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    Can't create file in C:\ root

    Hi all
    I'm logged on as adminstrator, and want to create a file in the C:\ root directory (a TruCrypt file container) (Yes I know not to create files willy-nilly in the roor folder, but this one seems right).
    Problem is I can't. TruCrypt complains that I don't have rights. Even if I use Notepad to save a file to the root I get an error.
    I have UAC on, but I don't get any UAC warning or prompt.
    Any ideas?
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    Peter

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    It has to be a permissions problem - does Administrators have Full Control on the root?
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    Hi BAT
    Yes. See
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    That's not necessarily a TrueCrypt problem. It's the way Windows 7 works out of the box.

    If I run notepad as normal (even though I am an administrator of the PC) it will not allow me to save to the root of C:\

    However, if I force notepad to run in FULL administrator mode (by right clicking on it and selecting run as administrator) I can.

    By default Windows will not give full administrator rights unless you override the UAC settings or deliberately choose to run a program in administrator mode.

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    I had no trouble creating C:\dummy.file on Windows 7 64-bit, using a Command Prompt window - but I always run my Command Prompts in Administrator mode! Browni probably has the answer...
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    Thanks. I'm not sure what the difference is between running as administrator, and 'full' administrator rights, but I'm not sure if MS knows either... there's plenty of variation on how programs do this.
    Bizarrely, I was logged as admin, and was able to create the file in a sub directory, and then move it to the root directory using normally started non-full-admin Explorer. Anyway, my needs are now met. Thanks all.
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    Even full administrator rights in the administrator account does not give the highest level rights. That comes from the Run As Administrator
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterl View Post
    Thanks. I'm not sure what the difference is between running as administrator, and 'full' administrator rights, but I'm not sure if MS knows either... there's plenty of variation on how programs do this.
    Bizarrely, I was logged as admin, and was able to create the file in a sub directory, and then move it to the root directory using normally started non-full-admin Explorer. Anyway, my needs are now met. Thanks all.
    Peter
    Starting with Vista and continuing in Windows 7 when you are a member of the administrative group you get privileges to make changes to OS folders/files, install hardware,. You do NOT have unfettered access to the whole system as you did with XP. The builtin Administrator account or "run as Administrator" allows you access to modify even those parts of the system off limits to other users.

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