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Windows 7: Permissions - And all that jazz

13 Dec 2009   #1
spamnchips

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Permissions - And all that jazz

I am a home user and the only person on this machine which was built for editing digital photographs and HD video. I upgraded from Windows XP 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit to handle the larger and more complex file sizes of HD video with future Adobe software. I have just bumped into Permissions in a big way. Windows will no longer allow me to save files into folders that I have been using happily for the last 5 years with XP. Even though I am the administrator and owner of the folders it will not let it happen but insists on asking me to file them where some programmer in Redbond wants me to save them. This is really bugging me now so is there some kind soul out there could advise on how to either switch off permissions. (Why would I need this level of control on a home single user machine) or somehow gain back my basic human right to file things where I want to...................please ?

If you see Bill Gates would you kick him in the crutch and say Hi from me.


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13 Dec 2009   #2
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

First of all... Love your username XD
Second: Are you sure you set the permissions properly to be the owner AND to have "Full Control" over those folders? Just changing the owner doesn't change much

You need this level of control because is enhances security of your machine, simple as that.
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13 Dec 2009   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You sound somewhat like myself, because I went directly from XP to W7, skirting the changes implemented in Vista. I still haven't figured it all out, but many folders in Documents and Settings no longer exist. You need to find their equivalent in C: Users. You can also reroute your primary libraries by right clicking your username on the Start Menu and opening it, then in the Properties of each folder to relocate, select the Move button on the Location tab to select a new location. Sometimes we have to change as other things change.
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14 Dec 2009   #4
spamnchips

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

In my case, the folders I previously used were located on a completely different drive. I do not trust My Documents and just in case of a crash I keep my files on a separate drive. I solved the problem by downloading Takeownership.zip and installing it. I just right click on the folder or file and select Take Ownership from the contect menu and whoopee I can do what I like. It may be an automated version of whatever you need to do under security but it works first time and does no raise my blood pressure and waste time.

Regards
John
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14 Dec 2009   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Using Takeownership may cause you some problems. I used that on Documents and Settings, before I understood that it was simply a node for compatibility for programs made for XP and older, and it caused things to go so awry, that I had to delete my user account and creat a new one. Anything folder with a shortcut icon on it...leave it alone.

EDIT: You could have moved those folders anywhere that you prefer, simply by opening the folder linked on the Start Menu under your username, and using the move button on the location tab of the folder's properties.
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14 Dec 2009   #6
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Using Takeownership may cause you some problems. I used that on Documents and Settings, before I understood that it was simply a node for compatibility for programs made for XP and older, and it caused things to go so awry, that I had to delete my user account and creat a new one. Anything folder with a shortcut icon on it...leave it alone.

EDIT: You could have moved those folders anywhere that you prefer, simply by opening the folder linked on the Start Menu under your username, and using the move button on the location tab of the folder's properties.
It won't cause him issues on a completely separate drive. This was probably a case of incompatible permissions from the previous operating system.

NEVER change permissions on ANYTHING on the system drive, regardless of how much you want to or think it's okay to do so.
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