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Q: File copy permissions

I am trying to copy a customers favorites folder and the outlook.pst file from a laptop hard drive to my jump drive on my Vista system. This should take two seconds! Nope!

Vista always says you do not have permission to copy this file.
Even when I have granted permission and while using the real administrator accout with UAC turned off.
I tried it on my XP system and it does the same thing

This is not only annoying, it wastes an incredible ammount of time!!
Is there a way to completely disable permissions so that I can simply copy a file and a folder?
I have tried solutions found on the net to no avail

Will I run into the same nonsense when I attempt to copy these items back onto her new laptop?

A: File copy permissions

Is outlook currently opened when performing this?

Have you tried the import/export function of Outlook via File Menu options.

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I have a user for whom shares and permissions on the server are working just fine.
I have another user for whom something is screwed up somewhere.
I've taken a directory that is shared and I've looked up the share and permissions for both. Identical.
But do this for 3,000 files/directories in a tree, no can do.
I'd like to take all the share and privilege information for Suzie and give them to Tom.
Can do?

A:Copy shares and permissions on file x to file z? Is this possible?

What usergroups are they assigned to? Also you say you have a server? Is it a domain controller?

I would copy the usergroups that are assigned to Suzie and give them to Tom rather than editing the share permissions themselves.

Just my opinion,

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I am trying to copy one of the restore points files in the C:/System volume information folder to a backup drive of mine so I permanently have it, but I dont have permission to copy it.

I cant change the owner to myself, share it, edit the read writes , or anything using the GUI becasue I 'dont have permisions to view or edit the permissions'.

At the command line I have tried the utility 'take ownership'. I have tried takeown /F 'filepath' from comand line launched as admin.
Result: 'access denied'.

I have tried ICACLS <filename> /grant administrators:F
Result: access denied.

Any ideas?

A:Admin and dont have permissions to copy a file.

Oh - Im an Administrator and UAC is turned off.

W7 64 Bit.

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Hello all,

I have tried a few backup programs but I'm trying to find out the best way of copying around 500gb of files and keeping all the dates, attributes and security permissions intact?

Any suggestions guys?

A:Which file backup programs can copy attributes/permissions?


Robocopy from a cmd window can do this:

robocopy <source> <destination> /COPY:DATSOU /MT:12
S=security (ntfs acls)
O=owner info
U=auditing info

Seeing as you are copying 500GB, I recommend using this switch also, to speed it up:
MT:12=use 12 threads to perform the copy

And some light reading:

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script


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I recently looked at my D drive, to find out that every file and folder in the D drive has a S-1-5-21.... account under the security tab. However the D drive itself does not. When I do to delete it, it tells me I cannot because it is inheriting permissions from its parent. But The D drive itself (The parent) doesn't have that user. So first, can you explain this.
So, I go and stop it from inheriting permission, and then delete it.. The issue is that this is quite time consuming. I basically want to remove this user on every file and folder on the drive at once. Now how do I do that?
I would be perfectly happy removing all the file permissions for all the files (Yes, I know that leaves them unaccessable) and then just adding them, as adding them to the D drive itself will cause all the child objects to inherit them, yes?

A:File permissions, an S-1-5-21 account, and inherited permissions

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I'm currently in the process of copying files back from the cloud in the exact same location where I had them before and now it says that the file name is too long and prompts to see whether I want to skip the file or not. The error message given does not
give the full file name or the path so it is impossible to see which files were copied successfully or not. This never happened with XP! Then afterwards I found that some of the files with long names did copy successfully whereas others didn't. I find this
to be a very user unfriendly process and I'm totally confused! These are critical files and I'm sure I haven't exceeded 260 characters or whatever. This is soOoO frustrating!!


A:file copy error message not sufficient + file name too long will not copy

Hi ,

There is a limit of filename length within Windows Explorer. In the Windows API (with some exceptions discussed in the following paragraphs), the maximum length for a path is MAX_PATH, which
is defined as 260 characters.
The shell and the file system have different requirements. It is possible to create a path with the Windows API that the shell user interface is not able to interpret properly.
This means that your long filename can only be handled at the command prompt level and you cannot drag and drop an illegal length filename within Windows Explorer.

Please simplify your folders and titles.

More information, please check the part of Maximum Path Length Limitation in the link below. Cai
TechNet Community Support

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I received a Vista system this morniing for testing our software package. Everytime I try to copy a file to a folder it tells me I need administrator rights, then allows me to continue and copies the file. The user account is not the "administrator" but has aministrator permissions (it belongs to the administrator group). How to I turn off the permissions message?

A:copy permissions

Hi Jlavell, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you try to copy anything to a location other than the C:\Users\(User Name) locations, then you will need to give permission first.

You cam enable the built-in Administrator account and logon to it when you need to have full access. This tutorial will show you how and help explain the differences in this acount and the default administrator account that you are currently using.

Administrator Account

Hope this helps,

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I have a Windows 2000 server on which i am mvoing data from one drive to another. After which i need to copy the permissions across. I understand i can do this using permcopy. Where does the permcopy utility have to sit, ie c drive?
I have used the following script to test copying permissions but get an error message saying Network error 123

The server is called GBR123, the folder is test i need to copy the permissions from test to another drive on the same server, the new folder is called test and shared out as new. There are folders and files within the test folder with different permissions.

I use the script below, can someone please tell me what i am doing wrong?

m:\test\*.* n:\new\*.*


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I have a directory and many subdirectories I adminster. Lets call it ALLPROJECTS. Access to this directory and all the subdirectories is set at the top level on a user name basis and is not accessible to everyone who can see the server so only select people can access the allprojects directory tree. Under this Allprojects directory are subdirectories that we can name PROJECT1, PROJECT2 etc. Under these project directories are two subdirectories WORKINPROGRESS and ARCHIVE. Access to the workinprogress directory filters down from the top level allprojects directory. The archive directory permissions are set as read only and will contain periodic copies of the workinprogress files, which also adopt the read only permissions of the archive directory. Here's my problem. When I create the archive directories I copy permissions from the top level and then modify them to be read only. This means that all the archive directories have a users list that is limited to the current top level list. As people come and go I add them to the top level, which in turn gives them access to all the workinprogress directories but none of the archive directories except new ones. I need to add them to the existing archive directories one at a time. I can make up a master archive directory as users are added without any problem, but I need a way to copy the users and permissions from this master to all the archive directories at once and sync them all together. This also helps to weed out the inac... Read more

A:How to copy permissions on same server

My computer is running windows xp sp3 and the server is windows server 2003 standard sp2.

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Does any1 know how to copy the shared permissions and ntfs permissions on shared folders? I want to copy all of my shared folders to a new server and as you know you loose all the shared settings when you do this. I have used Robocopy, permcopy and scopy but they do not work!!!!!!

Any other software out there??????????????????



A:????????Help???? Need to copy SHARED PERMISSIONS????

Have you tried to migrate the users folders in order to preserve permissions. See USMT:

Oh, and lay off the ? key will ya

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I want to place a file in windows apps, for which I needed administrator privileges.

I turned on the built in Administrator account. After logging as built in administrator I tried to place the file but was still unable to do that. The error which I get on built in Admin account is "You need permission to perform this action."
So I searched and found that I need to take the ownership to that folder.
Now I'm on built in Admin account and owned the ownership I still get the error "You need permission to perform this action."
Can anyone tell me what else to try to be a super admin with every rights to do any thing. I got tired of these privileges, Windows XP was better then these new ones.
Thanks in Advance.

Habib Ur Rehman

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I'm new to this site, so i apologise in advance if this is in the wrong section.

On my external hdd, I recently noticed that one specific folder has reduced permissions ( containing my game ISO's ). I have tried just about every guide on how to set, change, add permissions for myself, all of which end in the same way:

the same window will pop up:

Error Applying Security
An error occurred while applying security to:
G:\ ['here it lists the folder directory']
Access is denied.
Continue / Cancel
Notes: I am on the only Administrative account, with all other accounts disabled, guest disabled, and I did try this with Kaspersky Internet Security enabled and disabled, and i have tried a virus scan and lockhunter x64 2-0-beta.

For all sub folders and files in the Problem folder, 3 permissions exist under the security window:
Everyone (with greyed out permissions, modify, write and Full control UN-checked )
S-1-5-21-['lots of numbers here'] (full permissions )
S-1-5-21-['different numbers, same quantity of digits'] (full permissions )

One additional thing: i have recently re-formatted, but i installed the exact same operating system (Windows 7 nVidia x64 v6.1, build: 7600) just this time i installed more updates with windows updater.

Please help, and thanks in advance.

A:Permissions Denied, can't copy my own files

Hi there
Sorry if you've already tried it but have you done a right mouse click on the disk==>properties==>security then open the security tag change permissions and add your user name

Then click all the boxes screen shot enc


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I have an SSD C:\ with Windows 7 Pro.

