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I know this question has to have been asked before, but it's really difficult to find the answer to the specific problem I have: I would like to write protect a single file from the admin user in Windows 7.

Here is the situation: I have an admin user that needs to able to do everything admin related on the machine except edit/delete/rename one specific file in the Windows\System32 directory. How do I prevent the user from doing such a thing?

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What are you trying to accomplish? We know you dont want a user to modify a file, but there has to be something more to this. Whats the big picture here? –  Keltari Jan 22 '13 at 5:14
    
Blue Coat K9 Web Protection can be easily bypassed by renaming a file in the System32 directory. I want the user to be able to do all sorts of administrative tasks except bypass K9. –  Koveras Jan 22 '13 at 5:15
    
Then rewrite your question around that comment. See this link, as to why. You are trying to accomplish Y, when the real question is X. See this article meta.stackexchange.com/questions/66377/what-is-the-xy-problem –  Keltari Jan 22 '13 at 5:18
    
Keltari: A simple "NO" would have sufficed. –  Koveras Jan 22 '13 at 5:19
    
@davidkennedy85 - Except the answer might not not be "NO" there might be a way to do this. I suggest you contact the company on ways they suggest access to this file. Of course one must ask yourself why is a user even modifying this file in the first place? –  Ramhound Jan 22 '13 at 15:31
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This is not possible. An admin has all required privileges to gain access back to the file.

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