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Access Denied Question

  1. #1


    Willy Guest

    Access Denied Question

    I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I get
    an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    Thank you,
    Bill
    Reply to NG only please.


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  2. #2


    Jon Guest

    Re: Access Denied Question


    "Willy" <justask@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OpBGiwteHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I get
    > an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    > Thank you,
    > Bill
    > Reply to NG only please.


    They tend to be important folders, so the idea is to prevent easy damage by
    a mistaken flick of the mouse, or a piece of dodgy software. You can
    ultimately gain access to any folder, though, by modifying the permissions
    on it.

    Right-click folder > Properties > Security ....

    --
    Jon


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  3. #3


    David Benson Guest

    Re: Access Denied Question

    Bill,

    I observed this problem also. In my case, I was using a newly purchased
    laptop that came with Vista Premium installed. It appears that the factory
    installation had assigned ownership of these folders to some special
    administrative account, and that other "ordinary" administrative accounts
    were not given full permissions. I finally followed a procedure in which I
    took ownership of the folder under my normal log in (an administrator
    account), then changed the permissions so I was allowed to access the
    folder.

    I don't have my Vista system available just now, so I can't give you the
    details of this procedure. Look in the Help file for info on taking
    ownership of files and folders.

    -- David

    "Willy" <justask@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OpBGiwteHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I get
    > an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    > Thank you,
    > Bill
    > Reply to NG only please.
    >




      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Les Guest

    Re: Access Denied Question

    "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    news:eU0gSoueHHA.4636@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Willy" <justask@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:OpBGiwteHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I
    >> get an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    >> Thank you,
    >> Bill
    >> Reply to NG only please.

    >
    > They tend to be important folders, so the idea is to prevent easy damage
    > by a mistaken flick of the mouse, or a piece of dodgy software. You can
    > ultimately gain access to any folder, though, by modifying the permissions
    > on it.
    >
    > Right-click folder > Properties > Security ....
    >
    > --
    > Jon



    Hi

    Right-click folder > Properties > Security .... and then what?


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  5. #5


    Jon Guest

    Re: Access Denied Question

    "Les" <leshayathome@hotmailREMOVE.com> wrote in message
    news:u3uAT1ueHHA.4636@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    > news:eU0gSoueHHA.4636@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "Willy" <justask@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:OpBGiwteHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I
    >>> get an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    >>> Thank you,
    >>> Bill
    >>> Reply to NG only please.

    >>
    >> They tend to be important folders, so the idea is to prevent easy damage
    >> by a mistaken flick of the mouse, or a piece of dodgy software. You can
    >> ultimately gain access to any folder, though, by modifying the
    >> permissions on it.
    >>
    >> Right-click folder > Properties > Security ....
    >>
    >> --
    >> Jon

    >
    >
    > Hi
    >
    > Right-click folder > Properties > Security .... and then what?
    >



    See if these articles help

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...ermissions.htm

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

    They are for earlier versions of Windows, but the principles are the same.

    --
    Jon


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  6. #6


    Leo Guest

    Re: Access Denied Question


    Step by step instruction on how to take ownership of a folder



    Run CMD (as administrator) and type: takeown [path] /f <filename or folder>

    OR

    - Right-click the file/folder you want to own, click properties

    - Click Security Tab

    - Click Advanced

    - Click the Owner Tab

    - Click Edit

    - Select the Administrators group from the list

    - Click OK

    - Click OK

    - Click OK

    You have now taken 'Ownership' of the file and you can close the property

    Windows



    Now again



    1) Right-click on the file

    2) Select Properties

    3) Go to the Security tab again, click the Advanced button

    4) Now Press Edit, then double-click 'Administrators' in the list and tick

    the 'allow' box for 'Full control'



    You have now taken 'Full control' of file


    --
    Leo

    If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in posting.


    "Les" <leshayathome@hotmailREMOVE.com> wrote in message
    news:u3uAT1ueHHA.4636@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
    > news:eU0gSoueHHA.4636@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "Willy" <justask@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:OpBGiwteHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I
    >>> get an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    >>> Thank you,
    >>> Bill
    >>> Reply to NG only please.

    >>
    >> They tend to be important folders, so the idea is to prevent easy damage
    >> by a mistaken flick of the mouse, or a piece of dodgy software. You can
    >> ultimately gain access to any folder, though, by modifying the
    >> permissions on it.
    >>
    >> Right-click folder > Properties > Security ....
    >>
    >> --
    >> Jon

    >
    >
    > Hi
    >
    > Right-click folder > Properties > Security .... and then what?
    >



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  7. #7


    Keith Miller MVP Guest

    Re: Access Denied Question

    Most likely because you've enabled display of hidden files/folders and
    system files. If you're talking something like:

    (My Vista system drive is G:, for most installations, it will be C:
    instead.)

    "G:\Documents and Settings"

    it's not a real folder, it's a junction point. This can be seen via a
    command prompt window:

    G:\>dir /al
    Volume in drive G is Vista
    Volume Serial Number is 5C0D-BBE2

    Directory of G:\

    11/02/2006 08:00 AM <JUNCTION> Documents and Settings [G:\Users]
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    1 Dir(s) 5,872,398,336 bytes free

    Junction points are created on a Vista install to improve compatibility with
    older programs that assume the XP-style folder names/hierarchy. They all
    point to some other folder that you have access to. Any file/folder work
    should be done in the actual folder.

    Other junction points are:
    G:\ProgramData\Application Data
    G:\ProgramData\Desktop
    G:\ProgramData\Documents
    G:\ProgramData\Favorites
    G:\ProgramData\Start Menu
    G:\ProgramData\Templates
    G:\Users\All Users
    G:\Users\Default User
    G:\Users\Default\Application Data
    G:\Users\Default\Cookies
    G:\Users\Default\Local Settings
    G:\Users\Default\My Documents
    G:\Users\Default\NetHood
    G:\Users\Default\PrintHood
    G:\Users\Default\Recent
    G:\Users\Default\SendTo
    G:\Users\Default\Start Menu
    G:\Users\Default\Templates
    G:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Application Data
    G:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\History
    G:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Temporary Internet Files
    G:\Users\Default\Documents\My Music
    G:\Users\Default\Documents\My Pictures
    G:\Users\Default\Documents\My Videos
    G:\Users\Keith\Application Data
    G:\Users\Keith\Cookies
    G:\Users\Keith\Local Settings
    G:\Users\Keith\My Documents
    G:\Users\Keith\NetHood
    G:\Users\Keith\PrintHood
    G:\Users\Keith\Recent
    G:\Users\Keith\SendTo
    G:\Users\Keith\Start Menu
    G:\Users\Keith\Templates
    G:\Users\Keith\AppData\Local\Application Data
    G:\Users\Keith\AppData\Local\History
    G:\Users\Keith\AppData\Local\Temporary Internet Files
    G:\Users\Public\NewPics


    --
    Good Luck,

    Keith
    Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]

    "Willy" <justask@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OpBGiwteHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I'm logging on as Administrator but if I try to access some Folders, I get
    > an "Access Denied" message. Why is this?
    > Thank you,
    > Bill
    > Reply to NG only please.



      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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