Windows 10: How do I gain absolute control over WindowsApps folder?

  1.    27 Aug 2016 #1

    How do I gain absolute control over WindowsApps folder?


    Hi everyone,

    I play a game available on the Windows 10 app store called World of Tanks Blitz and many of the community members create customized camouflage patterns that you can apply to your tank. The game has its own camouflage patterns, but the more tech-savvy folks in the community will modify them to look better. Great game by the way, would rate 8/8.

    Someone posted a smoking hot pattern that I like, so I decided to try to install it and replace the current file for the camo pattern with this new one. However, I discovered that I could not find the folder that contains all of the game files, so after finding a tutorial I have located the WindowsApps folder. A challenge, eh? Take me on, I have the Internet at my disposal!

    More Internet sleuthing told me that the WindowsApps folder belongs to the system, and even an administrator account cannot modify the contents without some fiddling with Permissions and stuff. Drat!

    So I stumbled upon this guide:
    How to Get Access to WindowsApps Folder in Windows 10

    I followed the instructions exactly; however, I discovered that when I pasted the new camo pattern file into the appropriate folder, and ordered my computer to replace the existing file with the new one, it would tell me that I would "need administrator permission to copy to this folder." I pressed the Continue button that had the little yellow and blue administrator shield, and figured that since I use an admin account it would work... clicking that would put me in a loop of reading "You need permission to perform this action," clicking "Try Again," and reading the same message. Rotten system, what's going on?!

    So clearly I didn't do something correctly. I reviewed the guide and the only step that I had a minor issue with was selecting a new owner for the WindowsApps folder. I changed the owner using my admin account, which is my email... or is it? I'm not entirely sure.

    Is there anything that I'm missing? Some kind of nefarious Windows 10 update that I didn't pay attention to? Quality control issues at Samsung? A fatally flawed instruction from my kindergarten reading teacher?

    Thanks a bunch,
    Silevern
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,776
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       28 Aug 2016 #2

    Hello Silevern, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Using the "Take Ownership" context menu in the tutorial below on the WindowsApps folder should be able to help. It will make your account the owner of the folder and its contents, and allow the owner (your account) full control of the folder and its contents.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    28 Aug 2016 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Silevern, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Using the "Take Ownership" context menu in the tutorial below on the WindowsApps folder should be able to help. It will make your account the owner of the folder and its contents, and allow the owner (your account) full control of the folder and its contents.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

    Argh, it still doesn't work! I looked carefully at the screenshots on the Take Ownership installation tutorial and I noticed that when the command prompt stuff finishes, it's supposed to say

    "SUCCESS: [folder] now owned by user [user].
    Successfully process X files; failed processing X files
    Press any key to continue..."

    My command prompt will spend about a minute running through every single file in WindowsApps and then will pause. I do not see the above "Success" message.

    Should I try the Remove Take Ownership tool, and then taking ownership again?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,776
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       28 Aug 2016 #4

    It's normal for it to stop like that in the command prompt when there are that many files. It should still have worked.

    Test copying a file in the folder afterwards to see if you are able to now. Just to note, that you will not be able to copy/move a file from an external source directly into a Windows system folder. To do that, you would have to copy/move the file to your desktop first, then copy/move the file into the system folder.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    28 Aug 2016 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    It's normal for it to stop like that in the command prompt when there are that many files. It should still have worked.

    Test copying a file in the folder afterwards to see if you are able to now. Just to note, that you will not be able to copy/move a file from an external source directly into a Windows system folder. To do that, you would have to copy/move the file to your desktop first, then copy/move the file into the system folder.
    That must be the reason! Thanks for this tip, I'll try it. I had been copying directly from my Downloads folder... will let you know if it works.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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