In Windows 7 getting error ‘Access denied’ when copying a file to system32 folder
Due to Windows 7’s added security mechanism, you could be facing this permission issue.
Hence if you need to access, take ownership of the drive and assign rights or permission to the drive.
Here is guide on How to take ownership and grant permission in Window 7.
Make sure that you’ve logged in from Administrator account.
Step 1: Take ownership of the root drive:
Method 1: Take ownership of the drive from user interface.
a) Right click on drive and select “Properties” from Context Menu.
c) Click on “Advanced” button.
d) Now click on «Owner» tab in Advanced Security Settings for User windows.
e) Click on Edit Button and select user from given Change Owner to list if user or group is not in given list.
f) Click on other users or groups. Enter name of user/group and click ok.
g) Now select User/group and click apply and ok. Check “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” if you have files and folder within selected folder.
h) Click ok when Windows Security Prompt is displayed.
i) Now Owner name must have changed.
j) Now click Ok to exist from Properties windows.
k) Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder next part comes is granting permissions to that file/folder or object.
l) If the above method doesn’t work, you could try taking ownership from the command line.
Taking ownership of a folder from command line
Open an elevated Command Prompt window.
To do so:
1. Go to > Start > All Programs > Accessories
2. Right-click on Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
3. Type the following command and press ENTER:
takeown /f /r /d y
4. To assign the Administrators group Full Control Permissions for the folder, use this syntax:
icacls /grant administrators:F /T
The /T parameter is added so that the operation is carried out through all the sub-directories and files within that folder.
5. To know more information about the above commands, run these commands from a Command Prompt window.
Once you take ownership, you can grant permissions on those folders.
Step 2: How to Grant Permissions in Windows
a) Locate the drive on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer
b) Right click on drive and select “Properties” from Context Menu
c) Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm the prompt.
d) Select user/group from permission windows or click “add” to add other user or group.
e) Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant i.e check “Full
f) Control” under the “Allow” column to assign full access rights control permissions to Administrators group.
g) Click Ok for changes to take effect and click ok to exit from Properties window.
For more information, refer:
This should help you in copying the file in System32 folder.
How to Fix Files Access Denied Error in Windows 7 ?
Do you know what causes Files Access Denied error when you run as administrator to open or change files in your Windows operating system? Normally, this problem often happens after you reinstall the Windows. In some cases, you also encounter this problem when you just try to move a file from one folder to another. Another possibility is that to improve the security, system even denies administrators access to some files. What do you do to access these restricted files and folders? It is necessary for you to give your account rights and ownership to perform this action. Here is a method you can try.
In order to control system folders completely, you need to make modifications to ownership in your PC. This is because that only the owner has the right to assign the permission for different users.
1. Right click a certain file or folder randomly, and select Properties.
2. In the Security tab, click Advanced button to make changes for special permission.
3. In a new dialog window, hit Owner tab and click Edit button.
4. Select the current user or Administrators, and then click Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box, click OK button.
To make sure that you have an absolute authority to control your PC, you also need to change permission in your system.
1. Right click a file or folder and select Properties. Move to Security tab, click Edit and selectUsers.
2. And then look at Permissions for users, tick the Full control checkbox and click OK.
When all steps are completed, you can open, change or delete some restricted files and folders.
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Access denied to file on windows 7 for Administrator account
I want to delete my git repository (.git folder) created by git on my windows 7 box. It says access denied to .git/refs/header folder.
I open a console with Administrator role, issue command «takeown /F heads /A /R», it still says «ERROR: Access is denied.», neither can i do via GUI security dialog.
1 Answer 1
An access denied error may mean the file is in use by another process and, for a GIT repository, that seems more likely than a file permissions issue.
(I’m assuming GIT is like SVN where every file in the repository is created by your own account with standard permissions. If that’s not the case then I may be wrong.)
As a first step, run Process Explorer as Administrator and push Ctrl-F to open a window where you can type the filename and see which processes (if any) have that file open.
