Write protected sub-folders below the Program Files folder

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by AndyS01, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. AndyS01

    AndyS01 New Member

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    I recently reformatted my hard disk and re-installed Windows 7, and when I try to edit any files in the subdirectories off any on the directories in the C:\Program Files directory, I get 'protected' errors. I found that I could not create files or edit files anywhere below these directories.




    It turns out that everything in the Program Files folder and below is write protected. I tried changing one of the subfolder's properties and marked everything as Not Read-only, but I still couldn't create/edit files there.


    I was running Windows 7 before the hard disk crapped out, and I was able to modify the au3.propertied file with no problem.


    I know that Microsoft wants to put all data files in the C:\User\... directories, but the program I'm trying to change is AutoIt (SciTE), and I don't think here's a way to change the location of the properties files.


    Can anyone suggest a way out of this?


    Andy


    Sorry ... sorry ... sorry ....
    I Googled in the Windows 7 support site and found a link to a video telling how to work around this. You have to change permissions of the parent folder and all files/folders below it.

    Here's a link to the video:
    http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-support/47810-access-denied-windows-folder-subfolders-files.html

    Sorry, I jumped the gun here.

    Andy
     
  2. johhnymarshal

    johhnymarshal New Member

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    You cannot do any change in C:/Program files or C:/Windows, as these are system files and folders are they are in running phase while the system is turned on. You should not try any action on c: drive, as it may cause you to Win 7 crash.
     
  3. AndyS01

    AndyS01 New Member

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    While that is true, there are several programs that still do it (like AutoIt, Notepad++, etc.). I changed ownership of AutoIt's folders and it all works OK.

    As to your statement "as it may cause you to Win 7 crash". Where did you get that information? I Googled it and could not find any reference to Win 7 crashing because something was written to the Program Files folder.
     
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    johhnymarshal New Member

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    I said the same for only C:/Windows, but not for C:/Program Files.
     
  5. zvit

    zvit Honorable Member

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    It may work but you will be getting pop-ups and errors all over the place since the registry will go haywire trying to find files that don't exists. It would be worse than a Windows crash.

    when you delete C program files What happens - Mediae Eucation
     

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