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Easily Troubleshoot File Permission Errors

Most people who develop for NT/2000/XP at some point run into a file permissions problem. You can usually solve them by editing the NTFS permissions on the file in question and normally it's pretty easy to figure out which file that is... but what do you do when it's not so easy?

Enter File Monitor. File Monitor is a free utility available from Sysinternals that displays file system activity in real time. It will tell you what files are being accessed and if they were accessed successfully or not.

This really becomes useful when you're getting a permission denied error and you just can't seem to find the culprit. Simply fire up File Monitor, do whatever is causing the error, and then search the log for the errors to get more information.

At first, you'll probably be overwhelmed by the large amount of information File Monitor captures. Luckily, it includes a decent filtering and highlighting system. Once you get used to it, you should be able to find the problem file pretty quickly (especially if you have it highlight the "ACCESS DENIED" errors), and with this type of problem, finding the file in question is usually much harder then fixing it.

Note: These guys have tons of other great Windows system utilities too. Be sure to take a look at their other offerings. You're bound to find something that you'll find useful. Oh and you won't find big bloated programs with huge install files and thousands of hidden settings. File Monitor is 6 files, under 200k, and is unzip and run simple. No install routine and no reboot required!

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