Windows 10: Permission / Advanced Security Settings issue with Program Files Solved

  1.    02 Jul 2016 #1

    Permission / Advanced Security Settings issue with Program Files

    Apologies if this topic has previously been discussed, but my search didn't yield helpful results.

    In attempting (unsuccessfully) to install a citrix plugin for remote desktop, I'm discovering that advanced security settings for Program Files are screwed up, but I am unable to adjust them. I am currently logged in as administrator and user account control settings are set to "never notify". Please see the attached screenshot. Thanks in advance.
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       02 Jul 2016 #2

    What is the image you posted supposed to show? I don't see anything wrong. It's normal for Trusted Install to own the operating system directory trees like Program Files, Program Data, Windows, etc.

    Your looks the same as mine:

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    Are you logged in as the normally hidden Administrator account or are you logged in as an Administrator level account?
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  3.    02 Jul 2016 #3

    I'm one step farther in than you. If you choose "change permissions", you'll see the screen that I posted. Problem is (or at least I suspect), "Add" "Remove" and "enable inheritance" are unavailable for me. I have logged in with the "hidden" administrator account, with no success.
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  4.    03 Jul 2016 #4

    If you want to change permissions of a file or directory you may need to take ownership first. So you could try to change the owner to your user profile and apply, You then may have to grant yourself the authority to make your change (so add full control for your profile for example).

    Then you can change the permissions to whatever you want.

    Once you are done you can remove your profile and then change owner back to "NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller" or whatever it was to begin with.

    Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Note that only Program Files directory itself is owned by Trusted Installer. Sub-directories may not be - I have some owned by SYSTEM (for example 7-zip), some by Administrators group (for example MS Office), some by Trusted Installer (for example Windows Defender). You should therefore make a backup and be careful with using inheritance and of replacing owner of child objects so as not to mess everything up

    I use Cisco VPN (and Cisco WebEx) and have not had to change any permissions and mine look like yours though so perhaps it is another issue.
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  5.    03 Jul 2016 #5

    Thank you, lx. With different ownership, I was able to change security settings on the folder that was preventing my installation.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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       03 Jul 2016 #6

    Make sure you change ownership back to Trusted \Installer when done. I believe it's actually Windows_NT/TrustedInstaller or something like that.
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