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Windows 7: How to access the System32 folder?

11 Feb 2010   #1
Anpippin

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 
How to access the System32 folder?

How do I access the System32 folder so that i can copy files into it? I need some sort of like super administrative rights or something, because if I try to put files into it it will say access denied.


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11 Feb 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Right Click on the root of C:\ in Explorer, Properties. Make sure Authenticaed Users, Administrators have full control. Click Advance, and also make sure these account also have full control. While in the Advance section, go to Owner tab, make sure the account u used to log onto the machine with, is listed as the owner.
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11 Feb 2010   #3
Anpippin

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

No matter whoever i set the owner to be it says I need permission to put files into System32 and I only have 3 users in the owner tab. User-PC, User-PC/Administrator, and the trustedinstaller.
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11 Feb 2010   #4
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

firstly,

takeown /f [folder/filepath] /r /d y

then

icacls [folder/filepath] /grant administrators:F /t



Always works
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11 Feb 2010   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Anpippin,

You do not want to take ownership of the System32 folder. This can cause issues.


Normally while logged in as a administrator you would just need to click on "Continue" and "Yes" after the UAC prompts to copy the files into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

You cannot copy files from an external or removable source directly into this folder. Instead, they must be copied into a user folder (ex: Desktop) first, then copied/moved from the ex: desktop to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Feb 2010   #6
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
firstly,

takeown /f [folder/filepath] /r /d y

then

icacls [folder/filepath] /grant administrators:F /t



Always works
Be extremely careful doing this I have seen many people really mess their machine up using these utilities. If you typo and it runs down the whole directory tree you may cause yourself a lot of problems right away or in the future. Many times the only way to recover is to do a clean install.
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11 Feb 2010   #7
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Be extremely careful doing this I have seen many people really mess their machine up using these utilities. If you typo and it runs down the whole directory tree you may cause yourself a lot of problems right away or in the future. Many times the only way to recover is to do a clean install.
Oops. True. I should've added a disclaimer that it should only be used a VERY last resort. Such a command is usually used to delete system files.

Yes, it's not a wise move to take ownership of System32 as it is made so for security purposes.

And yes, the command line I posted actually runs down the whole directory tree, subfiles, subfolders and all. >_<
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