I have a Windows 10 machine and a version of Ark I installed from the Windows Store. There is a certain Dino that shall remain nameless that I just don't want in my game anymore but I cannot edit the game.ini file.
I have taken ownership of the folder and its contents, I have explicitly added the local admin to the folder and it's contents and I still cannot edit the file.
I do not have a copy of the default file so I have not tried using a recovery console and powershell to overwrite the file but if someone can tell me where to get the default .ini file then I will certainly give this a shot. I did try making a copy of the file to my documents folder but windows told me that I needed the permission of the user I was already logged in as to copy the file.
I am running 1909 build 18363.657.
Let me know if you can help me out.
Update 20200215: Attempting to open any ini file with either Notepad or Notepad++ running with elevated privileges results in "You don't have permission to open this file. Contact the file owner or an administrator to obtain permission."