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More "access denied" - program configuration files

  1. #1


    Mark.Kolber Guest

    More "access denied" - program configuration files

    New to Vista. My old laptop bit the bulled and unfortunately I could
    not find an acceptable replacement new without it .

    I have some program where I spent a long time configuring options. So
    after re-installing the programs, I'd like to copy the ini or cfg
    files (in one case it's a reg file) into the applicable Programs
    folder. I can get to the folders but when I try to copy the file, I
    get "access denied".

    I've been able to figure out how to change the file properties/
    permissions on an individual basis, but is there a more global
    solution?

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  2. #2


    Michael Walraven Guest

    Re: More "access denied" - program configuration files

    'program files' was always reserved for program files, not
    configuration/user data. In XP there was no enforcement mechanism. In Vista
    the system really tries to enforce this. If a user (program) tries to change
    data associated with a folder under 'programs files', that change is stored
    in a virtual data area on a per-user basis. You will find that per user area
    at:
    c:\USERS\name\appdata\local\virtualstore\program files\ here you will find
    files that have been changed from the original installation.

    If you have a folder open that has had changes made to it you will find a
    toolbar entry 'Compatibility Files', clicking on that will take you to where
    the file that will be used resides.

    The advantage is that each user can have his own configuration, the
    disadvantage is that old programming techniques can become confusing.

    As you have found you can change the security settings to get around this
    feature, however as with all security changes there may be unintended
    consequences.

    You can do things MS way or your way, your way is often more interesting.

    Michael

    <Mark.Kolber@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:9e019968-137a-44f2-858a-aa878b0d6cda@xxxxxx

    > New to Vista. My old laptop bit the bulled and unfortunately I could
    > not find an acceptable replacement new without it .
    >
    > I have some program where I spent a long time configuring options. So
    > after re-installing the programs, I'd like to copy the ini or cfg
    > files (in one case it's a reg file) into the applicable Programs
    > folder. I can get to the folders but when I try to copy the file, I
    > get "access denied".
    >
    > I've been able to figure out how to change the file properties/
    > permissions on an individual basis, but is there a more global
    > solution?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Mark.Kolber Guest

    Re: More "access denied" - program configuration files

    On Jul 27, 6:47*am, "Michael Walraven" <mexxwalra...@xxxxxx>
    wrote:

    >
    > You can do things MS way or your way, your way is often more interesting.
    >
    > Michael
    Of course, sometimes the MS way is a royal pain in the butt. Vista has
    been the butt of many jokes. Some are probably not deserved but the
    company has along history of change-ups that mess up long-time users.
    Office 2007 is worthless. 10 years of making Word do what I want down
    the toilet unless I take the time to figure out how to recreate it.
    Outlook macro recorder anyone? Seems the only way MS can find to
    prevent security problems (and I bet it won't work) is to lessen user
    functionality.

    As I said, if I could have gotten XP I would have. So, how about
    assistance instead of rationalizations?

    (I did find how to shut off User Account Control. Now I need to figure
    out how to keep Vista from constantly reminding me about it)

    -
    Mark
    Former MCPS

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    Re: More "access denied" - program configuration files

    [quote=Mark.Kolber;787752]On Jul 27, 6:47*am, "Michael Walraven" <mexxwalra...@xxxxxx>
    wrote:



    (I did find how to shut off User Account Control. Now I need to figure
    out how to keep Vista from constantly reminding me about it)

    -
    Mark
    Former MCPS
    I am not in front of my Vista machine so I can't do step by step, but open up the Security center thing, the one that harps about Firewall, Virus protection etc.

    Near the bottom on the left side there is a thing that says something like "change the way Vista notifies me" Click on there and you can turn off their warnings.

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