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What happened to my system permissions and how can I fix it? Windows 7

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Well this is an issue that popped up a few weeks ago and I have been trying to figure it out ever since. Something happened to my system permissions (not sure if that is the right term). What I mean by that is I only have one user on my computer, me, and I am an administer. However, programs won't function properly anymore unless I run them as an administer.

For example. In google chrome, (this problem just popped up today), I attempted to watch a video and it said couldn't load plugin. After trying to get that to work by uninstalling and reinstalling chrome/flash, it still didn't work. So then I tried opening up chrome by running as an admin and it worked.

Another example, If I try to install software, it either won't start or say it doesn't have access to the temp file, UNLESS I choose run as admin.

One more example, Nexus Mod Manager (for downloading and installing skyrim mods) won't download files unless I run it as an admin.

So something happened to my account somehow and I'm sure how to fix it. My UAC settings have not changed, they are set to notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer. But I don't think that has anything to do with it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance!

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OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit retail, always up-to-date
Anti-virus: ESET, also up-to-data
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first of all, have you done anything recently to your PC? Nothing just "happens" on its' own.

If you cant open a specific file, right click/Properties/Security. Make sure it's set to administrator/yourname.

If everything there is fine, you can try to manually change ownership of all files on your pc

1. Open up command prompt, right click and run as admin to open the administrative control panel
2. type the following and press enter

TAKEOWN /A /F C:

then the next one

TAKEOWN /F C:

this will give both admin and your account full permissions to ALL files in the C: drive .

You might also find this little resource useful

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/remove-blocked-files-and-its-locking-processes-from-windows/

It integrates itself into the browser, so it might fix the problem with Chrome etc.

To me it just looks like your user permissions got changed, have you re-installed windows recently or installed a new service pack? Sometimes it's what screws you up.

Also, check for viruses. Some of those buggers take your permissions away.

Cheers.
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Originally Posted by ValPestilence View Post

first of all, have you done anything recently to your PC? Nothing just "happens" on its' own.

If you cant open a specific file, right click/Properties/Security. Make sure it's set to administrator/yourname.

If everything there is fine, you can try to manually change ownership of all files on your pc

1. Open up command prompt, right click and run as admin to open the administrative control panel
2. type the following and press enter

TAKEOWN /A /F C:

then the next one

TAKEOWN /F C:

this will give both admin and your account full permissions to ALL files in the C: drive .

You might also find this little resource useful

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/remove-blocked-files-and-its-locking-processes-from-windows/

It integrates itself into the browser, so it might fix the problem with Chrome etc.

To me it just looks like your user permissions got changed, have you re-installed windows recently or installed a new service pack? Sometimes it's what screws you up.

Also, check for viruses. Some of those buggers take your permissions away.

Cheers.

Thanks for the help, So far I've tried setting my user permissions through the security tab on my C drive. I made sure the admin/users have full control, and that I am the "owner" of the drive.

I haven't done anything out of the ordinary, aside from regular windows updates. Virus check came back clean, I run a full scan once a day.

I'm going to try your way to take ownership of the files and check out that link. Thanks a bunch for the tips
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Thanks for the help, So far I've tried setting my user permissions through the security tab on my C drive. I made sure the admin/users have full control, and that I am the "owner" of the drive.

I haven't done anything out of the ordinary, aside from regular windows updates. Virus check came back clean, I run a full scan once a day.

I'm going to try your way to take ownership of the files and check out that link. Thanks a bunch for the tips

Yeah, if you remember approximately when exactly it started happening, try to roll back the updates before that time, Windows 7 has an issue with updates which sometimes results in this type of issues.

And no problem, hope it works out for you.
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