📅 2009-Dec-26 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ robocopy, windows ⬩ 📚 Archive
My Robocopy backup script has a few lines of:
robocopy D:\Source_Dir K:\Backup_Dir /MIR /B
This worked fine on Windows XP, but stopped working once I moved to Windows 7. Robocopy would give the following error:
ERROR : You do not have the Backup and Restore Files user rights. ***** You need these to perform Backup copies (/B or /ZB).
Surprisingly, I would get this error even if I was logged onto an Administrator account!
The reason turned out to be that running in
/B (Backup mode) requires permissions to open files without any security restrictions. With the UAC in Windows 7, even a normal invocation of
cmd.exe by an Administrator account does not have these rights!
To run Robocopy in
/B (Backup mode) one needs to start
cmd explicitly with Administrator rights! To do this type
cmd at the Start menu, right-click on
cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator. This works fine even from a non-Administrator account (assuming you know some Administrator credentials.)