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Windows 7: green file

01 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
green file

According to the user accounts, I AM an administrator. I, somehow, ended up with certain files that appear green in the Explorer and are unable to be copied to another directory, claiming to require an administrator. They are NOT read-only, but have an 'e' under attributes. What does that mean? These are definitely NOT system files. How can I change these back to ordinary files?

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01 Oct 2011   #2

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
EPA

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02 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Understood....but it doesn't work because Windows says, "You need to provide administrator permission to change these attributes." I really don't understand this since I AM an administrator.
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02 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Try enabling the built-in administrator account then see if you can work with these files. You can then disable the account when you've finished with it.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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02 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks...I tried using the Administrator account and got the same result. But as an aside, why would I expect anything different, since my account type is already "administrator"?
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02 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkoss View Post
Thanks...I tried using the Administrator account and got the same result. But as an aside, why would I expect anything different, since my account type is already "administrator"?
The built-in Administrator account runs all applications with full administrative privileges using a blank password and is therefore a security risk and should not be enabled for day-to-day use.

Because you are the only user on your computer you are classed as an administrator with a standard account. However, providing UAC is activated, this account will require you to run a program with elevated privileges when prompted.

Try this tutorial: Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
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02 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Sorry, you got me confused. Am I in the administrator group or not? And all of this still doesn't help me decrypt these files....I try right-clicking on Windows Explorer to "run as administrator" and then try to decrypt in the file properties and get the same message, so I'm totally confused. It doesn't seem to matter whether I am administrator or not
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02 Oct 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Check out the tutorial seavixen posted. You shouldn't decrypt or decompress those files, they, for the most part, are core operating system files.
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02 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkoss View Post
Sorry, you got me confused. Am I in the administrator group or not? And all of this still doesn't help me decrypt these files....I try right-clicking on Windows Explorer to "run as administrator" and then try to decrypt in the file properties and get the same message, so I'm totally confused. It doesn't seem to matter whether I am administrator or not
As I explained, because you are the only user, Windows creates a standard account with administrator privileges that allow you to comply with User Account Control prompts.

You can liken it to a locked car - providing you have a key you can get in.

The built-in administrator account overrides UAC and gives you licence to do whatever you want.

In this case, the car is unlocked and anyone can get in.

Please read the tutorial on permissions then use it to see if it solves your problem.
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02 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Guys...changing user accounts will not help. The green file is encrypted either by a different user or a user that does not exist on the computer any longer. Thus the file cannot be decrypted. It is lost.
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