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I have an administrator account on a Windows 7 x64 machine. It is not THE administrator account, the account is simply a member of the administrators group.

The install is default. When the user opens a command prompt it ends up in the users' %HOMEPATH% directory where you'll find various directories like the Documents folder. If the user uses the following (windows) FIND command, an "Access Denied" error occurs:

FIND /I "My String" C:\Users\Rann\Documents
Access denied - C:\USERS\RANN\DOCUMENTS

Using runas or right-clicking on the command prompt to run it as an administrator does not change this behaviour; an administrator-level cmd.exe still gives me the same error. Changing the path to any other directory gives the same error.

My question is thus: How is one supposed to use the FIND (and possibly other) commands? What rights are needed?

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You are trying to execute find on a directory. It only works on files. Try this:

FIND /I "My String" C:\Users\Rann\Documents\*
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You're right! I can't believe it ;-). Thanks. –  rann May 29 '10 at 9:54

This is not right. FIND used to search all subdirectories, but no longer 'can' because of Win 7's security. You have to mount the filesystem OFFLINE to properly use FIND.

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That is true, it seems that Find no longer recurses down anymore. But hey, no worries, we can use a little scripting help here. Here is one that I tried and it works:

for /R %G in (*) do (find "Patna" %G)

Now I am looking for string "Patna" in all the subfolders from where I start and it works. Hopefully this is helpful! Feel free to modify it or comment on it. Thanks and regards, --SS

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A little awkward to locate the actual matches amongst all the junk that the 'find' command outputs, but this does the trick for the odd search! –  John Rix Mar 18 at 11:49

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