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Windows 7: Toning Down Windows Security

05 Dec 2010   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Why would you want to save data files into C:\Program Files?


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05 Dec 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Why would you want to save data files into C:\Program Files?
That is really a good question. I went into the program files to tweak the Vista sidebar into it. But normally the program files are what it says - for programs only.
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05 Dec 2010   #13
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Program files folder is a protected folder. As a level of protection against problems, users are, by default, unable to "accidentally" change something in that directory. You can change the permissions as other members have pointed out, so it's not out of your hands. It just wouldn't be smart to do.
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05 Dec 2010   #14
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you are intent on saving within "Program Files", make sure to launch whatever program you are using to save this file with the "Run as Administrator" option. That should solve the issue.
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05 Dec 2010   #15
wazawak

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the link, Tepid. Unfortunately, changes to the read-only settings do not seem to be persistent. I uncheck "read-only" and hit ok, then when I open the properties again it has been magically rechecked. Taking Ownership of my program files does not seem to make a difference.

I'm trying to edit .xml files inside the program's directory, so that's why I'm tinkering about in program files. Darician, opening the program in "run as admin" does solve this issue, however it's a bit of a chore to open up xmlspy, hit "open," and then navigate through my file structure to get to the file I need. Is there a way I could set "run as admin" as the default for ALL programs, instead of as a special option? Or perhaps a way to open documents "as admin" directly?
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06 Dec 2010   #16
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Would disabling UAC do this for you?
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06 Dec 2010   #17
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wazawak View Post
Thanks for the link, Tepid. Unfortunately, changes to the read-only settings do not seem to be persistent. I uncheck "read-only" and hit ok, then when I open the properties again it has been magically rechecked. Taking Ownership of my program files does not seem to make a difference.

I'm trying to edit .xml files inside the program's directory, so that's why I'm tinkering about in program files. Darician, opening the program in "run as admin" does solve this issue, however it's a bit of a chore to open up xmlspy, hit "open," and then navigate through my file structure to get to the file I need. Is there a way I could set "run as admin" as the default for ALL programs, instead of as a special option? Or perhaps a way to open documents "as admin" directly?
Actually the "Read Only" attribute of a folder has nothing to do with it being read only. That's an old hold over and is in fact used for something completely different and internal now. All the real permissions are under the security tab for the folder properties.

There is no way to make all programs run as admin, that would be insanely worse security than any version of windows since 9x. However if you changed the attributes of your XMLSPY program to automatically run as admin and .xml files are associated with that program then you should just beable to double click on the .xml file and edit them directly in admin mode...

Also, if you are talking about one folder for a particualr program under c:/Program Files, then go ahead and change the permissions for yourself (your account) for that /one folder/ to allow "Write". As an "Administrator" you have the power to do so, use the power /selectively/ and wisely... Do not go in with a sledgehammer and try to change things en-masse or you will hose your system.
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