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Windows 7: No admin rights and C:\ is read-only


05 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
No admin rights and C:\ is read-only

Hey there all, i've been running Windows 7 since the first beta and have been having no trouble at all. However, a little while ago, i noticed that my entire C: drive has been set to read-only. I was attempting to install Apache on it, and it worked great. However, when I went to go change the config file, it said i didn't have permission to save it. So I checked and it seems that every file and folder was set to read-only.

I tried unchecking the read-only box and applying settings to all subfolders, etc., but it said I needed admin rights. I activated the Administrator account and tried it on there, and it said I needed admin privileges again. I tried it through command prompt and no luck there either. I tried running a virus scan, rootkit scan and nothing there.

I eventually just reinstalled the OS with build-7068 (I was previously running 7057). Still, no luck. Everything is read-only still and I'm not able to edit any files on the C: drive at all, and it still shows up that I need admin rights. However, i can save files and install programs.

Does anyone know whats wrong, or if there is a possible fix? Thank you in advance, by the way.

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05 Apr 2009   #2

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi, neobazz, have you got UAC turned on ,or off.
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05 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Its currently set at its default setting: "Default - Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer".
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05 Apr 2009   #4

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi, just try this for me.Turn it off, just for a while, and try to see if you can do whatever you were trying to do, you might have to reboot after you turn it off.
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05 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I turned off UAC and rebooted. I still can't uncheck "Read-only" from any folder on the C: drive. It continues to say I need admin privileges. Any idea whats causing this?
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05 Apr 2009   #6

Win 7
 
 

That is standard behavior for C: the user can only write to a directory he has permission for. Right click apache and choose "run as administrator" then it will be able to write the config.
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05 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

@YupYup: Shouldn't I have permission to write to any directory? I am running as the main Administrator after a clean install.

@jfar: I installed DriverMax to install a driver for my display to be able to view in a higher resolution than 640x480. I did a system restore though to right after the clean install - undoing any driver installations.
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05 Apr 2009   #8

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

When it is solved turn back on UAC.I was to late to tell you to use "run as administrator.
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05 Apr 2009   #9

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Has windows not installed a video driver for you,if not check to see if you have any new installations waitng to be installed in Windows Update.
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05 Apr 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

I still can't seem to find the issue. I tried all UAC settings. I checked user privileges and everything seems to be unchecked. It seems no account has privileges to do anything.

@jfar: It has one installed for a standard VGA device. However, it restricts my resolution to 640x480. I installed an updated one from intel which works.
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