Windows 10: Windows is so secure, I CAN'T EVEN ACCESS MY STUFF.

  1.    18 Apr 2016 #1

    Windows is so secure, I CAN'T EVEN ACCESS MY STUFF.

    Ok, seriously, why does "security" have to be SO complicated, at least on home users? It is so bad that I'm pretty sure it is doing that exact opposite of what it should be - I can't modify/save/access files in certain locations but I have no real way of knowing if other people can or not, as I have no idea what some of the options even mean.
    As an example, I can't save changes to some files directly to my Dropbox folder, a box comes up saying I do not have permission to save to this location. So I decide to try to change owner/permissions. Turns out I *AM* the owner of the Dropbox folder, so I try to change permissions. Now, which account do I change - My user name account, Administrator account, Home User account? And as far as permissions go, whats the difference? My user name account has every permission except "Special." Whats the Special permission? How do I enable it? This is all RIDICULOUSLY complicated, and seems to me to defeat the whole purpose of security, if the main user can't even configure it correctly. Its insane.
    Any help would be appreciated--if in ENGLISH, not Microtalk
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       19 Apr 2016 #2

    See if this helps
    Open Dropbox preferences
    Open the Account tab
    Press Tab until the [Unlink This Computer] button is selected

    Press & hold the Alt key
    -> The [Unlink This Computer] button changes to [Fix Permissions]
    Press [Fix Permissions]
    Dropbox processes your files - it might take a while.
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  3.    19 Apr 2016 #3

    Didn't work, the button never changed. I've seen an article about the same thing, but was for Mac (OSX) I think. Don't think it works in Windows.
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       21 Apr 2016 #4

    UncleDaddySwiss said: View Post
    Didn't work, the button never changed. I've seen an article about the same thing, but was for Mac (OSX) I think. Don't think it works in Windows.
    Ok, perhaps I jumed the gun.

    Is the issue only with Dropbox or are there other folders that report permission errors?

    If it's only your Dropbox folder(s) try the Dropbox troubleshooter:
    Dropbox - Submit a help request

    If it's other folders, p[lease post the advanced screen on the folder's security property page.

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  5.    21 Apr 2016 #5

    I should have posted sooner, i apologize. It seems it was just a certain file within Dropbox. I went into properties and took ownership and assigned permissions and it worked after that. Thank you for the replies.
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  6.    23 Apr 2016 #6

    Spoke too soon- this still happens with any new file I want to save directly to Dropbox. I can save somewhere else, drag it into Dropbox, and then go in and change ownership/permissions and it works, but I can't save a new file directly into Dropbox from the program used to create it. The funny thing is, the root Dropbox folder is "owned" by the user account I'm using (mine), and the permissions are "Full Control." Makes no sense to me.
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  7.    23 Apr 2016 #7

    Ok, seems one of the folders WITHIN Dropbox (the one I was trying to save to) was owned by Administrator. I don't know how or why that happened. Aaaaagggh! Frustrating. Thank you for listening to my rant. LOL.
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