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Windows 7: How to copy files to Program Files and C root

1 Week Ago   #1
leuce

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How to copy files to Program Files and C root

G'day everyone

[Yes, I did search the forum.]

I recently reinstalled Windows 7 from a backup. I was previously able to copy files into the C root folder and into subfolders of Program Files and Program Files (x86), but now I can't do that. How does one enable that functionality again?

I'm logged in as an administrator. I can copy a folder into the C root, but not a file by itself. If I want to copy a file into the C root, I have to put it in a folder and then copy that folder to the C root, and then move the file from that folder into the C root (and when I do that last step, Windows asks me to confirm if I want to do it).

When I copy a file to a subfolder in Program Files, I get no error message, but the file does not appear in the folder. When I try to copy it again, I'm told that the file already exists, but I can't see it (and neither can any program that needs to use it). At no point does Windows ask me to confirm the action. The put-it-in-a-folder trick also works for copying a file to a subfolder in Program Files, and then Windows does ask me to confirm twice (once when I copy the folder, and again when I copy the file).

Is there a way to get Windows to allow me to copy files to C root and to a subfolder of Program Files? I don't mind answering "Yes" to a permissions dialog everytime I do it, but right now I get nothing.

And then another thing: my Thunderbird profile folder is in the C root, and Thunderbird is very, very slow. Could this permissions thing have anything to do with the slowness of Thunderbird?

Thanks
Samuel


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1 Week Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If you restore from backup the permission will be for the old user and windows will create a new sid so you need to change permission for folders etc putting things in c root is not good it's protected as that's were boot files are
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1 Week Ago   #3
leuce

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
You need to change permission for folders etc.
So... am I right that I must follow these instructions:
How to manually reset folder and file permissions in Windows Explorer – Aaron Stebner's WebLog
...and give my own username full permissions for the entire C drive?
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1 Week Ago   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

That is highley dagerous give it only to what you want if you give it to everything any malware would have full control of your system by default the o/s is protected as its owned by system
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