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Windows 7: Win7 Security Has Stolen My Data!

19 Dec 2009   #1

Win7 Security Has Stolen My Data!

I am currently at a point of frustration with Microsoft that I am about to explode!

I recently copied the entire contents of a thumbdrive to my desktop for safe keeping while I was using the drive for something else. I later (about 10 or 20 minutes later) copied the contents back over to the drive. Everything worked except for one file which Windows has apparently taken control of and now says that I require permission from myself to do anything with it. I tried disabling UAC which did absolutely nothing to correct the issue. According to Windows, I do not have permission to view, run, rename, copy, or delete the file. I also do not have permission to view or edit it's properties and when I try to take ownership of the file it tells me "Access Denied!".

I am the only user of this computer and have full administrative rights. This file contains EXTREMELY important data and Microsoft has no right whatsoever to tell me what I can and can't do with my own files. Somebody PLEASE tell me of any way that I can fix this. This is utterly ridiculous.

P.S. Already tried using the built-in Admin account with all the same issues.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

you might have to log in as administrator and change the permissions... forget how sorry.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

No idea why this would happen to only one file but the first thing to try is to enable the Hidden Administrator account and try taking ownership & resetting the file permissions for the file

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Dec 2009   #4


Nope, the built in administrator account gets all of the same errors. Sorry, forgot to mention that I tried that already.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

See if this helps

1. Open an elevated command prompt as follows.....
- Type CMD in the windows search box , CMD will appear above
- Left Click on it and select Run as Administrator
- You should now have the black cmd window open

2. Type ATTRIB -R -S -H /D /S "C:\path\to\your\folder"
(change the path\to\your\folder to match of course)
- Press enter to complete

Good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #6


TimStitt: It just tells me access denied
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #7
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

Is the file that's locked, was it created on your machine?

The one having trouble copying it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #8


Uber: Now that you mention it, no I don't think it was. I believe it was created on my old XP system
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #9

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Try booting into safe mode, take ownership of the file then copy it back to your flash drive...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #10


I'll try that right now. If the fact that it was created on another system is the problem, then I don't understand why it didn't do for the other files that were created on other systems. Weird. I'll post back in a few minutes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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