Denied permission to access folders

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Jack K, May 31, 2007.

  1. Jack K

    Jack K Guest

    I recently purchased a new external hard drive and I set about transferring
    files from my old XP computer to my new hard drive that I then connected to
    my Sony Vaio laptop. Most files on the new hard drive are accessible on my
    Vista laptop, but a large group (100 Gig) of video editing folders and files
    are not accessible. I get these messages:

    "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click "continue"
    to gain access."

    Then "You have been denied permission to access this folder - To gain access
    you will need to use the security tab."

    I have tried to follow the instructions on the help file: "Take ownership of
    a file or folder", but although I have at least managed to get the video
    files visible, Windows Media Player cannot play them. I can't do anything
    with these files, not even delete them or copy them!!

    Can anyone give me some advice please, this unexpected problem is driving me

    Thanks, Jim
    Jack K, May 31, 2007
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    Jimmy Brush Guest


    This is a common problem with files that you created from another
    installation of Windows.

    This has to do with the security settings that Windows XP applied to
    these files. Since they were created from your user account in XP,
    they do not apply to your user account in Vista, and so you are denied
    access in some circumstances.

    To fix this, you can follow these steps:

    - Click Start
    - Type: cmd
    - Right-click cmd when it appears
    - Click Run As Administrator
    - Change location to the folder you need access to (e.g. cd e:\folder)
    - Type: takeown /F . /R /A /D Y > NUL
    - Type: icacls . /grant USER:(OI)(CI)(F) /L /T /Q
    (Where USER is your username - you will only have access from your
    XP and Vista machine in this case)
    (Or, replace USER with Users if you want anyone [on any computer
    your hard drive is plugged into] to have full access to these files)

    - JB
    Jimmy Brush, May 31, 2007
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  3. Jack K

    Jack K Guest

    Thanks very much Jimmy for this information, I will give this a method a
    try, but I'm a bit nervous about doing this! Is there a method that can be
    used without resorting to programming techniques? The folder and files are
    still accessible from the external drive on my old XP computer, even though
    I can't get access to them on my Vista laptop.

    Incidentally, I tried copying one of the folders again from my XP computer
    to a new folder on my external hard drive, and this time it was accessible
    on my laptop Vista machine. So it seems that it's just one particular folder
    that Vista has problems with, it's not a consistent problem, so this is
    rather odd.

    Regards, Jim

    Jack K, May 31, 2007
  4. Jack K

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    To be honest, it is much easier to use these commands than to use the
    explorer interface, as it is a bit of a pain to work with.

    Basically, what this does is set the "Administrators" group as the
    owner of the folder you select, as well as all the files and folders
    contained within that folder. You can do this from the GUI inside of
    the security tab, under advanced, and under the owner tab, and
    checking the replace owner checkbox.

    The second command adds a permission giving either you specifically or
    all users full access to the folder and every folder and file
    underneath the folder you select.

    You can do this from the security tab by adding a permission from the
    GUI, assigning it to either your username or the users group, and
    checking the allow box under full control.

    - JB

    Jimmy Brush, Jun 1, 2007
  5. Jack K

    Jack K Guest

    Thanks Jimmy for your help with this frustrating problem. On this occasion,
    I have taken the "easy" way out, which was to open a new folder on my
    portable hard drive and redo the whole copying job from my XP computer into
    this folder. Fortunately, my Vista laptop has recognised all the files in
    this new folder on the portable hard drive without any problems so far. But
    I can see that, if you understand, and are confident using your direct
    programming method, you would get the permission altered faster than using
    the explorer interface, which I found most difficult to work with. However,
    if you use this programming method, will you have a problem when you connect
    your portable hard drive to an XP computer?

    I am now wondering whether my Vista computer somehow corrupted just one
    folder on my portable hard drive, even though my XP computer could still
    access the portable hard drive without difficulty. It was time consuming to
    recopy all the 100 gig of files into a new folder, but at least it has
    Jack K, Jun 1, 2007
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    Jesper Guest

    The Vista computer did not corrupt the folder. The problem is that XP set
    the permissions on the folder to only Administrators. That works well on XP
    because virtually every user is member of Administrators and so can access
    it. On Vista, even if you are a member of Administrators you cannot actually
    access resources as them without jumping through certain hoops. Jimmy's
    work-around basically just jumps through the hoops for you. This is how Vista
    is designed. if you are interested in why, Mark Russinovich's UAC article is
    a good, although very technical, read:
    You may find the book below useful too.
    Jesper, Jun 1, 2007
  7. Jack K

    Jack K Guest

    Thanks Jesper for these interesting references. What puzzles me is how this
    denial of permission has happened only once on one particular folder that I
    created on an external hard drive on a Windows XP computer. I have a brand
    new Seagate Freeagent 500 Gig external hard drive, but I think the drive is
    working well and was not part of the problem? The fact that I was able to
    reperform on my XP computer the job of creating a 100 GIG folder on an
    external drive and this second attempt created no problems on my Vista
    computer, was a surprise to me because it shows perhaps, that the security
    system is not being applied consistently by Vista. Or perhaps I unwittingly
    did something different when I recreated the file.

