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Administrator doesn't have permission to save files

  1. #11


    I have the take ownership option in my context menu and have applied it to both the hosts file by itself initially. Then moved it up to the entire "etc" folder. When that also did not resolve the issue I took over ownership of the entire "Drivers" folder. I should have explained that more clearly in the original post. I don't believe ownership or full administrative privileges is the issue here. I'm not being denied access as a user, I'm being denied the ability to save. A process or program is running that is interfering with the save, but the system is not clearly stating which process or program. I have no programs running. I even tried disabling the firewall/antivirus.

    As for creating a new hosts file I did so already by opening notepad, run as administrator, and pasting the info, which looks exactly like yours so that is not the issue either. Honestly, I'm not a tech retard by any means... I'm just not Win 8 savvy (yet).

    I think it may be something here since this is the module using the most system resources, but I'm not sure if I can safely disable any of these items without crashing the system. I had attempted to stop Cryptographic Services previously due to being unable to even rename the hosts file without that error message popping up and the laptop restarted by itself with a one minute warning.
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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you tried rebooting & trying it the first thing you do ?

    I've done that when I got the message something is being used by or is open in another program.
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  3. #13


    Same result even after a restart.
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  4. #14


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    What about Safe Mode ?
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  5. #15


    Worked like magic. Thank you kindly David.
    Can you walk me through removing myself from ownership of the folders I took over?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    @AriKnight may I ask why you need to use etc\hosts? Mine is totally commented out. But then again I'm on a Laptop just using WiFi.
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  7. #17


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by AriKnight View Post
    Worked like magic. Thank you kindly David.
    Can you walk me through removing myself from ownership of the folders I took over?
    That's a tough one.

    Maybe right click them & click Properties & under the Security tab, Advanced button you can remove or change ownership.

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    &, OR

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    Quote Originally Posted by AriKnight View Post
    Worked like magic. Thank you kindly David.
    Can you walk me through removing myself from ownership of the folders I took over?
    If you made a Restore Point right before the changes that may be the easiest way to reverse that accurately. Another way(for future reference) is to use a Registry save/restore like ERUNT

    Reverting Registry changes with ERUNT is a bit less drastic than using a Restore Point.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    @AriKnight may I ask why you need to use etc\hosts? Mine is totally commented out. But then again I'm on a Laptop just using WiFi.
    After this fiasco I won't be using the hosts file as a security measure on Win 8. I don't visit a lot of unusual sites so Adblock, Ghostery, and good old Eset NOD32 should have me covered.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    That's a tough one.
    Glad I could give you an easy question there. I figured using properties was my next course of action since I didn't have any restore points, but I'm being overly careful and wanted to double check. I should be able to simply revert ownership back to the system under advanced settings correct? It does look like that is what your second picture is trying to explain. Thanks again!
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