Can you tell me how to correct this issue?

Thanks to all who try to help or solve this problem!


A:Solved: Access denied with shared docs folder

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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'm trying to get some data of an old HD, so I hooked it up as a slave to my current computer. I can access everything on the slave drive except one of the folders inside .../documents and settings/. I can access the Administrator and All Users directories but another folder, which has the data I want, says "Access is denied." when I try to open it.

The computer I am working with is running XP home and the directory in question is not password protected. Any assistance would be appreciated.


A:Solved: Access Denied to Slave Drive Folder

Follow instructions on the above page, it should sort your problem

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I tried to search for the problem below

I have installed avast AV program on windows 7 64 bits when I tried to copy a file from My Document to the "Avast" folder a message pop up "Destination Folder Access Denied You need permission to perform this action"

I have already changed the ownership for "Avast" folder and sub containers and objects, but still no luck

I logged in as a user (let us say username called : forum) who is part of administrators group


A:Solved: Windows 7 Destination Folder Access Denied

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Ive been running vista for about a month now no real problems. Today i open outlook and get this:
So i try to open said file but when I try to open Loacl Settings i get this

Followed by:
No this is very very odd as I am the only user of my computer and I am a full administrtor.
So i check the file permisions:
Whats going on anyone know?
I am aware of the forums policy on security so I ask that all replies contain information that would only be usefull to someone with full admin permisions.

A:Solved: Access Denied to Local Settings Folder

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I'm new to windows 7 and having a hard time navigating the file structure. When I try to open documents and settings, access is denied. Under libraries-documents there is a folder named My Videos.....access is denied to that one as well. How do I get access. I'm the only user and an administrator. Why can't I see what's in these folders? Thanks.

A:Solved: Can't access Documents & Settings Folder

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Alright... major boo-boo here people. My User folder (C:\Users\Jenny) is for some reason shared on my home network. My brother brought my attention to it when he said he could browse all my files from his own computer. So, in an attempt to block it from access, I set the permissions on the folder to denying access to everybody.

I didn't know Vista is truly that stupid! Now I can't even access my own user folder, from my own account. I assumed it meant "Everybody except me".

Is there any way at all I can fix this, or do I have to create a new user account?

A:Solved: Permissions Problem - Denied Access to own User Folder

Wait... figured it out. D'oh. I must have left my brain on my pillow this morning. For future reference, you have to go to the Security properties of the folder, go Advanced, click 'Owner' and change it back.

Oh boy am I embarrassed.

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I just completed a system restore on my eMachines computer. I have Windows XP. Now, I had one folder that I backed up, but now everytime I try to enter it, it says Access Denied. I did hide this folder on my hard drive before, but all of my other hidden folders that I backed up work fine. I would really appreciate it if somebody could tell me how to gain access to this folder, I have very important information in it. Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Access Denied Into Folder, Just Completed System Restore

You will have to "take ownership" of it, basically following the instructions in the article below.

However it appears they fail to mention that in Windows XP Home, to have access to the "security" tab, you must boot up in Safe Mode.;en-us;308421

see also:;en-us;308418

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You have experienced the headache of not been able to acces shared folders and network printer ?.

Bypass Microsoft network layer to resolve this issue that has been a headache since XP to Vista.

1) Download Hamachi from
This is a free vpn utility, very easy to use.
2) Install on pc#1, create a virtual network name and password.
Will get a static ip for this pc.
3) on other pc's install hamachi and join the virtual network.

Every folder and printers shared will be available thru the virtual network.
example: On pc#2 in the hamachi console right click on PC#1 and browse the shared folder, copy files etc.

To add a printer is done the same way as going thru add printer and locate on network, the diff here is that your by passing microsoft network and using your virtual network.

This resolved all the problems that I have seen in google regarding this issue.

A:Solved: Workaround: Access Denied to Network folder /Printers

What version of Vista are you running?

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I recently got my pc back from the shop and to find that i cannot access My Documents and i keep getting 'Access Denied' not accessible when i try getting in.

I have tried Computer Management > Shared Folders > Shares but when i right click there is no option for remove the share. (not sure if its a hidden share) or permissions have been changed to someone else in order to copy data over, or the shop linked my hard drive to a laptop with Vista and changed permissions in order for them to copy data.

How would i remove this so i can access My Documents??

I have tired searching for videos, files and folders within My Documents and it cant find anything from within there when i know there is!!

Any help would be great


A:Access Denied for My Documents

Have you tried taking ownership of the share?

In the advanced option of the shared folder. I am fairly sure simple file sharing will have to be disabled.

And if that fails take it back to the shop and tell them to fix it.

This sort of thing happens when you remove the drive and hook it up to another system and try to copy the contents of that hard drive.

