Non-Administrator Cannot Gain Access to Removable Media

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When a non-administrative user attempts to gain access to removable media, the user may receive an "Access denied" error message. This behavior occurs after an administrator applies the "Allowed to eject removable NTFS media" policy on the computer to allow "Administrators and Power Users" members or "Administrators and Interactive Users" members to eject and format removable media.
This problem occurs for the following reasons:
  • Permission was granted to "Administrators and Power Users" members to eject and format removable media. No permission was granted for "ordinary" users.
  • Permission was granted to "Administrators and Interactive Users" members and was later removed after successfully logging on. This causes the current permission to be retained on the device until the next reboot.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time    Version        Size     File name   --------------------------------------------------------   07/13/2000  02:47p  5.0.2195.2103  177,936  Winlogon.exe				

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

Article ID: 268236 - Last Review: 10/20/2013 23:21:16 - Revision: 3.3

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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