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I've been using Windows XP for so long, it just lets me copy files... I'm assuming something security related in Windows 7 needs to be changed so that my FTP programs can write files on my harddrive.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Do you have an FTP server set up? – John T Oct 15 '09 at 3:16
No, I'm ftping to a server, i'm just trying to download files from the server I've connected to however the application doesn't have permissions to write to my local harddrive – Dave Oct 15 '09 at 3:31
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It sounds like you're running your FTP client in a non-elevated context and you're trying to download files to the hard drive in a folder that is not located in your user profile. You have 4 choices:

  • Download files to a folder within your user profile like c:\users\myusername\downloads
  • Run the FTP client in an elevated context (right-click Run As Administrator)
  • Manually grant permissions on the folder you're trying to download to. You need to give write access to either built-in Users group or your specific user account.
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many thanks, that's exactly what i needed – Dave Oct 15 '09 at 12:13

Try right-clicking on the shortcut and choosing "Run as administrator". Some programs require this for hardware access.

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Running as administrator should only be used as a last resort, especially when we're talking about programs that are downloading files from the internet. – Matthew Talbert Oct 15 '09 at 5:54
Because an exploited/virus-infected executable will cause havoc with elevated permissions -- Its OK, it's Windows who taught users the 'wrong' security practices. – invert Oct 15 '09 at 6:36

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