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Solved: 'Program Files' folder, access denied

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mrcobbler, Oct 7, 2004.

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  1. mrcobbler

    mrcobbler Thread Starter

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    Windows XP; Dell 1.7
    Norton SystemWorks 2002
    Norton AV 2003
    NAV definitions up to date, system checked today, no viruses.

    I messed with Norton Waste Basket yesterday, trying to get rid of the
    'Access Denied' bootup message as seen on another thread here. Messed with taking ownership of files in SAFE mode. Finally scared myself, restored the system from earlier in the day, all looked fine again. Now I can't access the 'Program Files' folder (didn't try yesterday, so it probably didn't work then either). I must have messed with administrator rights or something. I'm the only user of this machine, although we have a four-machine home network set up, direct cables to a router.

    Error message when attempting to access Program Files folder:
    C:\ Program Files is not accessible.
    Access Denied.

    Sounds like an authorization issue. I use no passwords to log in, I am the only User on this machine.
    What can I try next?

    Steve
     
  2. fhaslangka

    fhaslangka

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    try to log in using the administrator account then set ownership.
     
  3. mrcobbler

    mrcobbler Thread Starter

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    Thanks, fhaslangka,
    I did just that and I think the problem is solved.
    Apparently when I was in there yesterday I highlited the 'Administrator' user and messed with the folder/file ownership. There was also a 'Administrator(s)' userid, and that was the one I should have been using. The dual ownership of ME and the SYSTEM, I guess, so we both can access all the files.
    Thanks for quick reply here.

    Steve
     
  4. fhaslangka

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    Not a thing bro! just mark it solved! Good Luck to you...
     
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