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Just installed windows yesterday, and changed the default place for the mydocuments folder to the second drive (d:, a partition on the same drive)

Start > mydocuments, right click, properties,
Moved all my pictures, etc into it.

Then had windows semi die. no probs i think to myself, i'll just reinstall.

reinstall, and now, i can't access the my documents folder

d:\my documents and settings is not accessible
Access denied

Any ideas how i may get it all back?

A:Access denied - my documents

Google search for "Take Ownership of Files" and you will find a KB article on how to.

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I usually save passwords on Wordpad but it's developed that when I try to save a new entry I get this message 'access denied'. If I make a new file in wordpad then I can save the new entry. Ideas? Win Vista and IE 9

A:access denied to documents

right click on file on look at "security options". adjust security and apply. or just copy/paste in new file.

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I'm logged in as an administrator; I open Windows Explorer using 'Run as administrator' and try to access 'Documents & Settings'. Although UAS is set to off (i.e. the slider is at the bottom of its range) I still get 'Access Denied'.

I tried to run Group Management Console but the file gmcp.msc is not on this machine and when I try to download it I get an unhelpful message saying there are incompatibility issues but don't give any details - typical MS!

Windows 7 home Premium, fully up-to-date.

Can anyone help on this please?

A:Access Denied on 'Documents & Settings' although UAS is set to off

OK, I found a way. Just take ownership of the folder! Easy as that. Don't know why the UAC is still causing problems though, even though it's effectively turned off?

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Hi, I recently had a computer crash and die, it was an old computer, I don't know what went wrong, I don't really care now because I realize it was old and got a new computer. Anyway I knew my hard drive was still good and I have important data on it that I needed, so i removed it and bought a hard drive enclosure. I hooked it up to my new computer and everything is coming up fine, but my "e://documents and settings/owner/" folder. That was the administrative account document folder that I used for my work. When I try to open it it's giving my an 'Access Denied" error. I can access all the other accounts just fine. I think it's maybe administrative / password related somehow, but I did not have a password set on the account that I can recall, I actually remember manually setting it to 'none'. If anyone can offer any advice I would so appreciate it! The main reason I bought the enclosure was because I need all the documents I have in that folder.

A:My documents access denied error

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Hiya guys.. need ur help..


All my drives, including C: at first, D: E: F: & My Documents cannot be accessed.

When i open my computer, and double-click on drive D: or E: or F: it says "D:\ access is denied".

But i can access the drives through the address bar. Afterthat i can access everything within that drive.

Except for My Documents, which i had placed on drive F:, when i try to open it also says "Access is Denied.", couldn't also get in even through the address bar.

it started after i downloaded sumthing, maybe it was a virus.

Also after i updated my AVG.

the Drives, i could not access first, so i tried reinstalling windows XP, also due to some virus problems. After i reinstalled, i could no longer also access My Documents.

Tried scanning it.. didn't work. I also tried the "Security" thing. Didn't work on the drives, but it worked on My Documents Folder, but i could not access everything inside My Documents.

I really need your help.. cant afford reformatting, got lots of important files on My Documents. ^__^


A:Drives D: E: & F: says Access is Denied, My Documents also

Uninstall AVG


Check the drives, ok? .....Not ok read on

Run This:


Check the drives, ok? .....Not ok read on

Have a look at:

Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

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I just did a rescue and recovery with my XP (Home) PC. Now I am getting the above error message when I try to click on the "My Documents" folder. I believe the folder was accessible right after I completed my recovery because I could get to the Downloads folder easily, but something has changed. The only things I can think that I did were 1) I tried to recover a couple of files from my external hard drive to My Documents (after XP was installed) using Acronis 2) other than that when I installed re-installed Windows I set files and folder to private when prompted. But I'm not sure that's the problem because when I right click on the My Documents folder, "make this folder private" is not checked off (I've also tried rebooting in safe mode as per a Microsoft article; they say this is what to do in XP Home but when I did that the computer just eventually gave me the option to reboot back into Windows in one mode or another). I also tried a Microsoft article that said to reboot in "safe networking mode" and then adding a line but it did nothing. 3) I read online about the possibility of an administrator change affecting things, but I had just made myself administrator on the recovery, so I'm not sure. And perhaps it's none of these things and is much simpler. Can you please help with this? I just want to access My Documents.

Thank you very much!

A:My Documents Not Accessible. Access is Denied

It's probably just a matter of changing permissions.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP (Or Vista, 7)

If you have Home Edition of XP, use this to make the Security tab appear: XP Security Tab Home Edition. You will not need Safe Mode as in the MS directions. Just use this to get the security tab, and then use the "Undo" file to get things back to normal.


