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  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Access Denied


    Hi everyone!

    Before I begin, let me state that I did do a search but nothing returned (possibly because my internet is rubbish, lol).

    I'm having a problem with my Windows 8 installation; I have a file called "saves.txt" located on my C (so C:\saves.txt). I have been editing this file all morning with no hassles. But now, for no apparent reason, I can no longer save the file to the C-drive, Windows returns an "Access Denied" error dialog.

    I've changed ownership (of the entire drive), I've booted into Safe Mode and attempted to open/move/resave the file to the C-drive but nothing hasworked.

    I'm not sure where to go from here.

    I'm not sure if this has been covered here but if it has then I do apologise.

    Thanks in advance,
    Seb

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  2. #2


    Welcome to Eight Forums, Seb. Good to have you.

    Sorry, but a big no-no to take ownership of the C:/ drive. Please read here (especially the warning):

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8[1]=Security System Tools
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  3. #3


    San Jose - California
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    It sounds like this file for some reason is corrupted, I would try as follows:
    Run the command prompt as Administrator, type in Chkdsk c: /f
    Since C: is the drive containing your Windows OS, it won't be able to run Chkdsk while Windows is running,
    the program will ask you if you want to run the next time the system reboot, click on Yes then reboot your system.

    Also, again running command prompt as Administrator and type: sfc /scannow to check if all system files
    are OK
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  4. #4


    Thanks for the input, topguncp.

    I agree with both scans, although chkdsk will run in 8. At least by C: -> property -> tools.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Welcome to Eight Forums, Seb. Good to have you.

    Sorry, but a big no-no to take ownership of the C:/ drive. Please read here (especially the warning):

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8[1]=Security System Tools
    Thanks for the welcome!
    Thanks for the link, I'll run a System Restore tonight.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    It sounds like this file for some reason is corrupted, I would try as follows:
    Run the command prompt as Administrator, type in Chkdsk c: /f
    Since C: is the drive containing your Windows OS, it won't be able to run Chkdsk while Windows is running,
    the program will ask you if you want to run the next time the system reboot, click on Yes then reboot your system.

    Also, again running command prompt as Administrator and type: sfc /scannow to check if all system files
    are OK
    Thanks for the tips.
    I'm currently running chkdsk, I'll try the second scan when the first finishes.

    Side note: I opened notepad and tried to save to C, I got the following dialog:

    Code:
    [Window Title]
    Save As
    [Content]
    C:\test.txt
    A required privilege is not held by the client.
    [OK]
    I suspect this might have something to do with me taking ownership of the entire drive though, lol.

    Edit: First scan returned no problems/issues. Second scan currently running.
    Edit 2: sfc /scannow found issues and repaired them. I tried to open the log file under the CBS directory, but it returns "Access Denied." I suppose I just need to restart and see if it fixed anything. Will update.
    Last edited by Sabbz; 04 Dec 2012 at 00:31.
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  7. #7


    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Thanks for the input, topguncp.

    I agree with both scans, although chkdsk will run in 8. At least by C: -> property -> tools.
    C: -> property -> tools ->Check will do the disk checking but does not provide you any option.
    Under Command prompt you can use all the options that ChkDsk provides.

    use Chkdsk c: /? to display all the options

    Do you see the difference ?

    also, if you use option /r , this will take a long long time, but chkdsk will mark all the bad sectors
    so that Windows will avoid using them

    @Sabbz
    If you get Access is denied trying to open CBS.log, do this:
    Hold CTRL Key, click on the file, drag and drop to your desktop, Click continue. This will make a copy to your desktop, double click to open it. After viewing it, you can delete it.

    Another way is to right click on the file->property->Security->Edit->Add, enter your user name then click on check name -> OK
    but this is just for your info, I hate to play around with permission on any file under Windows.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 04 Dec 2012 at 02:12.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Thanks, topgundcp.

    I tried your suggestions but nothing worked, I eventually reset the entire machine back to factory yet I'm still unable to save to the C-drive.

    I'll just leave the machine as it is and save to the My Documents folder; not ideal but any solutions I do find don't seem to work for me, lol.

    Thanks for your help.
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