Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Good day,
My OS = Win Vista Ultimate and I'm using my own laptop (not part of any network).
I'm the administrator of my Laptop.
I have full control of the driver C:
However I'm not able to grant myself full control of the folder C:\Windows (by right clicking it, then going to security tab, then using my name (which have admin privilege), then select full control, it's giving me access denied)!!!
Would you please explain how it comes that I'm the admin, and I cannot grant permission to myself to have full control over a folder on my personal PC?
And how to proceed to solve this issue?

Thanks in advance...
Question by:sparks2000
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    Greetings Sparks2000,

    You may need to take ownership of folder. Have a look at following

    * How to Take ownership of a file in Vista *;jsessionid=6B64D3ED973A6642FDED584FCE30EA24

    Hope this helps!
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    It's because of the User Account Control. As long as it's turned on, you will explicitely have to select "run as administrator" (run a program that should write into c:\windows or run explorer.exe itself) to write in there. Normally, programs and installations that need write access to c:\windows will request your confirmation.

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    The ownership concept is the key to the solution, however I need to get ownership of the folder and all its subfolders at once (one command/ or one click) then get full control over the same folder (and sub-folders) at once.
    I tried the application "Takeown" under dos: it works but for one folder at at time. Do you have a better solution for this?

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    There must be a check box for  "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects". Click on that Click Apply then OK.
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