You could also follow THESE DIRECTIONS to add an entry to your context menu so that you can take ownership of files and folders easily.

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Hi, I have windows XP Pro.
Here is the situation:

I have someones old hardrive plugged into an external hardrive bay. They want me to recover the files (in My Documents) from their old hardrive to their new computer.
The problem is whenever I go to their old hardrive to get the files, it wont let me view their documents because they have a password on their account and it says "access denied". It won't even tell me how many kb are in the folder. I can view other files on the hardrive, such as windows files and such, I just can't open "my documents". They don't have their old computer parts, so I don't know how to get rid of the passwords. (a.k.a they don't have their old mobo and case and all that, all they have is their old hardrive). I would rather take a different route than using their hardrive to boot up from.

The old hardrive had Windows XP Home installed on it.

Is there a way to make the user's documents accessible by using the external hardrive bay and my own computer?

A:Access Denied to My Documents on differnt PC

This should help:

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I have recently tried to access my shared documents folder and it says: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents is not accessible. Access is Denied. I have shortcuts created of my pictures and I am able to do what I want with them. I am running XP media center. How do I get into my Shared Documents folder?

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I am trying to scan documents with my Epson GT-S50 scanner. The documents runs through the scanner, then the process stops with the error message "Access to Documents and Settings Denied" When I google that error message a number of vendors come up wanting to sell PC Utilities software, which will supposedly fix the problem, for $29.95--supposedly money back guarantee.

How do I get past this error message? I really need to scan these documents.

A:Access to Documents and Settings Denied

Hi possibly this may help How to set, view, change, or remove special permissions for files and folders in Windows XP

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My 'User Account Type' is 'Administrator', yet access is denied when I try and enter Documents & Settings.
This has just started to happen. I must have ticked a box somewhere!
Any ideas how I can regain access?

A:Access to 'Documents & Settings' Denied

Remove the hidden and read only attributes of the files you are trying to access. Someone on this forum had the same problem a couple of days ago.

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hey guys

My computer got infected with mad trojans and my antivirus failed to protect my computer.. I managed to get rid of them through Safe Mode but my OS is still corrupt cant access it.. So I installed another OS in D drive...
No Im trying to get stuff I had in "My documents" folder on the C drive(where corrupt OS is) but it says access is denied I cant access C:\Documents and Settings\Addministrator
I had a password on that account... But is there a way to access it?

A:[SOLVED] Access is denied to &quot;My Documents&quot;

I would guess your system is still infected so I would suggest to you to follow this link to have your computer cleared of any Malware obtaining a clearance from the experts here.

kind regards,

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I turned on my computer this morning and was unable to open "my Documents" folder from the shortcut on my desktop, then when I tried it from start menu same thing. I can get in via Computer>users>me>my documents BUT why has this happened ? Was trying to update adobe X just beforew I noticed this (which failed for some reason) not sure if that has something to do with it.

I just installed the latest Vista updates to no avail.


A:[SOLVED] Lost access to Documents Folder from Start Menu and Desktop shortcut

Create a new shortcut for Documents - send to Desktop.

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I am trying to open a user folder on a backup image I have.

It is an Acronis True Image backup and mounts a virtual drive you can then access.

The error I receive when trying to open the 'user' folder is:


G:\Documents and Settings\user is not accessible.

Access Is Denied


I have tried to turn of simple file sharing and add my the administrator to the permission but am not able to.

The Add... Button is greyed out.

If i go to the Advanced section and Owner tab.

I receive: You only have permission to view the current owner on user.

The only areas I can edit are the Auditing ones.

Any idea on how I can get access to my files short of re imaging this backup to a disk?


A:Documents and Settings\user - Access Denied

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I think I did something stupid and am facing the consequences but am hoping that someone can help me to remove the blockage.

A week ago, I was setting up a Guest User account for my roommate to use my PC. I clicked on Security tab to make some changes so she won't have a full control or access to drive C like documents and whatnot.

Then recently, I had to re-format drive C and after that, I downloaded a file I needed and was instructed to place it in drive C: documents and settings/users folder. However, I couldn't find the document & settings folder and I was puzzled and then realized that it's hidden from the public and non-accessible.

I tried to reverse the permissions and whatnot but I'm still not accessing to that part anymore.

How do I remedy that and remove all the blockages?

Thanks in advance!

A:Drive C: documents and settings - access denied

Win Vista and 7 have a different directory structure than XP. They do not use a Documents and Settings folder, and block access to it to prevent improper installations. Instead, it stores user data in C:\Users\. Try putting your data there, instead.

