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Windows 7: Can I lift permissions and write to Program Files via Homegroup?

31 Oct 2011   #1
David4321

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Can I lift permissions and write to Program Files via Homegroup?

I have my 2 PC's networked in a Homegroup. 1 is running Win 7 Home Premium 64, the other Win 7 Ultimate 32. I want to write to the Program Files folder on the 32 bit system from the Program Files (x86) folder on the 64 bit system. All other read/write operations between these 2 systems are succeeding. I have set up full permissions on both Program Files folders exactly as with other folders: Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Share this folder > Permissions > Full Control for "Everyone". I suspect UAC may be intervening. Is there any way to defeat this? My final objective is to automate synchronization between a few selected areas in these Program Files using my backup utility, SyncBackSE. It kept failing based on access denied, so I tried to drag & drop manually via windows explorer, and this is also not allowed. Please don't focus on questions about SyncBackSE - I am seeking help getting permission to move & change files via explorer. Thanks for any suggestions.


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31 Oct 2011   #2
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

SyncBackSE is a very useful tool. I use it myself.

Have you tried specifying the username and password within SyncBackSE so that it uses an Administrator account on that machine? Do you 'run as Adminstrator'?

Dave
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31 Oct 2011   #3
David4321

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I am working within accounts which are both administrator accounts on their respective systems. As I said above, please do not try to troubleshoot SyncBackSE now. I consider the first step to get it so I can make the changes using windows explorer. If I cannot do that, I have little faith that anything SyncBack can do will get through. fyi: I have other profiles in SynchBack which routinely succeed in synchronizing or mirroring between these two systems, there is no problem with that. The only difference I can detect between the other profiles and the new one is that the folders concerned are Program Files folders. I am aware that when moving files into a Program Files location in Windows 7 using Windows Explorer, within the SAME system, sometimes (always?) there is a UAC (User Account Control)prompt for a specific permission. In this case, it is not allowed no matter what I do to write to Program Files in the 32 bit OS from the 64 bit OS over the network using explorer. Thanks for any help.
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31 Oct 2011   #4
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I believe UAC should only effect users that are logged in, so if you are on a different machine trying to copy files then you should be fine. If you do think that it is this though then just disable UAC on both machines.

If you right click the file>properties and then go on the security tab, do you have Full Access enabled on here for everyone as well?


Dave
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31 Oct 2011   #5
David4321

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks again Dave. No, I don't really know that the issue is UAC - this was just a guess. Within the same windows explorer window session, I have no trouble moving or changing files in other areas, such as anywhere in the user profile folder. It is only when I navigate to the Program Files folder that I am prevented from making any changes. This should not be specific to any individual file properties - it is general to the entire Program Files area. (ie: I cannot create a new folder inside that area either). The folder permissions on the destination machine are identical for the Program Files folder as for the folders which are accessible. That leads to my assumption that the issue is something to do with higher default security for this area, possibly administered by UAC, or some hidden settings. I could disable UAC on both machines for testing purposes (I'll post the results), but this cannot be a long term solution. Thanks PS: I just disabled UAC on both systems, and it still will not allow folder creation or file changes. Access is denied only in Program Files, Access is granted in User Profile.
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01 Nov 2011   #6
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello again,

right click the file>properties and then go on the security tab and click advanced. Do you have the 'include inheritable permissions from the objects parent' ticked? If not, tick it in the program files directory.


Dave
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