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Vista Access Denied - Then File Disappears (Dreamweaver CS3)

By ParureticDave ·
Although Dreamweaver "reveals" and demonstrates this, I think that it's a deep-seated Vista permissions issue.

Try to save file in Dreamweaver CS3 and it throws error "ACCESS TO D:\WEBMASTER\SANDBOX\MFCxxxx.TMP WAS DENIED".

The "xxxx" portion of filename changes with each file eaten. SAVE AS allows saving file. The original file then disappears from the explorer window and isn't in the recycle bin or anywhere else...it's gone.

Using Vista 64.
It's random and occurs on files I create from scratch and files I receive from others.
Once it happens, can't overcome it.

Full permissions for every single user and group on my PC doesn't work.

"Take ownership" by my account or Administrator or Administrators or System or Everyone or Authenticated Users doesn't work.

UAC deactivation doesn't work.

Command prompt to unset attributes (like read-only) says it ISN'T read-only, but the right-click properties show that it is.


Only this works so far.

Activate Vista's Administrator account (be sure to then set a password for it).

Log in as Administrator, and the issue no longer occurs.

Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows Vista [The How-To Geek]

I'm open and hopeful for a better solution, but for now I've got work to do, so I'm using Dreamweaver logged in as Administrator.

Any suggestions?

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by ParureticDave In reply to Vista Access Denied - The ...

This issue is now resolved for me.
I can create the issue and cure the issue at will.

The problem was Vista Explorer's preview option.

When I turn it on the issue occurs.

Turn option on: Organize / Layout / Preview Pane

Open Dreamweaver and a sacraficial file, edit and try to save it...BINGO...access denied, file disappears etc.

Turn off the Preview Pane and issue is cured.

I stand by my original belief that Dreamweaver exposed the issue. My guess is that other situations and programs will also trigger these events.

No more preview pane for me.

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Dang preview pane

by ckelly In reply to Vista Access Denied - The ...

Dave nailed it - posting just as a confirmation on the fix of the noted issue. This is also present in Win7. It took 10^14 Googles to finally find this answer to a !@#$&! problem with CS3.

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