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Turn off warning "administrator permission to copy to "

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    Turn off warning "administrator permission to copy to "


    Arrrgh! When I copy into certain folders I keep getting nagged that I have to get "Administrator permission to copy to this folder". I am the administrator and I know what I am doing.

    Please before I go crazy with all this patronising nagging............. please tell me how to turn this off! It is a real pain in the neck...

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    Hello Martienne,

    This is because system folders are protected. Windows does not allow anything to be copied into them directly from an external source, and doesn't allow anything to be copied into them from a local location (ex: your desktop or user folders) without you allowing it via a UAC prompt first.

    The only way around this is to do this from within an elevated administrator account or to disable UAC completely. However, either one of these actions will cause you to no longer be able to open Metro Store apps until you reverse the action.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    or

    User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level - Vista Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hi Shawn! Thank you for the advice. I am really confused now, because I had actually already set the UAC to "Never notify", but I kept getting nagged. So I assumed there was some other setting, elsewhere.
    ( I don't care about the metro apps, so no worries about that).

    What is going on, is my machine messed up? (I am trying to quickly restore it to it's former state after a crash and I am taking as many shortcuts as I can..) The folders I was copying to were only in the Program Files folders.


    OK, here is the fix (I'll get back and warn if it doesn't work, can't check now)

    ---------------------------copied from another thread----------------------------

    This is for those of you who disable UAC on their systems and have been getting annoyed that

    DP doesn't disable UAC completely even though the slider is pulled all the way down and the user is Admin.
    So, just open regedit and locate this key.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    In the right pane look for EnableLUA and modify its value to 0. Close regedit.

    Done.

    Disclaimer: This is not meant to encourage people to ditch UAC or even to use this method. Peeps who disable UAC are expected to know their way around.[/QUOTE]
    -------------------------------------------------------


    ps - what is "DP"?
    Last edited by martienne; 06 Jan 2013 at 08:49.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    My guess for Windows 8 Developer Preview.

    See the red warning box at the top of here.

    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by martienne View Post
    Arrrgh! When I copy into certain folders I keep getting nagged that I have to get "Administrator permission to copy to this folder". I am the administrator and I know what I am doing.

    Please before I go crazy with all this patronising nagging............. please tell me how to turn this off! It is a real pain in the neck...
    Take ownership of it.
    See picture.
    Depending on folder size this might take a while.
    I took ownership of system32 file just to test it.
    It TOOK a while because it is a LARGE folder.
    Let the CMD window go until it disappears.

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
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    I don't have the "Take Ownership" option on my fly-out menu...
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I don't have the "Take Ownership" option on my fly-out menu...
    I'll get back to you on this shortly.
    Need to do research.

    EDIT--- Research done.
    See here---

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 06 Jan 2013 at 12:50. Reason: replaced tutorial link for the same here
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Beware, taking ownership of system folders can lead to major problems. Lots of people have found that when they take ownership, they start having other problems with Windows not having proper permissions. in other words, the problem gets worse.

    Turning off UAC may solve part of the problem, but it also creates a number of others. When you disable UAC you also disable a host of Windows compatibility and security features, such as Protected Mode IE, Protected Folder Virtualization, and User Interface Privilege Isolation (which prevents shatter attacks, and other kinds of privilege escalation vulnerabilities where a lower privileged app tries to gain system level privileges via sending messages to a system level process. This is prevented by UPIP).

    Just remember, maybe YOU are the only person using your computer, but you don't always know what your programs are doing, and vulnerabilities in your internet based programs result in drive-by malware installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Beware, taking ownership of system folders can lead to major problems. Lots of people have found that when they take ownership, they start having other problems with Windows not having proper permissions. in other words, the problem gets worse.

    Turning off UAC may solve part of the problem, but it also creates a number of others. When you disable UAC you also disable a host of Windows compatibility and security features, such as Protected Mode IE, Protected Folder Virtualization, and User Interface Privilege Isolation (which prevents shatter attacks, and other kinds of privilege escalation vulnerabilities where a lower privileged app tries to gain system level privileges via sending messages to a system level process. This is prevented by UPIP).

    Just remember, maybe YOU are the only person using your computer, but you don't always know what your programs are doing, and
    vulnerabilities in your internet based programs result in drive-by malware installation.
    "He who dares, wins", "no pain, no gain".

    The day they lock down and dumb down Windows further will be the day I switch to Ubuntu. In a way the line has already been crossed-
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    Quote Originally Posted by martienne View Post
    Hi Shawn! Thank you for the advice. I am really confused now, because I had actually already set the UAC to "Never notify", but I kept getting nagged. So I assumed there was some other setting, elsewhere.
    ( I don't care about the metro apps, so no worries about that).

    What is going on, is my machine messed up? (I am trying to quickly restore it to it's former state after a crash and I am taking as many shortcuts as I can..) The folders I was copying to were only in the Program Files folders.


    OK, here is the fix (I'll get back and warn if it doesn't work, can't check now)

    ---------------------------copied from another thread----------------------------

    This is for those of you who disable UAC on their systems and have been getting annoyed that

    DP doesn't disable UAC completely even though the slider is pulled all the way down and the user is Admin.
    So, just open regedit and locate this key.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    In the right pane look for EnableLUA and modify its value to 0. Close regedit.

    Done.

    Disclaimer: This is not meant to encourage people to ditch UAC or even to use this method. Peeps who disable UAC are expected to know their way around.
    I had this problem too. In fact... I signed up here, just to thank you for this solution. That was way too obnoxious to have messages pop up every time I wanted do delete a picture.
    Dear grief, why Microsoft, WHY!?! *looks at Win 7* You used to be so good... *cries*
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