I have a hard disk E:\ with my data.

My SSD's firmware was recently updated.

Ever since then I can't copy images from my iPhone to my hard disk, like I've done hundreds of times before. Unlock iPhone, plugin iPhone, go to Windows Explorer, copy images, done.

Right now I'm getting a permissions warning.

I checked E: > Properties > Security, I see the users and their permissions:

Administrators (my name\Administrator)
Users (my name\Users)

Full control is checked for Administrators.
Full control is NOt checked for Users.
All other options are checked.

Do I have to check Full control for users?

A:Cannot copy pictures from iPhone to hard disk due to permissions

What happens when you try to copy/paste the images from your iPhone to your SSD now? Are you being returned an error message? What does it say exactly? Try checking Full control for "Users" too. Does the issue continue?

Finally, can you at all write any files on your SSD due to the current situation (regardless if it were a photo from your iPhone or a word document from your external drive)?

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I'm trying to copy a VHD (22g, dynamic I think...)

I tried richcopy. It says copy started, but then stops....

I saw someone mention xcopy /j, to achieve the unbuffered I/O perf. you get with richcopy...

it's running, but no indication as to how long it takes (EDIT: just finished, > 10 mins),

what's the syntax for single files?

Can't you just paste the path into the source?

(starts, and stops... any logs?)

A:how do I copy a BIG single file (using richcopy?) big file copy

Use this command if the VHD is sitting on C:

robocopy "C:\Users\yourName\VHD Folder" "S:\Storage Folder" *.* /COPY:DAT /E

Change yourname and replace VHD Folder with the name of the folder where the VHD resides. S:\Storage Folder is where you want to store it.

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I have a weird problem going on here.
I have a few folders, all of which happen to be video folders I use in Plex media server.
I can rename the folders, but I can't copy files into or out of the folders.  I can access the files in the folders, but not do anything else to them.
If I go to advanced security options, the "Everyone" group only has Read & Execute permissions.   The only other permissions have changed to a SID "S-1-5-21-blah blah" and that has full control.  I can't add or remove new permssions (the buttons are greyed out).  Nor can I change the permissions for the Everyone group (Full control and all other checkboxes greyed out)
I changed the owner of the folder to administrator, and I do have an administrator account, but still can't modify permissions.
I disabled all inheritance on the folder.  I even attempted to use to cacls tools from microsoft to change permissions.  Access was denied.  I even wrote a .cmd script w/ cacls and used ETS (Elevate to system from foolish it) to run the script. No luck.
What am I missing here?
I don't know if this is Plex related or not, they just happen to be my Plex folders (and I did quit plex before doing all the steps above).
Any help would be appreciated.  I'm stumped.

A:Unable to reset permissions, write/copy/rename in certain folders (Plex)


I changed the owner of the folder to administrator, and I do have an administrator account, but still can't modify permissions.
Try changing the owner to the Administrators group and not to the Administrator user. After that see if you can change the permissions.

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During a TrendMicro virus scan, it found an archive that was infected. A quick check of the archive (Which I'd grabbed months before, but never ran) showed it was actually an application, so I went to shift+del the file (No sense dumping a virus into the recycle bin), and poof it's gone.

Then I went to delete the folder it was in, but... it wouldn't let me. Told me I didn't have the permissions to do so. A quick check of the folder's contents revealed the virus/app was back, as if it had never been deleted.

If I try doing a regular delete, it tells me Destination Folder Access Denied.

So I started poking around the file's security properties.
"Unable to display current owner."

I tried changing the owner, but it wouldn't let me do that.
I downloaded Unlocker, right-clicked on the file and unlocked it, but nothing seemed to happen, and same results when I try to delete it.

I'm running Vista 32-bit, not connected to a local network (Just one computer), and I'd really like to delete this virus/app off my machine. TrendMicro was unable to get rid of it, and I can't seem to get rid of it either.

A:Solved: Cannot delete file / No Permissions - Unable to display current owner of file

Ha, nevermind. Unlocker just took an enormous amount of time in actually starting up, and turns out the virus scanner had a process linked to the file. So, problem solved. Nothing to see here.

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Problem Steps Recorder Error - You do not have the necessary file-system permissions to create the specified output file.

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Hi all,win7 Home Premium 64 bit. I'm having difficulties modifying my hosts file. Following guidance from this forum, I open Notepad++ as administrator & can navigate to and open the hosts file. But the &quot;Save&quot; option is greyed out, so I can't save directly to the original location. I can Save As (eg to the Desktop), then copy paste into the original location.
This is actually part of a larger troubleshooting issue, in which the person helping has suggested changing the file permissions on the hosts file. I'm worried about doing that, as it seems quite a security risk. But the immediate question is, is the behavious of my hosts file unusual, or is that how Windows 7 is meant to work?</p>

A:Problem modifying hosts file, change file permissions?

Drag the file to your desktop, edit and save then drag it back. Done. This is how it should work, you want strong permissions on those directories and files to avoid malware from modifying them.

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I've come into contact with Mandriva Linux. I know of a concept called standard permissions, that it provides. It's pretty convienient. I don't exactly know how it really works under the hood or anything, and I don't need to know exactly how it works right now either, even though it's probably available.

What I want to do, in effect, is create a feature pretty close to equivelant of this feature, only for Windows XP. I want to set standard permissions using a batch file. Whenever this batch file is run as administrator it can enforce the permissions. What are these permissions it enforces? Well, what I want is for these permissions to be gotten from a text file. The syntax in no way resembles the syntax of the Linux file I'm describing.

Basically the syntax is this:
The path is the path to a file or folder in exact syntax. The mode is one of the switches that can be given for XCACLS in the Windows Resource Kit thingy. This can be replace, edit, etc. The users are the user or group to add/replace/remove/etc, and there is a comma allowed so more than one user or group is allowed to be specified. The permissions are the permissions that you can specify in the utillity.

So the first thing the script needs to do, is call some program that safely detects whether or not the filesystem is NTFS or not. If the sys... Read more

A:Get ACL permissions from a text file enforced by a batch file in Windows XP

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I downloaded a file, didn't download correctly, size = 0 bytes.

Reports owner unknown. I can't change ownership, remove file properties, any of that stuff. Can't rename or delete. I'm logged in as administrator but it keeps asking for administrator permission.


Another question about file ownerships - I tried to do a backup once, during an OS re-install, many files came back garbled, with file names switched around, many picture files had a file size but would not open, even if I changed the extensions, etc.

It seems easier to just copy files to an external, then copy back, than doing the windows backup. Is this what other's have found?

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I am using Ajaxplorer which is great but I am having some issues with file permissions. Let's say I create a file which is read only in Ajaxplorer it says it's changed file permissions but when I right click on the file to check it it's the same permissions as it was so didn't actually change.

Do I need to let "users" of 7 have full control or read/write access to files and folders on the server?

A:Using file permissions with an online file manager

My very strong recommendation is to stop using Ajaxplorer.

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Hi Techies ,

I have been looking to find a macro to help me sort out my excel file. I am new to macros so the one I am looking for has to look for a text , copy another column of that row(eg lets say E11) where text is found , find this text (E11 text) , copy another column of a row where E11 is found ( say F21 ) , find F21 and copy another coulmn of a row where F21 was found and print all these ( text , E11 , F21 etc. ) on a new sheet in a single row.

examples are all highlighted fields in the attached file.

Can someone help me with creating a macro!!! ?

A:Macro : Find > Copy > Find > Copy > Find > Copy > Print all found in File

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Hi all,

Any idea how to write Batch File .bat to copy file from File Sharing & FTP Hosting to local directory.

Current the File Sharing & FTP Hosting is SMARTFILE.

I don't want to use WINSCP as the connector.


A:Batch File .bat to copy file from File Sharing & FTP Hosting

Hi Chacha,

Give this batch file a try. All text in red, you should adjust before running.

@echo off
echo.lcd C:\Some\local\directory /Some/server/path
echo.get Some_file_to_download.txt
) > "%TEMP%\_%~n0.ftp"
ftp -s:"%TEMP%\_%~n0.ftp" ""
del "%TEMP%\_%~n0.ftp"

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I cannot open/copy files within a folder containing web files. Basically the files that make up my website in a PHP-based CMS, a bit like Wordpress.

All the files appear to be created by someone else, but I bought licencing rights (i.e. they are website 'theme' files).

All the files were fully editable/working on my last Windows installation. This issue is affecting my new Windows install.

The files are a mix of PHP, images, JavaScript files etc.

