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Reinstall security/permissions woes :(

Q: Reinstall security/permissions woes :(

Windows 7 Professional x64 fully updated.
Generic PC

I regularly reinstall Windows for various reasons and normally manage to fairly easily overcome the equally various issues that arise from doing so (never learn!).

This time however, I'm stumped as to why one particular problem is proving really frustrating to try & fix.

I have 3 drives with around 12 partitions spread over them as I like to have things organised and to ensure that files are less likely to perhaps get overwritten etc.

As there were no other changes being made to drives or partitions I expected drive letters to remain stable and that I'd be able to easily import saved items e.g. pictures etc back into the clean Windows and so on which hasn't quite gone to plan. But my main issue is in being able to save back into the other drives/partitions etc - get that common error msg about not having access rights or whatever & today have been driven mad by just getting constant file errors on trying to install software into a partition on one of the other drives and also saving images into another one.

I did go & do a search over the weekend on the problem & found it a common one, The main solution suggested was running the Reg fix Take Ownership which I have done - endlessly but to no avail. I can understand not maybe being able to run say a program installed in the previous version of Windows which might cause a conflict with the new one, but why on earth can I not save images to a different drive that has nothing to do with Windows itself?? Surely it should be able to recognise those partitions/drives etc when installing & make them then available to the new version?? Does Windows stick something into those drives that only that install of Windows can recognise - if so, is there a file somewhere I could then just remove to stop it doing that?

I really need to get this figured out for future as this is wasting so much time I can ill afford.

Anyone got the patience to help me out on it a bit further perhaps? ]

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Is there a way to stop Windows from trying to keep everything so damned 'secure'? Eliminate the need for permissions and file protection etc?

I have a whole host of folders I can't access, or can only access by every time granting admin privileges. The biggest problem being that when a program wants to access a folder, it can't give those rights and just crashes. If I try to scan a page for instance, I have to store it somewhere like C:\TEMP or something because I can't store it to My Documents!

Normally I've only been logged in as administrator, and signed into my microsoft account. However, when I try to use the MyDocuments folder, for instance, it always says I don't have the right to do that. In accounts, I have made sure even normal users have full control of all files and folders, let alone admins. I haven't even basically created any other users until as a measure to try to access my My Documents etc. folders I made a normal user (with admin rights though) but to no avail.

If I check the properties of the MyDocuments folder - it says 'read only'. Now if I tick that off, it takes a while applying the command to all subfolders and such. Fine. The tick vanishes. Now here's the fun part - if I close the properties box, and re-open it immediately - AGAIN it has turned read-only! Seems like there is no chance to win!

I believe this all has something to do with the fact that I have...umm..seven harddrives in my machine, and they of course have been used in older W... Read more

A:Permissions/users etc. woes

You can go to most any folder and right click select Properties then the Security tab and Add your Username to the list and give it full rights.

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Here's the tail-chasing I've been doing:

(Caution: I've done so many things, without taking any notes, repeating several steps / procedures, I've sorta lost the thread of what sequence I did this in...but here's my best guess)

I have an Athlon 2400+ with two hard drives, 160 & 120, with my C partition being 20 gigs. I have 512 MB (2 x 256 sticks) of PC2100 DDRAM. I have a CDRW & DVD drive.

First I attempted to install Win XP Home from a cdrom to my C partition (20 gigs, partitioned from either my 120 or 160 gig (forget which) hard drive). However it kept botching up and giving me messages about files not copying properly or being corrupted etc. I cycled through a variety of XP install cds (son's, wife's, etc) without any luck. I tried using either the CDRW or DVD drive, in case one might have been faulty...no luck, however.

I figured all of this business probably gunked up the works on my C partition, so I thought I'd better format it and wipe it clean, which I did using a Win98 SE boot CD and loading FDISK. I wanted to partition the 20 gig into 2 x 10 gig so that I could limit the C partition to pretty much only Win XP. Silly me...! Turned out I made a 2 MB partition with the remainder of the partition seemingly unavailable to me...couldn't see it when attempting to view partition information. So I went back to FDISK and deleted the C partition, and attempted to reclaim my 20 gigs without bothering to split it up any.
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A:XP Reinstall Woes

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I have been attempting to reinstall Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express after replacing a dying hard drive on a Vista Home Premium SP2 32bit machine. Prior to each reinstall, I try to nuke any trace of previous installations through a combination of the built-in uninstaller, a variety of more powerful tools, and/or manual deletion of program, database and user-specific files, followed by a reboot.
On each attempt, the reinstall either aborts because the program detects an existing instance of the server, or the install completes but the server will not permit me to run applications because it doesn't recognize my permissions. There is only one user account on my machine, set up with full administrative rights, and I always choose the option of installing with SQL server administrator rights (which is not a default in Vista).
Does anyone know of a fix, or of anything I may be overlooking?