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Hello Computer Bleepers,I recently fixed a problem on my computer involving an infection by a rogue software called "Windows Vista Restore" (Version June 12, 2011), and eight infections including Rootkit.TDSS. After restoring the visibility on my hard drive, my files were visible but still in "hidden" format. Now that I've unhidden them, I get an "Access Denied" message whenever I click on them but I can still access MS Word documents directly through Word, images directly through Paint, etc.The following is a list of procedures I went through. You may skip this section and go directly to helping resolve the problem if you wish.When I was browing the Internet, one of my windows suddenly displayed a rogue error message saying that my computer had suffered a "Hard Drive Failure". I left my Internet on for 30 minutes not realizing there was a problem, before I came back and shut off the computer. Next, I went to a different computer in hopes of finding a solution.The infection itself tried to lead me to the website by, and the company claimed to be SecurePay, INC. However no other websites were accessible.Getting back to the infected computer, the screen was black and half my files were hidden away, and the computer tried to restart itself. Error messages and the typical "11 infections" kept popping up. I tried to restart my computer myself and switch to safe mode, which was unsuccessful because of a... Read more

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My laptop died a month ago and the technical support guy saved my HD, so I was able to copy its files to my new laptop through an USB device.

I have copied all the files but when I try to click in Documents and Settings, it says "Access denied". I have all my pics in that folder, and I don't know what to do next.

Is there any possibility of saving my photographs?

Thanks a lot.

A:Access denied to Documents and Settings where I have all my pics

Worry not ...

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

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Hi, my cousin has been living with us and using the family computer for a while now and keeps installing random freeware programs from the internet at will. Needless to say the performance went down considerably to the point where no one wanted to use it, so I decided to remove a bunch of them using the remove software tool. I came to one "Samsung Media Studio 5" which, when I tried to uninstall it, said it could not access specific files because they were located in the C:\Documents and Settings\Owner file and I did not have access to it. I was in the original admin account set up on the computer from day 1. I restarted in safe mode and tried to just access this file but was denied access. Tried again using the Administrator account found in safe mode, but same thing again. I can not even explore this file.

We previously had a problem with the sound drivers on my machine where there would be no sound produced at all...I finally discovered they had been deleted or that same problem has returned after a portion of the program noted above's files had been removed so I'm starting to wonder if he has let this third party program manage the sound drivers or if it has done something malicious to the System. I'm at a loss, I found a few threads related to this, but nothing directly and nothing that remedied my problem so any help at all here would be much appreciated!

Thank you

A:C:\Documents and Settings\Owner Access Denied

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Dear All,

I am installing a software which was used in my old OS : XP.
But when I am trying to install it in new machine (Windows-7 32 bit).
It is showing "Access to the path 'C:\Documents and Settings' is denied." message in middle of installation.

I tried below solutions :

1. Running setup as " Run as administrator"
2. By chanding "Local Users and Groups" -> Administartor (properties)-> Account Is Disabled
3.Tries changing access setting.

Nono of above soltion worked.Please help.


A:Access to the path 'C:\Documents and Settings' is denied - Win7-32 Bit

Documents and settings, in Windows 7, is relegated to a System file and is known, together with several other "legacy" folders, as a "junction" folder. It is there for backward compatibility purposes only.
Your problem could be just that - compatibility. Try right clicking the installation file and check under the compatibility options. Run in Xp mode and also as Administrator. See if that is succesful.

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For some reason, the folders "my music", "my pictures", and "my videos" get the error "access is denied" in windows explorer/documents/.
I've checked in properties/security and I have full access to the folders as admin. and as the individual user that I'm logged in as.
We recently upgraded from windows xp pro to vista and had a few problems with our antivirus program. We had been using avira free antivir but it caused a conflict with online armor firewall so we switched to avg free. I ran some virus scans a couple of days ago and adwcleaner found about 8 items, and eset found around 14. This was unusual - when we were running xp and avira we never got this many.
We're running windows vista business on a dell optiplex gx620.
Help appreciated.

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Hey! I have a problem here, i'm trying to recover some data for a friend, i took his hard drive out of his laptop and hooked it up, but the docs and settings folder is denied. I'm running XP Home Sp2, and i've looked around on the net before coming here.

All of the sites so far have said that you need to take ownership of the folder, so i dled and installed security configuration manager, restarted, and sure enough i could see the security tab on every folder on all three of my hard drives and the laptop hard drive, EXCEPT the Docs and settings i tried the hard drive itself,...i went in and changed ownership to myself with all subcontainers as well, still no luck.....

and ive tried in safe mode as well, which didn't do anything

A:Access Denied - Documents and Settings on crashed hard drive

Probably sounds stupid, but did you check the properties of the folder to see if it's read/write protected or encrypted?

