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Since Windows XP I could make any type of file I wanted in C:. I could right click, and make a text file that I could create logs with, etc.

Now, in windows 8 though, I can't make anything in C:\ other than a folder. I assume it's because of my privileges. I need to be able to make files in C:\ on demand.

Any ideas?

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Are you logged on as admin? – Bali C Nov 14 '12 at 13:37
@Anteara - This is by design. Of course you also can force it by approving the creating of the file or folder. The correct location for temp files is NOT the C directory. – Ramhound Nov 14 '12 at 13:40
@Anteara - WHY do you need to make files in the C:\ folder on demand from Explorer using right-click? Windows (like any OS) strongly discourages you from doing this! – PJC Nov 14 '12 at 13:52

You get the same issue with Windows 7 as well.

You have to do Start, type cmd, (to search it out), then don't hit ENTER yet, and when the cmd prompt appears in the start menu, right click it, do runas administrator

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Make sure you are in the admin group. If you aren't a computer administrator, writting to C isn't allowed by default. The files you should have full read write on are in C:\Users\yourname\

Maybe you could do your work in there? Other wise, get elevated privileges from your network admins.

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You also need to elevate your request, just being a member of the local administrators group alone isn't enough. That said, I agree 100% with you that it's a great idea to try to keep non-OS non-program files under the user folder. For one thing it makes it much easier to index them for searching, and to back them up. Here's more information on elevation: – Mark Allen Nov 14 '12 at 21:25
@MarkAllen - Okay, well I'll do my work on C:\ in the user folder. However, I don't see the problem with operating in the root folder of B:\, D:\, and E:\. These are all different hard drives, none of them contain vital OS data. Yet even so, I can't create any files here other than folders. I want a way to do it simply by right clicking and pressing new, no elevation, no nothing - I want it just like it was in Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Again to reiterate, there is no reason THIS should be frowned upon given that NONE of the hard drives contain vital OS data. – Anteara Nov 15 '12 at 3:02
The idea behind making it other-than-simple is that something managing to run as you can't just go and run amok on your computer. Blame all those viruses and email worms of the late 1990s, plus the fact that other OSes have had this kind of security for a long time. XP was definitely easier. – Mark Allen Nov 15 '12 at 19:49
@Anteara The reason is probably that people may put C:\ in the path, and then things written there get executed. Make a directory like C:\a or C:\blah and do things there. Then it's easy to get to. – barlop Nov 13 '13 at 23:58
@MarkAllen but then it's not so easy to get to, c:\users\blahuser\documents that isn't that convenient. it's not as bad as "c:\documents and settings" but it's still a bit longwinded.. easier if c:\blah or c:\a. I wouldn't put vital data in c:\users because if you delete your OS, you'd have to be sure from trying removing that windows before, that the users directory isn't going to go. Whereas if you put it in c:\blah and remove your OS, you KNOW c:\blah won't go. – barlop Nov 14 '13 at 0:01

Go to C: drive properties and click on the Security tab. There, select your user and provide full access.

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This is a shoe or bottle question. While your answer is technically correct, the better thing to do is teach the correct way to do something than trying to shoehorn in the OP's method in to a working way. – Scott Chamberlain Nov 14 '12 at 15:39
+1 Very interesting.. technically correct it seems, and also showed me something I didn't know(though you did Scott) that pic explains a lot. @ScottChamberlain The correct way is to not hide that truth, but to write that truth, AND to say the way to do it and not to do it(like, to not provide full access to "users"). But i'm glad what he said was mentioned, 'cos as you say, it is technically correct. That counts for a lot. He should have said not typically recommended or generally ever recommended. – barlop Nov 16 '13 at 15:24
Now I can create a folder and a sub folder in that folder without any annoying popups. Thanks. – Rolo Sep 12 '14 at 9:00
Press keys “Windows Key + R”, type regedit
Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA
Update the EnableLUA value to 0 (turn if off)
Restart Windows.
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People are (and should be), hesitant to muck around making manual changes to the registry, especially when there are other answers that don't require that. Also, as a brand new user, you don't yet have any reputation on the site so people may be wary of trusting a potentially risky suggestion from you. Can you expand your answer a little? Explain what this setting does. Perhaps cite a reference that people can check to verify for themselves that the information is correct. – fixer1234 Dec 27 '14 at 3:00
This effectively disables the prompt for UAC. Do you have any evidence that this might actually fix the problem? – Mokubai Dec 27 '14 at 15:27

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