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IE11 favourites - Properties window

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer & Microsoft Edge' started by Ludwig, 2017/01/12.

  1. 2017/01/12
    Ludwig

    Ludwig Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    I have URL links on my Favorites bar and was wanting to use the "Notes" Property on the "Details" tab to store some .. well um ... notes. this user [deliberately does not have admin rights on the machine.
    For some reason when I try to "Apply" it (or click OK), I get File Access Denied prompt "You'll need to provide administrator permission to apply properties to this file.". So I fill in the administrator password - it selects the name of my Admin Account for me.
    But then I get another File Access Denied prompt "You require permission from BRICK\<local std account userid> to make changes to this file". The user quoted is the user I am logged into. Using Try Again just reopens this same prompt. Only option is to "Cancel".
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    Is there a way to get IE11 on Windows 10 to allow me to us this Property field?
     
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    Ludwig Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    I have also just tested this on the Admin Account .. I get the same series of two prompts - "need administrator permission" ... which the logged in userid has, followed by File Access Denied prompt "You require permission from <logged in userID> to make changes to this file").
    Given I have admin rights already why would this be denied?!?
     

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  4. 2017/01/12
    Evan Omo

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    Ludwig

    Ludwig Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the idea, I've experimented with doing this. The result is ... user is already the owner of the file so when I "change" it doesn't actually change (because the user is already the owner).

    Question: Is there any reason Microsoft wouldn't want to allow a user to update the properties of their own files by default anyway? After all it's the current user that is allowed to, & does actually, create the favorites entry in the first place? And it doesn't even allow an administrator to do it!
     
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    echo $experienced;
    Open a command prompt as admin.
    Use this command to set Read-Write-Modify permissions (of Favorites for your standard account):

    Code:
    icacls "C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\Favorites" /grant YOUR USER NAME:(OI)(CI)F /T
    icacls - command to modify access control list of files
    F = Full control
    CI = Inheret Containers (sub folders)
    OI = Object Inheret (files in folder)
    /T = Apply recursively (apply to all existing subfolders and all files)

    You should then be able to modify all aspects of Favorites.

    This problem often comes up as a result of upgrading operating systems. During an upgrade, file permissions sometimes change.
     
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    Ludwig Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks for icacls command. With CD C:\Users\myUID selected, "icacls .\favorites /grant myuid: (OI)(CI)F /t" successfully processed all files (& folders), with 0 failures.
    [NB no space between : and open bracket ... saves showing a smilie in this post]

    However .. result is the same. I still get the "give me the admin user password" followed by "you need permission from myUID". So still can't save anything in the properties field (Notes or Description).

    A check of security settings shows it has all the permissions available are ticked - see uploaded file Capture.JPG.
     

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    echo $experienced;
    Try rebooting.
     
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    A reboot makes no difference.
     
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    Sounds like a registry value is not getting properly toggled. Try changing your account type to an Administrator, temporarily. See if you make the necessary edits, then revert back.
     
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    Changed my account type, rebooted (reason: "make extra sure ..."), and logged back in. Same loop with same net effect .. it won't let me use the property fields :(

    Maybe I'm destined to "just live with it" :eek: The PC is brand new PC with a clean Win10 build too (bought from a shop), so I'd expect it to be a clean install rather than an upgrade from Win8.x.
     
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    I agree with you as you would expect a clean install of 10. Seen worse happen before. Take it back to the shop and ask them about your problem and ask if it was a clean install or an upgrade from Win 7 or 8.
     
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    Looks to me that function is just FUBAR. I tried it with 3 Win10 installations and can't get it to work. I tried an old IE7 install, same thing. It just doesn't seem to work.

    Only post I could find is one from 2011: Adding notes/descriptions to IE favorites which has no working solution either.
     
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    Ludwig

    Ludwig Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    I think I need to declare this is an unsolvable problem - needs Microsoft to "enable it" (why are they blocking it from working, seems more effort required than not blocking it in the first place!?!).
    How can I mark this thread as "answered, but sadly un-Solvable" ??
     
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    You don't mark it. Just leave it 'as-is' ;)
     

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