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C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

  1. #1


    John C Guest

    C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so that my
    wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when changing
    the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what happen
    here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions to
    change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on this
    machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to all
    administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    somehow.

    My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and digital
    photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I have not
    had time to burn to a CD?

    --
    John Clayton
    Phx. AZ.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    Share the folders not the root of the drive.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    http://www.vistahelp.ca


    "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx

    > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so that
    > my
    > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    > changing
    > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what happen
    > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions to
    > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on this
    > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to all
    > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    > somehow.
    >
    > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and digital
    > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I have
    > not
    > had time to burn to a CD?
    >
    > --
    > John Clayton
    > Phx. AZ.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    John C Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    --
    John Clayton
    Phx. AZ.


    "Kerry Brown" wrote:

    > Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    >
    > --
    > Kerry Brown
    > Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    > http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >
    >
    > "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx

    > > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so that
    > > my
    > > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    > > changing
    > > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what happen
    > > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions to
    > > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on this
    > > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to all
    > > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    > > somehow.
    > >
    > > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and digital
    > > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I have
    > > not
    > > had time to burn to a CD?
    > >
    > > --
    > > John Clayton
    > > Phx. AZ.
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    Try moving the folders you want to share into the Public folder.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    http://www.vistahelp.ca


    "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:AFA91F10-DFC7-42FB-84A3-F50C7835A84A@xxxxxx

    >I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    > --
    > John Clayton
    > Phx. AZ.
    >
    >
    > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >

    >> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Kerry Brown
    >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >>
    >>
    >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx

    >> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so
    >> > that
    >> > my
    >> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    >> > changing
    >> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
    >> > happen
    >> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions
    >> > to
    >> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
    >> > this
    >> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to
    >> > all
    >> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    >> > somehow.
    >> >
    >> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
    >> > digital
    >> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
    >> > have
    >> > not
    >> > had time to burn to a CD?
    >> >
    >> > --
    >> > John Clayton
    >> > Phx. AZ.
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    John C Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    I can't it tells me I do not have access to the c: drive. I tried moving them
    back to my old computer, to the public folder, and burn them to a cd and it
    tells me the same message every time.
    --
    John Clayton
    Phx. AZ.


    "Kerry Brown" wrote:

    > Try moving the folders you want to share into the Public folder.
    >
    > --
    > Kerry Brown
    > Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    > http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >
    >
    > "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:AFA91F10-DFC7-42FB-84A3-F50C7835A84A@xxxxxx

    > >I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    > > --
    > > John Clayton
    > > Phx. AZ.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Kerry Brown
    > >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    > >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx
    > >> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so
    > >> > that
    > >> > my
    > >> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    > >> > changing
    > >> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
    > >> > happen
    > >> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions
    > >> > to
    > >> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
    > >> > this
    > >> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to
    > >> > all
    > >> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    > >> > somehow.
    > >> >
    > >> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
    > >> > digital
    > >> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
    > >> > have
    > >> > not
    > >> > had time to burn to a CD?
    > >> >
    > >> > --
    > >> > John Clayton
    > >> > Phx. AZ.
    > >>
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Michael Walraven Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    John,
    If the files on the busted c: drive are important and you have no backups I
    would spend some money for a high safety option.

    Determine what type of hard drive is installed. (SATA cable is narrow 1" ?
    or Parallel PATA 2.5")
    Purchase a external USB chassis from a Best Buy type place for your type of
    drive.
    Also purchase a replacement hard drive for your computer.
    Remove the current drive (with the busted root) and install it in the
    external chassis.
    Install the new drive in your computer and do a complete reinstall from your
    reinstall DVD you got with your machine. (If you did not get one, you will
    have to discuss getting one with your computer maker, usually costs $10-20
    or so, sometimes free.)

    Now attach your busted drive/enclosure via the USB. You should see the drive
    but maybe not any files. You will need to take ownership of the root and all
    folders and then possibly set permissions to read all the files, then find
    your important files and copy them to your new system (copy, not move).
    After you are completely satisfied that you have everything, you can
    reformat that external drive and use it as a backup destination so the cost
    is not wasted.

    You would also have a very good chance of recovering your system by doing a
    'repair installation', again from that reinstall DVD. Make sure you say no
    to anything about repartitioning or formatting the drive! While this is low
    risk, things can go wrong and you can lose all contents of that drive.

    You do not want to do a 'recover' from the recovery partition. This is often
    accomplished by holding F11 (varies among machines and not all systems have
    the option) during boot. Purpose is to restore to configuration at the time
    of purchase - WILL DESTROY ALL YOUR STUFF.