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I am new to site today and need help. I was having a problem with my installer on windows 7 and after trying a solution on a msft forum which was go to regedit right click on hkey current user and under permissions type system in the bottom option, click the button and than apply and restart, after restarting all my icons are white with ink instead of exe extention, no programs will start not even control panel, cmd, or system restore including restore with putting in disk and going to fix after windows 7 install disc loads. I really dont want to do a clean install since it will not let me do a easy transfer or anything involving admin. I have tried the basics and somehow I can run non admin tasks through sandbox which I had forgot was even installed. I will wait by the pc and hope for any suggestions so I dont have to spend the next 2 days reinstalling programs and changing settings thank you

A:need to change permissions back so dont have to reinstall

Run System restore by booting from the W7 DVD

This is for Vista, but is the same for W7



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I use XP Home, installed wireless keyboard/mouse and demons took over my computer. Nortons/stopped and can not reload either--so no internet. Cannot FDSK. How do I know what virus/worm/demon I am fighting so that I use the correct fix? Won't let me use the Norton disk. Help me before I get the hammer. I even tried to run XP disk for assistance.

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Upon turning on my computer a few days ago, I noticed that there was a red notifier icon on the start bar for the security center. Since I had just disabled the User Account Control 'feature' this did not surprise me (I had already gotten a few red icons warning me that UAC was off). However, this time the icon said that the entire Security Center was off, firewall included. I opened the Security Center window in the Control Panel and was greeted by the following message: "The security center service is turned off." Clicking the button labeled "Turn on now" brought up a message that "The Security Center service can't be started." I restarted the computer in hopes that the Security Center would start this time, but it didn't. Any suggestions for getting the service to run?

A:Security Center Woes

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Thought I would try MSSE on my computer (Vista Home Premium) but didn't like it so uninstalled it again but now Security Center won't start. Windows Defender and Windows Firewall both start fine. A popup tells me to click to turn on Security Center to fix it but that does nothing.
I don't care if it won't start I just want to get rid of it or the popup.
It tells me to change the way Security Center alerts me to open Security Center....Won't open.

A:Microsoft Security Woes

Go to services to start it.
Control Panel\Administrative Tools
It should be set to auto if not set it.
Adding a screen shot so you know what the service thing looks like.

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I "thought" my security permissions were doing OK, but.... I just did a "disk image" to my second drive. It made a folder "WindowsImageBackup". I could not open the folder to see what was inside, so I added me in the security permissions; now I'm down one level and won't let me see the next folder. I don't really like messing with permissions, but what's the deal? Do I need to log in as "administrator" to see it all? I do have administrator permissions set on my user log-in...

A:Security Permissions

Quote: Originally Posted by tcat7

I "thought" my security permissions were doing OK, but.... I just did a "disk image" to my second drive. It made a folder "WindowsImageBackup". I could not open the folder to see what was inside, so I added me in the security permissions; now I'm down one level and won't let me see the next folder. I don't really like messing with permissions, but what's the deal? Do I need to log in as "administrator" to see it all? I do have administrator permissions set on my user log-in...

You really dont want to go changing permissions on the fly. First why do you need to "see what is inside"? the only true test of a backup is to restore it to see if it works.

Second the Backup may be owned by a group called trusted installers. they have permissions to install and change applications.

If you really must change permission to look you are going to need to include the switch to change the sub folders/directories as well.

Be careful changing permissions can make the backup un -useable.


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I wish to be able to make files inside a particular folder, and that once a file is created it can't be deleted.

So I right clicked to that folder, Properties, Security tab, Advanced, Change Permissions, Add (my user name - "boris"), and then I edited permissions, where I denied DELETE and DELETE SUBFOLDERS AND FILES.

But it didn't come as I wanted since I can only create new fiels inside that folder, but I can't named them. So if I make new text document I can't name it as I wanted also I can't renamed it after it was created. However deleting is denied as I wanted.