Let's take an example PHP file:

General infoFile name is in green
I can't open the file in my default text editor "Can't open file xxxxx"
I can rename it
Folder path + file name is well under 100 characters
I cannot copy the file to any new locations: File Access Denied - You need permission to perform this action

Security tabWhen I first open Security, it has a ? and a long string of letters and numbers listed, but that list disappears after a second or two
All Groups/users have Full control but none have Special permissions
Groups/users listed: Everyone, SYSTEM, <my current user>, HomeUsers, Administrators, Users
If I look at permissions for each group, they all list Full control and have inherited values.

I have tried using a little program called "Unlocker" but that didn't help.

I have looked at lots of other threads. Most talk about deleting files which is not what I am after. Some talk about the file being actively open by something else but I'm 99% sure that's not the case, ... Read more

A:Cannot open/copy files I have 'Full Control': "you need permissions"

Quote: Originally Posted by Rave79x

I cannot open/copy files within a folder containing web files. Basically the files that make up my website in a PHP-based CMS, a bit like Wordpress.

All the files appear to be created by someone else, but I bought licencing rights (i.e. they are website 'theme' files).

All the files were fully editable/working on my last Windows installation. This issue is affecting my new Windows install.

The files are a mix of PHP, images, JavaScript files etc.

Let's take an example PHP file:

General infoFile name is in green
I can't open the file in my default text editor "Can't open file xxxxx"
I can rename it
Folder path + file name is well under 100 characters
I cannot copy the file to any new locations: File Access Denied - You need permission to perform this action

Security tabWhen I first open Security, it has a ? and a long string of letters and numbers listed, but that list disappears after a second or two
All Groups/users have Full control but none have Special permissions
Groups/users listed: Everyone, SYSTEM, <my current user>, HomeUsers, Administrators, Users
If I look at permissions for each group, they all list Full control and have inherited values.
I have tried using a little program called "Unlocker" but that didn't help.

I have looked at lots of other threads. Most talk about deleting files which is not what I am after. Some talk about the file being actively ... Read more

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Some of my programs on my computer have been there along time and have worked all the time, until now, i tried loading one of my programs "scar.exe" when it tries to load i get this error (below) i dont know why it suddenly started doing this, i searched the net and it says its to do with Spy Sweeper but i dont even have the program installed. Could someone please help me"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"

A:File Permissions

The link below may be of use to you.

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I have a PC with a hard drive that I share on my small home network. I want to set this drive up on this computer to where when someone on the network, (or outside via VPN etc.) has to put in a username and password in order to login to this shared drive. I need an administrator username for full read and write access, and a "guest" type username and password that will provide only read access. I want to do this so that I can log in from another PC and add, remove, or alter files inside this shared drive.

I've tried setting up 2 accounts and setting all the proper permissons, but its just not work correctly. All of the PC's in this network are using windows xp pro sp2. Anytime I set permissions for this drive it just denies any other computers access to it. What do I do?

A:File Permissions in XP!?!?!

You need to disable simplified sharing and setup file permissions, for details how see: and

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When I change file permissions from read only (uncheck the box), some processing is done and after clicking OK when I check back the original permissions are rstored. How to take care of this

A:File Permissions

Hi and welcome to TSF see if the info here helps you How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
How to set, view, change, or remove special permissions for files and folders in Windows XP

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I have a partitioned drive, D: i use as my backup disk, I'm going away for a few weeks and didn't want anyone using my computer to get in there. Im using xp home, so i rebooted in safe mode and set the security setting to deny everything to users, thinking i would be safe because i had administrator privileges. Well of course i wasn't, couldn't access the drive. And I couldn't remove the settings. So I reformatted drive c: thinking it would help. Well that didnt help with drive D: so now when I go into the security tab I get the window that says I dont have permission etc. So I change the owner to me, and then can access the Drive.

the problem is, all the files and folders are still locked, and I have to do that change ownership thing for each individual file. Theres like 10000 files, is there anyway I can unlock them all at once. Please Help



A:File Permissions - Help

It's a tough one, but these may help:

When you use GPO's on a local machine, they're local policies and apply to all users of the machine, regardless of access level.
For the Run command, open REGEDIT and do a find for NoRun. When found, double click the value and make it 0. You may have to log off/logon. For the Administrative access to the MMC's try:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MMC
Locate the RestrictToPermittedSnapins entry and change it to 0.


As an alternative, locate the
GroupPolicies folder in Windows\System32 and
set a Deny of Full Control for the Administrators
Then, log off and back in as an admin, remove
the Deny, and edit local policy to remove what
you do not want applied to _all_ users, including
If you are not inter-operating with Windows 2000
systems you probably do not want to weaken the
XP system by enabling any of the old W2k behaviors.

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Hello, some of the programs i try to run on my computer always come up with this error, ive searched google for this but none of the solutions work, here is the error message"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not havethe appropriate permissions to access the item."I hope someone can help me

A:File Permissions

Are you the administrator?Try following the steps here.

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Hi everyone,

I am in the middle of re-installing my Windows XP system. I have the old system on one bootable hard drive and the new system on another. I can boot into either as needed. From the new installation I am trying to copy my old data over but get a file permissions error. I assume this is because Windows has tagged the data files as belonging to another user and is trying to protect them. The old installation is very unstable and I believe it has been infected so I would really like to handle everything from the new drive.
Is there a way to change the permissions on these files or do I need to go back to the old installation and deal with the frustrations of that broken system?
Thanks for your help.

A:File permissions in XP

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I am using Win7 Home Premium (OEM, so I just have to stick with that) and I have one .dll file that doesn't copy over from a CD stating that I do no have sufficient permissions.

My question is:

How do I FORCE windows to copy that file ignoring any blocks (more like disabling them until it's being moved). Also I from looking through the system I couldn't find that, but if there is a way to disable such restrictions altogether for the future, I would appreciate if someone pointed to the right direction as something like the OS requesting special permissions to move a simple dll file even when I am an admin is beyond unreasonable.

UAC is disabled.

I surely hope I will not have to resort to my Linux live CD every time I need to copy over a single file as I still need Windows to run some of the software.

A:File permissions

The following article may help (not the sfc bit but the end of the article where it shows you how to gain full control via the elevated command prompt) to use the elevated command prompt right click command prompt on the start menu and choose run as administrator.

How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

Hope this helps

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Recently i run into several files in hidden system directories like C:\System Volume Information but i cant access them i cant even view or edit there permisions and I am using a administrator acount, how can prevent files from being created that deny me permission and/or get full permission for such files.

A:File permissions

You shouldn't access these files in the System Volume Information. It contains backup and System recovery data and should not be fiddled with. if you are running out of space & want Windows 7 to stop creating restore points just right click on My computer> select "Properties"> on the left pane select "System Protection" & then select the Drive which you want and then select "configure" & then the third option "Turn Off System Protection"
You can also use Disk Cleanup to manually clean temporary & system restore files

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good day to all, I have a 3 tb external hard drive that seems to alter itself. the problem is that most of my music files [49705 files] have had the permissions changed and I have to take ownership of the file one by one before I can move or play it. I can not ''load'' into windows media player either......does anyone know how I can ''batch file'' this change????? all the other files, movies and pictures remain unaffected...seems that only mp3 files are affected, not wma. the restore function will not work because it does not back up external drives. I use this drive for media only storage. I am set up on a 4 cpu home network and I do have a vpn in use. all scans of the drive come up negative for any virus, Trojan, etc. it has taken me 10 years to amass this collection of music. I do not know exactly how or when this took place. my best guess is sometime this month based on the last played date in the media player. sorry for the lengthy request, more detail = better results. thank less than 24 hrs, ALL the files are now ''access denied''....I have sent an email to western digital for help...any one going to respond???????

A:file permissions

Welcome to Seven Forums dsimmers3. Have you tried taking ownership of the entire drive? See Option Three in this tutorial

Take Ownership of file

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I have a configured file server with Windows file sharing set up.
Recently I have replaced the array with a whole new set of drives and copied the files over.
I have already configured permissions to allow write access to the share, but I have a slight problem which I can't seem to work out.

When a user adds a file, even though the Guest account is granted ownership of the file (as it would, since the Guest account is the standard account Windows file sharing uses), they are not able to rename, modify or delete their content.

In my previous setup users were able to copy files in to the share, rename or manipulate files in the share, and were not able to modify, change attributes or delete any of the files that I (my admin login) had ownership to.
I can't recall if users were able to delete their own files individually per PC (so other users couldn't remove their data) as it wouldn't make sense due to the Guest account being local, but if that was possible then I probably had that set up too.

How do I configure my file/folder permissions to restore this?

Thanks for any response.

A:File Permissions

Hi. Please provide some information about your file server. Are you running a Linux file server, Windows Server, WHS, etc...WHAT???? You configured permissions to allow write permissions to the share??? to whom???????? Groups??? users????? We need more information..........

