I am running Windows Vista Ultimate and I want to change the permissions in Windows\Temp.

For example, I want to remove the read-only attribute in General. When I do this I get an error that reads, "You will need to provide administrator permission to change these attributes." When I click continue, it does something but the Read-only box is still partially checked.

How do I take control of Windows\Temp?

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  • Are you local admin on the computer? – r0ca Sep 30 '10 at 21:54
  • @r0ca: I think so. This is my home PC. – user1413 Sep 30 '10 at 22:09

That is because this attribute is inherited from the Windows folder. Unless you mess with the attributes on the Windows folder also - which is a bad idea - i think you're stuck.


You could boot into the computer using a Linux LiveCD and making said folder writeable or just doing whatever options you wanted to do in the folder directly from the LiveCD.

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