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Windows 7: No option to elevate privledges?

02 Dec 2009   #1
brucemc777

 
 
No option to elevate privledges?

Remnants of a previous install of W7 are on my "E:" drive, on a separate physical drive than my new installation. I want to blow away the old OS files - but I am not allowed to, not even simple stuff like "\Program Files|", as I am told I do not have the permissions and there is no option to elevate.

How do I fix this idiocy? Am I going to have to boot to another system and then blow them to circumvent W7 "protecting" me???

I love the options, but when the options become restrictions without a way to circumvent, it's just a huge annoyance.


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02 Dec 2009   #2
OpSysWiz

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can you Disk Management > Format the drive? Use install DVD to format the drive?
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09 Dec 2009   #3
brucemc777

 
 

I want to destroy items very specifically on the drive, as it has a lot of data I am still trying to recover from my getting too ticked off at all the changes in W7 and making a fairly huge mistake... I can't understand why I can not target any specific obsolete folder, such as described, and not elevate myself over Windows chosing to protect me now from myself - that would have been nice before I did the destruction, and it wasn't with any of these folders. I find my data a lot more valuable than the darned OS...
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10 Dec 2009   #4
antt

Windows 7 build 7100 x86
 
 

try right clicking on the folders in question, and clicking on the security tab. Then click edit, select your username, and make sure you have full control enabled in the checkboxes underneath. Then OK out back to the folder and try again.
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10 Dec 2009   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

One other thing that may work is to type explorer.exe into the start search bar then right click on the explorer icon in the list and choose "run as administrator"

This will give you a copy of the windows explorer that is already pre-elevated to the administrator context - which should have sufficient rights to work with the old files.

This is not really a protection issue but a NTFS permissions one - NTFS permissions are actually written to the drive and apart from those files replaced by the new install will retain the original permissions

As the permissions for the operating system files are often under the ownership of the "Trusted Installer" user rather than the administrators group you may need to enable the hidden full administrator to override these permissions
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