    Incidentally, any file that is added to the offending folder, immediately
    becomes locked and unable to be read, copied or deleted on my Vista

    Regards, Jim
    Jack K, Jun 1, 2007
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    Steve C-R Guest

    Hi, I had the exact same problem after importing my files and settings from
    an old XP install, now, I find after resetting permissions, I can no longer
    download emails, I am assuming this is an off-shoot of this, as it happened
    right at the same time as sorting permissions.


    0x80070005 report from windows mail
    Steve C-R, Jun 1, 2007
  9. Jack K

    Jesper Guest

    Thanks Jesper for these interesting references. What puzzles me is how this
    It has to do with the permissions on that folder. XP set them to allow only
    Administrators full access. That works on XP, but not on Vista.
    Without going into a very long explanation, this has to do with how
    permission inheritance works. Any new file you add to the folder gets the
    permissions the folder specifies to put on it, which is usually, but not
    always, the same as the permissions on the folder. The longer description is
    in the book.
    Jesper, Jun 1, 2007
  10. Jack K

    Jesper Guest

    It may not. Can you give us more detail on the problem? What error messages
    do you see? What did you do to the folders to fix the problem? Which e-mail
    program are you using?
    Jesper, Jun 1, 2007
  11. Jack K

    Steve C-R Guest

    Doing what was recommended by Jimmy Brush, was long winded and would of been
    easier going into the permissions section for the folder, as it happens,
    after doing what was recomended, Windows Mail no longer had permission to
    write to the Windows Mail folder in my users account, so all had to be reset.
    Steve C-R, Jun 1, 2007
  12. Jack K

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    What folder did you apply the permission changes to?

    - JB
    Jimmy Brush, Jun 1, 2007
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    Taxee Guest

    I am having a similar problem to the OP but with one difference.

    I am trying to run an exe file from a CD. I tried running it from the run
    window but receive the message "you don't have permission to open this file.
    Contact the file owner or administrator to obtain permission".

    I have full admin rights and the CD is a standard commercial program (i.e. I
    purchased it).

    I tried using explorer and am unable to even right click on the file (i.e. I
    right click on it but the menu does not appear). I am able to right click on
    other files (non-apps) but not on the exe file.

    I tried the commands in your post but:

    1. There was no choice to "run as administrator" when right-clicking on the
    box. However, the title on the cmd box did indicate "Administrator c:\...

    2. I could not get the drive to change to d:\setup (the directory the file
    is in) but assume this is because the CD is read only.

    Any suggestions as why Vista won't let me run the file?

    Taxee, Aug 28, 2007
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    pls Guest

    Working on the same problem but not sure what the purpose of the smiley
    face is? Without it, both my user name and USERS are rejected as
    pls, Aug 29, 2007
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    Zoonotics Guest

    I can't get onto my E:\ hard drive with the commands you gave I am familiar
    with the old DOS commands. When I type cd e:\backup or cd e:\ or cd e:, the
    command goes back to c:\, even when I cd.. back from windows directory.

    Zoonotics, Sep 8, 2007
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    Seth Guest

    That's because none of the commands you typed tell the machine to go to
    drive E:, just to change the current directory on drive E:.

    Try simply...
    E: [Enter] change your current drive to E: Then you can "cd" around the E: drive
    all you want.
    Seth, Sep 12, 2007
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    Mark Bourne Guest

    Are you referring to a smiley after "USER" in this line?:That's whatever you're using to read the message substituting graphics
    for text smilies. It should be ""USER : ( O I )..." but without the
    spaces - I've inserted them to stop your reader recognising a smiley!
    It's probably replacing the colon-open parenthesis with a sad face :(

    It can be quite amusing looking at some online archives where complex
    command lines come up full of smilies... unless of course you're the one
    trying to use the command! ;o)
    Mark Bourne, Sep 12, 2007
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    remon Guest

    Just wanted to drop by to say that the instructions and commands worked

    I restored the primary [C:] hard drive from an old computer running
    Windows XP to a new one as a secondary/additional hard drive on Windows
    Vista, and got a "You have been denied permission to access this folder"

    Found this page via Google. Thank you, *Jimmy Brush*.


    - Click *Start*
    - Type: cmd
    - Right-click cmd when it appears and select *Run As
    - Change location to the folder you need access to (e.g. cd
    - Type: takeown /F . /R /A /D Y > NUL
    - Press the Enter key and wait for the command to complete.
    - Type: icacls . /grant Users:(OI)(CI)(F) /L /T /Q
    - Press the Enter key.
    remon, Mar 9, 2008
  19. Jack K

    btgavin Guest

    Are there any other switches that need to be added for Vista? I made the
    mistake of loading AOL software and now I can't delete the files, even after
    using the fix you provided.

    btgavin, Apr 30, 2008
  20. Jack K

    btgavin Guest

    Under file properties there is a "special permissions," in addition to the
    usual "read," "write," etc. Is there another parameter that I can add to the
    command string to unlock the special permissions?

    btgavin, Apr 30, 2008
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