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I have a problem in installing the Adobe Acrobat professional 7. During installing this software , the software cannot access to the folder Documents and Settings/all Users/Documents. I know that I am the administrator of the computer but when I want to acess to the folder it denied. I think during uninstalling the old version of Adobe 5, this problem was happened (maybe I deleted some share files).

the Adobe Acrobat Professional 7 cannot copy any file in this folder (Documents). I would appreciate it if you could help me to fix this problem so I can install this software.


A:Access Deniel For Documents Folder In All Users Folder

Please help me to fix my computer.


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My friends computer appears to have gotten a mean virus or spyware. Windows will not successfully start. I removed the drive and set it up as an external drive and scanned it with SuperAntiSpyWare, AVG and MalWarebytes Antimalware. All found some trojans and viruses, apparently removing them all. However, I still cannot access his profile or the administrator profile--all report access denied.

Any ideas?



A:Windows continually restarts/Documents & Settings user profile access denied


I also tried booting up with an Ubuntu boot cd and I still couldn't access either the administrator or the user profile. Any ideas?


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This has happened with Windows 10 PRO and Windows 7 PRO now.

New PC, Fresh install of windows.  All updates, patches, fixes, etc.. installed.
I transfer the customers info from their OLD pc (windows 7 in one instance... windows vista in another)
After transfer the data IS accessible.  After reboot the data IS accessible...  after a few days "access denied" error. (permissions error)

I can move the same file to another location (folder) other than "documents" and the file will open fine.
I can transfer ALL The files to that location and the files will open fine.
IF I "move" the documents folder to the new location... after a day.... access denied (permissions error)
I am not doing anything that I haven't done over the last 10 years,... VERY FRUSTRATING.  I believe it is a windows update of some sort that is causing the problem but cannot pin it down.
Any assistance is GREATLY appreciated!


John Huber

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I'd like to put a .cmd file in my c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup directory, but \Documents and Settings has a lock on it and tells me "Access denied" when I click on it. Is this a job for "Take Ownership" or is there another way? The instructions for "Take Ownership" say not to use it on the C drive, but it's not clear if that applies to the whole drive, or individual files/folders on it. Thanks.

A:"Access denied:" How to overcome denied access to a folder

That is the incorrect path. No need to mess with permissions, I'd advise leaving them alone.

The path you are looking for is C:\Users\<your user account>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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

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

follow the instructions there


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I've experienced this problem twice in the past week. Here is my current problem:

New Windows 8 computer
Moved Office 2010 install from old computer to new computer
Copied all documents to new computer by installing the old drive in the new computer (NTFS to NTFS)

When trying to open any DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, or PPTX files that are stored in the Documents folder I get permission errors. Word will open an RTF file just fine. If I try to use any Office programs to save a file to the Documents folder, I also get permission errors. I can move the file to the Desktop and work with it just fine. I can then move it back to the Documents folder.

Here are the errors when trying to open files:
Word - Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges
Excel - 'C:\Users\xxxxxx\Documents\Book1.xlsx' could not be found
Powerpoint - The path or file name for C:\Users\xxxxxx\Documents\Presentation1.pptx is invalid.

When I try to use one of these programs to save to the Documents folder, I get the following error:
You don't have permission to save in this location.

I tried copying the files two different ways to eliminate any lingering NTFS permissions. I used a linux box to copy from the old drive to EXT4, then to a linux formatted FAT drive. I plugged this FAT drive into the Windows machine and moved the files over but got the same errors. Next, I copied the files from the old drive to a FAT32 drive using another Windows box. Then I tool the FA... Read more

A:Solved: Office 2010 Can't Open Or Save Documents in My Documents Folder

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I have a folder that keeps saying access denied when I try to open it, it contains like a gig or two of some of my old files that I may be looking for, my computer crashed a while ago and had to restore itself.... how do I open this folder?

It says that the folder is empty but I was doing a virus scan earlier and it scanned the folder with all these song files...

A:Solved: "Access Denied" Folder?

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hey i have this little prob. i reformatted my hard drive and it seems to have saved the documents folder from the previous time i used it. i wanna delete it now but it says that access is denied. any ideas on how to get rid of it? also i switched it from fat32 to ntfs. i did that when i reformatted but it seems to have taken a huge amount of my hard drive. i have a 20gb. hard drive and after the reformat i only had 9 or 10gb available. is that normal or what? any and all help would be great appreciated!!


A:Access Denied folder

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There are a few folders on Vista that can't be accessed.

One for example is the one shown in the screenshot:

Can someone of you guys please tell me what needs to be done in order to access these folders?

Thanks in advance,

A:Folder Access Denied

If you need app data folder, try the one under your user name. I don't know but that may be a protected system file. Go into folder options and uncheck "hide protected system files". maybe that will do it. While you're in there check the "show hidden files" and access app data under your own user name. Good luck.