    Michael
    Vista Home premium

    "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:AFA91F10-DFC7-42FB-84A3-F50C7835A84A@xxxxxx

    > I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    > --
    > John Clayton
    > Phx. AZ.
    >
    >
    > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >

    >> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Kerry Brown
    >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >>
    >>
    >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx

    >> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so
    >> > that
    >> > my
    >> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    >> > changing
    >> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
    >> > happen
    >> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions
    >> > to
    >> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
    >> > this
    >> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to
    >> > all
    >> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    >> > somehow.
    >> >
    >> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
    >> > digital
    >> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
    >> > have
    >> > not
    >> > had time to burn to a CD?
    >> >
    >> > --
    >> > John Clayton
    >> > Phx. AZ.
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    John C Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    Michael, I was kind of afraid of that. I did not get any CD's with this new
    computer which is a whole 12 days old. I do have other computers in the house
    that I have already dual installed hd on so I am thinking I might be able to
    stick this drive as a secondary into my old machine and take ownership of the
    root to get the files and more important pictures I need. Does that sound
    right to you?

    P.S. It would be a lot easier to use repair feature on the windows vista CD
    that I don't have.
    --
    John Clayton
    Phx. AZ.


    "Michael Walraven" wrote:

    > John,
    > If the files on the busted c: drive are important and you have no backups I
    > would spend some money for a high safety option.
    >
    > Determine what type of hard drive is installed. (SATA cable is narrow 1" ?
    > or Parallel PATA 2.5")
    > Purchase a external USB chassis from a Best Buy type place for your type of
    > drive.
    > Also purchase a replacement hard drive for your computer.
    > Remove the current drive (with the busted root) and install it in the
    > external chassis.
    > Install the new drive in your computer and do a complete reinstall from your
    > reinstall DVD you got with your machine. (If you did not get one, you will
    > have to discuss getting one with your computer maker, usually costs $10-20
    > or so, sometimes free.)
    >
    > Now attach your busted drive/enclosure via the USB. You should see the drive
    > but maybe not any files. You will need to take ownership of the root and all
    > folders and then possibly set permissions to read all the files, then find
    > your important files and copy them to your new system (copy, not move).
    > After you are completely satisfied that you have everything, you can
    > reformat that external drive and use it as a backup destination so the cost
    > is not wasted.
    >
    > You would also have a very good chance of recovering your system by doing a
    > 'repair installation', again from that reinstall DVD. Make sure you say no
    > to anything about repartitioning or formatting the drive! While this is low
    > risk, things can go wrong and you can lose all contents of that drive.
    >
    > You do not want to do a 'recover' from the recovery partition. This is often
    > accomplished by holding F11 (varies among machines and not all systems have
    > the option) during boot. Purpose is to restore to configuration at the time
    > of purchase - WILL DESTROY ALL YOUR STUFF.
    >
    > Michael
    > Vista Home premium
    >
    > "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:AFA91F10-DFC7-42FB-84A3-F50C7835A84A@xxxxxx

    > > I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    > > --
    > > John Clayton
    > > Phx. AZ.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Kerry Brown
    > >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    > >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx
    > >> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so
    > >> > that
    > >> > my
    > >> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    > >> > changing
    > >> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
    > >> > happen
    > >> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions
    > >> > to
    > >> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
    > >> > this
    > >> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to
    > >> > all
    > >> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    > >> > somehow.
    > >> >
    > >> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
    > >> > digital
    > >> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
    > >> > have
    > >> > not
    > >> > had time to burn to a CD?
    > >> >
    > >> > --
    > >> > John Clayton
    > >> > Phx. AZ.
    > >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    It sounds like you may have two problems coupled with a misunderstanding of
    how Vista works. Vista has increased security over XP. Administrator
    accounts work differently. You an still do everything you could do in XP you
    just have to do it differently. The biggest difference is UAC.

    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/security..._security.aspx

    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/Security/uac.aspx

    Depending on how you moved the files from your old computer you may have to
    take ownership of them and then give yourself permission to access them.

    http://www.vista4beginners.com/Chang...take-ownership

    Note that after you take ownership of the files you may have to log off then
    log on or reboot the computer before you can change the permissions.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    http://www.vistahelp.ca


    "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:3B6ABBAD-5BF7-4768-91FA-A86DDDBE0483@xxxxxx

    >I can't it tells me I do not have access to the c: drive. I tried moving
    >them
    > back to my old computer, to the public folder, and burn them to a cd and
    > it
    > tells me the same message every time.
    > --
    > John Clayton
    > Phx. AZ.
    >
    >
    > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >

    >> Try moving the folders you want to share into the Public folder.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Kerry Brown
    >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >>
    >>
    >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:AFA91F10-DFC7-42FB-84A3-F50C7835A84A@xxxxxx

    >> >I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    >> > --
    >> > John Clayton
    >> > Phx. AZ.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >> Kerry Brown
    >> >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> >> news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx
    >> >> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer
    >> >> > so
    >> >> > that
    >> >> > my
    >> >> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    >> >> > changing
    >> >> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
    >> >> > happen
    >> >> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or
    >> >> > permissions
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
    >> >> > this
    >> >> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > all
    >> >> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become
    >> >> > corrupt
    >> >> > somehow.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
    >> >> > digital
    >> >> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
    >> >> > have
    >> >> > not
    >> >> > had time to burn to a CD?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > --
    >> >> > John Clayton
    >> >> > Phx. AZ.
    >> >>
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Michael Walraven Guest

    Re: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied

    John,
    Seems like a good option to try. I have read reports that sometimes XP
    cannot see formerly Vista drives but do not recall if there were any
    follow-ups on the problem, they both use NTFS so I think there should not be
    any problem.

