"Access is denied."

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    I am trying to either copy a file into a sub-folder or to just rename the same sub-folder, i.e. "New Folder", in the D:\Program Files directory while logged in as one of the Administrators with Full Control Permissions, but I am receiving the message "Access is denied" with the additional comment: "Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use."

    I have no idea why that is possible. Does anyone have some thoughts on this? I am using Win XP SP3.
     
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    You could try doing this in safe mode. Alternatively, if you feel up to the challenge, you could boot from a Linux live CD or USB drive.
     
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    OK, I will try the safe mode route to see what happens, but I doubt if that will be the long term solution. There must be something in Win XP or with regards to that particular directory and/or file that is preventing me from accessing it. I'd really like to work on that aspect of the problem too!

    Will advise what happens in safe mode. Thanks for now.
     
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    Hello, Computer semi-expert!

    I'm happy to advise that your suggestion for using safe mode did the job. I just hope that Windows will not present that infamous "Access is denied." message again. If you have some suggestions regarding the original "Access is denied." message, I'd be glad to snoop around trying to find out WHY Windows would not let me have access to that folder or file.

    Thanks for now.
     
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    Glad to hear that you got it fixed.
     
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