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Please help me I realy need to help..
I have a folder that is very important for me .. I think that something is wrong with it when I wanna open my folder, it dose not open and there is a message that says:
file is not accessible access is denied..
what should I do?
I know that it is my father fault cause he does not wanna that I open that folder...
I didi every thing that I thought might help but I could not fix my file...

A:Folder access is denied

Google for "Take Ownership" and follow the instructions

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I recently reinstalled winxp home. It retained all my files and everthing seems fine but I cant get into a folder with all my pics in it. Any help will be appreciated

A:Access denied on one folder

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ok, xp messed up and i had to reinstall... well, i installed over the previous instance, because i hadn't backed up my files. when all was said and done, i went to the old user account file and it says access denied... i had it set previously so that other users couldn't access my files. but now, i can't log onto that particular account, because it's from the previous install... but i know the password for the account. so is there anyway i can get these files unlocked, or get that account reinstated? i tried the administrator reclaiming of all files thing, and set my self as the data recovery person, but still access is denied... any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Access denied on folder!

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i recently had to reinstall windows XP because it wouldn't boot up no matter what i tried, i made the mistake of overwriting the old windows so now my docs is kinda messed up.
my problem is that on my old desktop, i had a folder called "Temp" which i used to stop my desktop getting cluttered up so theres quite a lot of good stuff in there, but when ever i try to open it it says the directory is not accessible, access denied.
i tried using command prompt to access it or rename it or simply move it and it tells me access denied. there is no encryption or password on it and i know it exists as does its contents because i used some software to take a look at it (software simply makes a pie chart of how the space on your drive is used, i just set it to that particular folder).

does any1 know of how i can get into this non accessible folder?

A:access denied to folder

Are you using NTFS?
Try this: Go to Folder Options>view and remove the check from simple file sharing

Right-click the folder and choose "sharing and secruity"

Click "security" and then "advanced"

Click Owner tab and make yourself the owner. Check "replace owner etc." box

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As a security precaution, I created a limited account for using the internet, and blocked the sharing of a folder full of important personal files in the administrator account. Since then, I have re-installed Windows without thinking to remove the sharing block first, and find now that I can't get access to the folder - not even with the new administrator account. Can someone please explain how I can gain access to this folder again? All I get at the moment is "Access is Denied". The folder is on a separate partition from Windows.

A:Denied Access to Own Folder

Err..... Anybody?!

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I'm having trouble getting my Documents & Settings folder to copy into my external drive for backup purposes. The external drive already has this folder in place and the proper files and folders within D/S as I have been routinely backing it up for the last few years. However, now when I try to Copy Folder To the external drive, I get the error message that access to the J drive (external drive) is denied. As you can see from the pic below, the D/S folder on my hard drive is apparently locked. I don't recall locking it and how do I unlock it so that I can copy to to the external drive?

A:How to access denied folder?

There is no Documents & Settings folder in Windows 7. Any folder that out rights denies you access is not a real folder.

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So my Gateway somehow did this on its own:

I have a folder for my user under Documents and Settings in the "C:\My backup" that gives me "Access Denied".

What can I do to access it?

Win XP Home.

A:Access is denied on folder

You can try taking ownership of the folder. The instructions are here:

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I'm in a fix now. I reinstall an XP OS by not formating but deleting the existing windows and replacing with the new XP into the same windows folder. Didn't remember to disable password so the backups I kept in a folder directly in the root drive will say access denied. Somebody help

A:Folder Access Denied

Hi, welcome to TSG.

Take ownership of the folder:

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For some reason my machine booted up this morning on its own for some unknown reason while I was in bed!! I thought nothing more of it started up a game (but there was no sound) then rushed out and left it running.

This afternoon when I returned and closed the game, the first thing I noticed was that the task bar was half hidden below the bottom of the screen (I usually have it at twice the standard size to give a full row of quick start icons).

I managed to get it back to the correct size by removing the quicklaunch toolbar - which hid the taskbar completly - and then re-enabled the quicklaunch buttons which enabled me to expand the taskbar.

Further to this, windows pauses while it starts up for 30 seconds which it never has done, all network connections have dissappeared and none of the programs that usually start with windows start - including norton.

Norton crashes on running from the start menu and Internet Explorer opens for a fraction of a secon and then it closes.

I cannot copy and paste files to my external HDD so that they can be backed up and a fresh installation of windows made.

Has anyone any experience of this problem or does anyone know what is going on??


As an edit, I have thought of a few more things...
Folders eg. My documents do not show as normal in the taskbar.

The CPU usage is around the 95% mark continually

The machine will not perform tasks such as defragmentation!

A:Folder Access Denied

If you can boot to normal Windows try Windows System Restore to reset your system state to a previously working condition.

