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Posted on 2007-11-16
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Hi, I'm setting up a new XP Pro PC. I'm trying to copy files to it from a Win2k PC. I can browse the folders but get the following error when trying to copy:

"Cannot copy "filename" : Access denied. The source file may be in use."

Any suggestions?

Thanks
Tim
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by:KCTS
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What files are you trying to copy if they are program/system files they may well be in use.
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by:James Murrell
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Using Windows Explorer, right-click on the folder/directory containg
the problem files, and select Properties|Security|Advanced. Note
enabled/checked "Allow inheritable permissions from parent to
propagate to this object". Enable (check) "Reset permissions on all
child objects and enable propagation of inheritable permissions" and
then "Apply". A Security box will advise about propagation of
inheritable permissions to child objects. Continue with "Yes".
Windows will then proceed to set/reset permissions on all child
object/folders/files. This may take a while depending on the number of
files in the directory tree, but the file progress is displayed with
each file name.


The files can now be read, copied or deleted without error.
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by:timothyking
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So far I'm trying to copy anything from My Documents (old pc) to My Documents (new pc)

cs97: I tried that but the change won't stick
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by:James Murrell
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restart PC then try?
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by:KCTS
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Take ownership of the files see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
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by:timothyking
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Still no luck

On my XP pc's if you right click a folder and choose properties, there is no securities tab.
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by:Dr-4N
ID: 20299209
try using a program called unlocker it frees files if they are being used or restricted by other programs install it right click the files you want and choose unlock
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by:James Murrell
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by:Suroj Shrestha
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if possible just remove the hard disk from w2k computer and place it in the computer with XP making it slave.  and Copy the files you require.
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by:timothyking
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I got it to work by also checking the box "Allow network users to change my files" when sharing the folder on the XP box.

Thanks

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by:James Murrell
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so simple - why did i not think of that... first............ thanks for the points
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