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Access problems in C drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 78
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Access problems in C drive


    Hello everyone,
    I am facing several weird problems in my Windows 8.1 installation. My first problem is that when I try to copy/create a file to my C: drive it throws an access violation error. Please see the image below-:

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    But this not the case if I copy/create a file in any of sub directories in C:. For example I can copy/create files to system32 or program files with any such problems. Oh and this didn't happen before plus I am the administrator of my pc.


    My second problem is that I no longer get a popup when I connect a external HDD to my system. It doesn't even show up in "My Computer" I have to open up disk management and then assign a drive letter to the external HDD then only will it show up in File Explorer.

    Now are these two problems related ?

    Also are they caused by malwares ? if so please specify some free tools for getting rid of them.

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    Try disabling UAC and see if that works. It sounds like you don't have the right permissions.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 78
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Dude View Post
    Try disabling UAC and see if that works. It sounds like you don't have the right permissions.
    Doesn't work anything else that I can do ?
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  4. #4


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Hello,
    Right click File Explorer > Run as Administrator. See if it works now.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 78
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    Hello,
    Right click File Explorer > Run as Administrator. See if it works now.
    There is no option present here to Run As Administrator. If I right click in my Taskbar all I get is "File Explorer" and "Unpin this from taskbar".
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  6. #6


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Not on the taskbar. Go to start screen (Press the windows logo key) and start typing: File Explorer. Now right click and run as administrator.
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  7. #7


    One thing to do, that takes a lot of the Bite out of the Permissions thingy.....

    Download and install "Grant Admin Full Control"....then you will be able to Take Control of every file or folder in your PC....except the root directory. It comes up in your Right Click context menu, so you can right click on any file or folder and Take Ownership of that file or folder. If you Take Ownership of a large folder, like Program Files, it does one file at time, so the process will take a while.
    But I've found it well worth doing.

    During a setup on a Windows 8 or 8.1 PC, I install several scripts and batch files and my location of choice is the root directory, but then the permission thing bites me in the pants.

    One solution I've begun to use is to first create a folder under the root and copy things there. That never fails.

    It seems like Windows is overprotective of the root directory. Eh?

    When I'm running many of my Install Batch Files or even just installing programs, if I right click on the file and "Run As Administrator" things work a lot better. And when installing older programs, using Compatibility for an older OS works great and always check "Run as Administrator"....just for safety.

    Just a thought!

    TechnoMage
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  8. #8


    Posts : 78
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    Not on the taskbar. Go to start screen (Press the windows logo key) and start typing: File Explorer. Now right click and run as administrator.
    Nopes not there. Please have a look at the screenshot I am uploading.

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  9. #9


    Posts : 78
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    One thing to do, that takes a lot of the Bite out of the Permissions thingy.....

    Download and install "Grant Admin Full Control"....then you will be able to Take Control of every file or folder in your PC....except the root directory. It comes up in your Right Click context menu, so you can right click on any file or folder and Take Ownership of that file or folder. If you Take Ownership of a large folder, like Program Files, it does one file at time, so the process will take a while.
    But I've found it well worth doing.

    During a setup on a Windows 8 or 8.1 PC, I install several scripts and batch files and my location of choice is the root directory, but then the permission thing bites me in the pants.

    One solution I've begun to use is to first create a folder under the root and copy things there. That never fails.

    It seems like Windows is overprotective of the root directory. Eh?

    When I'm running many of my Install Batch Files or even just installing programs, if I right click on the file and "Run As Administrator" things work a lot better. And when installing older programs, using Compatibility for an older OS works great and always check "Run as Administrator"....just for safety.

    Just a thought!

    TechnoMage
    Thanks TechnoMage but I need control of my root directory. I can create files under folders in the root directory fine. I don't know why this problem is happening previously everything was fine. Will icacls or cacls commands help me ?
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe this:

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