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  1. #1


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro

    Unable to save permission changes on


    I was trying to change the permissions on theme1.theme and got the "Unable to save permission changes on theme1.theme" "Access is denied". What is the solution? thanks....

    I found that I could not take control as administrator but only as user????

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,500
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello rdwray, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That means that you will just need to take ownership of the file first before it will allow you to edit it's permission settings.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks Shawn, this saves a bunch of headaches.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    Got another question on this one and I have noticed it a couple of times and it just happened. path "C:\Windows\SystemData"; I took ownership it disappeared and I had to find it in another location. I had a driver file yesterday that disappeared and I haven't found it yet; luckily it wasn't important because I used a new driver.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Not sure, but I don't have a C:\Windows\SystemData folder in my Windows 8, not even with having all hidden files set to show.
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Dec 2012 at 15:08.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    They have made some major changes to OS on Win8 and I think there are going to be a lot of updates coming. bummer!!!
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    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    I've followed the thread linked but still can't take ownership of a registry folder. I don't know if I'm adding the wrong thing as it only shows my email address and not my username in the 'Name' column so I don't know if that has anything to do with it?

    I don't understand why the main account in Windows 8.1 does not allow you to be permanently admin and you have to keep switching in and out of having admin permissions anyway?? I'm the main user and the admin of my machine so why do I have to take ownership and regularly have to apply administrator permissions in order to carry out some tasks (feeling mystified!)?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    The simple way to do this:
    Run Regedit
    Select folder > Right click > Select Permissions
    Under "Security" press "Add" and Enter "Everyone" and click "Ok"
    Under "Permissions for ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES" click "Advanced"
    At the top you will see "Owner: xxx Change"; click "Change".
    Enter "Everyone" and click "Ok" and you should see "Owner: Everyone" at the top; click "Ok" again.
    You should be back at "Permissions for ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES"; click the top box "Full Control"; click "Ok" to close the dialog and you should have full control of the folder.
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    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Tenitively


    Thank you, thank you. I have tried every other possible trick and hack and nothing changed the permissions until I found this. All my woes started after upgrading from win7 to win10, this was the last and I've been messing with this for the past two days.
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