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Vista: Everything but the tables is gone

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    Vista: Everything but the tables is gone

    I got a new computer with Vista on it. On my old XP machine, all my databases were on a second hard drive. I backed them up to an external hard drive and restored them, again to a second hard drive, in the new machine.

    After deleting the .muf file, I can get at the tables - default browse only. All browses, forms, reports, operations are gone. I can't create new operations; if I attempt to change the field rules or table structure I get "ERROR: Access is denied. {path to database} occurred while trying to start the application". If I edit the default browse, pushing the "save" button does absolutely nothing.

    Every table within the database has .cdx, .dbf, .ddd, .ddm and .ddx files. (And .fpt files, where memo fields exist.)

    There's only one user account on the machine. It came that way, and it's an administrator account.

    I was thinking Vista wasn't so bad, but I'm starting to revise my opinion. Help, please!


    Re: Vista: Everything but the tables is gone

    1 Probably not the problem, but did you check the properties of all the files? If they have become read only, it might cause some of this.

    2 is the drive letter on your new machine the same as the old machine.

    Dave Mason
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    Skype is dave.mason46


      Re: Vista: Everything but the tables is gone

      I have been using Vista Home Premium and haven't had any problems. I just copied my folder from my old XP computer that wasn't working properly anymore and downloaded it to my new computer. All worked without a hitch.
      "Ollie, remember how dumb I used to be? Well, I'm much better now."



        Re: Vista: Everything but the tables is gone


        2 - yes, all locations are the same on both machines.

        1 - you may have something here. When I look at properties on these files, there is an account I don't recognize and read/write permissions are different for the user account. I'm going to play with them, then test the results on some totally unrelated files on my system, and see what else I can mess up. I'll post what happens in a day or two.

        fingers crossed, because I really need these files


          Re: Vista: Everything but the tables is gone

          I have been running V7-V8-V9 in vista for many months and the only thing I could figure was the permissions or (heaven forbid) the copy picked up some paths and not the actual files.

          Right click on the folder icon in explorer and choose properties, click the read onlt box to turn off.

          Dave Mason
          [email protected]
          Skype is dave.mason46


            Re: Vista: Everything but the tables is gone


            I recently changed to Vista ultimate and had no problems in opening databases created on an xp machine.

            Where I did have problems was the addin locations and permissions.

            I'm sure others such as Cal will come in and explain about addins but as I understand it Vista stores user details in a different location

            As to permissions Vista likes to restrict certain things to Administrators so now as a matter of course I install by right clicking and selecting run as administrator. Also some software likes to see the UAC disabled





              Re: Vista: Everything but the tables is gone

              On my system, there's System, Administrator, and User accounts PLUS another starting with S-1-5-21-1078081533- and a bunch more numbers. Googling reveals that to be the remnants of a deleted account. Why there's a deleted account on a brand-new computer is something I need to ask the place I bought it.

              Anyway, this account somehow acquired ownership of many of the files I restored from my backup.

              Additionally, when I look at the permissions on the various .ddd, .ddm etc files, System, Administrators, and S-1-5-etc are allowed to do everything; Users can read and execute, or read only.

              Changing permissions so that Users can do everything seems to restore my access. There are 6 tables in the database I tried this in; I changed the files for one table and browses, etc for that table came back. I'm also taking ownership of the files. So far, so good.

              Thanks, everyone, for the help. Dave, you da man !!