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Windows 7: How to gain permission to do anything like with XP

30 Jan 2015   #1
moundtown

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
How to gain permission to do anything like with XP

I loved XP but I finally had to bite the bullet and move on to Windows 7. So far it's been nothing but a nuisance. Everything I try to do, like move or delete a file, brings up a "you don't have permission" message. Once I figure out how to get past one another one pops up for something else. My question is, how can I make 7 let me do whatever I want without being asked about permission like I could in XP? I am the only person with access to this computer.


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30 Jan 2015   #2
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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I loved XP but I finally had to bite the bullet and move on to Windows 7. So far it's been nothing but a nuisance. Everything I try to do, like move or delete a file, brings up a "you don't have permission" message. Once I figure out how to get past one another one pops up for something else. My question is, how can I make 7 let me do whatever I want without being asked about permission like I could in XP? I am the only person with access to this computer.
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Here are a couple of links to check out to get started on permissions and accessing:
Run as Administrator

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html

Take Ownership - Allow or Prevent Users and Groups To
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30 Jan 2015   #3
moundtown

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
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30 Jan 2015   #4
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
Glad I could help
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30 Jan 2015   #5
doctore

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

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Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
You are going to pay a hefty price if a virus comes around

Your "issue" is not with permissions, but with UAC. You can either deal with it or turn it off.
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30 Jan 2015   #6
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
You are going to pay a hefty price if a virus comes around

Your "issue" is not with permissions, but with UAC. You can either deal with it or turn it off.
I'll second the UAC point, as I have mine set to high and sure at times it becomes a little annoying, but realistically it 2 seconds of time and rarely occurs in multiple successions. If you feel comfortable with moving and altering files and folders then go ahead and turn it off, that will reduce your issues a whole lot more than taking ownership. I misread your post as a permissions issue at first, normally i wouldn't have put the take ownership link in unless there was a bigger issue at hand. Thanks for the catch doctore
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30 Jan 2015   #7
moundtown

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doctore View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moundtown View Post
Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
You are going to pay a hefty price if a virus comes around

Your "issue" is not with permissions, but with UAC. You can either deal with it or turn it off.
How is taking ownership over everything different then what I had with XP? I was never asked for permission to do anything with XP.
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30 Jan 2015   #8
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
You are going to pay a hefty price if a virus comes around

Your "issue" is not with permissions, but with UAC. You can either deal with it or turn it off.
How is taking ownership over everything different then what I had with XP? I was never asked for permission to do anything with XP.
Technically I don't think it would, but I really haven't had the need to take ownership, except for a few customization changes (backgrounds, icons and the like) Starting with an inactive UAC is kind of step one in the chain of "annoying windows popup" command, but taking ownership pretty much gives you the deed to the OS.

I do recall seeing a post here about someone thinking their C: drive became corrupt after claiming ownership over the entire system, but I don't think it was ever confirmed.

Back up and images are always advised.

Hope everything works out for you with 7!
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31 Jan 2015   #9
doctore

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moundtown View Post
Thanks a million. That take ownership context menu trick is amazing and solved my problem.
You are going to pay a hefty price if a virus comes around

Your "issue" is not with permissions, but with UAC. You can either deal with it or turn it off.
How is taking ownership over everything different then what I had with XP? I was never asked for permission to do anything with XP.
You are again confusing permissions with a simple warning. Those pop-ups are not asking for permission (if you are an admin), they are simply warning you that you are about to do some changes to the system. It's a security measure, nothing more. For example, if a malicious program tries to install itself (or something else) you could get the UAC pop-up, which would alert you that something is amiss, since you did not attempt a program installation.

Granting yourself permissions that you don't need is a big security flaw. If you get a virus and you have full control - guess what, the virus also has full control. It's actually best to log in to your computer as a standard user, at most, as this would reduce attack surface. Even administrators don't usually log in as admins
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31 Jan 2015   #10
moundtown

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doctore View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moundtown View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doctore View Post

You are going to pay a hefty price if a virus comes around

Your "issue" is not with permissions, but with UAC. You can either deal with it or turn it off.
How is taking ownership over everything different then what I had with XP? I was never asked for permission to do anything with XP.
You are again confusing permissions with a simple warning. Those pop-ups are not asking for permission (if you are an admin), they are simply warning you that you are about to do some changes to the system. It's a security measure, nothing more. For example, if a malicious program tries to install itself (or something else) you could get the UAC pop-up, which would alert you that something is amiss, since you did not attempt a program installation.

Granting yourself permissions that you don't need is a big security flaw. If you get a virus and you have full control - guess what, the virus also has full control. It's actually best to log in to your computer as a standard user, at most, as this would reduce attack surface. Even administrators don't usually log in as admins
Thank you for your input. They were not simply warnings, they would say "you don't have permission" and then I could not perform functions like moving or deleting a file until I figured out how to get that permission. I kept running into this over and over. With XP I was able to perform any operations on any files or folders without ever having any permission issues. I also went for years without ever getting a computer virus. How is Windows 7 different?
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