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Cannot copy to system32\drivers folder

  1. #1


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit

    Cannot copy to system32\drivers folder


    Dear All,

    I am using Win 8 Pro 64-bit. I am unable to copy some sys files inside C:\Windows\System32\Drivers folder.
    Getting message Error-Access is Denied. I have taken the ownership of the entire 'Windows' folder via the Add_Take_Ownership.reg file (which I got from this forum). Even that did NOT help. I am getting the same access denied error. Any idea guys?

    Thanks,
    Tanmoy.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Since that is not something that one normally would do, could you please explain why you would want to do that so I can learn something new?
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  3. #3


    In order to change anything in these system folder. You must take ownership of the folder, away from the system. You can goggle on how to do this.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    In order to change anything in these system folder. You must take ownership of the folder, away from the system. You can goggle on how to do this.
    He already did that.

    I have taken the ownership of the entire 'Windows' folder via the Add_Take_Ownership.reg file
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  5. #5


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Since that is not something that one normally would do, could you please explain why you would want to do that so I can learn something new?
    I was having problem installing my USB dongle in the desktop..the same however was successful in my laptop...so i copied the relevant system files from laptop's system32\drivers folder and now intend to copy them in the same path in my desktop.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by onlytanmoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Since that is not something that one normally would do, could you please explain why you would want to do that so I can learn something new?
    I was having problem installing my USB dongle in the desktop..the same however was successful in my laptop...so i copied the relevant system files from laptop's system32\drivers folder and now intend to copy them in the same path in my desktop.
    Ok, thanks for that but I somehow have to believe there may be some subtle differences because one is a laptop and the other is a desktop but I cannot say for sure. Anyway, good luck to you.
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    Hi onlytanmoy,
    1. I am sorry but this is a very bad idea changing ownership on the C:\Windows folder, you might experience something is broken in the future. I would advise you to do a system restore prior to what you did.
    2. Installing Driver is not as simple as you think, to copy .sys, .dll files from the drivers folder won't do the trick since it involves update to system registry, set up services etc...
    3. As a test, I did copy the drivers folder to another hard drive and I have no problem doing so. Maybe your user login does not have the Administrator right.
    4. To answer your original question, you can boot to Command Prompt using recovery disk, find out what drive letter your Windows OS is assigned to from diskpart then use a regular DOS copy/xcopy command to copy what you want.


    Hope this helps !!!
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit


    @topgundcp>> thanks a lot for your suggestion mate..that was very helpful..marking this thread as 'solved'.
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You are welcome. Cheers !!!
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