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Windows 7: Cannot create file "c:\User\...\Appdata\Roaming...". Access is denied.

09 Sep 2012   #1
KumaraB

Windows 7 Starter
 
 
Cannot create file "c:\User\...\Appdata\Roaming...". Access is denied.

I'm not sure what's the cause for this, but I believe it has to do with a recent SweetIM malware attack. I tried to fix it. And also did a system restore. Malware is gone, but this thing came up.

The error message comes up upon closing an app (NoteTab Light). It's trying to save some info, but can't. My browser, Opera, now also is unable to recall from the cache when it previously can. Apparently, something has changed that prevents writing to files within that folder. Maybe not just the Roaming folder, but the whole Appdata as well. I can't be sure.

In anyway, I found that I can manually add and edit files in the folder, but apps can't do that anymore. What could be the cause?


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09 Sep 2012   #2
Mintos45

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

"Access is denied" could mean you're not administrator, or you haven't set the privileges of the action to allow yourself to do so..
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09 Sep 2012   #3
KumaraB

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I am logged in as administrator. Everything was working fine till then. In any case, how can I solve this issue?
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09 Sep 2012   #4
Mintos45

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not too sure how, Appdata is, as it name says, for application data, so I assume you can't save anything in it (it was already hidden automatically by windows).
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09 Sep 2012   #5
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi KumaraB, Welcome to the forums, You need to take ownership of the files Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums This tutorial will show you how to do it
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09 Sep 2012   #6
KumaraB

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Done that. Problem remains. Anything else I can do? I suspect some sort of registry change is the cause.
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10 Sep 2012   #7
KumaraB

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I've found out more about the issue. Apps actually can write new files into Appdata. What it can't do is modify existing files. What then could be the cause?
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10 Sep 2012   #8
KumaraB

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I found out more. Strangely, by deleting the file that apps can't overwrite, the problem seem to disappear. Let me test this further.
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10 Sep 2012   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

goto %userprofile% in windows explorer
right click appdata and check its security. click advanced

system, administrator, yourself... all have "full control"? Is it "inhereted" from folder c:\users\yourname?
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10 Sep 2012   #10
KumaraB

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
goto %userprofile% in windows explorer
right click appdata and check its security. click advanced

system, administrator, yourself... all have "full control"? Is it "inhereted" from folder c:\users\yourname?
Yes and yes. On top of that, there's also another Allow type for Administrators (special, not inherited), which appeared after the "take ownership" attempt to solve the problem (but didn't).
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