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Windows 7: Moving file from desktop to C drive

19 Apr 2014   #1
Fenn

Windows 7
 
 
Moving file from desktop to C drive

Hi..
I am signed in as the administrator on my windows 7 account. When I try to move a Norton 360 installer file from the desktop to the C: drive/program files/Norton 360 I get an error stating that I need to signed in as the administrator on the account (?).
Anyone have any idea ?

Thanks,
Mark


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20 Apr 2014   #2
stve

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Your Desktop is already on your C: drive if you open Windows explorer & right click on your Desktop & choose properties you will see it's location is C:\Users\username\Desktop.
Run the installer from the desktop , if needed right click the installer & choose run as administrator from the options menu.
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20 Apr 2014   #3
Fenn

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the help Steve, but that is not answering my question.
I have a file on my desktop that I want to move to my Norton 360 folder. When I attempt to move the file, I get an error stating that I need to be the administrator on the account to move that file. I am a;ready assigned as the administrator on the operating system.
Anyone have any idea ?
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20 Apr 2014   #4
Total

Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

can you re-name the norton file then re-try and move the file ?

Or install the "take ownership" addon

Take Ownership Shortcut
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20 Apr 2014   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fenn View Post
...I have a file on my desktop that I want to move to my Norton 360 folder....

Why? What possible reason would you have to do this?

I am suspecting that its a way to crack the software. I see no logical reason for this.


@total

You might want to be careful suggesting that option. If Fenn does this, it would allow malware to do whatever it wants to the antivirus (Norton), making it able to get rid of it entirely due to the fact the user would then have full control over Nortons critical files. Permissions are made for a reason. When you take ownership, the owner is changed to the user account of the person. Instead of system, trusted installer, etc.
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20 Apr 2014   #6
Total

Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fenn View Post
...I have a file on my desktop that I want to move to my Norton 360 folder....

Why? What possible reason would you have to do this?

I am suspecting that its a way to crack the software. I see no logical reason for this.


@total

You might want to be careful suggesting that option. If Fenn does this, it would allow malware to do whatever it wants to the antivirus (Norton), making it able to get rid of it entirely due to the fact the user would then have full control over Nortons critical files. Permissions are made for a reason. When you take ownership, the owner is changed to the user account of the person. Instead of system, trusted installer, etc.

Well - I have downloaded from Norton their install file - It wants to save to the desktop . And it always nice to have if you have to re-install . Thought maybe they were doing the same - but I do not have a crystal ball to see he is using CRACKED software .
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20 Apr 2014   #7
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote:
I am a;ready assigned as the administrator on the operating system.
Actually, NO, you're not. The default Administrator account is HIDDEN and disabled by default. Unless you went to the trouble to unhide it and enable it, your just a "member" of the administrators group with some rights.

Anytime you try to do anything with the Program Files directory, you are going to be prompted to provide the correct password. This is how UAC works.
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20 Apr 2014   #8
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Total View Post
Well - I have downloaded from Norton their install file - It wants to save to the desktop . And it always nice to have if you have to re-install .
I keep a "back catalogue" of installers.

New program versions often have:
  • "Improved" GUIs (e.g. Metro, Ribbon or some other "artsy-fartsy" rubbish)
  • Weird glitches or broken functions (VLC is a serial offender)
I also keep copies installers/updates because I need to install them on multiple operating systems (real & virtual).
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20 Apr 2014   #9
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I do that as well, but I do not store them in the program files folders. I store them in other places, like my downloads folder or a external media. I am not accusing, just stating it seems odd to me.

And there are ways to crack software by adding dll files and other cracks in the program files folder to mess with a program.

@Fenn,

Do you have UAC on? Is it prompting you when you go to move the file to the program files directory? It should.
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20 Apr 2014   #10
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
I do that as well, but I do not store them in the program files folders. I store them in other places, like my downloads folder or a external media. I am not accusing, just stating it seems odd to me.
Agreed.

I definitely recommend that people don't store installers in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) directories.

I use a separate partition for my downloads (and keep backups on an external HDD).
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