so i was just running a program that offered the option to right click... save as. whenever i did so, i picked a folder i created in the program files x86 directory and got a message to the effect of "access denied." for the life of me i couldnt figure it out, i messed with my windows defender settings, my firewall, etc and nothing. finally i simply decided to save to my desktop in the exact same manner - and it let me. i was then able to drag / drop it in the directory i wanted to save it to originally (albeit having to click on the "okay" box that pops up for admin approval).
likewise i can "copy" from the program, but i couldnt paste - whats going on? im new to win 7 and im guessing this is a security / admin thing - but i dont know how to give the proper approval so i can do this in a less roundabout way.
Windows is trying to tell you not to do it. The files in the 'Program Files (x86)' folder are "maintained" files that should only be written by installers, kinda like the 'Windows' directory. Windows will let you store files just about everywhere without administrator rights except the two 'Program Files' directories and the Windows directory. Linux and MacOS both treat the application directories as protected as well.
If you REALLY
must store the files in Program Files for some reason (some legacy software will only write there), you just need to run the program as administrator. To do this, Right click on the application's icon, click 'Properties'. Click the 'Compatibility' tab the select 'Run as administrator' at the bottom.
oh and another little quirk i found - i can click on "java" under programs in the control panel - and i then disable autoupdate, click apply, click okay - and when i click on java again the option to autoupdate is ALWAYS re-checked - what gives?
Strange... Perhaps Oracle really
wants you to keep Java updated for when they patch the security holes that get found.