I need this because I have some excel macro that creates pdf document inside that folder and I don't want that documents to be deleted or changed by mistake.

Please advice..

A:security permissions

Quote: Originally Posted by mihael

I need this because I have some excel macro that creates pdf document inside that folder and I don't want that documents to be deleted or changed by mistake.

It is called Readonly...

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I couldn't figure out if this post fit better in this area or the area that seemed to deal more with firewalls and AV software, my luck, neither, so I will trust to the discretion of the moderators...

I synched some directories between two computers. Now I have a directory on this computer and all the files in that directory say I don't have permission to view them. When I open up their "properties:Security:Group or User Name" I have to add my identity to each one individually, and there are many...

Is there an automated way to bail me out of this mess? (Probably like I must have gotten myself into it?)

Thank-you VERY much!

A:Security permissions

Not really understanding what exactly that you want to fix. Is it folder permissions, or something with third party software that is the cause? Permissions you change in the Properties for that folder.

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I made the mistake of downloading the peice of crap security suite. it's really a dumbed down suite of mcafee software there were several problems that prompted me to uninstall it and that is causing more more problems.

first of all, the suite has no way to manually update it, so you must wait for it to update it self. even when it does, for some reason the gui says you have 0 (zero) virus definitions. the front page maintains that spyware detection, virus protection, and firewall are turned off, but when you go to the respective tabs you see that spyware and virus protection are turned on and the firewall is missing so there is no way to turn it on or off. but here's the thing, windows security detects the firewall and aol's sign on screen shows that all the components are active. the suite also was enough of a resource hog to noticably slow my system down, but thats to be expected as my comp is running a pentium III 1ghz with only 384 mb ram.

well with all that, I decided it was best to uninstall the safety & security center and buy my own security. but here is where the next problem is. windows security is still detecting the aol firewall and I have no way of disabling it. I don't even know why it's still being detected. after uninsatlling I deleted all mcafee folders and anything that I could find related to the aol safety & security center.

so what do I have to do to get rid of this? what other info is needed in order to solve my prob... Read more

A:aol safety & security center woes

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Inventor: SSL not to blame for security woes.

...explains what needs to be done to boost security on the Internet.

-- Tom

A:Inventor: SSL not to blame for security woes

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We are building a new network based on Windows 2003 server. All seems fine apart from one bit of software we need to work - which doesn't.

I seem to be having some problems with security/permissions [please note - I am something of a novice!] There may well be a simple answer...

The program resides on the server and is simply run from a shortcut on the local machine.

It does work on any PC logged in at administrator level, and I have had it working, and tested its stability.

However, I can not seem to get it to work under any other level. Last thing I tried was creating a group specifically for this. Gave it all the permissions I could find, and gave this group ownership of the directory. I would have imagined this might work. But it seems not.

Can anyone help me out?


A:2003 security / permissions???

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Hello Guys,

Here is the and setup.

3 Computers. 2 Windows XP and 1 Windows 7 computers

XP1 is acting as a type of file server. Hosting a folder with data in it. The other XP2 computer and Win7 PC have a application on it that use the data on XP1.

I have made a network drive on XP2 and Win7 to the folder that stores the data. I want the application to have full read and write access but I don't want the users to be able to go into the network folder and mess around with anything. Can I block user access through My computer or windows explorer? How do I protect that data without interrupting what the application needs to do?



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I was screwing around with the permissions in Win 7 Premium, C:\Windows\winsxs and I now have them in a mess! System Restore wont work. Trying to rest the permissions with icals.

From an elevated command prompt I did this:
C:\Windows\winsxs>icacls * /T /Q /C /RESET

After running awhile I got this message:
successfully processed 73649 files; Failed processing 0 files

But nothing was changed?

Would someone please explain what it is I'm doing wrong?


A:NTFS Security Permissions

Quote: Originally Posted by glatzfront

Would someone please explain what it is I'm doing wrong?

You changed permissions of a highly sensitive portion of the system, WinSxS is Windows. That is what you did wrong. There is no "RESET" once you make a change, the "RESET" command of icacls does not do a reset like you are thinking it does. Lets this be a lesson, DO NOT DO IT AGAIN. Reinstall Windows.

Leave NTFS permissions alone from now on, do not even look at it.



