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  1. David
    July 20, 2022 @ 6:51 pm

    Worked great! After I realized the word "Administrators" must be replaced by your native word if your Windows isn't English.
    Thanks! Finally I could get rid of remnants of uninstall of Roblox………

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  2. Yarrow
    July 8, 2022 @ 11:56 pm

    Thank you! I followed the instructions, and can now view the contents of the windowsapps folder. I have not yet tried other operations. I am trying to find the location of application stubs in the start menu that are not yet installed, but will install themselves if you click on them. This is on Windows 11 Home version.

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  3. Dal1
    February 22, 2022 @ 5:55 am

    Has anyone been able to perform the procedure and have had permission to edit the files inside the WindowsApps folder?

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    • David
      July 20, 2022 @ 6:23 pm

      Step 1-3 works for me. Step 3 takes several minutes. Step 4 fails.

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  4. Akhil
    January 22, 2020 @ 12:46 pm

    Is anyone know how to implement permissions under "c:\programfiles\windowsapps\packagefolder" in msix package.

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  5. SARAFHA
    May 29, 2019 @ 8:43 pm

    Thanks a lot, but you haven't described how to reverse it (get back non-allowance).

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    • lakonst
      May 30, 2019 @ 8:56 am

      @SARAFHA: I have described that at the end of step-2 (read the note)

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  6. Komeil Bahmanpour
    April 13, 2019 @ 4:42 am

    Step 5 needs "\*" at the end of the path. It should be

    icacls "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps\*" /grant Administrators:F /t

    Otherwise, it will process $RECYCLE.BIN and other folders.

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    • lakonst
      April 13, 2019 @ 9:29 am

      @Komeil Bahmanpour: As I know the command is correct. But thanks for the info.

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  7. Raphael
    April 18, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

    Thanks a lot! it worked!

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  8. Brian Miller
    December 31, 2017 @ 6:02 am

    Followed steps but cannot remove Encryption – "An error occurred applying attributes to file". I can view files but can't modify.

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    • nottud
      February 6, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

      Sadly I have the same issue – this is not enough to view and edit encrypted files. :( Looks like that is going to be a headache.

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      • lakonst
        February 6, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

        @nottud: Try the procedure in Part 2 in Windows Safe.

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  9. Allen Gresham
    November 2, 2017 @ 6:18 am

    I now have access to the folder and subcontents, but I still get permission required when trying to copy a file.

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    • lakonst
      November 2, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

      @Allen Gresham: Thank you for the information. The article is updated to bypass the permissions issue. Please follow again the steps at Part-2 and inform me for the result.

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  10. Baudewyn
    October 28, 2017 @ 9:55 pm

    Number 4 should be
    icacls "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps" /grant Administrators:F /t
    (lowercase /t, otherwise it will give an error message…)

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    • lakonst
      November 2, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

      @thanks fro the info. The article is updated,

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  11. Mark
    August 10, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

    Unfortunately it does not work, commands work – but access is denied every time you try to modify file in WindowsApps directory… Any solution for that?

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    • lakonst
      August 11, 2016 @ 9:51 am

      @Mark: Are you logged in as Admin? When you try to assign full access rights (part 2-icacls) you replace the %username% with your own user-name?

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