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by WMessner / September 15, 2007 4:53 AM PDT

I have been completely frustrated by the access and permissions denied occurrences in Vista. Going through the forums, I see I am not alone. I tried disabling UAC but that did not do much. My next step would be to install (again) Vista Ultimate on a clean hard drive and do whatever is necessary to configure the OS so I am NEVER again denied permission to do something. If this is possible, and someone could tell me step by step how to do this, I would be eternally grateful.

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by HPJOHN / September 15, 2007 7:05 AM PDT
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That is easy to fix! Go to Control Panel. Open User Accounts. On the left (not extreme) you will see Create a password for your account. Go to the last item in the list. It says, "Turn User Account on or off" Click on this and your permissions are turned off!

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I don't think so...
by John.Wilkinson / September 15, 2007 11:55 AM PDT
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HPJOHN: If you are referring to turning off User Account Control (UAC), he said he already has. On the other hand, turning off a user account serves no purpose other than preventing the account from being used. Doesn't seem like much of a fix.

WMessner: There will always be times where you are denied access, such as if the file is already in use by another process. There are tools, such as MoveOnBoot and Unlocker that can enable you to move, rename, or delete such files, but in most cases it's best left alone so you don't inadvertently crash a program or cause data corruption.


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I'll try it.
by WMessner / September 16, 2007 2:36 AM PDT
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Thanks. I will try Unlocker and see what happens. I like to open files from Windows Explorer, but I can't even access some files such as MyPictures or MyMusic in the Documents folder. And as for finding the new printer on my network? Forget it. These are not problems with XP. I don't have any special processes running, just what Vista boots with. It just seems the whole permissions thing has gotten out of hand, and shouldn't require a specific work around for each instance. Thanks again.

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I'm late to this but this link helped me
by bus / September 26, 2007 12:48 PM PDT
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Thanks bus!
by glenn30 / September 27, 2007 1:59 AM PDT

I think you have pointed me in the right direction as to why I am unable to install Office 2003 updates or SP-3. I get the popup window indicating that I do not have "Permission" to do this and the attempted install simply backs out.

This is confusing to a non-technical person Not sure I can follow what appears to be complicated instructions At least now I have a general understand of the issue. Wish I had never heard of Vista or UAC! Sad

Thanks again for your input. Most likely I will never be able to install these updates without reinstalling the operating system... and that's not practical. Thought about a repair of Vista to original setting but not sure if that can be done.

Thanks again... your post was helpful in understanding the issue.


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