So Vista doesn’t trust you with c:\windows?   Leave a comment

Vista has set the owner of "system" files to TrustedInstaller and set the ACL to deny anyone from making changes. Cute, but annoying.

Typically anything in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 will give "Access Denied" even after the myriad UAC prompts.

My Dell Latitude D830 has a 32GB flash-based SSD harddisk, the space constraints of which get a bit tiring.

The performance of the $800 option leave a lot to be desired.. but that’s another story. Along with the AHCI issues, BSOD due to LPM changes in Vista.. <sigh>.

Anyhow I wanted to compress the contents of c:\windows\system32\driverstore as it was 1.4GB.. dunno how compressible it will be but we’ll see.

Here’s a script to fix the permissions issue. Grab it here from my SkyDrive (incl readme)

TakeControlOf.zip

Someone at mydigitallife wrote it, it’s very basic but automates the changes. Thanks to the author!

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Posted May 18, 2008 by benryanau in Microsoft

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