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    Problem with mp3 files

    When I download mp3 files they normally play without any problem using Winamp. However, since yesterday, on my Win 7 Pro x64 system. they won't play unless I open the security tab and add Users, giving Users full control. Does anyone have any idea as to why this is happening now?
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    Try right clicking on the file, select Properties and see if there is an "unblock" button. If so click it.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, thanks but there is no unblock button. I should have added to my original post that the downloaded files play in Winamp but when I edit them with a program called mp3DirectCut, to delete silences at the beginning or end of the file, it's the edited versions that cause problems, and this never happened until yesterday.

    Do you have any other ideas?
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    Now you tell us!

    Your editing program is changing the permissions when it edits the files? Maybe it saves a temp file to a directory with limited permissions, then moves the file to the final location, bringing the permissions with it.
    What are the permissions on an edited file and who is the owner?

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, firstly I apologise for not including full details in my original post.

    I searched but couldn't find any relevant temp files.

    The permissions on an edited file refer to S-1-5-21...and no other user, and the owner is Administrator.

    Please advise further.

    Thanks and regards, Roy
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    I used the Take Ownership app on the edited files and they then played normally, but I would still like to discover the cause of the problem.
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    The unanswered questions are...

    1. What has changed on your system since 6/17?

    2. Have you checked the Windows Event Logs for errors related to Winamp?

    3. Have you tried uninstalling and re-installing mp3DirectCut, making the same changes to the MP3, and playing the modified MP3 with Winamp?

    4. Have you tried uninstalling and re-installing Wimamp?

    5. Have you tried another MP3 player to see if it has the same issue with the modified MP3?

    Those may help narrow down the root cause.

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    mp3DirectCut is running as Administrator, not as you. Assuming you run it from a shortcut you need to check the shortcut properties to ensure it runs as a standard user. Also check to see if it is running as a service - Start > Run > services.msc

    cheers, Paul

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    jwoods, taking your questions in order the answers are:

    1. Nothing.
    2.Yes, and there weren't any.
    3, 4 & 5. Yes, and it made no difference.

    Paul, the shortcut properties show that it is running as Users (Roy-PC\Users), and it is not running as a service.

    Any other ideas?
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    Something must be running as administrator to be the owner of those files.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, I checked the properties of every Winamp and mp3DirectCut .exe file, and none of them are set to run as Administrator.

    I restored a Macrium Reflect image dated prior to the problem starting, but that made no difference.

    I am completely baffled.

    Any other ideas?
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    Does your AV modify the files post edit?

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, not to my knowledge. However, I added an exclusion to the Avast Internet Security File Shield and Firewall for Winamp and mp3DirectCut, just in case, and then used the Take Ownership app on their program folders. The problem remained, so I checked the security tab for both folders and added Users and Administrators, granting full control to both, and that fixed the problem.

    I am still baffled as to how the problem arose in the first place.

    Cheers, Roy
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    That's odd alright!

    cheers, Paul

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