As the title suggests i'm new to Visual Basic. I am currently developing a program that reads a file (i.e open's the file listed) but every time i enter what i want to open i get an access is denied error, although i am an administrator on my computer... the attached picture shows what i get when i load it... Also... i want the program to launch the file listed in the text box, but when i launch something e.g C:\test.txt nothing happens. i think the code is right... this is the code i have to launch whatever is listed in the textbox: Code: Dim fileContents As Byte() fileContents = My.Computer.FileSystem.ReadAllBytes(txtboxusr2.Text) is that right? If not could you please tell me what i need to do to correct it... I've been following a tutorial for VB6, little did i know that the code syntax etc has changed since then, and VB6 won't run on Vista, so i needed to get VB 2005 Express... but i've not got any tutorials on that.