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give full permission for the users in program files folder RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to give full permission for the users in program files folder ?

    can any one please advise this

    i am unable to give permission from admin account

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:14 AM

Answers

  • Hi Oberwald

    Thank you so much for the valuable information.

    I have done this by

    1) Turn off UAC (User Account Control)

    Before you can do anything, you must turn off the UAC, or you will be locked out of the following steps.

    1) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts
    2) Click "Change User Account Control Settings"
    3) Move slider all the way down to "Never Notify"
    4) Reboot

    2) Take Ownership

    Yes take ownership. Even though you are logged on as an Administrator, you can't change files that don't belong to you. The Program Files folder is set to the Trusted Installer group and the Administrator doesn't have the rights to change anything. So now we have to claim all the files and folders.

    1) Open Windows Explorer
    2) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
    3) Click Advanced -> Owner
    4) Click Edit
    5) Select Administrators -> Put a checkmark in Replace owner on subcontainers & objects -> Apply
    6) Wait a while.....
    7) When it finishes, Click OK on all boxes to close everything

    3) Fix Permissions

    Now that you own the files, you have to give yourself permission to modify them

    1) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
    2) Click Advanced -> Change Permission
    3) Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit
    4) Change the Apply To drop down box to This Folder, Subfolder & Files
    5) Put check in Full Control under Allow column -> OK -> Apply
    6) Wait some more.....
    7) When it finishes, the dialog boxes may hide behind the Explorer window. Minimize it and click OK on all the the dialog boxes
    8.) Reboot

    Finally it works for me except few folder like media player ,dvd maker(microsoft applications)

    • Marked as answer by ReginRavi Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:54 AM
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:54 AM

All replies

  • You would have to turn off UAC. Not recommended.
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:58 AM
  • Hi Oberwald

    Thank you so much for the valuable information.

    I have done this by

    1) Turn off UAC (User Account Control)

    Before you can do anything, you must turn off the UAC, or you will be locked out of the following steps.

    1) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts
    2) Click "Change User Account Control Settings"
    3) Move slider all the way down to "Never Notify"
    4) Reboot

    2) Take Ownership

    Yes take ownership. Even though you are logged on as an Administrator, you can't change files that don't belong to you. The Program Files folder is set to the Trusted Installer group and the Administrator doesn't have the rights to change anything. So now we have to claim all the files and folders.

    1) Open Windows Explorer
    2) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
    3) Click Advanced -> Owner
    4) Click Edit
    5) Select Administrators -> Put a checkmark in Replace owner on subcontainers & objects -> Apply
    6) Wait a while.....
    7) When it finishes, Click OK on all boxes to close everything

    3) Fix Permissions

    Now that you own the files, you have to give yourself permission to modify them

    1) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
    2) Click Advanced -> Change Permission
    3) Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit
    4) Change the Apply To drop down box to This Folder, Subfolder & Files
    5) Put check in Full Control under Allow column -> OK -> Apply
    6) Wait some more.....
    7) When it finishes, the dialog boxes may hide behind the Explorer window. Minimize it and click OK on all the the dialog boxes
    8.) Reboot

    Finally it works for me except few folder like media player ,dvd maker(microsoft applications)

    • Marked as answer by ReginRavi Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:54 AM
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:54 AM
  • After I did this step by step could I turn UAC back on?
    Saturday, November 25, 2017 5:42 PM
  • This reply is for all those people seeking solutions years later. IT IS OKAY TO TURN OFF UAC FOR THE FEW MINUTES IT TAKES TO DO THIS.Sheesh. Some people are way too paranoid.
    Tuesday, May 8, 2018 11:02 PM
  • This reply is for all those people seeking solutions years later. IT IS OKAY TO TURN OFF UAC FOR THE FEW MINUTES IT TAKES TO DO THIS.Sheesh. Some people are way too paranoid.
    I've had it off for years. Never had a problem. Just be safe and have good Malware protection (I recommend MalwareBytes) and use common sense.
    Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:40 PM
  • Sounds good in theory, but ya cant change the permission of the folder program files to full control....
    Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:53 AM
  • PS.., there is no owner in the "advanced" tab, also no edit either.....not in 10 anyhoo.
    Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:59 AM