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Administrator Permission?

  1. #1


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1

    Administrator Permission?


    I'm about to do a standard upgrade to Windows 10. I wanted to copy the contents of the C drive to the D drive so if anything goes wrong, I'll still have the personal files that were on the C drive. But I got this error message:

    You need to provide administrator permission to copy this file.

    I AM the admin of this computer! I'm the only user! What do I do?

    Any help with this will be very much appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 Professional (64-Bit)


    1) Right click folder/file -> Properties -> Security tab -> Advanced button
    2) Under Permissions tab, press the Add button
    3) Select a principal
    4) Type: Administrators
    5) Press OK
    6) Check everything possible for: Basic permissions (Full control, modify, etc..) -> OK -> OK -> OK
    7) Lucky step #7, try to copy it.

    Hope you lucked out on this
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  3. #3


    It may be easier to leave all of the permissions the same and use CMD line XCOPY.

    It may be more efficient if you get an external drive and make a restore point on it through your control panel.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1


    OK I see I forgot to tell you I'm on Windows 8.1.
    I right clicked the file.
    There's no "security tab."
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  5. #5


    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 Professional (64-Bit)


    That's strange... I'm on Windows 8.1 aswell. You right clicked file then you press properties, and in the new window there's a Security tab on top, yah?

    IGNORE the video name and ONLY watch from 0:16 to 0:29. It shows you how to get to the Security tab
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB3a4ot-7X0
    Last edited by pepanee; 28 Jun 2016 at 13:46.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1


    OK this time there was a SECURITY tab.
    And there's even a PERMISSIONS tab!
    But no ADD button.

    I should mention that I have very poor eyesight, and I'm a "high functioning" autistic, (Asperger's). So I live in a world of Alice in Wonderland a lot of the time.

    OH, I see... you left out a step. For an Asperger, that can derail the whole process! Aspergers are very literal... like a simple computer!

    I clicked on "TO CHANGE PERMISSIONS, CLICK 'EDIT' ".
    Then the ADD button appeared.

    Next step:
    Select a principal..... What does that mean? What is a principal?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 Professional (64-Bit)


    Okay I apologize, I'll try to be more specific instead of keeping my words too general for you. Yet still follow my first post as a guideline for the majority of this tutorial. It has the main words for everything that is necessary.

    The reason why you don't see the "Select a principal" is because you accidentally pressed the Edit button. If you look under the Edit button on the bottom, there's an Advanced button. Press that instead
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  8. #8


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1


    I tried to copy some other files, and some copied and some got that same error. Originally I tried to copy everything from the C drive. And immediately I got the error. Then I tried to copy individual files, and got that same error message. I'd like to be able to copy ALL the files/folders/programs that are on the C drive. Wouldn't Macrium Reflect do this? An ISO? But the interface is so difficult to figure out that I just stopped trying.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 Professional (64-Bit)


    Hmh darn. Not sure about that program you mentioned. If possible, try to get someone who can help you out with that 7 step process that I mentioned earlier. It should be guaranteed to work. It applies to files/folders and everything in folders.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1


    The reason why you don't see the "Select a principal" is because you accidentally pressed the Edit button. If you look under the Edit button on the bottom, there's an Advanced button. Press that instead

    I'm in a window called:
    Advanced Security Settings for LocalDisk (C

    I'm on step 2. of your instructions:
    2) Under Permissions tab, press the Add button

    There's no ADD button.

    "Under" the Permissions tab, the only available button is:
    CHANGE PERMISSIONS






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