If this is a Linux Server, and you want to grant GUEST user FULL access as you suggest in our post, make all the CHMODs to be 777!!!!!! (WHY would you do such a thing????) (Guest account is the standard account of Windows file sharing uses???? This is open to interpretation and debate!!!!!!)

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I have a really simple home file server that runs WinXp pro (its only for 2 users). I have the folders I want to share mapped to my computer as network drives. And I use remote desktop connection to manage the server.

-I also use the server to download different things and they go into the shared folder when there done. Well If I want to rename or delete the downloaded program I get the "this file is being used by another program or user" error. Ive tried exiting out the download program, all programs that might use it and even rebooting but it doesnt help. Why does this keep happening? I found a freeware program that will allow me to unlock the file so it can be deleted or renamed but Id still like to know why this keeps happening to everything that goes into the shared folder. The permissions for the folder are set to allow me to rename or delete anything in it. I know WinXp wasnt intended to be used as a server but what Im doing is pretty simpe and I dont think I need a server OS for only 2 users.

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I have Windows 2000 and WinXP pc's and have a file permissions problem I was hoping someone might be able to help with.

We have a couple of Word docs that some people access (and I have set up full permission for those selected and everyone else has read only). This has been fine for over a year. Today, whenever we try to open any of the files in the directory we get told it's read only. I have checked permissions on the files themselves and also on all the folders. I have even been up on the server and checked all permissions using winfile just in case I found something there.
I can create new files in these directories and they are fine.

Is there anywhere else I can check as to why these are showing up read only?

Thanks in advance

A:File Permissions

Sorry to nag guys, I'm just pulling my hair out on this one.
Anybody got any idea of what I might have overlooked?
Thanks again

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Hi there. I have recently had a system failure, and have had to reinstall XP PRO SP2. I use two user accounts - Administrator and User. I stored the My Documents folder for the Administrator account on my E: drive, spearate from the OS. The XP machine was originally setup connected to a Windows 2003 domain controller, but I had only been logging in locally as Administrator for some time.
I have resintalled now I cannot access My Documents folder. I have done this in the past and have been able to take ownership and correct the permissions, but this is not working. The only difference I can see is that previously I have only ever done standalone Workgroup installs. I can take ownership, change permissions and set full control for the new Administrator user, and after applying, the changes have not applied.
Aside from the usual items in My Documents, I have a draft of a very important piece of work that I must recover... any help appreciated.

Is this some effect of Group Policy? Perhaps I should join the machine back to the Domain?

A:File Permissions


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I have a small external hardrive which I use as a backup for all my documents and I tried getting into a couple of files yesterday and it kept on saying ' you have been denied permissions to access this folder. I know it's been a while since I accessed these files but I'm pretty sure I didn't put a lock on these 2 files and it's only 2 files all the rest of the files are accessible. Please help me I really do need these files....

A:permissions for a file

First, have you tried following the directions that the two dialogue boxes gave you?
-Going into properties and clicking the "security tab"
-Clicking continue button to grant administrator rights

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I'm in the process of repair/recovery of my machine (Dell Inspiron 8500 with Windows XP Home, Service Pack 2). I'm following exactly the instructions in:, but a problem has developed. The "software" file (which is the file that the original blue screen error message says is "corrupt, absent or not writable") will not copy to the new tmp directory to create the backup. My understanding from the article is that this backup file (software.bak) will later be used to restore correct settings for various software applications. Since I can't copy it, it appears that I am screwed, no? Or is there a way out somehow?

Thanks to anyone who's been there and can help...

BTW I have the XP installation disk that came with, and a diagnostics disk which I have not yet run.


A:Blue Screen: Registry File Failure; can't copy corrupted file to tmp directory

Never mind, I had it wrong--didn't read the document referred to above carefully enough. The procedure worked like a charm, and the document is very easy to read and entertaining to boot! (pun intended).

The document describes a procedure that closely follows a Microsoft KB document (which I now can't find) but does not contain any warning regarding whether the OS is an OEM (original equipment manufacture) install or not. The Microsoft doc says not to use the procedure on an OEM-installed OS, but I just did it on my Dell, so that warning seems to be incorrect.

Many many thanks for the help provided by this document and this site.

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I would like to create a .bat to copy files from source folder to destination folder.
Some files in source folder already exist in destination folder (Same name)
What I would like is that files existing in destination folder to be rename to f.eks filename_BAK.extension.
Source folder include. FileOne.asp - FileTwo.exe - FileTree.txt
Destination folder include. FileOne.asp - (NO FileTwo) - FileTree.txt
Result. FileOne.asp (version from source)(Existing renamed to FileOne_BAK.asp) - FileTwo.exe - FileTree.txt (version from source)(Existing renamed to FileTree_BAK.txt)
Now in desination folder.: FileOne.asp - FileOne_BAK.asp - FileTwo.exe - FileTree.txt - FileTree_BAK.txt
Files in source folder are placed in different folders, but in same structure in destination.

Kind regards
Søren Kromann

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I cannot copy or paste jpeg files from my computer to my SD 2GB cards. Also, I get this msg when I try to print jpeg files. Using Adobe Elements I am able to archive these files. Oddly enough I can attach and send these jpeg files via email. Prior to August '08 was able to do these tasks without a problem. I suspect that there is a software compatibility problem since this problem came on suddenly (maybe iTunes?). No problems importing jpeg files from SD cards. I've looked at several sites on the internet but none seem to have the right solution for my problem. THANKS for any help that you can provide! -Stu

A:Error copying file or folder; cannot copy img the directory or file cannot be created

This has caught me more than once.

The problem is a limitation on the number of files and folders allowed in the root folder of a FAT16 file system (as for a memory card) of 512. (Note, this number is reduced much further if longer file names than 8 characters are used, as most people will want to).

When transferring the files onto the card, new files will be rejected when you hit this limit.

So keep your files in separate folders, so they are not all in the root folder.

For files and folders in root it might be worth keeping your filenames under 8 characters in length so you can use the full 512 files on root folder.

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How can I move/copy a file from one disk to another without changing the file's creation date?

A:Copy/Move File from One Disk To Another w/o Changing the File Creation Date

You can use a utility called "Set File Date" to change a file's creation date to whatever you want.

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I am attempting to set file permissions on a secondary computer, but from windows explorer when I right click on the folders or files, properties,...--- there is no security tab. How do I get the tab to return? Thanks

A:setting file permissions

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Hello all,
I have a custom application that was written in Labview. As part of the application, the user wanted some of the program configurations saved. In Windows XP, I would typically store the configuration (or ini) file in the same subdirectory as the executable. This cannot be done in Windows 7 due to file permissions in the Program Files subdirectory. I determined that there is a hidden subdirectory call ProgramData that is supposed to be used for this purpose. Everything works fine if only one account uses the software. The configuration file can be written and read properly. Unfortunately many users will be using the software and they all would like to log into the computer under their own account. If a different user logs in, the software can read the file but cannot modify the file with any changes that the new user made. All users have administrative privileges and the permissions on the files seem to allow RW privileges. The only exception that I have found is that the owner of the file somehow plays a part in this but I cannot seem to figure out a way around it (other than everyone logging in as the same user).

Any ideas? Is there another place on the hard drive that is supposed to be used for this purpose that allows full RW privileges?


A:File permissions in Windows 7

Welcome to the forum! The file is shared, with everyone allowed acces and read/write selected?

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Hello! (after a two year or so hiatus)

Rather stumped by this problem:

A computer I am working on has recently had windows XP installed over the existing installation after it developed some configuration problem (it wasn't booting due to a corrupt file). That taken care of already, my problem is that prior to this new copy of windows being installed, the previous copy of windows had the "Keep my files and folders private" Setting turned on, and it seems that any and all of his folders within his documents and settings folder are not accessible due to lack of privileges. It is worth note however, that the information contained within these locked folders IS still there, and are accessible when a friendly ubuntu live cd is used, and they are also movable. It is just that even when moved, I still am not able to browse the folders due to permissions in windows.

I ask: Is there a utility, or nifty trick out there that allows me to default permissions to these "Private" Folders, whether it is windows or unix based?

Thanks in advanced for your insight,


A:Solved: Help with file permissions

Try that.

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I want to set up a folder that only the administrator that created it can access. I've done a bit of research but can't seem to find the right way to do this. Any help appreciated. Thanks

A:Folder and file permissions

Hello Vincenzo,

The problem is that even if you restrict access to all users but the owner, the other administrators could still just change the permissions using their own credentials if they like.

One option would be to use EFS to encrypt the folder so that no other user would be able to open the folder. If you use this option, then be sure to backup the EFS certificate afterwards.Encrypt or Decrypt a Folder or File
Hope this helps,

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Two user accounts, both administrator level. I have a file in my documents that my wife's account can READ but cannot SAVE. I've gone in through User Accounts and given her account full permissions (full control with all the boxes checked), but it always reverts back to her not being able to save any file in my directory.

