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    Edit files in program files


    Is there a way to do this easily without disabling uac completely in the registry since that breaks metro apps?


    Basically I want to edit files freely in program files and anywhere.


    I can't just right click it and hit properties -> security -> users and change them, it's locked


    any ideas?

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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    Any File? No - MOST any file? Yes


    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly
    Basically I want to edit files freely in program files and anywhere.
    This is totally 'old school', but it's worked for me for years and years.
    Download a file management program called Total Commander.

    Set the created shortcut's properties to "Run As Administrator".

    Configure it like in the screen shots 2&3 and F4 should open most any file to edit.
    It 'defaults' to using Notepad for an Editor, but you can configure it to use
    any editor[hex or otherwise] to open the file of your choosing for editing.

    The occasional prompt for permissions may pop up.
    When that happens, I just choose 'Allow' and I'm in like Flint.

    Some files are 'locked'.

    Still unable to even SEE, let alone OPEN any of those $files.
    $MFT $Journal etc.....but that's probably for the best!

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    That's kind of a hack though, like avoiding the problem.

    Is there a pure fix?
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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    Bypassing 'permissions' - my way ?


    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly
    That's kind of a hack though, like avoiding the problem.

    Is there a pure fix?
    Not to my limited knowledge. And if there is, it would probably entail jumping
    through more hoops than I would care too :(

    My UAC is set to the default, and with Total Commander, most all files can be viewed/edited
    without lowering the UAC, which is there for good reason.

    Sooooo, I posted the above. Werks fer me :)
    Last edited by Windunce; 16 Nov 2012 at 19:05.
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    Yeah but, I don't really want to use total commander that much. I mean in windows 7 when you disable UAC completely, everything works perfectly.

    I also hate having to right click some programs and having to elevate their permisisons.

    This is almost as anoyying as typing sudo for everything
    I just sudo -i or su it
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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64


    Alrighty then, for you it's ON WITH THE HUNT!

    Good Luck :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    That's kind of a hack though, like avoiding the problem.

    Is there a pure fix?
    Not ATM as your apps run in a sand boxed environment that the uac controls (sort of) so disabling or hacking the uac would cause a security issue which is why you have to use uac for apps
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    How do you guys even manage to live with UAC though?

    Like if you have a mapped network drive say Z:\

    And if you try to copy a file from Z:\ to C:\ anywhere in it, it won't let you.


    If you want to make a new text document in your program files quickly, you can't w/o copying to your desktop first. I realize total commander would let you, but I'd prefer to keep explorer.


    It's so inconvenient, I am so confused how more people are not driven insane by it.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Many people do simple stuff - jab a ta square - got to fbook - bit of emailing, online shopping/banking, perhaps they use that MS Ofiice thing a bit.

    They don't notice anything about the os .
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I am curious as to why you are constantly doing things which need elevated privileges. I rarely need elevated privs, other than when installing software, because I follow the guidelines of modern OS's, which is to keep all your files in your user profile. I see no reason why I would even want to edit text files in my program files directory. It's a place to keep executable applications, not documents.

    There are certain folders that have enhanced security on them. Program Files and Windows are two of them. The extra security is there to prevent Trojans from walking all over the hard disk and infecting the computer. They're also there to protect one user from another user in multi-user environments. (Yeah yeah, I can hear you now complaining that you're the only one that uses it.. that doesn't change the fact that others do and the defaults are there to protect that situation).

    You mention sudo, and that's a good comparison. Unix does the same thing. They make folders like /usr, /boot, etc.. so that only the elevated administrator can access them, and they do it for similar reasons.
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