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Windows 7: How to take absolute ownership of a folder

19 Dec 2015   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Anytime you disable system access to something it needs access to, it may not end well.

As for GWX, you could use OPTION THREE below to disable it.

Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums


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20 Dec 2015   #12
Cortex7

Win 7 Pro
 
 

I've spent a few hours searching for anything which could explain this topic. There's thousands of pages which explains how to take ownership under some file or folder but absolutely nothing which would say how to disable system to access that file. I understand, that technique could be misused from malware writers to destroy your system but I also couldn't find an explicite statement that it is impossible.
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20 Dec 2015   #13
Cortex7

Win 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Anytime you disable system access to something it needs access to, it may not end well.

As for GWX, you could use OPTION THREE below to disable it.
upss.. you post this anwer while I wrote a new message.

Yes, I understand that it may produce many bad things. Just want to understand how system works in this case. As I told previously I don't have problems to disable GWX but I'm more interested in disabling access to some file or folder which are under OS control. I've chosen GWX just because it is not so important for proper work of Windows.


What's the highest privileged account used by Windows for system's jobs?
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20 Dec 2015   #14
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Cortex, if by "locking a folder" you mean denying all trustees access to it, then locking a folder is easy. Simply remove all the access rules in the Security tab of the folder's properties, and you'll have a folder no one can access.

Denying the system from making changes to the GWX folder might actually be an effective way of getting the GWX app off your tray and at bay.

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What's the highest privileged account used by Windows for system's jobs?
That would be an account called SYSTEM but I wouldn't say it has a higher privilege level than the builtin Administrator account.
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20 Dec 2015   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Cortex,

Here's some more information about changing the owner and permissions of an item to help.

Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

I would still recommend OPTION THREE below to disable GWX instead though.

Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums
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20 Dec 2015   #16
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Okay, I just tried it. I denied everyone permission to the GWX folder, and of course it did nothing. Each item in the GWX folder has it's own explicit permissions, and changing the permission settings of the GWX folder will not affect the permissions of the GWX app or neighbouring files (well played Microsoft, well played). After denying all to the GWX.exe itself, a reboot later, zero traces of the Get Windows 10 app was to be found.

Success.

Cortex, if there is anything specific you want to know or want achieved in Windows, just ask us and we'll do the digging and the testing for you. There's no point in you risking your PC when we have the answers and skill to figure things out efficiently.
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21 Dec 2015   #17
Cortex7

Win 7 Pro
 
 

it isn't so risky when we have possibility to work with VM.

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After denying all to the GWX.exe itself, a reboot later, zero traces of the Get Windows 10 app was to be found.
you want to say if we lock GWX.exe after rebooting it won't be there anymore?
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22 Dec 2015   #18
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cortex7 View Post
it isn't so risky when we have possibility to work with VM.
By all means, if it's worth your while, use a VM at all times.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cortex7 View Post
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After denying all to the GWX.exe itself, a reboot later, zero traces of the Get Windows 10 app was to be found.
you want to say if we lock GWX.exe after rebooting it won't be there anymore?
The GWX.exe application will still be there, it just won't be running when Windows starts as no users will have permission to run it.
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