Windows 7’s file system protection sometimes requires "administrator permissions" in order to do things in folders that are protected. That’s what Subscriber Darrell Pringle found, so he wrote for some help solving his issue:
Maybe you can help I seem to be bogged with this problem.
When I go move or copy some files or folders I find they have a padlock and I am unable to do anything with them. A flag comes up with I require "administrator permission to move,copy or delete" but try as I mite I cannot obtain this permission.
I am already the administrator of the machine.
I wrote back to Darrell to find out some more information – he hadn’t completely defined the problem. In particular, I wanted to know if he was trying to move/copy files INTO one of the controlled folders, or OUT OF the folders?
My Windows 7, when I try to copy INTO a controlled folder (like C:\Program Files(x86) ) will give me the dialog box, but then gives me a button to proceed.
It sounds like he is not being recognized as an administrator on the computer. I suggested that he check his user profile and make sure he’s an adminstrator.
I also asked if he was an “additional administrator”? That is, is he using a userID that’s an Administrator user, but is not the initial Administrator userID that was set up on the computer?
There used to be some places in Windows where you have to be the “real” administrator, and not just a userID that had administrator privileges. Windows recognized the differences.
I don’t know if that problem still exists in Windows 7, but it’s a thought…
Unfortunately, Darrell didn’t write back with any further information. I hope he solved his problems.