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Windows 7: admin privilage

07 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
admin privilage

I am currently doing modifications to an old game (Think Tanks) by changing the colors and skin of the items and objects in the game. I am also attempting to adjust the playing field of the game.

These I have done before back when I had Windows XP home edition. However I am continually blocked by the WIndows 7 system with messages reading...

"Access to C:\Program Files
(x86)\\ThinkTanks\product\game\data\shapes\tanks\*object.jpg was denied."

"C:\Program Files
You don't have permission to save in this location.
Contact the administrator to obtain permission.

Would you like to save in the My Pictures folder instead?"
*note that object.jpg is only to represent any object name.

I am at the Administrator level for my computer and I have all Administrator rights (as far as I know). This is a home computer and I did not set up extra log ins for my computer.

What steps am I missing to allow me access to do what I have done before on older computers?

Thank you for your assistance,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Nov 2011   #2
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Try installing the game to a non system folder (C:\ThinkTanks\ for example) and modding it from there, you may also select the whole folder and remove any possible read-only settings for good measure (if grey tick then untick) apply to all sub folders and files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Hi Muskulls, welcome to the Seven Forums.

By default Windows 7 protects certain system folders and their subfolders (Windows, Program files, ProgramData) so that only the buil-in administrator can save to them or modify files in them. The built-in administrator ("super-user") has more rights and privilegdes than a normal administrative user account.

Read more: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Running a program elevated (right click the shortcut, select Run as administrator) allows the program to run using built-in administrator's rights so the program is allowed to save to these protected system folders. For instance if you are using Paint to modify those images, right click Paint icon or shortcut and select Run as administrator from context menu.

admin privilage-run_as_admin.png

Now you can save from Paint to any of protected system folders.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Hi Muskulls, here's another method. You can take ownership of that specific game's program folder, for example, C:\Program Files
(x86)\\ThinkTanks. You can create a shortcut to do this easily. Take Ownership Shortcut

Do No take ownership of your C:\ drive!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

You can check the file and folder permissions for the folder

C:\Program Files(x86)\\ThinkTanks

and see whether you as an administrator has full control for this folder and subfolders and files. If you do not have these permissions, check the owner for this folder. Most probably the user "System" will be the owner.

Take ownership for this and subfolders and files and go back to the permissions dialogbox. Now take full permissions for your username (or better Administrators group).

Check whether you are able to create, modify, delete a file or subfolder in this folder. Once this is done return back to the owner tab and change the owner back to "System".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


What a plethora of information. Thank you very much, I will attempt to make this happen. You all are awesome.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

LOL, you're welcome, this ain't your father's forum. Let us know how it goes for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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