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Windows 7: Toning Down Windows Security

04 Dec 2010   #1
wazawak

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 
Toning Down Windows Security

Windows 7's security is super zealous and it's starting to interfere with my work. It often doesn't allow me to save a file directly to my program files folder, instead letting me save to My Documents. How can I tell 7 to chill out and disable this?


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04 Dec 2010   #2
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Are you running as admin? If you are, then you should click OK and the file is saved (although the Documents folder is there for a reason). Otherwise you can type UAC in the start menu and lower it (which I wouldn't recommend).
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04 Dec 2010   #3
wazawak

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I am running as admin. I lowered the UAC setting and tried it, but I still am unable to save the file right into program files.

Could this be related to read-only settings in program files? I've noticed that the folder is on read-only and when I try to unset it off the right-click menu, it doesn't seem to work.
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04 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I never had problems to move or copy folders to the program files. Try to save them first in another location and then copy or move them. if that does not work, change the permissions (in Properties > Security tab).
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04 Dec 2010   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Are you talking about saving to C:\Program Files? If so, that's a OS folder and I don't think Win 7 likes you trying to save data there.
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04 Dec 2010   #6
wazawak

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Are you talking about saving to C:\Program Files? If so, that's a OS folder and I don't think Win 7 likes you trying to save data there.
Yes, that's exactly what I'm talking about. Maybe it's an OS folder, but I'll be damned if I let Win 7 tell me what I can and can't do with my own computer. How can I override Win 7's bitch ass security settings? lol
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04 Dec 2010   #7
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Careful you don't break something, but in properties -> security then your user name and allow all privileges. I wouldn't recommend though. This is why you have Libraries and your user folder.
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04 Dec 2010   #8
wazawak

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for getting back to me. I went in and gave myself "full access" but I still get the same error message when I try to save directly to the program directory. Is there another setting somewhere that I need to change? I'm still unable to lift the read-only checkmark.
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04 Dec 2010   #9
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

[QUOTE=wazawak;1112737]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
but I'll be damned if I let Win 7 tell me what I can and can't do with my own computer. How can I override Win 7's bitch ass security settings? lol
uh huh,,, till someone gets infected with crap and then bitches about how easy it is for windows to get infected.

What folder is set as read only that you are trying to change?

If you screw up your system,, that is on you,, don't come cryin about it when YOU brick it.

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You should not be able to save files to certain locations for a reason. Not because MS is trying to tell you what to do. In this case, there is a reason for it. And you are trying to break the mechanisms in place that help make Windows a more Secure OS. Anyway,......
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04 Dec 2010   #10
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Did you not read the folder properties dialog? Right next to the read-only checkbox it tells you in plain language:
"Read-only (Only applies to files in folder)"

The read-only check box for folder properties always has a intermediate value (filled in). Just to recap, empty check box = off, a check in a check box = on, a filled in check box = intermediate.
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