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Windows 7: Need administrator permisson for most folders most of the time

11 Mar 2013   #1
macnab

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 
Need administrator permisson for most folders most of the time

I am an administrator.
UAC is default setting.
Using MSSE.

I can't drag and drop without being asked for administrator permission.
Some apps. such as Bulk Rename Utility fail in certain folders, work in others. Can't work out what setting affects this. (It's not Sharing.) For example, if a I have a bunch of files to rename, sometimes I have to move them to another folder, rename them, and then mpove them back again.
If I create a new folder I have to "visit" it in Explorer before I can do anything with it.

It drives me bananas.

EDIT: It seems the following is true for "problem" folders - In Properties - Security the permissions are greyed out, so I cannot change them. The parent folder is not. (I see now that greyed out just means inherited.")


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11 Mar 2013   #2
ruste84

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello macnab. Have you lowered the UAC on the machine before making any folder changes? Also, does your admin account have permissions to the folders in question?
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11 Mar 2013   #3
macnab

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

My UAC has always been at default level. Everything was fine until the day I re-installed Windows. From then on it wanted administrator permission to work with folders. When it asks for permission I just click OK and it goes ahead and does it, it knows that I am an administrator.

If I right-click on a folder Delete, Rename and New Folder show that you have to be an administrator to do this. When it asks for permission I just click OK, no sweat. But it means that a sisgnificant proportion of my software must be set to "Run as administrator", or they fail. And even delete all the files in the folder!!

Lowering the level one step just doesn't put the desktop in security mode, it will still want permission.
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11 Mar 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Macnab,

Is this happening in system folders by chance?

If so, then this is normal. System folders are protected, so you cannot copy to, move to, or delete anything in system folders without being prompted by UAC to approve first (ex: click on Continue or Yes).

By default, you can only do what you like in your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folders and "C:\Public" folders without being prompted by UAC.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Mar 2013   #5
macnab

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Unfortunately these are data folders on different HDDs. More than one.

Seeing as one of the ideas of the UAC is to prevent making changes that affect other users (even though there aren't any) such as renaming somebody else's files, maybe I should make the problem apps (such as Bulk Rename Utility) run as administrator.
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11 Mar 2013   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might see if using the "Take Ownership" context menu added from the tutorial below may help with access of these problem folders.
Take Ownership Shortcut
Using "Run as administrator" on the Bulk Rename program should give it the elevated rights it needs for access.
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11 Mar 2013   #7
macnab

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Had a look at the tutorials. Will it make a difference changing ownership from Administrators to my logon, seeing as I am an administrator?
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11 Mar 2013   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since you are an administrator, not really other than only you instead of all administrators.
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11 Mar 2013   #9
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Had a friends computer do this. Tried pretty much everything in the book to fix it. Nope. He had AOL desktop installed that I pretty much concluded was the culprit. Could do anything while inside it. But once that program closed, back to using run as administrator. Not 100% AOL was the culprit but spent to many days hunting for the fix so ended up doing a clean install. Back to normal. He now logs onto AOL through his browser. Better to reinstall than spend to much time hoping for a fix.
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11 Mar 2013   #10
macnab

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

@Bearcatrp: My problems started when I did a clean install. Of course, the 3 data HDDs were still there, could hardly re-install them.

Will give Run as administrator a go to apps as they gives problems.
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