File Synchronizations and/or Script cannot copy files to system32 folder

No matter what I try, either script or file synch, I can't get a file to copy over into the C:\windows\system32 folder. Status shows it goes successfully, but the file is no where to be seen. For example: 

@echo off

xcopy OEMDefaultAssociations.xml C:\

move OEMDefaultAssociations.xml C:\windows\system32

del C:\OEMDefaultAssociations.xml


That's the above batch command I'm running in Script - if i change the folder to anything other than system32, like C:\temp, for example, it works. Whats the deal? I've tried with all credentials as well, local admin, domain admin etc.

Anyone have any suggestions/ideas, thanks.

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Answers (2)

Posted by: SMal.tmcc 3 years ago
Red Belt

"system" owns the existing file in system32 and you need to take control of that file first.

takeown /f c:\windows\system32\OEMDefaultAssociations.xml /a
icacls c:\windows\system32\OEMDefaultAssociations.xml /grant everyone:F /c
rename c:\windows\system32\OEMDefaultAssociations.xml OEMDefaultAssociationsold.xml

xcopy your file.

Also FYI you are using a move command so no need to delete the move actually does a "copy and delete" function

  • or run a script to take control and then file sync should work - SMal.tmcc 3 years ago
Posted by: kayroccs 1 year ago
Yellow Belt

Hey guys, 

So I ran into this issue when trying to copy to System32\GroupPolicy folder. Here's what I did rather than taking ownership. 

Script Type: Can be an Online Kscript or offline kscript

Windows Run AS: Local System

Directory: windir%\sysnative

File: xcopy.exe

Parameters: $(KACE_DEPENDENCY_DIR)\* C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\ /s /e /v /i /h /y


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