    A big advantage to doing it your way would be that the drive would not be
    effected. If there is a recovery partition on it (probably the second) then
    when you restore it to your machine you might be able to restore to the
    original condition. On some systems, somewhere in the manual there is a
    procedure to create a full install disk from the recovery partition/initial
    setup. This is lieu of getting the DVD from the maker. Read the fine print
    on your manual and check the web site etc. (I had a Dell awhile ago that had
    the instruction on a piece of cardboard that looked like a DVD).

    Michael

    "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:81DAFA82-C836-4029-B651-3DAE93421436@xxxxxx

    > Michael, I was kind of afraid of that. I did not get any CD's with this
    > new
    > computer which is a whole 12 days old. I do have other computers in the
    > house
    > that I have already dual installed hd on so I am thinking I might be able
    > to
    > stick this drive as a secondary into my old machine and take ownership of
    > the
    > root to get the files and more important pictures I need. Does that sound
    > right to you?
    >
    > P.S. It would be a lot easier to use repair feature on the windows vista
    > CD
    > that I don't have.
    > --
    > John Clayton
    > Phx. AZ.
    >
    >
    > "Michael Walraven" wrote:
    >

    >> John,
    >> If the files on the busted c: drive are important and you have no backups
    >> I
    >> would spend some money for a high safety option.
    >>
    >> Determine what type of hard drive is installed. (SATA cable is narrow 1"
    >> ?
    >> or Parallel PATA 2.5")
    >> Purchase a external USB chassis from a Best Buy type place for your type
    >> of
    >> drive.
    >> Also purchase a replacement hard drive for your computer.
    >> Remove the current drive (with the busted root) and install it in the
    >> external chassis.
    >> Install the new drive in your computer and do a complete reinstall from
    >> your
    >> reinstall DVD you got with your machine. (If you did not get one, you
    >> will
    >> have to discuss getting one with your computer maker, usually costs
    >> $10-20
    >> or so, sometimes free.)
    >>
    >> Now attach your busted drive/enclosure via the USB. You should see the
    >> drive
    >> but maybe not any files. You will need to take ownership of the root and
    >> all
    >> folders and then possibly set permissions to read all the files, then
    >> find
    >> your important files and copy them to your new system (copy, not move).
    >> After you are completely satisfied that you have everything, you can
    >> reformat that external drive and use it as a backup destination so the
    >> cost
    >> is not wasted.
    >>
    >> You would also have a very good chance of recovering your system by doing
    >> a
    >> 'repair installation', again from that reinstall DVD. Make sure you say
    >> no
    >> to anything about repartitioning or formatting the drive! While this is
    >> low
    >> risk, things can go wrong and you can lose all contents of that drive.
    >>
    >> You do not want to do a 'recover' from the recovery partition. This is
    >> often
    >> accomplished by holding F11 (varies among machines and not all systems
    >> have
    >> the option) during boot. Purpose is to restore to configuration at the
    >> time
    >> of purchase - WILL DESTROY ALL YOUR STUFF.
    >>
    >> Michael
    >> Vista Home premium
    >>
    >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:AFA91F10-DFC7-42FB-84A3-F50C7835A84A@xxxxxx

    >> > I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
    >> > --
    >> > John Clayton
    >> > Phx. AZ.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >> Kerry Brown
    >> >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> >> news:B8F67403-32A1-40EF-8019-DBFA9343E23F@xxxxxx
    >> >> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer
    >> >> > so
    >> >> > that
    >> >> > my
    >> >> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
    >> >> > changing
    >> >> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
    >> >> > happen
    >> >> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or
    >> >> > permissions
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
    >> >> > this
    >> >> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > all
    >> >> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become
    >> >> > corrupt
    >> >> > somehow.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
    >> >> > digital
    >> >> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
    >> >> > have
    >> >> > not
    >> >> > had time to burn to a CD?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > --
    >> >> > John Clayton
    >> >> > Phx. AZ.
    >> >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    terry Guest

    RE: C:\ is not accessible Access is denied



    "John C" wrote:

    > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so that my
    > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when changing
    > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what happen
    > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions to
    > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on this
    > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to all
    > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
    > somehow.
    >
    > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and digital
    > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I have not
    > had time to burn to a CD?
    >
    > --
    > John Clayton
    > Phx. AZ.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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