Administrator issues in Windows 7

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to save a file in C:\Program Files. When I try, I get a message that I do not have authority to save anything there, I need to contact the Admin. I AM the admin. This is my home laptop. I checked permissions and for my name permissions say I am the Admin. I'm not logged on using "Administrator" as my log in name tho. I don't think I've ever logged on like that.

Please help me with this!!

Question by:dlewis61
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    Assisted Solution

    This is UAC likely getting in the way.

    Open the application that is creating the file as Administrator (right click, Run As Administrator), open/create your file, then save as.

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    Expert Comment

    Oh, if you need more info on UAC, check here...

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    Assisted Solution

    That is a special folder and you should avoid saving to it just like you would avoid saving to c:\windows

    If you ever want to check if it's a simple permissions issue, go to the security tab of the file or folder properties and temporarily give "everyone" full control.  In some situations you may also want to go to advanced and take ownership.

    If you must save to that location, reply back and we'll work through it.
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    Expert Comment

    I agree with aj, but if you must, then add your specific username (it is not enough that you are an administrator) with Full permissions to the folder.
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    Accepted Solution

    What kind of file are you trying to save? What you can try is opening Windows Explorer as Administrator (right-click windows explorer and select run as administrator). Try copying the file within this window. I know that when I need to copy a .txt or .ini to C:\Program Files it won't let me save it under my login account. If I open notepad as administrator, open the file then try saving it to C:\Program File it works fine. Worth a try.

    Author Closing Comment

    ivanoviola--this solution was quickest and worked fine.

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