Can not move my own Documents



In this wonderful OS I am the administrator, owner and sole user/account.
Vista will not let me move my documents from one folder to another without
As I am logged on as administrator, and checking all the idiot sub-boxes
shows me as the owner and creator of the documents, why can't I move them
where I f***ing please?

R. C. White

Hi, Trouble.

Vista wants to be sure that you are really YOU and not some Trojan or other
malware just claiming to be you. The theory is that YOU know your password
and the Trojan does not.

Even if Vista is convinced that you are YOU, it still tries to enforce the
long-standing (but often ignored) rule that certain folders are protected
from willy-nilly misuse. For example, data files should not be in
C:\Program Files, which is reserved for .exe, .dll and other program files
that are installed by an application's Setup process. And no user should be
allowed to create - or update - files in the %SystemRoot% folder, typically
C:\Windows, or into C:\. (You should have no trouble creating a new
subfolder, like C:\Trouble's Files, and then saving your files in that

If you really want to insist on putting files in those protected locations,
then you will need to log on as THE Administrator, not just a member of the
Administrator's group, or open an Administrator:Command Prompt window, where
all your commands will "run elevated". (Right-click on Cmd.exe and choose
Run as Administrator - and furnish your Administrator password.)

Having said all that, I must admit that I've had my own share of
"permission" obstacles. I've always been just one guy with one computer and
no other user, so I've never had to learn much about users and permissions
and passwords and such - until Vista. I also was frustrated in the
beginning, especially when trying to migrate my files from WinXP folders
into my Vista folders. I got all those worked out well over a year ago,
though, and haven't hit such a barrier in a long time.

Most of us arrive at Vista with the WinXP mindset. It takes a week or so to
accomplish the needed attitude adjustment. After that, we can begin to
appreciate Vista's strengths. That is, unless we resist the adjustment and
stubbornly cling to the old mindset, in which case we may never be able to
move forward. ;^}

R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)

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