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Windows 7: Problems when trying to manually backup

12 Jul 2011   #1

64 bit windows 7
Problems when trying to manually backup

Dear All,

I want to back up a copy of my own user files but get the error message;

I have administrator privilege levels etc but get the following message

"the action cannot be completed because the file is open in system......ntuser.dat.

The only way I seem able to back up "my" user's files is if I log out and log back in as another administrator!

This is so frustrating - does anyone know how I can get around this problem?

Ideally, All I want to do is copy/paste the "user" folder on the c drive to my backup drive.

I know there are formal windows backup routines but this is not what I want to do in this instance - all i want is to copy my files across to this new drive.

Any ideas why this ntuser problem arises and how I can get around it?

Thanks for reading


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mike9inch, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if the Copy To method will do what you want and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Try to take ownership of those folders: Take Ownership Shortcut If hat does not help, try Unlocker:
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12 Jul 2011   #4

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When the ntuser problem "pop up" comes up, click on "skip"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

What partition are you trying to backup to what other partition?

What drive is/are the partition(s) on which you desire to back up to which drive?
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