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Windows 7: Access is denied - WHY ??

06 Aug 2009   #1
errolgreer

XP/VISTA/WIN7 RC1
 
 
Access is denied - WHY ??

How can I open folders like Documents and Settings ? I get "Access is denied" although my account is not a limited one. I would like the freedom of opening whatever folder I want to.




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06 Aug 2009   #2
Sassa

 
 

See if you enabled guest account by accident...
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06 Aug 2009   #3
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by errolgreer View Post
How can I open folders like Documents and Settings ? I get "Access is denied" although my account is not a limited one. I would like the freedom of opening whatever folder I want to.

If you want to be able to open Documents and setting you have to take ownership and you need to add you username to the permitted users.

1. Rightclick on the folder

2. select properties

3. goto security tab

4. click on advanced button

5. click owner tab

6. click the edit button

7. click on your own username

8. check the "owner of underlying containers and object"box

9. click ok and wait until rights are distributed.

10. now click ok buttons until you are back in explorer


11. right click again on the folder
12. select the security tab
13. click the edit button
14. in next screen click the add button
15. in the textbox type your user name and click on check name
16. Click ok
17. check the full permissions tick box
18. click ok twice.

You're done

greetz
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06 Aug 2009   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Or just use the Take Ownership zip file that does all that for you. Now where did I get that file? I swear I need a file server.
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06 Aug 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Or just use the Take Ownership zip file that does all that for you. Now where did I get that file? I swear I need a file server.
Its in tutorials if you cant find yours.

Ken
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06 Aug 2009   #6
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Folders such as the "documents and Settings" you mention in your post are not actually folders at all - they are virtual folders created by the use of junction points to redirect older hard coded applications to the new locations used for older (XP) folders

Hope this helps
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06 Aug 2009   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Its in tutorials if you cant find yours.

Ken
Thanks Ken, I have the file backed up but I forgot where I got it because it was so long ago.
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08 Aug 2009   #8
Capella

Windows 7 64 bit build 7600
 
 

its best to use the net user administrator account in vista or windows 7: you wont run into privilege issues
just go to cmd and right click run as admin (it should say Windows/system32)
type this:
net user administrator /active:yes
then log off and go to the enabled administrator account
you wouldn't run into any privilege issues
cheers
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08 Aug 2009   #9
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sparkie View Post
its best to use the net user administrator account in vista or windows 7: you wont run into privilege issues
just go to cmd and right click run as admin (it should say Windows/system32)
type this:
net user administrator /active:yes
then log off and go to the enabled administrator account
you wouldn't run into any privilege issues
cheers
Whilst I agree that this method will work I would advise that it is only used for those occasions when the protection mechanisms included in Vista/Win7 prevent you from performing a particular operation, and that a normal admin or, better still, a standard user account is used for day to day operations

As this method removes the protection completely and thus prevents any permissions issue for the user it also does the same for any malware that manages to get a foothold on the machine.

It is your personal choice of course
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08 Aug 2009   #10
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Folders such as the "documents and Settings" you mention in your post are not actually folders at all - they are virtual folders created by the use of junction points to redirect older hard coded applications to the new locations used for older (XP) folders

Hope this helps
hi barman

I know what you are talking about but in the case of "documents and settings" it's not the case.

It is a real folder (if you can ever call a folder aka directory real.)

-docset.png

greetz


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