FWIW, I have all accounts on a separate D:\ drive. Only windows 8 and programs are on C:\.

Also, Read only status. I see the dot (not a check) when I select properties from "my documents". I remove the dot, task window comes up and all the file names whiz by. Then, I look and ... again, the dot is present.

What is the purpose of the dot vs the check mark. They seem to have the identical effect on sub-directories and files within sub-directories.

Please and Thank You,


A:File Permissions and Read Only

Originally Posted by jmbongard

Two user accounts, both administrator level. I have a file in my documents that my wife's account can READ but cannot SAVE. I've gone in through User Accounts and given her account full permissions (full control with all the boxes checked), but it always reverts back to her not being able to save any file in my directory.

FWIW, I have all accounts on a separate D:\ drive. Only windows 8 and programs are on C:\.

Also, Read only status. I see the dot (not a check) when I select properties from "my documents". I remove the dot, task window comes up and all the file names whiz by. Then, I look and ... again, the dot is present.

What is the purpose of the dot vs the check mark. They seem to have the identical effect on sub-directories and files within sub-directories.

Please and Thank You,


Perhaps if you can post a picture of where this problem is occurring. There are a few places where you can change the permissions but I'm not sure which one you are talking about.

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I've just bought a new Windows 7 computer and I'm having a problem with my e-mail and newsgroup program, Forte Agent.

It's perhaps unusual in that it has a Data folder as a subfolder of the main program folder in C:\Program Files (x86). Because of this, I think Windows 7 has assumed that the files in the Data folder can't be modified or deleted. In fact, Agent itself has to be able to modify files in this folder in certain situations.

I've tried amending the file permissions using Windows Explorer but the Write options seem to be greyed out. It offers the permissions for various categories of user and shows me under my registered name as both an Administrator and a User, but I can't seem to change the permissions whichever user category I select.

I'm puzzled because this issue never occurred when I was using Forte Agent under Windows NT on my old computer. Anyway, I need some basic guidance here - any help will be much appreciated.

A:Problem with file permissions - help!

could you printscreen it for us please?

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Ive set my word document with the read only attribute

How do i set permissions on my word document so that the read only box cannot be unchecked when it is on someone else's pc?

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thats interesting if its set to read only and you move it to another computer your user doesn't even have read it has guest permissions. I would think you have to change it before or add a user on the new machine to have edit permissions.

Just a guess mind you

hoep it helps and let us know if you fiure it out. Im curious as well



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Does anyone know if you can use NTFS file permissions on XP Home edition? I have a lot of files on my pc I would like to set security on. I used it in XP Pro at school and it was great.

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XP Home doesn't have the security features at the file level like XP Pro does ... The link below explains the differences. I believe you're referring to the "Access Control" features ...

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For whatever reason, the default account reports that it is an admin account, but it doesn't always act like it.

I have 3 SATA drives, each partitioned in 2 (all NTFS), C/D, E/F and G/H. C had Windows 7 installed on it and it was running fine. I tried the CP in Virtualbox when it was released and decided to do a clean install. Imaged my 7 drive elsewhere and booted up 8 from USB. I ran through the installer and created a local account (not the Live/Hotmail/Email option). In User Accounts it reports as Admin in the same way as Windows 7. First thing I did (as always) was to disable UAC and reboot.

I tried using CMD to disable hibernation with 'powercfg -h off' but it was rejected due to requiring elevated access. Same deal for any Powershell commands. Then I installed WinRAR and tried extracting an existing archive on E, but that failed due to lack of permissions. Navigated to 'Program Files' and tried making a new text file but it wasn't even an option, only 'Folder' was given. Same deal with the AppData folder. Next I installed KMPlayer and tried adding media files from G to a playlist but it was blocked, so I tried changing settings. They changed fine while I had the player opened, but when I restarted it they had reset (the ini file in the program folder wasn't being written to).

I went back and performed a clean install of 7 on C with the same options as 8 and everything I tried worked. Another format of C and then installed 8 again, same problems. The account says ad... Read more

A:File permissions issues

gavin19, I have also noticed similar file permission issues. It seems as if an admin account in Windows 8 doesnt have the same default powers that an admin in Windows 7 does. I am also using a local account with UAC disabled. I was able to get 'powercfg -h off' to run by using an elevated command prompt. One simple way to access that is to right click in the lower left corner where the start screen is accessed. There you get a whole menu of commands like event viewer, device manager, and disk management to name a few.

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Hi y'all,
I'm an experienced Windows user (far too many years), but only a newbie Win7 user. I simply cannot fathom the security set-up they've implemented, and I'm kinda wondering whether anyone here knows more than I do.

I'm trying to use a VMware Virtual Machine on an external drive whilst logged-in into an administrator account. (Now wait before you start trolling about Microsoft's virtualisation is so much better and I should be asking on the VMware forums: read on)

According to the Security tab on Properties for the directory in which the VM files are all stored, the Administrator group has Full Control. But, when I start the VM, all I keep getting is a message stating that:

Error while powering on: Unable to open file "I:\TripleG\c-cl2.vmdk": Insufficient permission to access file.

Checking on the VMware forums, there are a few people who've had this message, but on every occasion, it's been because the file was Read Only. Check the file's attributes, no such issue. After a bit more playing around, I decide that maybe the reason is that the Users security group only has read and execute rights to the directory. So, using Properties / Security, I clkick the Edit button, I highlight the Users group, I change permissions to Full Control and hit the Apply button.

Churn... churn... churn...

Error Applying Security
An error occurred while applying security information to:


Access is denied.

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A:Windows 7 file permissions

Quote: Originally Posted by aragond

Hi y'all,
I'm an experienced Windows user (far too many years), but only a newbie Win7 user. I simply cannot fathom the security set-up they've implemented, and I'm kinda wondering whether anyone here knows more than I do.

I'm trying to use a VMware Virtual Machine on an external drive whilst logged-in into an administrator account. (Now wait before you start trolling about Microsoft's virtualisation is so much better and I should be asking on the VMware forums: read on)

I almost want to troll just because you said that.

I, personally have no preference as I don't use virtualization that much. Everyone has their own opinions. Some here like Microsoft's some like VMWare. Oh well. Life goes on.

According to the Security tab on Properties for the directory in which the VM files are all stored, the Administrator group has Full Control. But, when I start the VM, all I keep getting is a message stating that:

Error while powering on: Unable to open file "I:\TripleG\c-cl2.vmdk": Insufficient permission to access file.

Checking on the VMware forums, there are a few people who've had this message, but on every occasion, it's been because the file was Read Only. Check the file's attributes, no such issue. After a bit more playing around, I decide that maybe the reason is that the Users security group only has read and execute rights to the directory. So, using Pro... Read more

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I have only user account in Win7 (which is an Admin account, named "Admin") now when I go to one of my backup drives (in this case "D:\") and attempt to delete certain directories it gives me

"Folder Access Denied - You Require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this folder"

it should be noted that im trying to delete a previous Win7 installation on a drive which isn't my main drive. (nuking the directories one by one, as i have other backed up data on the drive i dont want to interfere with)

I attempted to alter the permission for TrustedInstaller, allowing full access, but i continue to get the error.

Suggestions please?

A:Permissions For File Deletion?

Have you tried 'Taking Ownership' first?

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Hi,I am using windows 7 Ultimate 32bit sp1.

I have an external drive to store all my media and files.
I share the media folder via windows media player.
I can browse and play my movies on my Xbox 360.

Today I turned on my computer and the 360 can no longer see the media files.
It can see the computer but simply says 'no videos found'.

I checked media sharing; fine.
I checked media streaming: fine
I checked the PC can still see the 360; fine.
I checked the drive letter for the external drive hadn't changed; fine.
I cleared the media library in media player and re-added the media folder; fine.
Made sure I media player still shows the files and plays them; fine.

The 360 can still see the PC, but still saying 'no videos found'.

I checked the security permissions tab; bingo... found the problem.

As well as the normal security permissions (Authenicated Users, SYSTEM, Administrators and my profile), two new ones have been added: WMPNetworkSVC and another account saying Account Unknown with a red question mark beside it and a huge long alpha numeric string beside it.

All the permissions and the ability to edit them are disabled.

I checked your forums and followed the instructions for taking ownership of the folders; no joy. I also tried taking control of the individual files; no joy.

Does anyone have any idea how I can fix this problem?
I though about deleting the Account Unknown entry, but it said that it was inheriting permissions.

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A:File permissions mystery!

Well, you can do this in a few ways.

