Primary drive got giving full access to my account, which is set admin

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       #1

    Primary drive got giving full access to my account, which is set admin


    I have been having several problems, but I believe they all have one root cause: Windows will not grant me full permissions on my main HDD (C). Problems I notice:

    1) See attachment
    2) Steam makes me use my username/password every time even if I check 'Log Me In Automatically'
    3) Desktop Background always resets to default blue+windows logo whenever I boot my system.
    4) Some programs have issues writing to the C drive, in particular C:/Program Files and C:/Program Files (x86)


    I apologize in advance if I do not provide ample information. If more is needed to correctly diagnose this issue, I will be actively checking this thread today and tomorrow.
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  2. Posts : 5,092
    Windows 7 32 bit
       #2

    The writes to folders under Program Files and variants will be blocked. If you have scripts and other utilities that use the location of the exe as the place to write .ini or other data files, as many of mine do, you can get around it by "installing" them in a folder directly under C:. I put all my scripts and small utilities in C:\Utils but you can create any folder name.

    The other items such as wallpaper or splash screens, perhaps someone into customization has run into and may have suggestions.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Thread Starter
       #3

    There is also this.
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  4. Posts : 5,092
    Windows 7 32 bit
       #4

    Documents and Settings is XP OS equivalent of \Users on Vista/W7

    "there is also this" is kind of nebulous. Is any particular thing likely to trigger it? Or it just pops up at random?

    From the error message it looks like a program is assuming the XP folder is there.
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  5. Posts : 4
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    Thread Starter
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    MilesAhead said:
    Documents and Settings is XP OS equivalent of \Users on Vista/W7

    "there is also this" is kind of nebulous. Is any particular thing likely to trigger it? Or it just pops up at random?

    From the error message it looks like a program is assuming the XP folder is there.
    My apologies for being vague. The window appears when I open the Documents and Settings .lnk file.

    Another issue is that I have to run any games that are on C: explicitly in Admin mode or they have unexpected behavior, such as crashing.
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  6. Posts : 5,092
    Windows 7 32 bit
       #6

    Documents and Settings does not exist in Vista or W7. It's on XP. When it's saying location not available it just means not found.
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  7. Posts : 4
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    MilesAhead said:
    Documents and Settings does not exist in Vista or W7. It's on XP. When it's saying location not available it just means not found.
    Okay, I deleted it. I'm not going to mark this thread as resolved yet, since I may run into related issues in the future that I will append to this thread.
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  8. Posts : 25,847
    Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
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    The C drive is almost full. Theirs a very good chance that Windows 7 will not let you install anything of size. Windows needs some free space to operate properly.
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  9. Posts : 5,092
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    Layback Bear said:
    The C drive is almost full. Theirs a very good chance that Windows 7 will not let you install anything of size. Windows needs some free space to operate properly.
    I should have noticed, it being in Red and all. :)
    With the page file size fluctuating that can produce all kinds of intermettent problems for sure. :)
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  10. Posts : 10,485
    W7 Pro SP1 64bit
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    dempa said:
    MilesAhead said:
    Documents and Settings does not exist in Vista or W7. It's on XP. When it's saying location not available it just means not found.
    Okay, I deleted it. I'm not going to mark this thread as resolved yet, since I may run into related issues in the future that I will append to this thread.
    It is not a good idea to delete that. Some older programs, batch files and scripts depend on it to function properly. Consider setting/leaving the folder options to/on their default settings; then hidden folders like this would not appear to be a problem.
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