I want full access to ALL my files and folders in Win 7.

I have Win 7 Ultimate and I want full access to ALL of the files and folders on my system.
For example: When I try to view the contents of C:\Program Data\Application Data I get an error saying Access Denied.  This is the case for almost "Application Data" folders in all profiles.

Second example: The contents of C:\Windows\cursors will not come up in any search using Windows search or a third party search engine.  When I try to change the security access or ownership of the folder I am denied.  Only the system has full access to change the policy.

I am the only person who uses this computer, it is a home computer, and I know what I am doing.  Furthermore I have a complete install disk and a backup image saved if I need to reinstall.  I DON'T WANT WINDOWS PREVENTING ME FROM SCREWING UP MY SYSTEM. I LIKE SCREWING UP MY SYSTEM AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO!!!  That's how I learn.

I have tried Group policy editing, Local policy editing, changing the UAC to the lowest setting, and taking ownership of the files/folders.  I tried creating a new Admin account but now I have deleted all accounts except the elevated Admin account that is normally accessed only in Safe Mode.  Windows will not let me change the access or ownership at all, even in safe mode.

Anyway,
MS really did do a wonderful job with this OS.  I am in love with Windows 7 and have recently become a Microsoft fan since moving to Redmond and seeing how much they care about their community.

These ridiculous default security settings are the ONLY thing that really irritates me about Win 7.

Thanks in advance for your help, Melaney
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Hello mmmelaney,

Thank you for posting to the Microsoft Answers Forum.

I am including instructions for Taking Ownership of Folders/Files and how to Grant Permissions. You can disable User Account Control and your permissions should be back as normal. However, it is not recommended.

How to Take Ownership in Windows 7

1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer

2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu

3. Click on Security tab

4. Click on “Advance”

5. Now click on Owner tab in Advance Security Settings for User windows

6. Click on Edit Button and select user from given Change Owner to list if user or group is not in given list then click on other users or groups. Enter name of user/group and click ok.

 7. Now select User/group and click apply and ok. (Check “Replace owner on sub containers and objects” if you have files and folder within selected folder)

8. Click ok when Windows Security Prompt is displayed

9. Now Owner name must have changed.

10. Now click Ok to exist from Properties windows

Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder next part comes is Granting Permissions to that file/folder or object.

 

How to Grant Permissions in Windows 7

1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer

2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu

3. Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request.

4. Select user/group from permission windows or click add to add other user or group.

5. Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant i.e check “Full Control” under the “Allow” column to assign full access rights control permissions to Administrators group.

6. Click Ok for changes to take effect and click ok final ok to exit from Properties window.

Now you can access files of folder in windows 7 with full permissions and take full control.


Please reply back and let us know if these instructions helped to resolve your issue so others may benefit.
If you still need assistance, let us know and we will be glad to assist.

Sincerely,  


Marilyn
Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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