an error occurred applying attributes to the file

When I try to open some photos the system denies me access, I have tried decrypting them but get an error message along with it telling me access denied. This has happened since reinstalling Vista, th efiles are stored on an external drive.

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Last updated September 25, 2018 Views 44,437 Applies to:

In Windows Explorer on the root of the external drive, right click and click on properties.  Go to the Security tab.  Add your name to the list of approved users and give yourself full rights and be sure to check the box to apply this to all files and sub-directories as well.  Then click on advanced and do essentially the same thing in the Special Permissions section.  Make sure the special permissions section does not deny access to to the Everyone user - if so, edit it to allow access (at least read only but any kind of access will do - if denied, this entry overrides everything else).  While in the Advanced section, click on the ownership tab and make yourself the owner of the drive (and again check  the box to apply it to alll files and subdirectories as well).  This should resolve the problem.  If you can't complete the tasks (you get stuck on some file or folder), try to amend that folder or file directly and once done restart the global process.  If you can't, move it temporarily from the drive until you've done the rest and then return it and try again to change it - especially if that's the folder or file you're talking about.  If you still have problems with that file/folder and the following articles don't help, post back with an explanation of exactly what happens or doesn't happen when you try to change it and I'll see if I can identify a reason and help you fix it.

Here's some additional information on permissions and ownership in case you run into problems or want more details on the procedures:

To see your permissions, right click the folder/file, click on properties, and check out the security tab.  Check to see what permissions you have by clicking on your username (or user group).  Here are the types of permissions you can have:  You need to be an administrator or the owner to change permissions (and sometimes being an administrator or even an owner isn't enough - there are ways to block even them from access (though a smart administrator knows these ways and can get around them - but usually shouldn't because they were denied access usually for a very good reason).  Here's how to change folder permissions in Vista: To add take and grant full right permissions and ownership to the right click menu (which will make it faster to get in once it is set up), check out the following article:

To fix this problem with the folders, takeownership of the folders or the drive (as an administrator) and give yourself full rights.  Right click the folder/drive, click on properties, go to the security tab and click on Advanced and then click on the Owner tab.  Click edit and then click the name of the person you want to give ownership to (you may need to add it if it isn't there - or it may be yourself). If you want it to apply to sub-folders and files within that folder/drive, then check the box for replace owner on sub-containers and objects and click OK.  Back out and now there's a new owner for the folders/drive and files who can change permissions as needed.  Here's more information on taking ownership of a file or folder: To add take ownership to the right click menu (which will make it faster to get in once it is set up), check out the following article:

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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