I just wiped my hard drive with Windows 7 and did a fresh install of Windows 8. I backed up my files on an external hard drive. When I tried copying my music over to Windows 8, I got this message for about two albums worth of songs:

Provide permission error

So I clicked "Continue" and then I got this message:

Need permission from user

(I blacked out my computer name and email address in the screenshots for privacy reasons.)

At first, it said I needed permission from my old Windows 7 user account. So I searched online and all the tutorials told me that I needed to "Take Ownership" of the file so I could copy it.

I used this Microsoft Support tutorial which is for Windows XP, but the process is generally the same for Windows 8. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

And when I'm finished the "Advanced" window in the file's Security Properties looks like this:

Owner with Full Permissions

I made my user the Owner, AND I made my user have "Full" permissions (when you highlight my username in the "Permissions" box, click the "Edit" button and then check the "Full Control" option.) (Also, while trying to get this working, I deleted the "SYSTEM" user permissions, and the "Everyone" user permissions, just by some crazy off-chance that might work. No luck.)

What am I doing wrong here? The Properties window says I'm the owner and have permission, but when I copy, it still gives me the "File Access Denied" error, just like before! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

  • what permissions you have on the folder containing the files... could that be the cause of the problem? – user1055604 Jan 12 '13 at 19:59
  • I doubt it. I've taken ownership and changed the permissions on the folder as well, because I really want to copy the whole folder. No luck. – ChrisJF Jan 12 '13 at 20:07
  • I had a similar situation a while back in which, after taking ownership, I had to specifically give myself permissions as well. – GaTechThomas Jan 15 '13 at 22:42

To access a file, you need to have read access, not have a "deny" flag for read access set, have the key if the file is encrypted, and the file must not be locked for exclusive use.

So, I'd recommend to...

  • Disable inheritance on the folder to make sure you don't inherit a "deny"-Flag
  • check Effective access to see which permissions you really have
  • check Properties -> Advanced to see if the file / folder is encrypted
  • reboot to make sure no application is locking the file / folder
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So this isn't really the answer I was looking for, but anyway...

What I ended up doing was copying the whole folder over again. I realized Windows 8 was just choking on about two folders (two albums of music) with the rest of the 15GB copying just fine. I copied what I could, then I plugged my iPod into my computer and pulled the two folders of music manually from there and just placed the files where they normally should have copied. So I guess the lesson of the day is: backup, and then make another backup!

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i opened "computer", then clicked on C:, then right clicked on C:, select Properties, go to permissions, users, select Full Control, click apply, this will change permissions for C: and all folders, sub-folders, and files on C: (the hard drive). Good Luck.

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  • This will break Windows, giving yourself full control to everything. I have another question about reversing the horrible effects, where the only acceptable solution was to wipe and reload – Canadian Luke Aug 5 '13 at 5:26

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