Problems using CopyFile on FileSystem object

Posted on 2014-09-23
Last Modified: 2014-09-24

I have this code in VBA:

Dim fso As Object
Set fso = VBA.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
fso.CopyFile(source, destination, true )

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Where source and destination are the name of a file to be copyied and a file that already exists but should be replaced.

This worked before on a computer with Windows 7, but now it is installed on a new computer with Windows 8.1 and it doesn't work, but don't get any error too.

What could be happening?
Is this  away to detect an error if it is (for example a lag of permissions) ?

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Question by:gplana
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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 500 total points
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Is this being run from within Access or Visual Basic?

In Access, I don't usually bother with the file scripting object, I usually use:

IF Dir(Destination) <> "" Then Kill Destination
filecopy source, destination
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Expert Comment

ID: 40340175
Do you have error handling in place?

On Error Goto ErrHandler

MsgBox Err.Number & " " & Err.Description

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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
ID: 40340178
Sometimes I'll rename the destination file if it already exists, then do the copy operation, and then delete the old (renamed) file if the FileCopy operation succeeds.
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ID: 40340186
Does it work if the files do not exist?

I would delete the files first and see if it copies the files successfully.  You need to find out if Win 8 is even letting the script run at all.

Also, what folder are you trying to copy files to?
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ID: 40340187
I'ts made in Access, but it worked before.
I had to say that before it was Access 2007 and now it is Access 2013. Could this affect ?
I don't have on error statement. Should I add it?
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ID: 40340197
What are the source and destination?

Have you checked that you have permission to read/write to the folder(s) they point to?
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I'ts made in Access, but it worked before.
 I had to say that before it was Access 2007 and now it is Access 2013. Could this affect ?

It might, but I am not able to verify this.

I don't have on error statement. Should I add it?
I think it is always good to add it, however if you got an error and you don't have an error handler in place, it should still pop-up. It's just a better way to handle errors. So I am not sure what's going on.

Do you have any missing references in your Access Database?
Check Tools > References > MISSING ?

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fso.CopyFile(source, destination, true )

Seems this should be:

fso.Copy (source, destination, true )

I don't think there is CopyFile in the FSO object.

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I use FSO all the time, considering it's VERY powerful.


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