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Windows Vista. Access is Denied error message when you try to open a folder or a drive

Some of us may have encountered this error especially when opening folder like system volume information for example. You can take ownership of that folder, This is also helpful when you have just cleaned up your system of virus but you cannot open certain drives or folders.
You can also use this technique to disable the permissions of other administrators of the system so that no one but YOU can access the folder.
First I am gonna show you how to take ownership of folders. If you are looking for changing permissions to a disk drive, the please click here
if you are logged in as the administrator by following the steps below.
1)Right click on the folder and click properties.

2)Remove the read only check box and click apply.

3)Click on the security tab and click advanced.

4)Click on the owner tab.

5)Click on the Edit button since you want to edit the permissions.

6)This window should pop up. Select your username if you want exclusive access or select administrators to allow all administrators to be able to access it and check the box replace owners on subcontainers and objects.

7) A window will pop up asking you to confirm. Click YES.

8) A message will pop up asking you to close the folder and re-open. Click ok.

9)Close folder and re-open it and you will now be able to open it


Thank you for reading :)

Sai.

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hi, I'm having problem opening my backup file from my USB that I copy from my old laptop to my new laptop. When I try to open the back up file their is an error saying: unable to open file. file maybe locked or in use,or access privileges maybe incorrect. I can open the file from another folder, but I don't know how to copy all the company files to the Local hard drive. I am very confused. I don't know what to do, i tried so many different things from sharing to copying so many times,still no success. Please help I need to send my BAS activity asap.


you need to to take ownership of a file or a folder then copy them over
How to take ownership of a fileYou must have ownership of a protected file in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the file by taking ownership.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
  3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

    The administrator or the administrators group now owns the file.
To change the permissions on the file that you now own, follow these steps:
  1. Click Add.
  2. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to have access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
  5. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
  6. You can now access the file.
How to take ownership of a folderYou must have ownership of a protected folder in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the folder by taking ownership.

To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
  3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  4. In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of the folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
  5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message: You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?All permissions will be replaced if you click Yes.

    Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
  6. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

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Target folder not accessible.


Perform the steps mentioned in the below article.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810881

Also, try this:

CAUSE

This issue may occur if the folder that you cannot open was created on an NTFS file system volume by using a previous installation of Windows, and then installing Windows XP. This issue may occur although you enter the correct user name and password. This issue occurs because the security ID for the user has changed. Although you use the same user name and password, your security ID no longer matches the security ID of the owner of the folder that you cannot open.

For example, although you use the same user name and password, you may no longer have permission to open the folder after you complete the following steps:
1. Before you install Windows XP Professional, you change the actual location, or target location, of the My Documents folder to another volume.

2. You format the primary partition.

3. You install Windows XP Professional.


RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, you must turn off Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder:
1. Turn off Simple File Sharing:
a. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
b. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
c. Under Advanced Settings, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK.

2. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

3. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message, if one appears.

4. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

In the Name list, click your user name, Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group.

If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

6. Click OK.

You may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory Folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.

7. Click Yes.

Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder contents.


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The System Volume Information folder is a hidden system folder that the System Restore tool uses to store its information and restore points. System Volume Information (SVI) is the name of the data store where Windows XP and Windows Vista keeps its System Restore files and registration databases. System Restore not only saves copies of critical system files, it also performs automated registry hive backup.

There is one SVI folder per drive being monitored by System Restore. You can not view/access the SVI folder by default but there is a way to make them visible. You might need to gain access to this folder for troubleshooting purposes.

Basically, if you delete the System Volume Information folder, you will no longer have the files and data needed to restore your system to a previous state. For example, if Windows crashes or is stuck in a continuous boot cycle, you can use System Restore to restore your system to a previous "healthy" state. However, if there are no files or registry backups available, this tool is then no longer available to you. Also, if you ever decided to use System Restore, you would need to re-create the foler in the same path so that the system files can be stored there again.

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