I still use my old Sony Walkman (NW-E405) that I bring to the gym. I don’t want to explode my brand new stuff with some dumbells or whatever.

So, here is the beast:

I almost never used Sony’s software like Sonic Stage or Sony CONNECT, they were way to complicated in my opinion and used a bunch of memory years ago. Instead I’m using MP3 File Manager (v2), easier but doesn’t convert track to ATRAC format.

Everything worked great out of the box until I did the upgrade to Windows 10. Since that no way to drag & drop tracks with MP3 File Manager. In fact a barred circle show up when I want to transfer them (see below picture).

At first, I tried to switch compatibility mods but no way to resolve the issue. Then I found some posts dealing with drag & drop issues with W10.

The problem seems to be related to Windows 10 UAC (User Account Controls) settings. It’s not perfect and can cause security issues but if you disable entirely this feature it should do the job.

Here is how:

1) Open “regedit” (Start -> Run -> regedit)
2) Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
3) Change “EnableLUA” value data from “1” to “0”

You must restart your computer before the new setting will take effect.

If you find a better method, at least more secure please contact me or drop me a line in the comments below.

I hope this article helped you to fix the issue. See you next time!

This work around may work with earlier Walkman versions too. Please try it and let me know in the comment section below =)