Why is Access Denied?
Posted on 2000-04-19
This is a frustrating and bizarre problem. Whenever I access the properties sheet of a file, it suddenly begins behaving as though it is a read only file. No, the "read only" attribute does not become set--I've checked--but it becomes impossible to delete or change the file in any way untill I have restarted Win95. Then whatever process has gotten hold of the file is terminated. In the case of shortcuts to MS-DOS based programs, I am unable to change the properties to "close on exit" for example, becuase once I'm looking at the shortcut properties, the shortcut cannot be changed. I DID figure out a work around for that which involved NOT opening up the pif file's properties, but opening it in the DOS Edit program and hacking it to my liking. This method works, but its just plain crazy to have to resort to something like that. If I start looking at file properties and then decide I want to uninstall a particular program, the uninstall will leave those files behind because access was denied to them. This is happening whether I access the properties by pressing Alt+Enter or by using the right-click context menu. Why is Win95 locking up my files like this? This behavior even occurs in Safe Mode, so I'm pretty certain its something Windows and NOT another program is causing. Unfortueatley, I don't know exactly when this glitch got into my system, so I can't pin it onto any particular program installation or any other system event. What could be causing this and how do I fix it?