1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home
       11 Aug 2016 #1

    How do I get win10 to allow me to fully access System drive?


    I ask this because right now, my pc won't even let me create a zip file in that folder from a folder thats in it. Never had this problem before. This is a fresh win10 install, well semi-fresh now, its been a few days. Like I have xpadder installed in C and it won't even let me save a controller profile thru xpadder while its on this SSD.

    Oh also, I am on the admin account, why do I have to keep allowing stuff to be copied places when I am already the admin of my pc, like each time I try to copy something to say program files (x86) it keeps asking for admin permission.. when my account is already set to admin.
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  2.    11 Aug 2016 #2

    You don't. UAC isn't there just to annoy users, if you have full unfettered access to the system drive, then so does everything else, which is uncontrolled and insecure. That's why they moved away from users running with full admin privileges all the time and why you need to click the UAC prompt to allow actions that require elevated privileges.

    Program Files folders are one of a group called 'Special Folders', and users ordinarily shouldn't be "copying something to say program files (x86)", that's why it keeps asking for permission. Program files folders are for program files only.

    I.E.
    %SystemDrive%\Program Files\ is where 64-bit applications are installed to.
    %SystemDrive%\Program Files (x86)\ is where 32-bit applications are installed to.
    %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\ is where per machine configuration data files that applications use are saved to.
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\ is where per user configuration data files that applications use are saved to.

    User files are located in %USERPROFILE%\ (EG: C:\Users\UserName\) folder. That's where user's data should be saved to.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,074
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Aug 2016 #3

    Scyris said: View Post
    Oh also, I am on the admin account, why do I have to keep allowing stuff to be copied places when I am already the admin of my pc, like each time I try to copy something to say program files (x86) it keeps asking for admin permission.. when my account is already set to admin.
    It's been this way since Windows 7, to be honest. I don't know what would cause your Xpadder issue, but for normal usage, you don't need to access those areas. Typically, if you are getting a ton of prompts, it should be taken as a warning to change your process. I disable UAC on my own personal systems, but I don't giv anyone else the recommendation to do so. I'd rather the person decide for themselves.
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  4. Joined : Apr 2014
    Posts : 3,311
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       11 Aug 2016 #4

    The only thing you would ever need to copy to or from any program folder under either Program Files or Program File(x86) folders would things like game saves for pc games found in the save folders, documents created by some word processing program, or other 3rd party ware generated user files. You don't copy program folders or files themselves since a program installed is what is required for installation, removal, or repair if not the uninstall option in the Programs & Features.

    my pc won't even let me create a zip file in that folder from a folder thats in it.
    To answer that since that since that is a 3rd party ware's folder not the entire OS drive you would need to take ownership over the individual folder if you are in a dual boot situation and attempting to create the zip file while booted in 7, 8, or 8.1 from the folder on the 10 OS drive. Taking ownership over that one folder won't compromise the entire security of the drive but leave that particular program vulnerable to exploit.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10

    Once ownership is taken you should be able to see the zip or rar file you want created from the program files. You won't want to try this with System created or other main folders however.
    Last edited by Brink; 15 Aug 2016 at 18:01.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home
       11 Aug 2016 #5

    Thanks everyone.
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