First) Put the file on a pen-drive or external hard-drive. Then go into windows safe mode and try editing the permissions on the file off your pendrive. This may of may not work.

Second option) Click run as administrator before streaming to the 360, usually works. (Recommended option)

Hope this helps,


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Last night (or in the early hours) I changed some of my file permissions like my documents and picture because i didn't want other people accessing them. Only today I go onto my Windows Media player and lots of my songs on my playlist cannot be accessed arghh thery are not working! I changed all the permissions back to how I think they were, then even did a system restore to a few days ago but still no luck.
These are all songs from limewire.
Some still work which is really random.
My CD ones still work. :S
But I should still have permission to access them.
Oh I wish I never messed with it now
Please help.

A:file permissions problems with WMP

Note to self... Don't mess with the permission setting in Vista!

Sorry, bad joke, I know some of the gurus here said that Vista allows for "Undo" but I don't really know where to begin to do that.

I'm bumping the thread so someone can lend a hand.

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hi i took ownership of the windows file is there a way to restore permissions back the way they were thanks

A:remove file permissions

Hello Hangdawg,

Please post back the full path of what file this is, and I'll be happy to see what the default "Owner" and permission settings are and how to change them back.

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I recently installed W7 64 bit on a new PC and all my documents are stored on an external HDD however I cant access them without my admin password. What I want to do is completely remove any file permissions so they are assessable to everyone on the computer.

Can this be done?


A:Remove file Permissions

Either select all the files or the folder(s) they are in. Right click, go to Properties -> Security (tab) -> Edit -> Click "HomeUsers" and tick the "Full Control" box. Then just hit OK and you're done.

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I'm having difficulty setting file permissions and having them stay set on my C: Drive. I'm the only user on my computer and set as admin, yet when I try to set file permissions on some folders (and all sub folders/files) as soon as the process of removing read only is completed, the files are still read only. If you require I could post a video of it on youtube of what I mean.

I have tried something called Take Ownership but thats done jack-all essentially. So far as I can tell, it is also happening to my D: drive as well. I've attempted to alter access nodes for the different user levels however that seems to get reset as well. I change a variable and it appears as though it worked, but if i leave the attributes window and bring it back up immediately, its back to what it was.
Any help is appreciated,


A:File Permissions Issue

Hi Link,

A video may be helpful in explaining the problem you face.

I'm unsure of what you mean by "read only". Are you referring to the file attribute or the read permissions permission?

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I have a file ( C:\Windows\?.bin) that I need to delete. I do not have permission. I have tried to turn off the UAC and that won't work. I have tried to use the COMMAND prompt takeown, but for some reason, I don't know quite how to phrase it. when i type what all the forums say, it says that there is a "conflict".

Help me please with this issue.

A:Needing to own file permissions!

Originally Posted by bluemykk

I have a file ( C:\Windows\?.bin) that I need to delete. I do not have permission. I have tried to turn off the UAC and that won't work. I have tried to use the COMMAND prompt takeown, but for some reason, I don't know quite how to phrase it. when i type what all the forums say, it says that there is a "conflict".

Help me please with this issue.

there are instructions here Take Ownership of file

hope this helps


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This is my first posting so please bear with me

Have 2 desktops & 1 laptop all running XP Pro, all hard wired to a Gigabit ethernet LAN switch, all in a single workgroup, all with one user account (+ guest) as administrator, all with simple file sharing turned off.

Ok, down to the problem: I want to give different permissions to different PCs (users) on certain shared directories. I've done a lot of research via Google but am still confused as how to best achieve this.

When I'm in the ACL editer I do not see the users or workgroup connected on the LAN therefore I can not make the appropriate permission selections (allow, deny, etc.) for each PC (user).

I understand from my research that creating a domain rather than a workgroup will allow me to achieve what I want but I have to purchase server software to adminster the domain.

Is my ONLY other option (utilising my current workgroup) to define different permissions to different PCs (users) is to create another account on each PC that's exactly the same (including password). This account will then be seen in the ACL editor by all 3 PCs - yeah?

I pose this question as it seems a long & complicated way round to achieve something that seems basic to me - perhaps it my lack of understanding of file sharing principles.

Any clarity on this issue would be very much appreciated.


A:File Sharing Permissions - Xp Pro

You are on your way by the sound of it. Simple file sharing off enables the security tab in folder properties, which is good.
But you really need to set-up different user accounts. You have 1 account on all 3 PC's with the same username/password right? This means if you set permissions over that user it will affect all PC's. By creating unique logins on each PC, you can then do what you want to do more efficiently. If you create a unique login on PC1, make sure you replicate this acocunt on the other 2 PC's.

Then you can add the user through folder properties - security and allow/deny access to files/folders.

REMEMBER: Deny overrides Allow.

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OS : Vista Home Premium SP2

1. I am trying to save a file in the Programs Folder.

2. I am logged in as the Administrator

3. Vista stops the file from being saved and returns the message "You don't have permission to save to this location. Contact the Administrator".

I performed exactly the same task yesterday to the exact same location (and similar tasks many times before) without any issues, so I am a little confused as to what may be the problem.

Any thoughts?


A:Administrator File Permissions

Try pressing the Start button, then enter Windows Explorer in the Start Search textbox. Windows Explorer should appear at the top of the results. Right-click on it and select Run as Administrator. From here you should be able to navigate to your Program Files directory and copy files to it.

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Hey - I've got a rather unusual situation. My father is in collage for paramedics. The other weekend he went out for 2 days doing a training program, and had written alot of notes down on his laptop. He transfered the files back to his main PC when he got back, everything was fine.

A few days later he got a bad virus and I backed up all his files to the second hard drive, formatted the first and reinstalled windows as normal. Now, some of the files he created for school are labeled in green writing instead of the usual black (the file name). We open it, and it will not open in any program - it says he does not have permission. I tried opening it remotely through the network, same thing. I cannot open nor copy the files.

Another unusual twist to it: only a few of the many files he has are locked. usually one in every other folder or so. Also note these are HIS files, not someone elses, and he does not ever set permissions on them.

Any ideas how to get back into these? We ARE using the admin account, (the only account) on the computer.

Thanks for any help
- Trav

A:File permissions error

The green color indicates they were encrypted. There's no way to retrieve them unless you backed up the encryption key. If you didn't do this, and the drive has already been formatted and reinstalled, the key cannot be retrieved.

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I'm having a little problem with a few .reg files that hold some configurations I like to have. After applying them countless times by hand, I created a couple of files to just apply the same changes by double-clicking only. So far, so good.

Problem is, some of those reg scripts touch keys that are owned by the pesky "TrustedInstaller" (which I don't trust), so if a file tries to modify/delete one of those, it would just give an error, even with regedit running as administrator.
When doing changes by hand, I just take ownership, give administrator group full control and make the changes, but I'm seeking for a way to do the same on the same .reg file.


A:Script permissions in .reg file?

Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85

....When doing changes by hand, I just take ownership, give administrator group full control....

So now that part of your registry is less secure... unless you put the security settings back as they should be.

PowerShell can change the registry permissions, but you really should test inside a frozen virtual machine that you cannot harm.

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I have multiple computers running Windows 7, 10 and Linux on my network.I would like one computer (Windows 7 for now, but may upgrade to 10) to access a share on another computer (same OS situation). I don't want the other computers to see the folder.Can I map a network drive or something?Old stuff that still works, somewhat....

A:how to set up permissions on a shared file

As I understand you can only share folders.Copy of create a shortcut of the files you want to share in "Public folder".Permission can be set on the shared folders as well as users who can access it.

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When I plug my WD Passport into my laptop and try to delete a folder I get an error saying I need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder.

I click continue but then I get "you require permission from administrator to make changes to this folder" and the only option is to try again or cancel.

I am an administrator and it doesn't matter which owner it is. Everyone has full control but I cannot delete this folder.

Any ideas?


A:File Permissions Will Not Allow Deletion

Try downloading the "TakeOwnership" registry key and once its installed use the right click take ownership menu on the folder see if that works

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On Chapter 14 of my MCP, and completely stuck on File Permissions. Gonna type it all, that way its easier to follow. I only got stuck on ther permissions bit..

Create users and groups:

Managers and Accounting Groups

User81 (no passowrd)
Do not make them change the password at login
Member of Managers group

User82 (no pswd)
Do not make...
Accounting group

User83 (no pswd)
Do not make...
Managers and accounting

User87 (no pswd)
Do not make...
No group

Create these folders:


Okay, next bit..
Public : users group : Read & Execute
Public : Admin group : Full control
Library: Users group: Read & Execute
Library: Admin group: Full control
Library: Managers group: Modify
Misc: Users group: Read & execute
Misc: Admin group: Full Control
Misc: User82: Modify
manulas: Users Group: Read & execute
Manuals: Admin group: Full Control
Manuals: Accounting Group: Modify

Now, there is a bit that says, in the Security tab, if you need to modify the inherited permissions for a user, or group, clear the Allow Inheritable Permissions From Parent To Propagate To This Object check box, and then when promted to copy or remove inherited permissions, click Copy.

