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Problem with Administrator Rights in SBS 2003

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I have an SBS2003 server. I was trying to download and then run an executable file to install ACT!. However, everytime I troed to run it the message "check the hard disk is not full or right protected or you do not have sufficient rights... In the end I exploded the file on a PC and then copied the folder across and then ran the program. However, it failed to run properly so I wanted to uninstall the program. I have to delete certain folders but I get access denied. I am logged in as the administrator. I tried to take ownership of the folder and it seemed to work but I still cant delete folders. If I create a folder I can delete it. But any existing folders I do not have the rights to delete.
Therefore something has happened to the administrator account. I created a new account and added them to the administrator group and the domain admins group but even as this new user I could not delet folders. The error is about the disk being full or roght protected. There is plenty of free space. Also theere are no "special ermissions" listed against either user.
I do not know what is causing this and I cannot install and run ACT like this.
Any ideas would be very helpful.
The only thing that as changed recently is that the server was upgraded from 2Gb RAM to 4Gb of RAM. Could this be causing the problem?
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download and run process monitor  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645
then add a filter to exclude all activity that is not the  act program running
You can then see what act is trying to access and where it is being denied
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although running ACT! is a problem I am more concerned that I cannot delet any folders when logged in as the administrator. It is the administrator permissions that seem corrupt
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Use cacls to reset permissions on c:
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i will have a look but does this over ride taking ownership within prermissions  as i have already tried this.
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Use takeown on a test folder
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it turned out to the the RAM that was causing the problem. I swapped it back to the original and the problems went away.
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None of the suggestions worked as it was the RAM that was causing the problem.
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