We can try to get both ownership & permission of the problem USB memory stick.
Ok, thanks for the answer. I listen.
But it's easier if you can format the stick on the windows 7
What I don't understand is, I have 3 of those memory sticks. Each of them is different. They all work fine on my other PC's on the Network. It is only on this machine that I have problems. WHy are they restricted?
all of the 3 memory sticks have this problem?
that is strange; let me check
They didn't have this problem initially. A couple of weeks ago when I used the last one, evrything was fine. I must have changed something on my machine wihtout knowing...
Can you do a system restore?
I don't know exactly when they were accessible. And I installed a couple of things in the meantime. I wouldn't like to go back to such an early restore point. I just tried the formatting since one of the sticks is empty but I got the message "You do not have sufficient rights to perform this operation"
Can you click on Start, then right-click on Computer, then click on Manage, then click on Disk Management. Then delete the partition/volume of the flash drive?
then re-create and format (quick) it
I will try. Just a sec.
It doesn't let me to delete the partition (the delite on right click is shaded). When I click the format it says: "An unexpected error has occured. Check the system event log for more information on the error." I have seen that the file system is FAT32 but my volume C is NTFS. Does this impact the problem?
no, that's normal
Should I try to change the drive letter?
That won't work.
Let me check.
Let's try this: take ownership: - right-click the usb drive letter under Computer, then click on Properties, then click on Security, - then click on Advanced, then click on Owner tab, then click on Edit, then select your current logged in admin account. - then check the box at Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. Then click OK, OK, OK, to close out all windows.
After taking ownership, then you can take security permissions:- right-click the usb drive letter under Computer, then click on Properties, then click on Security, - then click on Edit and add your admin account if needed.- then select the box at Allow - Full Control. Then click OK, OK.- Now right-click on a main folder, then click on Properties, then click on Security again, - then click on Advanced, then click on Change Permissions- then select the box at "Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object", then click OK, OK, OK.
I don't see "Security". When right click on properties I am getting: General, Tools, Hardware, SHaring, ReadBoost, Customize and Carbonite.
What version of windows 7 do you have?
Can you try this in Safe Mode?
Also, can you go to Start->Control Panel->user accounts and create a new administrative account?
You mean, the same steps? Would I see then the "Security" tab?
I created a new administrative account. It worked. Should I restart the PC or just switch user and go into the new administrative account to perform your proposed steps?
If it works, then you can just use the new account as the old account has problem
Ok I will try it
I tried from the new administrative account to copy a file on to the stick and am still getting the message: You need permission to perform this action.
then please try in Safe Mode.
WHich button allows me during the boot process to go into sae mode? It has been a long time that I had to to do such a thing
Please try this: turn off your computer. Then turn it on, and right after the black screen with white text or the computer company logo disappears, press & release key F8 repeatedly until a menu appears, then you select Safe Mode (note: if there is no menu, then try the same steps again, but this time, press key F8 a bit earlier).
Ok. I will inform you what happened.
ok, thank you
Hello Viet, I am back in safe mode and I can access the stick. I tried to copy a file on to the drive and it worked. However, I could not take the ownership steps since I don|t have this "security' tab when I right click on properties of the drive.
So what should I do next?
Please click Start, then type msconfig and press Enter. Then click on the Startup tab and uncheck all the boxes, except your antivirus/security program. Then click on the Services tab and check the box at Hide all Microsoft services near the bottom. Then uncheck all the services, except your antivirus/security program. Then click OK, and restart the computer and check.
If there is still issue, please go to Safe Mode with Networking, then click below and click on download now, to download and install the anti-malware software. Then scan your computer: http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html
I did what you suggested. When I restart now, I am leaving the safe mode and going back into normal, right? Let's assume that I can access the stick, does this mean that I then would recheck one program after the other under startup in msconfig in order to narrow the problem down?
no, you don't need to recheck any program
it's just automatic startup
you can check a program to let it startup automatically, or you can just open any program manually when you want to use it.
ok, I will restart now and then let you know.
Hello Viet, I am back into the problem with a new message. After having done what zou suggested, I restarted and when I tried to move the file that I had copied under safe mode on to the stick back to the desktop I got the message: "You need permission from everyone to perform this action." But "everyone" is now two administrative accounts.
Sorry it's really strange, but let me open your question to other experts.
Thanks for the answer. I tried it already. However, the destination (the USB drive) has no Security Tab. When I right click on the Drive (I:) properties I am only getting the tabs "General, Tools, Hardware, Sharing, ReadBoost, Customize and Carbonite." As for the file: when I right click on properties I don't see an "Everyone" account, only "SYSTEM", "Customer (Customer\Admin)", "Home Users (Customer\Home Users)", "Administrators (Customer\Administrators)" and "WMP Network Svc" Besides WMP Network Svc they all have full control under "Permission". When I check the box "Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" I am getting multiple windows with an error message "An error occurred while applying security information to: C:\PerfLogs, C:\Program Files, C:\ProgramData, C:\Windows etc. Access is denied."
Forgot to add that I can access the memory sticks, copy and move and do what ever I want under "Safe mode".
When I right click on the file and choose "take ownership" a Window pops up, "User Account Control, Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer? Program name: Windows Command Processor." I clicked Yes. There was briefly a Dos window popping up but nothing else happened. The problem remains.
Enable Built-in Administrator Account
First you’ll need to open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and choosing “Run as administrator” (or use the Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcut from the search box)
Now type the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
net user administrator /active:yes
You should see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out, and you’ll now see the Administrator account as a choice. (Note that the screenshots are from Vista, but this works on Windows 7)
You’ll note that there’s no password XXXXX this account, so if you want to leave it enabled you should change the password.
No. Doesn't have this disadvantages?