I'm an old DOS user, going all the way back to DOS 2.0.
Not until Windows came along, did I ever have any problem controlling what was on my hard drive.
Today, scripts like "Disable UAC" can help some, but they are not the ultimate solution to the problem
of user control of his/her own computer. Another help, for Windows Vista or later, is the program called
"Grant Admin Full Control". Similar to "Take Ownership", on steroids.
But even that is not a 100% solution to the problem of user access to files and folders.
Adding or deleting files from C:\
is a good example.
So what to do?
Well, here's what I do.
I have a DOS Utilities disk (CD or Flash drive) that has all my DOS tools on it, including a little program,
. So, I can boot up my PC in DOS, then from my dos menu I run NTFS4DOS and it allows
me to see every file on the NTFS drive, from a DOS command prompt. Then I can do anything I please, with
the files and folders on the HD. Without Windows running, there are no "Permissions".
I run a series of batch files, using the old Deltree command, to delete things like the Pagefile and the System Restore Points,
as well as all the other locations where windows and programs store their junk files.
Doing a cleanup of my HD from my DOS Utilities disk, allows me to delete over 4 gig's of junk; things that windows would never let me delete.
Then I can do a Partition Backup, without having to back up so much junk.
Anyone can build their own DOS Utilities disk or get a copy of mine. Just ask.