?
Solved

Acess to Program Files on network drive

Posted on 2008-06-10
10
Medium Priority
?
242 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I get "access denied" on one of the drive on my LAN when I try to open Program Files Folder.  It works fine on a drive on a different computer on the LAN.  Both drives are mapped to my computer and I can open other folders on each drive.  I am using xp home Service Pack 3 on all of the machines.
0
Comment
Question by:gtbsss57
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 4
10 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:kadafitcd
ID: 21755020
On the computers drive you are trying to access have you checked your permissions on the Program Files Folder?  You may need to change the permissions and make sure you are in a group with permissions to access the folder and all subdirectories and files.  You can do this by clicking advanced in the security tab and checkmarking the box that applies the permissions to all subdirectories and files.  

Also you may check the firewall on that machine as well and make sure its not blocking the connection.
0
 

Author Comment

by:gtbsss57
ID: 21755406
I have checked and it says that I have permission to access the entire drive.  I have access to many of the folders but not the Program Files Folder.  The firewall gives me access to the machine and I have tried turning the firewall off with no change in the result.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:rslqld
ID: 21756377
Check permissions under the 'Advanced' button of the security tab. The folder in question may not be inheriting permissions.
0
Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:kadafitcd
ID: 21760271
Just because you have permissions for the entire drive doesn't mean that folders within the drive have the same permissions.  Like I posted above go check the advanced permissions of the program Files folder itself not the drive permissions.  You may need to apply a permission to yourself in here and checkmark the box to replace permissions on all subfolders and subdirectories.  

Good Luck HTH.
0
 

Author Comment

by:gtbsss57
ID: 21761135
If I open windows explorer, right click on the Program Files, select Sharing & Security it tells me that "All the options on this tab are disabled because this folder is used by the operating system"  On another computer on the LAN I have access to the Program Files and when I try the same procedure it also shows the same message.
I know I am missing something but I don't know what.

0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:kadafitcd
ID: 21769443
Like I said you need to go into the advanced button in the security tab.  You are just checking under the sharing tab.  Click security at the top.  Then click advanced towards the bottom right.  Then add your user to the list with the proper permissions then click ok.  Then Checkmark the box next to replace permission entries on all child objects...  Then click apply and when it finishes ok.  Then you should have access.
0
 

Author Comment

by:gtbsss57
ID: 21769800
How do I get to the security tab?  I can't find it.
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:kadafitcd
ID: 21770283
OK I take it you're running this on a Windows XP Home edition tower.  The problem is with XP Home Simple File Sharing restricts sharing of the Program Files folder and it is not accessible.  You can go within program files and individually share the folders that you need to access by right clicking on them going to sharing and security and sharing the folder.  There is not another good way that is 100% reliable to share the program files folder.  There are a couple of ways to do it but there is a risk.  Here is a link to a page where an MS MVP gave some advice on this but heed his warnings and make sure you take the proper precautions before messing with the file system.  
http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-235248.php
Good Luck HTH.
0
 

Author Comment

by:gtbsss57
ID: 21772688
Thanks.  In looking it appears that the computer that I have full access to is FAT32 and the one I am having trouble getting at is NTFS.
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
kadafitcd earned 200 total points
ID: 21773753
Yeah sounds like your problem is you're running NTFS in Windows XP Home which locks down the Program Files folder within it's simple file sharing feature.  You could try the steps in that link I gave you but make sure you've backed up everything first.  Good Luck HTH.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article is an update and follow-up of my previous article:   Storage 101: common concepts in the IT enterprise storage This time, I expand on more frequently used storage concepts.
Finding original email is quite difficult due to their duplicates. From this article, you will come to know why multiple duplicates of same emails appear and how to delete duplicate emails from Outlook securely and instantly while vital emails remai…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…
Suggested Courses

771 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question