Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a problem with accessing some PDF files from a folder. Some of them can be copies, deleted, whatever, but other PDF files from the same folder cannot be opened or anything like that.When I right-click on them, a few PDFs show me only Adobe Acrobat 9, Open, Open with..., Send To. If I try and open it with notepad, it says "Access Denied". The permissions are okay and the folder is not shared or anything like that. I tried to use Unlock tool, but nothing. Any ideas? Thanks!

share|improve this question
Did you try rebooting the machine? – Frank Dec 6 '11 at 13:19
yes, i tried that too. and the machine is not in Active Directory or anything like that :( – Alex Dec 6 '11 at 14:05

It is a very good possibility the files are corrupt. Run CHKDSK /R on the hard drive containing those files and try again.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.