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."

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  • are you running notepad with elevated/admin privileges? (Run notepad as admin first, then open the file. Not that you should be having this problem on what should be a normal file) – Smock Feb 14 at 9:40
  • Since you're essentially having trouble editing/copying a file, you may have better luck asking about this on superuser.com, instead. – TylerH Feb 14 at 18:47
  • @smock I have tried both notepad and notepad++ as admin. – John Feb 15 at 13:10

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