Creating directories under Program Files on Windows 7

Windows 7 has locked down the “Program Files” directory so that regular users can no longer create subdirectories. This presents a problem if you have an executable but no installer, and you want that executable to live under “Program Files”.

The way around that is pretty simple:

  1. Open the Explorer
  2. Navigate to C:\Windows and select explorer
  3. Right-click and select “Run as Administrator”
  4. Give permission to make changes to your system

At this point, the new Explorer that opens has enough rights to create subdirectories under Program Files (and also to hose your system in a number of interesting ways, so be careful).

Naturally, if you’re more command-line oriented, you could navigate to cmd.exe or sh.exe (assuming you’ve got Cygwin installed). If you’ve enabled the Administrator account, it’s possible to do all this using the RUNAS command:

runas /user:Administrator cmd

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: