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Access denied problems

by tumbleweed_biff / March 26, 2013 6:51 AM PDT

I have been having a lot of problems off and on with access denied errors. Most recently, I was trying to download the JavaFX runtime and SDK from

After beginning the download, an error pops up saying that I can't change the contents of the directory. I am logged on as an admin. I created the directory just for this download (I download everything to a c:\xxx\appname_folder\ for organizational purposes). At this point, there is a *.part file n the directory and if I attempt to modify the contents (delete the file) or modify the attributes, I get an access denied error. I have opened a command prompt with admin privaledges and attempted to delete/modify attributes from the CLI, with the same results.

How is it that Windows keeps denying me access to folders I have created with the same user ID/access token even if I use an admin level command prompt?

It is so frustrating that Windows can/will keep me from accessing things the same account has created. Totally stupid.

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Check this recent discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 7:15 AM PDT
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My apologies
by tumbleweed_biff / May 26, 2013 3:35 PM PDT

I am sorry, I forgot to respond.

The solution for this turned out to be a two step process: first, changing ownership of the directories/files and second, changing the user rights. There is somehting which keeps causing this to occur every now and again, but I haven't been able to figure out why. The most common scenario is as follow:
I store all downloaded installations in a particular directory structure off the root of the drive as follow:


I tell windows to download file 1 from Asus and tell it to store in \installations\Asus and it does so just ifne. I then download the next file need, and the *.part file will appear in the directory, but when the Download is complete and windows tries to create the true file (let's say an exe), it says that it can't right to the chosen location. This will also happen to Media Center every now and then, where it tries to record a program but is told it can't save to that folder. This can be a real pain in the rear and Microsoft really should fix this behavior.

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How would they fix it?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2013 12:02 AM PDT
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If MSFT relaxed the permissions, ownership, ACL and such they they would be taken to task for lax security.

Your comment about Media Center seems to tell me that you want to record anywhere. But the file system and OS should block such.

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Typically when you get
by orlbuckeye / May 27, 2013 11:59 PM PDT
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Access denied it's becuase a filled is opened and locked by another user, program or process. Typically if it's a rights issue you would a message that would have the word permissions in it.

In the Java case make sure Java isn't running when you update it.

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