Click start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore

Choose a date from before the problem began and follow the directions on screen.

This will not affect your data but will reverse any updates if any you may have done so you might need to do the updates again.

Let us know.

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I wanted to upgrade my win xp with new version of win xp. So I started upgrading. However it stoped in the middle of the process.
I installed new copy of windows over previous in order to keep my document & settings.
So there was my previous account I used before cool
When I wanted to access it it said "Access Denied".
I wanted to open it with Administrator privilages and it is still saying access denied.
PLS help I am desperate ((((

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I have both XP and Windows 7 running as dual boot. My documents is on a separate partition (D:\) and I have placed a shortcut to this folder in the 'Libraries' of
Windows 7. I can access the 'My Docs'. folder ok but I cannot open the sub folder 'My Pictures', due to an "access is denied" message. I have checked the 'permissions' on the security tab and I have two entries both with full control, (one as administrator and one with my computer name) but nothing I do will persuade the system to give me access to this very important folder. I have to re-boot into XP and copy any files to a memory stick so that I can then access them in Windows 7. This is the only sub folder that will not open. Can anyone help?.

A:Folder Access Denied

Have you tried to take ownership of the folder?

Take Ownership Shortcut

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Hi im a WinXP Pro user, how do i make a folder private or access denied from other users? Here's the thing, i only want the folder accessible if and only if i log in under my specified username. So that means that logging in using other usernames will deny access to the folder. Is it really possible without installing any third party softwares? Please tell me the steps.

A:Access Denied Folder!

do you have administration rights on your user name?

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I allowed my old room mate to use my computer for web browsing and the like and she's moved out. I found out she installed iTunes on my computer even after removing it using Revo uninstaller, byeiTunes, and using CCleaner to wipe the registry files I still can not delete the iTunes folder in my "my music" folder. I am on the admin account and it says that I do not have permission to access the files. I can not even move other files in or out of the music folder. Please someone help me so I can get what I'm calling the "iTunes Virus" off of my computer.

A:Access to Folder Denied

Several things to do.
1) Sometimes you have to boot to safe mode to delete certain files & directories.
2) Take full ownership of the folder, and give yourself permission to delete it.
3) Delete the contents first.

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Trying to delete a folder I get "Folder Access Denied" -- need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder. I am the only account on this PC an am Administrator. I click continue and get the same message with "Try Again".

Suggestions welcome. Thanks

A:Folder Access Denied

Hello Dickey, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What the name of the folder and it's full path that you are trying to delete?

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I have a folder in my 'C:\Documents & Settings\Geoffrey\' folder, (which is my home directory and I am the Administrator), which I can't access and neither can the software who's configuration files this folder contains.

The folder is named 'ZDE' and belongs to Zend Studio 5.2.0 which is a PHP IDE that I use for web development. The ZDE folder is where Zend Studio store it's config files

When I try to access it from either Explorer or the Comand Prompt I get an 'Access Denied' message.
This folder is not supposed to be locked according to the manufacturer of the software that uses it.

I tried creating another Administrator account logged in under that and got the same Access Denied message just trying to look at 'C:\Documents & Settings\Geoffrey\' let alone getting to the offending folder.

Any suggestions on how I can unlock this directory?

A:Folder - Access Denied

It's possible that you may need to "take ownership" to access it.

This explains how:

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Hi Everyone,

I am using Windows XP Media center edition. I think its similar to windows xp pro with added media features. Anyways I have 1 user account which is my account and its an administrator account. What I wanted is if anyone else log in my pc then he/she should not get persmission to view certain folders that I wanted. So I created another account with the name "User" and set it to limited account. Then I logged into my admin account and disabled simple file sharing. Then I right clicked on a folder and did properties. And in security I selected the user account named "User" and selected deny for most options (like modify, read & execute , read ) etc.

Now when I logged in thru account "User" then I am unable to access that folder. Thats okay and its what I intended. But the problem is when I login thru my own account (which is admin a/c) I also get the same error. If I double click on that folder it says access denied. I am unable to set its security properties.

Now how do I fix this problem and achieve what I originally planned to do. I am myself now unable to access that folder thru my own admin a/c.

If I enable simple file sharing and goto folder properties I do not see security tab.

If anyone can help me I would be glad.


A:Win Xp Folder Access Denied

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I was playing with user accounts on my new pc. I have 2 administrator accounts and a guest account. I wanted to set up a folder with my personal pictures so that only I have an access to it. I unchecked the "use simple sharing" option in folder options and then clicked on the folder in question, and in properties selected the other administrator account name and denied the access to the folder. I switched the accounts to that other administrator and shure enough, he could not access the folder. I logged back in as myself, allowed the other administrator access again BUT... it turns out I don't have the access to the folder either! In the security folder I have all the permissions turned on for all the administrators, and for my name on the network (I set up a home network) but access is denied. What's wrong? How do I fix it?

