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Solutions to "cannot copy/access denied" error

I am not able to copy some files on the network. It gives me an error like, "cannot copy/access denied." I am using WinXP Pro. Can you help me out with this problem?
Access denied means either permission has been set to deny you access, or possibly, the file is encrypted and you do not have the key access required to obtain the file. In either of these cases, the first thing to do is to check the permissions on the file and, if you are using file sharing, on the share. You do not say that you have done that. If you have and the permissions are correct, you should have access.

Are you logged on with the network ID that you have been given for permission? If the permissions are not correct, do you have administrative rights on that machine? If not, contact the administrator responsible for that machine. If so, who is the data owner of the files in question? It may be that you, even if you are the administrator, should not be able to obtain access to the files. Finally, if rights management has been set up, contact the individual responsible for setting them on these files to determine if you should have the right to the files and how to do so.

This was first published in October 2004

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