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Windows 7: Cannot save files directly to root C:\ drive anymore


16 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Cannot save files directly to root C:\ drive anymore

I'm configured as Administrator and, up until a few days ago, I was able to save files directly to the root C:\ drive. I now get the error: ''The required privilege is not held by the client". I can still create/rename/delete folders on the drive, though, without that error message. This is only occurring on my C:\ drive; I can save files on all the drives OK.

I'm running Win 7 Pro 64-bit with NIS 2012.

Any ideas?

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16 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Stop saving files to the root of the C: drive, there I said.
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16 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

The point is that I was able to save files and now I can't. What changed? Was it a Windows update or could it be NIS 2012? Or do I have a hidden rootkit/malware (Malwarebytes, IoBit and NIS all say I'm clean)?

I can save files directly to the root drive on my wife's Win 7 32-bit Home Premium PC also running NIS 2012, so it appears as having something to do with my admin security on the 64-bit PC.
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16 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
I have to run apps in 'Admin' mode to be able to save to C:\ root driv

This is in addition to my previous thread where, logged on as an Administrator and running Win 7 Pro 64-bit, suddenly I couldn't save files directly to my root C:\ drive:

If I run the program (ie, Notepad) as Administrator, I can 'Save As..' directly to the root drive. If I run the program normally, I can't.

This all started a couple of weeks ago when I downloaded the Witcher 2 from Steam and tried to run the program from the Steam library. Clicking on the run icon, nothing would happen. Searching the Steam forums, I found that other users were having the same problem and the resolution was to run Steam, the Witcher 2 launcher, and the Witcher 2 .exe all as Administrator. That worked fine.

Then, a few days later, other Steam games I had been playing OK started acting the same way, so I configured them for Admin also.

Now it seems that my logon ID, even tho I log on as Administrator, doesn't act as an Admin.

Any ideas what is going on?
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20 Sep 2011   #5
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

The reason why you cant save to root (C:\ in your case) is due to the fact that Windows 7 dosent allow non-admins to save to root...

Even when you login with your admin account UAC strips down admin privileges from you.
You can change it if you want (personally don't recommend it) User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

If you right click your drive and go to Security tab, you can see that Users don;t have Write privileges. (you can click EDIT/ADVANCED and change it there. Not recommended aswell )


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21 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Cannot save files directly to root C:\ drive anymore

Attached is a shot of the Administrator Security and UAC control panel settings for my C:\ drive. Even though my ID as a user and as an Administrator have full control, I still cannot save to the root. Up until 2 weeks ago, I could. I'm wondering what has changed. I can save to the root if I run the program I want (ie. Notepad) as Administrator but I didn't used to have to do that. Has some Win 7 update changed the Admin access or something?


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28 Sep 2011   #7
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rzn6jw View Post
This all started a couple of weeks ago when I downloaded the Witcher 2 from Steam and tried to run the program from the Steam library.
Then, a few days later, other Steam games I had been playing OK started acting the same way, so I configured them for Admin also.


Any ideas what is going on?
I think see a pattern here my friend. Steam is one of a large handful of sites/programs which cause problems with Windows 7. Try uninstalling it and see if the problem goes away.
Regardless if you could save files to the system root two weeks ago, it's not recommended. Steam may be the cause.
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