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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"Access denied", opening a folder or file in Windows Vista/XP

When you try to open a folder and files in Microsoft Windows Vista/XP, you may receive the following error message, "Access is denied."

Usually in Windows Vista, you may encounter this in opening "UserName" folder > My Documents, My Videos, My Pictures and My Music folder. Also you will notice that they are displayed as a semi-transparent icon with a shortcut symbol. These are called NTFS Junction point. Windows Vista uses them to maintain backward naming compatibility and redirect programs that accesses these folders.

The solution is taking the ownership of system files or folders that you want to open or modify.

1. Right click the folder->Security Tab->Advanced->Edit

2. And click the checkbox option->Apply.

3. Click Yes. You can now open the folder.

Open the folder or file now.


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