Now, do I do this for the Everyone bit? If you have this book, its easier to explain

I can Add users, or groups. Its just the settings.
I'll delete the folders again, and have another bash tonight.

If you need ore info, just say

*edit* ... Read more

A:[SOLVED] File Permissions

Hey eddie,

Let me see if I am understanding the question you are asking.

Are you asking how permissions for various groups add up?

They add like this. You take the user defined allow permissions and add any group allow defined permissions then subtract any user defined deny permissions and any group defined deny permissions and subtract them.

Look at the follwoinf example:

jim is the user name and he belongs to the user group and of course the everyone group.

As jim he has allow full control.

The user group has allow read & execute

The everyone group has allow everything except for deny modify

This would allow him to to do anything to the file, except change it. He could read it. If it was an exe he could put run the program. He could list any folder contents. He could not on the other hand do anything to modify the file or folder.
In your example, since there is not any reference to the everyone group in the problem, I would remove the everyone group. If not, then you are effectively giving everyone full control.

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Hi! this is Dev.I have a notebook-HP Compaq nx7300,1 GB RAM,Core duo-T2300 @ 1.66GHz,Intel Graphics Accelerator 945 Express chipset,80 GB HDD,WIN Vista Ultimate.By mistake i somehow denied all the permissions to a folder containing many softwares.Now,when i tried to correct it by allowing the permissions,only few files returned to normal state but the other files say"You dont have proper permissios".so,i installed XP-sp2 but still those files show"ACCESS DENIED".Now,how to return it to the former state??plz help

A:Missing File Permissions

Login with an administrator account. Take ownership of the folder and then you can change the permissions.

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I ve got a simple network where i can see shared folder in the workgroup folder.
Everythink works fine but i have created a new account for my friend and when accesing with that account i cannot access the shared folder any more and prompts for user name and password.

Any ideas very apreciated

Im on Win XP

Thank You

A:file sharing permissions

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i'm haveing problems assigning ownership to files and folders i transfer on a user's C drive. could someone direct me to a source that can help me with this?

It's not the files under her profile i speak of, their ok. but when i transferred her c drive data, she has no rights to modify them on the new PC i provided her. and she could on her older PC. (BTW,it's been wiped clean)

thanks for the help, BR

A:file and folder permissions?

Take a gander over to this page:
Take Ownership of file

Post back here to let me know if it helped!

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Yesterday I got the sudden urge to go back to Linux, so I installed Slackware 10.1 to a partition on my second hard drive. During this process, I installed the bootloader to the master boot record, yet somehwere in the process my Windows XP installation got messed up so I could not load XP off of my first hard drive.

Today I formatted my second hard drive that I had installed Slackware on and installed Windows XP to it. All my files are still on my first hard drive as well as my original Windows XP installation, however I cannot access any of my files that were in My Documents, on the Desktop, in My Music, My Pictures, nothing. I presume this is because I decided on my last XP installation [that was to that first original hard drive] not to allow other users to view my files. Is there any way to access these files now that I've reinstalled XP? I could access them from Linux, but now I cannot access them and it is very frustrating. Thanks!

A:Windows XP File Permissions

Take Ownership;en-us;308421&sd=tech

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I managed to remove myself access from a files permissions box.

Now I cannot seem to be able to even have access to the Security tab in that files' properties.

This file is on a network, so I am anable to access via a local admin account. Im currently logged in as an administrator though.

This might be a simple solution, but I have never done this before, so I really dont know

Its for a WinXP SP2 system.


A:Solved: File Permissions

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I have been going through the process of backing up a lot of files from a network to DVD. Due to the painful nature of copying files on Vista the best way I've found to do it is to dump all the files to be burnt on to a local computer, with the DVD drive in it, using Robocopy.

That process is still slow but I keep getting permission errors when copying directly to the DVD drive and at least you can set Robocopy to run and pretty much forget about it.

To try and avoid file permission errors I have been copying the files from the network to a directory shared to Everyone, and owned by Everyone. While I have successfully copied from the network, then to my local machine - then to the DVD, several times I have hit a brick wall where I keep get the following permission errors...

Cannot Create File "MY-DVD-DRIVE:\my-directory\my-file.html" Access Is denied

What I can't figure out is why, when copying two files next to one another, in the same directory that has already been created at the destination, one copies across and the other throws the error.

I've checked and both files have the same security settings and the same owner. So, I'm stumped.

Anyone know a solution to this?

Thanks in advance!

A:File Copying & Permissions

Bump... anyone?

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I tried to have a look on here but cant seem to find the answere so pls forgive me if this a really old question.

My problem is i have a folder shared on my home network which includes 4 other people through a belkin router, 2 are friends and the other is not. I've been fiddeling around with the advanced File Sharing options and cant seem to get the required effect which is allow 2 friends to access the folder but not the other guy. When i go into the add people section i see i can only add users on my pc, which i read is because i am not on a domain and to overcome this i have to manually add them onto my pc - how?
Do i make user accounts with the same name as thier own pc login names or their actual pc names or nothing of the sort?
Please tell me if it is possible and any guided steps to accomplish this.

Thank you

A:File Sharing Permissions

I do not use Advanced File Sharing but am pretty sure the answer is "make user accounts with the same name as thier own pc login names." And I think the password should be the same unless you want them to login to your machine using the password you select.

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So I think I messed up. I downloaded an .avi and I can't watch the file or delete it. I almost think thats the point, like it's supposed to annoy the user that downloads it. is that possible?

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properties says I do not have permission to view or change

A:How do you delete a file you do not have permissions for?

alright, i took ownership of the folder and then i was able to delete it. I did the right thing?
this thread was very helpful in the matter:

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I have something realy irgent need it done in two hours or less i need ot figure out how i am suppose ot chmod this php login system on direct admin here is the script i am using: bu i have seriosly no i dea how to chmod stuff and i have failed lots so someone realy soon please!!!!

A:Help with PHP file permissions IRGENT

We'd love to help but you may need to explain your problem a little more. 'chmod' changes what actions users can make on a certain file (including whether they can read, and whether they can write it).

Which files do you need to change? To what? Are you changing them from within a PHP script or from a shell?

I hope we can solve your problem.

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Dell Desktop Windows XP 32 bit IE7 no free memory to download anything. Can't remove programs, no security tab. No windows installer in safe mode. I've confused myself now. Cannot access any file due to permissions. Need to know how to remove programs, then reset permissions. I've been trying to work on this for two days. Can't seem to make sense of any of the great information and tools available, because I don't know which to address first.

A:Cannot access file due to permissions

I would first run some virus and malware scans. Then use command prompt to delete everything you don't want. As for malware software use something like malwarebytes, super anitisoyware, along with spybot search and destroy

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Hey Guys I need to give my self and others users on this computer file permissions, now I know how to do it just that since there are a bunch of files I do not want go through each and every file to give permissions...Anyone know a short cut?


A:Giving file permissions

Hello can you not just left click the first file then go to your last file hold down the shift key and click the last file at the same time and then send them to the share file for all on the computer.

Maybe this will help.

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Word repeatedly denies me entry to .doc files I've created. I try to re-open the file and get a message that the file or path name is incorrect, telling me to check the file permissions or use the file dialogue to locate the file. The file is "there" when I search for it. I am unable to figure out the file permissions or how to change them. How do I get my Word file open? Why does this happen? This last time it happened, I had tried to save a backup of the doc to a floopy in drive A; I got the message that the floppy was full, so I cancelled. I am despearte to get this file open ASAP. Please help. Thanks.

A:Word file permissions

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When I use the XCopy command in Windows 2000, I can copy any file I like; however, when I use copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop in either Windows Explorer or PowerDesk, I get the following error:

Cannot Copy File: Cannot Read from the Source File or Disk

I searched the Microsoft Knowledge Base and came up with only one article, Q224378. This article seems not to apply to my situation because it applies to Windows 2000 Server. I am running Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 2. I did attempt to install the fix that article Q224378 suggested anyway; but, I got an error message that I was attempting to upgrade a program that didn't exist on my system.

I have also learned that this error applies when copying from either of my SCSI CD-ROM drives, not when copying from hard disks or floppies.

Any Suggestions?

A:[Solved] Cannot copy file: Cannot Read From the Source File or Disk

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Does anyone know how to write a script that would specifically
copy a file "File.ext" to the clipboard and paste it to this
"My Script.vbs" file?

I do not mean editing the VBScript file. I currently right click
"File.ext" select "Copy" then right click "My Script.vbs" and
select "Paste".

