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JPEG / Desktop issue

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by lweissman, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. lweissman

    lweissman Thread Starter

    Jan 31, 2007
    Here's a tough one that I can't seem to find an answer to....

    When I drag and drop a JPEG (or TIFF) from "My Pictures" folder (or subfolder within My Piictures) to the desktop, the picutre will open just fine. When I drag the image file back from the desktop to "MY Picutres", the file will not open. I get an error message that I can't access the file. Window viewer will say "no preview available" and if I try to open in Photoshop Elements, it shows the dialog box for a new file. Same behavior applies when a picture is downloaded directly to the desktop and dragged to the MyPictures folder. (Also cut and paste, copy and paste, etc)

    In order to get rid of the file, I have to use Unlocker - and then I'm able to delete it.
    This behavior doesn't happen with Word or Excel files, only image files.

    So far, I've looked at Permissions (checked and not a problem, I'm logged on as an Admin both for desktop and my pix)

    I have a Dell Dimension desk top running Windows XP Home Edition, SP2. Anyone have any ideas?

  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    While you say it is not a permissions problem, the "My Pictures" folder is part of your profile protected folders. If you have some odd type of corruption in your Admin profile, it could deny you access in that folder.

    Personally I would not -ever- keep things like that under a "My Documents and Settings" tree, as any profile corruption can result in the loss of everything stored under that profile.

    I create a separate folder directly under the C:\ drive root, and keep all documents and images in subfolders there.

    I have seen a company nearly go under by a corrupted profile and only using CD-RW and packet writing drag and drop for backup, when the profile corrupted the data was lost, when the restore from backup was attempted, the CD-RW was also corrupt (as is all too often the case for packet writing).

    many $$$ later a specialist recovery company recovered some of the HD files.
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