When I say «run as Administrator»:
I don’t just mean when logged in as Administrator. Windows 7’s UAC means Administrator accounts don’t run things with full admin access by default. Right-click procmon.exe and choose the «Run as Administrator» option.
I assume you’re already familiar with this from running the command prompt as admin. If you just changed to an admin account, but didn’t use «Run as Administrator» on the command prompt, then that could be why the takeown command failed. The command prompt should say «Administrator:» in its window title if it is properly elevated, unless UAC is off entirely.
If one or more processes are listed, confirm the full file path in the list (in case some other file on disk has a similar name).
Close any processes which have the file open. Try to close them normally if you can. As a last resort you can end-task them. If it’s a process running as another user/account, it might be a service which you can stop.
(Ensure View->Show Processes for All Users is ticked, then find the process in question via the PID column. If you think it’s a service, hover the mouse over it and a tooltip will appear telling you the name(s) of any services it is running.)
If you cannot find any process accessing the file, or closing them all still results in an access denied error, and you are definitely trying the deletion from an elevated command prompt, then you might want to try telling Windows to delete the file the next time it is rebooted. You can use the SysInternals MoveFile tool for that.
Offline files — access is denied
Hello. I have this problem.
I have Windows 7 PRO and when i try to make some directories available offline i get messge in sync center — Access is denied on almost every file. then i cannot access to these files. i cannot open/copy,move,delete these files (it seems like i dont have permission on it, but i have it). So i tried to solve this problem (many hours).
I only managed these solutions:
1/ when i turned off offline files in sync center and then i restarted OS, everything was OK. I could open, change, delete, copy, etc..every file. BUT i dont have these files oflline. O:(
2/ i tried many steps, like completly delete offline files or i deleted CSC folder on windows folder. but nothing. everytime as i turned on offline files and some direcotries on server i made available offline, there was the same problem. ACCESS IS DENIES
I have tried to find solution on many portals but nothing (i found some problems with this problem on Vista, and there was a repair KB, but for Win 7 isnt it. )
Please help me.
Is this officialy bug on Windows 7?
Is this problem on PC or on server (i think this is problem on Win 7)? We have these problems on every PC in our company.
We have Windows Server 2008 R2.
I have found the solution (in my case) and think I have deduced the cause.
The solution was that encryption had been turned on under the one profile i.e. the normal user profile but not under any other profile. Once this is turned off, it worked again. Don’t be confused and think that if you have not enabled encryption on your disk then offline file encryption is disabled. The two are totally independent.
NOW — to how did it happen?
With the setting so deeply buried, and I am methodical about logging changes I make, there is no way I made that change (i.e. turn encryption on) manually.
But of course, I was roaming. And every time you connect to a new network, you are asked whether the network is public/home/office and then it goes and changes some security settings. I think it is this «new network security settings» that made the change. It is quite possible that the behaviour was changed in a recent patch — the change of security settings like this would most likely not be advertised and might not even have been intentional.
1) If, when you are roaming, your offline files become read only i.e. you cannot write changes back or store new files in the folders with a permissions error, then go to the sync center => manage offline files => encryption tab; if «unencrypt» is greyed out, then you have a different problem. If «unencrypt» is not greyed out i.e. can be enabled, then click this to turn encryption off.
2) The logic of this is that you cannot sync encrypted files. And if you do encrypt them, they become read only and you cannot save new files in the offline folders.
3) Permission errors (in this case) throw you off in completely the wrong direction. It was only due to the fact I have several laptops all with the same user that I was able to pin it down to the laptop/user combination.
4) To scare you, you can still see the files, but often they indicate 0 bytes in size. This is another hint that it is not permissions, but something else (permissions normally prevent the files being seen, unless special permissions for traversal etc have been set up)
5) If ANYTHING behaves differently after roaming, look further into what the public/home/work network selection mah have changed