Edit Files Windows Insists You Don't Have Permission To Access

Sometimes Windows throws up a confusing roadblock to your workflow. You go to edit a file in Windows and despite being logged in as an administrator it tells you the file is restricted. Use this simple workaround to edit the file.

In the video above Amit Agarwal from Digital Inspiration demonstrates an easy trick to get around the sometimes overly protective and strange restrictions in Windows 7. If you're logged in as an administrator you'll sometimes find that Windows stops you from editing certain files if you try to open the file directly. If you run the program capable of editing the file — in the case of the video example, using Notepad to access the Windows host file which is stored as a plaintext — in administrator mode you can then access the file in question even though Windows stopped you from opening the file through Explorer.

Have a trick for dealing with Windows quirks? Let's hear about it in the comments.

How-To Edit Files That Require Admin Privileges [Digital Inspiration]


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