Windows XP 'Access Denied'

By Ron_Ellis
Jan 24, 2007
  1. We recently learned the hard way about the 'un-expected' cause of a Windows 'access denied' error when trying to access network shared drives. The problem turned out to be that the Windows XP, control panel, users applet does NOT really rename a user.

    Instead it renames the user in that display and uses the original name in making network connections. It may be possible to review and change the registry to clean up this change, but we found it simpler to:
    1. Change the name back,
    2. Set up a new Windows XP user with administrative privileges, and
    3. Begin to use the new user.

    That made our names and passwords consistent with network resources and everything worked! (We could of course go back and delete the old user names.)
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,122   +982

    for normal use (email, applications, and Internet surfing) you really ought to
    use a Limited Rights account
  3. Ron_Ellis

    Ron_Ellis TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks for the constructive criticism...
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