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Windows 7: Permission error on Hard disk media files

24 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional x32
Permission error on Hard disk media files

Dear All,


I am facing an issue with respect to files stored on my external hard drive. I earlier had XP Professional on my machine and got Win 7 x32 Professional installed just yesterday.

Now when I connect my hard disk, I cannot play any media file in one particular folder.

I remember making the file hidden and changing its security settings because I did not want any body to access that folder. This was when I was on xp. Now after getting Win 7, every file I play, I get an error that I do not have sufficient privilege to play the file.

Attaching the screen shot of the error I am getting.

I have a large movie collection about to become obsolete! Kindly help!

Warm regards,


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24 May 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

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26 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional x32

Thanks! I made some headway!
I changed ownership status of few files and still could not play them. Getting error.
Attaching the error screenshot!

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26 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional x32

Basically it seems I checked "encrypt contents to secure data" option while I was on XP. and when I uncheck it, it says permission error. Also, when I try to add my name onto the list of users allowed to change encryption setting, it says I do not have permission to change it!

Hope this helps!
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26 May 2014   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Open an Elevated COmmand Prompt, and run the following command on two or three of the files - let's see what that has to say

ICACLS <fullpathandfilename>
e.g. ICACLS C:\Windows\System32\slui.exe

post the results.

Here are some instructions to make life easier :)
1) To open an Elevated Command Prompt Window (the ECP window), click on Start, All Programs, Accessories – then right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator. Accept the UAC prompt.
2) To run the commands easier, highlight the block of commands, and right-click on the highlight – select Copy. In the CP Window, click on the black/white icon at top left – select Paste. The commands will run but may not complete the last command, so hit the Enter Key once.
3) To copy the results... click on the Black/White icon in the top left, and select Edit... 'Select All', and hit the Enter key - then use Ctrl+V or r-click+Paste to paste it into your response.
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27 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional x32


Pasting the result of that command!

Do let me know what it means and does!


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