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Change permissions on /windows folder

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    8.1 64 bit with BING

    Change permissions on /windows folder


    Attempting to change READ ONLY PERMISSIONS on c drive/windows folders

    REASON to EDIT HOSTS file in c/windows/system32/drivers/etc folder

    windows folder is READ ONLY
    FAILED TO CHANGE PERMISSIONS with Default ADMIN acct.
    DISCOVERED that the C: Drive was owned by the factory default installer.
    ATTEMPTED TO CHANGE OWNERSHIP of the C Drive. limited results.

    CANNOT CHANGE PERMISSIONS on WINDOWS FOLDER \

    CURRENTLY the main c\windows folder is READ ONLY.

    HELP

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  2. #2


    I have a little batch file I use to edit the hosts file:

    @echo off
    %homedrive%
    cd %windir%\system32\drivers\etc
    attrib -s -h -r hosts
    notepad hosts
    attrib +s +h +r hosts


    Copy and paste this into a EditHosts.bat file and run it from a Elevated Command Prompt.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here is what I did.

    I downloaded this zip file to give me a hosts file with lots of sites in it to be blocked.

    hosts.zip

    I put it in a new folder by itself & extracted it with 7zip.

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    I right clicked the mvps.bat file & chose to run it as Administrator.

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    I got this---

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    As you can see, the original Hosts file was renamed & saved.
    To replace it I simply have to delete the new one & rename the old saved one.

    Click image for larger version

    Just showing how I did things.
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  4. #4


    I'm trying to remember why I stopped using the MVPS hosts file. Maybe it was a performance degradation? It has over 15,000 entries in it.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    8.1 64 bit with BING


    thanks for the replies. I was unable to take ownership of the c drive.
    BEST BUY and windows 8 suck. just saying.
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  6. #6


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I'm trying to remember why I stopped using the MVPS hosts file. Maybe it was a performance degradation? It has over 15,000 entries in it.
    Indeed, it slows down internet by a few hundreds percent. There is no need for HOSTS anyway, extensions usually allows customized HOSTS and adding own webpages like https://chrismatic.io/ublock
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