I was having the same problem, with copying exes and certain other files
types from my XP computer to my Vista computer. Your post led me,
indirectly, to a solution, which was to turn off simple file sharing on my XP
1. Open My Computer
2. Go to Tools>Folder Options
3. Go the View Tab
4. In Advanced Settings, scroll to the bottom and uncheck "Use simple file
That did the trick, at least in my case. (You didn't mention if the file
you were trying to copy was on a Vista or XP machine.)
I figured this out while trying out the advice in the following article
regarding taking ownership of files in XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
I found that my user account already had ownership of the files in question
(and the same user account exists on both computers), but it was the mention
of turning off simple file sharing that did the trick.
Hope this helps someone else who's tearing their hair out!
"Ken Varley" wrote:
> A very frustrating feature of Vista is the inability to copy certain files
> such as executable files over a network. Any attempt to copy an exe file
> from the network to an individual computer produces a message that this
> needs permission but then fails to complete the copy. Is there any way to
> configure Vista to allow me to copy a exe file form the network to another
> computer on the network.