I'm dealing with a strange issue with Windows security. I just switched laptops from one running Win 7 x64 Ultimate, to one running Win 7 x64 professional. I keep all my music on an external drive in a folder called "Music". I use iTunes to listen to it, as my phone, etc, are Apple. In the iTunes settings, I have the library pointed to that folder on the external drive. Everything was copacetic.
So, I install iTunes on the new laptop, and add the same folder on the same drive as the external drive. I realize that when I try and import the library, nothing is happening. I also noticed there was a lock icon on the entire Music folder. I went ahead and right clicked on it and went to security, then made sure that both my user name and the entire Administrators group had full control over the folder and all subfolders and files.
After applying the permissions to the folder, I went back into iTunes and tried my library again. This time it imported with no problems, but now, I can't play any of the music through iTunes. I then went back into the folder and tried to play any of the mp3's individually through vlc, windows media player, etc, etc. Doesn't work. WMP spits out: Windows Media Player cannot access the file. The file might be in use, you might not have access to the computer where the file is stored, or your proxy settings might not be correct. So I checked out the permissions on the individual files and they do NOT have my username as having full control. But when I check on the folder that holds them all, I do have full control set with Apply To: "This folder, subfolders, and files"
So what am I doing wrong? The thought of applying individual permissions to every file is enough to make me want to kill myself. Is there some overall way to do this that I am not doing right?