Posts Tagged ‘registry’

How to copy locked files in a Windows profile folder (ntuser.dat etc.)

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Not really a programming issue, but if you need to copy files from a Windows profile folder to another location (eg. you want to copy a profile to a different one, make it roaming/local etc) then you may find that Windows has locked the file and won’t let you do it. ¬†If you want to get around this, reboot the PC (logging off probably won’t work) and make sure that you log straight in as a different user who has sufficient rights to access the profile folders for both of the other 2 (eg. the local machine Administrator account). ¬†Windows should let you do the copying then.