access denied



i set permissions on user accounts, and since i'm logged into my administrator account, it seems that on my D drive, i can view the files but i can't open/execute them nor can i get into the subfolders, even after repeatedly changing the settings and seeing what i did wrong.

this is the error i get, it's annoying, so i was wondering how i can fix this security settings so i can access the folder again :mad:

please help

dave holbon

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If your using windows home edition, boot into safe mode and log on as the administrator, which is not the same as the admin group outside of safe mode.

Change the setting for the folders you can’t access and re-boot. You should now be able to access the files (hopefully). If your not using XP home there is a utility that can overcome this problem but I’m afraid you will have to seek help elsewhere to find it.


i have professional

what is the name of the utillity?

please let me know.

is there any safe mode things i can do in professional?

dave holbon

OSNN Veteran Addict
If you are not using simple file sharing and have moved these files from (say) an administrator’s profile they will inherit these users security settings and generate an "Access Denied" message when anyone not authorised attempts to open them although you will still be able to “see” them.

Don’t move files (under these circumstances), copy them. This should resolve the issue by assigning the attributes of the security in place at the destination folder tree. Also don’t forget that inheritance of the parent directory (if set to true) will be the default.


*confused* i can't get into subfolders when all the permission settings are checked. i'll just restore winxp again

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