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12 January, 2010

Errors saving files in Windows 7 – “You don’t have permission to modify files in this network location.”

So ever since I’ve been using Windows 7, every so often I get this annoying error message when saving files, most often when using “Save link as…” from within Firefox (but not only). I would get this error, and the file would in fact be created taking up 0 bytes. However when trying to re-save over it directly after, it would work correctly… so wasn’t too serious an issue.

The full error message is:

You don’t have permission to modify files in this network location.
Contact the administrator per permission to make these changes.

(I thought the “per permission” looked a bit funny…)

Anyway, after looking at this thread, it seems it this issue is NOD32-related. The solution I tried was disabling the “Scan on File Creation” option within NOD32, found under SetupAntivirus and antispywareReal-time system protection.

You could argue it’s less secure, but it seems to have worked and it’s a price I’m willing to pay.

Hope this helps anyone having a similar problem.

5 January, 2010

Windows 7 Backup – Update

So after my last post I had pretty much given on the Windows 7 backup. But then for some reason I got the suspicion that the hard drive I was using might be faulty. So anyway, I did a full scan disk and it did in fact find some bad sectors on the disk.

So I switched to another external disk and tried the whole thing all over again.. and it worked! Well, almost. For some reason it still kept complaining about a non-existant directory, C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Web Development

Anyway this site gave me an obvious but useful solution: just create the empty folder it’s looking for! So I did and now it works properly without complaining. It’s still not my only backup, but it’s good to know I at least have it in case I need it.

29 December, 2009

Windows 7 Backup – bloody useless

As someone whos studies and work are totally computer-based, backup is an important issue to me. Until now I’ve relied on simple directory synchronisation – I can specify exactly what I want and know what exacltly is going on. I still use Directory Sync Pro, which is just great for most purposes.

However since starting to use Windows 7, I’ve been wanting to give the inbuilt Backup & Restore feature as a second backup. So I found a nice empty hard-drive for dedicating to this purpose, and went ahead.

First I just chose all the default options, which essentially backs up all your user profile stuff, and makes a “system image” (which it’s a bit vague about, but anyway). First it says it’s copying the files, which takes absolutely ages (hours and hours). The computer is usable during that time but sometimes it really slows down. Also there’s no pause button. There’s stop, but I have yet to see it actually work :/.

Anyway, then it finally gets to the system image, which takes even longer… long story short, for some reason mine would never complete. It would always get stuck at 83%, even after a whole night of working. At this point the computer is unusable – I pretty much had to do a hard-reboot. Tried again and it did exact the same thing, practically freezing at 83% then another hard reboot.

So I cleared everything, and decided to try again choosing “custom” this time. I selected my libraries and 2 folders in C:\, with no system image since that’s what seemed to be the problem before. This time it works for about an hour, getting to 25%, then suddenly finishes saying the backup was incomplete because it skipped some files. When I look at the log to find out what it skipped, it’s some non-existent file: C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Web Development

Last chance I thought.. I changed the backup settings and removed some insignificant stuff like the contacts folder – then start the backup again, it takes 6 whole hours to get to 100%… but then complains about the same file!

At this point I lost hope. There’s definitely something in the backup, but it never “completes”, always complaining about that file. So honestly I don’t know how much I can trust it…

My conclusion: you’re probably better off with something else. Anyway if anyone has had similar (or different) luck with it I’d love to know…

27 September, 2009

Windows 7 on my Sony Vaio

So I went ahead and installed Windows 7, and I just love it. Truth be told, I liked Vista – and 7 is just the next solid step.
I have a Sony Vaio “VGN-CR21S/W” and needed to install a few drivers manually which I downloaded from the Vaio Support site (http://genesis.sony-europe.com/instranet/ccil_sony/selfservice/index.jsp?l=en_IE&m=VGN-CR21S_W)

That was all nice enough.. I steered clear of all that Vaio Media crap, it’s all bloatware as far as I’m concerned.

But one thing I did have a little trouble with was getting the keyboard volume and brightness controls to work. After a little searching and experimenting, it seems you need to install the following to get things working in that department:

  1. VAIO Event Service
  2. VAIO Power Management
  3. Sony Shared Library

It would seem safe to install each in that order, and restarting between each one. I suspect it’s not essential, but best be safe and avoid confusion.

Thanks to this post: http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-support/3860-sony-vaio-fn-keys.html

PS: Haven’t tested bluetooth properly yet, will put any updates here.