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can you save files directly to root?  Need this for access database.
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by:nwtechdesk
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It is discouraged.  You need admin rights to do this. If you right click on the access icon, select runas admin, you will be able to save to root. If this is going to be a permanent thing, you will have to go to properties for that icon and select always run as admin.
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by:civicryan
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Yes, you can. Are you familiar with Security tab? Check this article out they guide you to it.
http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm
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Of course you can...
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by:ctaufa
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So i now have ownership but when  I  Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request.  The elevation request never comes up. ???
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by:civicryan
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Reboot your PC or create different folder and try again.  It should come up, i did many times.  What version is your Win7? screenshot would be better if you dont mind.
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Windows 7 professional 64 bit.  Trying to save files directly to root not to folder.  I can save to  folder in the root directory no problem.
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by:civicryan
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Right, Root - duh - my bad.
Win7 Pro should let u do it.  Go to Control panel and turn off UAC.
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by:upalakshitha
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try this
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/
after duble click reg file right click the folder you wat to give permission & click take ownership ,you are done
try to write files to folder

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by:ctaufa
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turned off UAC still get a "C:\aa.doc A required prvilege is nt held by client"

remember folks i am trying to write to the root, not a folder on the root
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Ctaufa,
Best way to do it is on the other drive such as D:\ drive, if i was you.
**** Note: You can try this but please becareful.  If you can back up your image, just in case you need to roll back for some reason.
Try this:
1. Reboot into Safe Mode.
2. Log on as Administrator.
3. Click Start > type in cmd
4. Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter
5. Run the process as Administrator.
6. Type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    takeown /f C:\ /a /r /d y
    cacls C:\  /t /c /g administrators:F  System:F  everyone:F
   (Answer "yes" when prompted "Are you sure?")
Now login to your PC using Administrator (or your login - make sure add to Administrators Group)
If you decide to go with D:\ drive, you still have to take ownership, permission, disable UAC, ect. and do the step above.  Guarantee will works.  Good luck.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Try adding your actual Username to the root with Write or Full permissions, even if you are an Administrator.
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it worked, that's all i wanted
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