access denied to my own local settings folders?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by mentalguy2004, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    Running XP Home, SP2. Whenever I run an app that uses the C:\Documents and
    Settings\[account]\Local Settings folder, or similarly I double-click a .exe
    within a WinZip archive, I get the error message ""Windows cannot access the
    specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions
    to access the item".

    I am using the only account set up on this PC, it is an admin account, and I
    can browse to this temp folder no problem (and to all the "all users"
    folders), but it won't let me run anything inside it. If I copy the .exe
    files to the desktop or other folder, they work fine until they need to
    read/write something from my C:\Documents and Settings\[account]\Local
    Settings folder, and I get the error message again. this means I can't
    install Norton, or any other apps which decompress themselves into this
    folder. I know I can decompress them to a different folder, but I'd like to
    sort this problem out, as a lot of progs don't give the choice. MS knowledge
    base was no help.

    Anyone?? Thanks!
    mentalguy2004, Sep 9, 2004
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  2. mentalguy2004

    Duane Arnold Guest

    If the HD is using NTFS, then it could be that the User Account you're using
    (even with Admin rights) doesn't have *Write* permission on the directory
    in question. Did you check that out?
    Duane Arnold, Sep 10, 2004
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