Local Access and Unidentified Network Issue Windows Vista Fix

Windows Vista continues to amaze me after I introduced multiple Windows Vista machines into a wired network environment using DHCP to assign local IP addresses. After a day’s exhaustive research I now have stable “Local and Internet” access on all workstations with consistent results.

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Vista Destination Folder Access Denied

This afternoon I felt the urge to organise the contents of my secondary hard drive, it’s in a real state and has needed treatment for a long time coming…

All was well until Windows Vista wouldn’t allow me to move some directories stating in it’s own unique and special way:

Destination Folder Access Denied – You need permission to perform this action

Destination Folder Access Denied Windows Vista

Upgrading from a live Windows XP Professional install to Windows Vista Ultimate caused my file permission problems, as file security is treated very, very differently between the two systems.

To squash this file permission issue you need to re-assign permissions of the effected files to your user account. To do this:

  1. Right-click the file (or files) and select Properties
  2. Properties will have opened in a new window
  3. Click on the Security tab
  4. Click Advanced in the lower right
  5. In the Advanced Security Settings window that pops up, click on the Owner tab
  6. Click Edit
  7. Click Other users or groups
  8. Click Advanced
  9. Click Find Now
  10. Double-click your user account (eg. Michael)
  11. Click OK to all of the remaining windows except the first Properties window
  12. Select your user account from the list up top and click Edit
  13. Select your user account from the list up top again and then in the pane below, check Full control under Allow
  14. You’ll get a security warning, click Yes
  15. Click OK to save your updated permissions
  16. Click OK to close the Properties window

Missing Shutdown button in Vista Start menu

So, my computer’s been running Vista for just over a month now, there’s no going back in my mind. Overall it’s a far more pleasant experience, things just work. That was until my account seemingly dropped into a restricted-access account with the shutdown, restart, standby buttons removed from the Vista Start menu and no access to Task Manager!

I put up with this for a week till I lost it and went on a hunt to pin down the culprit! Sure enough, after shuffling through various support forums I have my worries solved. Fixes for the missing power management features, restricted Run command-line access and Task Manager are included below.

  1. From the Start menu, click Run and type “gpedit.msc” (without the quotes)
  2. Group Policy Object Editor will have opened in a new window
  3. Expand the User Configuration > System tree to view policies for that area
  4. Double-click the policies you would like to modify and accept changes
  5. Close Group Policy Object Editor

Common restricted policies

Prevent access to registry editing tools (User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System) – Disabling this policy will allow your current user account to open and modify the system registry using regedit.exe

Prevent access to the command prompt (User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System) – Disabling this policy will allow your current user account to open the Windows command prompt using cmd.exe

Remove Run menu from the Start menu (User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar) – Disabling this policy will allow the Run button to be visible on the Start menu

Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands (User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar) – Disabling this policy allows you to access any of these actions from either the Start menu, Windows Security screen or CTRL+ALT+DELETE screen