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Hello everyone...first time back for a long hello again.
I have a problem that is far beyond me and Im scared of going too far into this and messing things up.
I am trying to delete folders using Mutilate file wiper but I am getting the following message when I try to access documents and setting folder and many other folders are the same....the message reads :
permission to use object denied. check the file or folders security settings to see if you have access
I have tried google for answers and have tried setting the folder security settings to allow access but nothing changes. I have an administrator account and have tried various things with no results.
I just want access to every folder like I have on my PC running XP.
Anyway I am completely lost and desperately need some help.
Any advice will be very much appreciated
Thank you


A:folder access denied ? please help

The "documents and setting" folders on a Windows 7 machine, are system folders and are NOT to be messed with by the user.

Even a Admin can NOT remove them, they are there for the "System" to use when a program written to use "documents and setting " and will be redirected to the Users folders.

You may want to have access to every folder but you will NOT, unless you turn off the built in protection. Then you are on your own and will really mess things up by doing what you are trying to do.

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The other day I created a temporary folder to save a file in. I'm through with the file and deleted it, but the folder will NOT delete. It says "Access is denied". I even tried rebooting. When I use various utilities to try to delete it, they show NO properties for the folder. No creation date. No nothing. Say what??? What a strange animal this Windows 7 is. Anyway, I guess I could just ignore it forever, but there's a place in me that's telling me it just not right that Windows 7 should prevent me from deleting a folder that I just created.

A:Access is denied on folder I created

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I'm on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I'm the administrator of my computer But for the first time I am unable to unpack a rar file There are 7 of them each part of a 2 GB file. Every time I try to unpack the rar file any one of them I get a message at the end saying 'file access denied' I need permission from the administrator to make changes to this file. But I am the administrator

A:Rar file 'folder access denied'

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Bravo to RealBlackStuff! He solved my problem that I've been struggling with for days. I stumbled on this forum just yesterday and I'm hooked. I want to thank you for your post below because I've been struggling on how to access the "owner" folder in my defective old hard drive with the following error message "folder is not accessible - access is denied".
Thanks for the remedy you gave below.

There may be a case of encryption on the old W2K disks, that you have not (yet) installed on XP-home.
Also, you will be a different user on XP from W2K, even if you used the same name. You can take ownership of these files as follows:
Boot XP-home into Safe Mode (Press F8 a few times when starting up) as an administrator. Now use Explorer to go to the folders etc. on your W2K-drives, right-click them, select Properties, click the Security tab and click OK if a security message pops up. Click Advanced, then Owner tab. In the Name list select your (administrator's) name. Mark the Replace Owner on subcontainers and objects check box. Click OK, Yes and OK.

For taking ownership of files, rightclick them, Security tab, Advanced, Owner tab. In Name list select Administrator or Admin-group and click OK. Click Add and in the "Enter the object...list" type a user or group account or Administrator. Click OK. In the group or user name list, click the account you want (e.g. Administrator), then tick the check boxes for permissions, e.g. Full... Read more

A:Folder is not accessible access is denied

Hi Lexirad,

Thanks for that its always nice to get some positive feedback about the experience people have with the TS forum,

I found that people were having that kind of issue a while back so I made this page up.

How to change the rights in XP or 2K.


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I'm trying to delete some files from Steam. However, I'm frustratingly greeted with this damn message "Destination folder access denied. You need permission to perform this action."

Permission from who? I'm the only account/admin on my computer. This is not the only time I have received some kind of error message reporting to me I need permission/higher access--it's also happened when I tried to "Immune" my computer from known viruses using Spybot - Search & Destroy.

Can anyone help me please? Thanks!

(Please forgive the post in 2 different categories).

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Originally Posted by Chrisdizick

I'm trying to delete some files from Steam. However, I'm frustratingly greeted with this damn message "Destination folder access denied. You need permission to perform this action."

Permission from who? I'm the only account/admin on my computer. This is not the only time I have received some kind of error message reporting to me I need permission/higher access--it's also happened when I tried to "Immune" my computer from known viruses using Spybot - Search & Destroy.

Can anyone help me please? Thanks!

(Please forgive the post in 2 different categories).

Question: from which folder are you trying to delete files? Anything in "C:\Program Files", "C:\Program Files (x86)" or "C:\Windows" is generally more protected than they where in older versions of Windows.

If the files you are trying to delete in a different folder, then perhaps you are having trouble because they are still open by Steam? In many case, when a program open a file, it "locks" it for exclusive use until it is closed. Try shutting down Steam and then try and delete again.

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