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Permission to Access Is Denied

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by srvincent, Aug 15, 2011.

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  1. srvincent

    srvincent Thread Starter

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    I'm hoping someone can help me. Recently my laptop has started denying me access to most of my programs. I cannot access any program that does not have the Run as Administrator option. I have Windows Vista and as far as I know I haven't changed any of the settings or security so I'm not sure why it is doing this all of a sudden. The code that I get reads as follows:

    "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."


    Can anybody tell me how to fix this?
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Right click on the program exe, choose Properties > Security tab. See if the top box has 'Users' listed. If it is listed, click on it, then in the box below, see if it has "Read" and "Read and Execute" checkmarked.

    I am guessing, that perhaps you changed the security tab setting of a top level folder. The sub-folders would inherit the settings of the top most folder.
     
  3. srvincent

    srvincent Thread Starter

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    Thank you for responding. I did try to change the security settings under the properties. Some of the programs were fully checked and some were not. Though I changed them...I am still recieving the permission denied message. :/
     
  4. lunarlander

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    Try a System Restore to a previous date.
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    Messing with permissions will only lead to problems. You need to restore the system to a point before the problem started. If you can't do that, you might need to do a repair or reinstall.
     
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