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Windows 7: Problem to modify authorization of "Program Files (x86)

25 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 & Windows Vista
Problem to modify authorization of "Program Files (x86)

Hello everybody !

As I said before, it is difficult to speak correctly in English. I'm sorry.

I'll try to explain a problem related by one of members of my forum.
I can't test on my PC because I use a 32 bits version of Windows 7 who not contains the folder that he want's to modify.

OS : Windows 7 64 bits (x86)

He wants to modify the rights of the folder "Program Files (x86)" but he have no access to do (see the screenhots)

He seems to be administrator. I wait for his confirmation.
I'm suprise that the menu doesn't contain the "advance" button...

I can't find any solution in french forums...

Thank you for your help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

I think he needs to "Take Ownership" of that folder. Check out this tutorial
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 & Windows Vista

Thank you very much for your reply and for the tutorial

It's actually what he wants to do.

Last question :

Is this normal that everything is grayed when he wants to modify "manually" even if he is administrator ? This folder is protect ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Not necessarily normal, but not unusual. There seem to be a lot of different things that can cause ownership and permission issues like this to arise. For example, I think just turning UAC off and on can sometimes mess up some permissions. But whatever the cause, I think it's very useful to have a quick and easy menu option available to automate the process of Taking Ownership. Comes in very handy more often than one would think.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 & Windows Vista

Thank You again
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Problem to modify authorization of "Program Files (x86)

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