"You need permission to perform this action"


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I downloaded a file to my desktop. I plugged in my USB external hard drive to transfer my downloaded file to the USB external hard drive. I got a dialog box telling me that "You need permission to perform this action"

I am the only user on my computer. I have an adminstrative account. So this dialog box is telling me I need permission to drag the file on my desktop to my USB external hard drive. I do not understand why I need permission since I am the administrator and the only user on my computer.

I am on Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.

The file is Internet Explorer 8 for Vista. I want to put this file on my Vista Computer. I know I could go to my Vista Computer and download the file. But I am just curious as to why I get this dialog box.

How do I get around this situation so I can put the file on my USB external hard drive?

Thanks in advance for your help and support.



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Microsoft Community Contributor

Download and install this app.
It will add a command to the right click drop down that should let you get past these messages.

Everyone has these problems, Windows 7 is a little overzealous with it's security.

Grant Admin Full Control

Take and Grant Full Control Permissions and Ownership in Windows 7 or Vista Right Click Menu « My Digital Life



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Thank you very much. I appreciate your help.


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