I would like to know if I can do that with a script. I have included
an example of the code used in "My Script.vbs" I have chosen these
file names and directory paths to use as examples for my post.

I thank you for reading this.

My Script.vbs
On Error Resume Next
Const OverwriteExisting = True
Set objArgs = WScript.Arguments
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If objArgs.Count < 1 Then
End If

For I = 0 to objArgs.Count - 1
Arg = objArgs(I)

objFSO.CopyFile Arg, "C:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFile Arg, "D:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFile Arg, "E:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFile Arg, "F:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFile Arg, "G:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting

objFSO.CopyFolder Arg, "C:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFolder Arg, "D:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFolder Arg, "E:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFolder Arg, "F:\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
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A:Solved: Script to copy and paste a file on to a VBScript file.

This is what worked for me:
I converted the vbs file to an exe file using ScriptCryptor.
I use a script to open the file I want copied using that exe file.

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Hi Guys,

I want to make one batch file which daily copies yesterday's files from one folder & paste it to another folder.

C:/111 folder has following files. had yesterday's date had yesterday's date had last sunday's date

now, when i will run batch file today, it only copies & & move to another folder C:/222

So C:/222 contains following had yesterday's date had yesterday's date

Please note , i have to run this batch file daily which should not require any changes.

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Hi all,

Please help!! I'm having a problem to copy some files from a folder.
My folder have lots of files and is there any way for me to write a batch file to copy only files according to "date modified"? For example last week files or yesterday files.

Please help!! Urgent!!!
Thank you.

A:Urgent!! Copy file by date modified using Batch File.

Take a look at XXCOPY:

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I have Windows XP-Pro SP2 installed on a P4 1.8GHz CPU with 768MB RAM

I would like a script that opens a commamd window and calls for a file (icon file) to be copied to a specific folder on 5 different drives. I would like to be able to either paste in the file path or drag and drop the file onto the command window. The icon file will always come from the same folder "C:\WINDOWS\system32\00 ICONS\System Folders" and be copied, sometimes replacing a file with the same name, to these 5 folders:

"W:\WINDOWS\system32\00 ICONS\System Folders"

"X:\0 aAPPS\00 a Install First\00 ICONS\System Folders"

"W:\WINDOWS\system32\00 ICONS\System Folders"

"N:\0 aAPPS\00 a Install First\00 ICONS\System Folders"

"D:\0 aAPPS\00 a Install First\00 ICONS\System Folders"

I apologize if I am using incorrect terms. I don't know if a batch file could do this or if it would have to be done with vbs. I would appreciate the help. I know nothing about writng vbs script and only a little about writing batch files.
Thank you.

A:Script to call for a file then copy file to specific folders

My question was answered on a different site.

Here is the link:

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Hi All
I have a rather large file system with lots of folders & subfolders. When I want to save previously on Xp operating system I'd search in explorer open the folder I want then copy the address (e.g c:\customer records\client name\job address).
In windows 7, when I copy the folder address i get this "search-ms:displayname=Search%20Results%20in%20electronic%20files&crumb=location:S%3A%5CSEQ%5C011_Estimating %5Celectronic%20files\CHERMSIDE , 17 smith ST"

As you can imagine I cant paste that into a save as field and expect it find the folder location.

Does someone know if it can do what I want? keeping in mind this is about time saving and productivity exercise so I need a simple solution. It is also on a work computer so a lot of settings are locked.

Appreciate any help

A:Copy file address after doing a file search in windows explorer

Find solution myself
Hold down shift right click and select "copy as path"

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NT4 network, XP desktops. A user has a folder on the server that is accessible to them only. A couple of subfolders deep, she has a file that she'd like to share with several other users, without moving it or sharing the rest of the folder with the users. I'm having trouble making this work. Can someone run me through it? Thanks.

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Received our shiny new PC's at work this week. I can set up Windows 2000 pretty easily but XP Pro is confusing me slightly.

As far as I'm aware it is all set up correctly. Our existing work network uses a Workgroup cause although we have a domain, our Samaba interface client is too old to be adapted for this. Soo.... I want to add users (manually) and set file permissions. Now, this is easy enough in Win2k but for some reason, according to the help files in XP Pro, you must have a domain installed before being able to use file permissions.

I checked one of our Windows 2000 servers at work and it is working using only a workgroup but has permissions activated. Why can't I do this with XP Pro? My only security options when going into Properties for a file or folder are to make them private or shared.


A:Activating Windows XP Pro file permissions

Go into explorer, tools, folder options and uncheck use simple filesharing. Now sharing gives you permissions.

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Hi All,

I know there has got to be a way to do this, but I haven't been able to figure out how...

I want to share the files in a folder (an Act Database), allowing everyone to open the database as well as make changes to it, but I want to deny them the ability to view the actual files themselves, or at least deny them the ability to copy the files to another drive (their local hard drive, floppy, Zip, etc).




A:{Advice offered} - File permissions - to see or not to see


is this on NT4 or Win2K? Win2K has a better ability to do this, but it is not impossible on NT4.

For now, I am going to assume NT4.

What you can do is grant NTFS permission to Change, but not to list.

The problem here, is that you will need to create an icon on the desktop that calls the program used to edit the ACT database, and specify the location of the database file in the Icon.

But tell me... does the ACT database not come with a database server program, which users can connect to via ODBC? That way, they will never in fact interact with the actual database file...


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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I had a Windows 10 laptop with an external USB hard drive attached. The external drive has a folder with hundreds of jpg images. The laptop failed and is no longer usable. I connected the external drive to a Windows 7 desktop and from there I can see the folder and all the files, but under Windows 7 I'm told I do not have permissions to access any of them. I don't even see the thumbnail images in the folder view.

I have found I can set the permissions such that the files are accessible again by doing the following:

1. Right-click on file, select Properties
2. Click Security tab
3. Click Continue button, get screen that says "Unable to display current owner"
4. Click Other users or groups button
5. In Select User or Group dialog, enter object name "Everyone". Click OK to close and return to Advanced Security Settings box
6. Click OK on Advanced Security Settings Box
7. Click OK to acknowledge having to close and reopen properties
8. Click OK to close properties dialog, then right-click on file again
9. Click Security tab, then Edit
10.Click Add
11.In Select User or Group dialog, enter object name "Everyone". Click OK to close and return to Advanced Security Settings box
12.Click OK on Advanced Security Settings Box
13.Click OK in Properties dialog to dismiss.


I wouldn't mind doing this for a few files, but as I said this folder has hundreds of images in it. If I select more than one file and right-click for properties, I don't se... Read more

A:Is batch-updating of File Permissions possible?

Try the Take Ownership via Context Menu. It's a registry mod that allows you to right click on a file or folder and select Take Ownership.

See here: Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu of Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows

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When using Window 7 search and the "search more results" is selected, the following message come up.

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item."

Does anyone know how to trace or debug this?????

A:Extended Search File permissions

Does this happen for everything you search?
or specific files or folders?

Has the error message states, it sounds like a permissions problem.

What type of account type do you have? Check or change that. Standard User should still be able to use the search option unless you are trying to do a search inside other profiles.(that would cause that error message)
User Account Type - Change

If it is just a folder or file that you are having problems with just change the permissions for that folder or file.
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Hope this Helps

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I am loggin into Windows 7 Home Premium 64, with an account with administrator permissions. Some files/folders are unaccesable. For example some system folders (inside of the d:\users) folder cannot be opened. Also, some files can be viewed, but not saved/changed.
How can I bypass this restriction?
Why can't I have access to all files/folders if my account has administrator permissions?
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A:Windows 7 File/Folder permissions

Right click file, properties, security, advanced, then change permissions to take ownership of file then you should be able to do as you please with it

Also i believe that it you change permission of a folder this will apply to all sub folders

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I am trying to set user file permissions in vista, and am unbale to do so as the policy editor in Home Premium is unavailable. I am trying to block a user from:

ViewingAccesingand Changing files on my slave drive.

Any help, or registry edits that you may give will be appreciated..... thanks in advance

A:Need To Edit User File Permissions


If I understand you correctly, here is how to solve this problem. If I have misunderstood, just tell me!

Navigate to the drive and Right Click on it and select Properties.Under the Security tab, click Advanced.Under the Owner tab, click Edit.Click "Other Users and Groups".Click Advanced.Click "Find Now".Scroll down and double click on Your User/Administrators.Click OK THREE times.Click Edit (now on the standard file Property window under the Security tab).Click Add.Click Advanced.Click "Find Now".Scroll down and double click on That User.Click OK.Single click on That User and then tick the "Full Control" box under Deny.Click OK TWO times.
Also, here is how to remove the security tab (through the registry at the bottom) Security Properties Tab - Restore or Remove


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