New W7 machine, just trying to copy files from old XP machine via a WD Passport drive. I have turned off User Account Control, but that doesn't help. I have wasted about 2 hours on this issue so far, reading many, many posts that do not solve it. Have tried changing owner of files to my user-administrator, changing owner to administrators, using the hidden admin user to attempt the copy, opening permissions to full, but none of these prevent the error message that is basically: You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file. I am the admin, I am the owner, I am not trying to make changes (just trying to copy to create a new directory containing these files.) The empty directory gets created but no files get copied. I would appreciate any useful assistance to resolve this insane frustrating problem. (Why do people put up with this rubbish????) Thanks in advance.