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How to make my c drive to copy file to system 32

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    How to make my c drive to copy file to system 32


    Hi I need to replace a file in windows\system32\en-us and it gives me a deny file to be copied how can I do this so I can copy a file or replace a file. thanks sorry how to gain access.

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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    That area is probably the most protected spot on your computer and it was never designed for mere mortals to mess with.

    I don't know what you are trying to do, but if you are trying to fix some corruption, maybe you should look at the 'SFC' command.

    At an elevated command prompt, you can run 'sfc /scannow' to validate and fix most of these files.

    If you just want to see if something is bad, without attempting a fix: 'sfc /verifyonly'.

    Type 'sfc /?' for help and check my spelling.
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    So theres no other way to take Take Ownership of my c: drive im not having any errors I just need to add a file to the system.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I just drag & drop or copy & paste to the system 32 folder.
    No problems.

    If you want to, just take ownership of the system 32 folder.

    Taking ownership of the whole C:\ drive isn't necessary.
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    ok how do I take ownership of the system 32 folder?
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by andreamillspaug View Post
    ok how do I take ownership of the system 32 folder?
    Right click it & click Take Ownership:

    Click image for larger version
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    Posts : 65
    Viewing through Windows 7, me like-a-discuss 8 though


    Taking ownership is not recommended for System32 folder due to sensitive default file properties within it. To make-a sound-a like-a English: It can mess things up now or in the future.

    Take ownership is not in the right click menu by default, but rather a file must be merged to the registry to get the ability to use that command without the command prompt:

    Take Ownership Shortcut - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I'm not on Windows 8 now, but probably the easiest and safest way for a default 8 install to put files in Windows32 folder is to open up Windows Explorer with Admin privileges. You can probably do that by typing Windows Explorer (or explorer.exe) in the Start screen, then right click what it finds, then choose "Run as admin"....but like I said....I'm not on 8 now, so I didn't test or look at any of these steps just now.

    If those steps are wrong, sorry about that. In that case, perhaps someone currently on 8 will chime in.
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    I got it working thanks everyone and thank you medab1 for showing me how to do that.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You're welcome.
    Glad you got it working.

    I have "heard" taking ownership of something will cause problems "later on down the road".

    But No one ever says what the "problems" will be specifically.

    I "own" most of my computer & have no "problems".

    It runs just fine.
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I think the main reason for allowing 'TrustedInstaller' to be the owner of the System folders is so that no piece of software could write there (e.g. a virus) unless it acquired some elevated privileges.

    If you 'own' these things, a virus could do a lot more damage if it was running as 'you'.

    The security model, the inheritance of privileges, etc., all depend on these settings to remain as they are.
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