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Hi All,
Does anyone knows what level of security permission is requires to enable servicing plan option to users. currently users are not able to see servicing plan option.

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Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit /dvd /english
Dynamic Disk, GPT Partition table, DAMAGED....................................  Basic disk for MBR/master boot record partition, extend logical partition  no support or corrupt                    
basic disk 0\primary partition 465GB online /MBR/master boot record/Quota settings C:

BUILTIN\Administrators -------15.93GB Amount used
NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller ------ 4.68GB Amount Used
NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM ------- 3.28GB  Amount Used
musty-PC\musty ------ 221,35MB Amount Used                                                                                                                      &nbs... Read more

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In the course of investigating why a programme was not functioning correctly I was requested to check the Security settings for permissions using Safe Mode in Windows XP Home Edition.

Whilst checking these settings I noticed that each Drive Partition of my two HDDs had different settings.

C Drive shows:
All with full permissions

D Drive shows:
Everyone - with full permissions

E, H, I and K Drives show:
Administrators(ERIC\Administrators) - Full Permissions
CREATOR OWNER - Special Permission only
Everyone - Special Permission only
SYSTEM - Full Permissions
Users(ERIC\Users) - Restricted Use (three items checked)

Can anyone explain these settings, confirm whether they are normal and if not what is normal?

I checked my Laptop (One HDD and Partition) and found that it only showed "Everyone" and with Full Permissions.

A link to an explanation of security settings in Windows XP Home would be helpful.

A:Security Permissions for XP Home


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Hi Guys,

I've just bought a netbook with XP Home installed. I'm a student teacher, and I'd like to make it pupil-proof, so I've partitioned the hard drive, and I've got an admin account and a limited account that I'll be using in class. What I also wanted to do was restrict access to the paritition with all the windows files to just the admin account.

I used a tweak found here to do it.

Anyway, turns out that I can't restrict it without making it impossible to log in to the limited account. I think that it's because it can't access the account settings. I added back the permissions for the limited account and it seems to be working fine, but it appears that I'll need to do that every time I create a new account, cause I think I deleted some other permissions.

Question 1: Is it possible to restore all permissions to their defaults, including the deleted profiles, without doing a system restore? If not, does anyone know what the defaults are so I can add them back manually?

Question 2: Does anyone know how I can restrict access to the windows partition properly?

Thanks in advance to anyway who can help me!

A:XP Home Security Permissions

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Is it normal to have "Everyone" in security permissions under \Users?
Given that Users(PCname\Users) is already in the list.

A:Security Permissions for Users

Quote: Originally Posted by mjf

Is it normal to have "Everyone" in security permissions under \Users?
Given that Users(PCname\Users) is already in the list.

just checked my system (32bit) and no it is not. Did you upgrade from a previous OS?

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Okay, I am having some odd problems with my laptop. Today, I realized that I think my two problems might be directly connected. I am using an Acer Aspire 7551 and running Windows 7 Home Premium.

Recently, I noticed that here and there my laptop would tell me that I had to have administrator permissions to run a program or change a setting. That in itself is odd because not only am I the admin on this laptop, but there isn't even another user account, period. This has increased in frequency to the point that I have to right click and run everything as admin.

Today, I unplugged my router and modem to clean up a little bit and when I plugged it back in I couldn't connect to my wireless network. When I tried to troubleshoot the problem, Windows told me that the Diagnostics Policy Service won't start so Windows couldn't fix the issue. I checked out my Windows services and realized that Diagnostic Policy Services, Diagnostic Service Host and Diagnostic System Host were all set to be started manually. I switched them all to automatic and restarted my system. The problem still persists. I then tried restore my computer back a few days to see if that fixed the issue, it did not. I plugged in directly to my cable modem and everything works fine. I googled the issue and saw some people mentioning that both of my problems could be caused by an issue with my Security Permissions. I have no idea if this could be the issue, and if so, how I could fix it.

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A:Security permissions problem?

Starting with Vista, Microsoft introduced User Access Control, a security feature that requires you to Run As Admin any software installation,or change of computer setting even if you are an admin and the only user on the computer . You can Re-adjust the UAC to a less intrusive setting if you like (not recommended). Go to Search and type UAC. This would not affect your Wireless settings though.
The Diagnostic Policy Service should be set to Automatic startup type, and the service started, but Diagnostic Service Host and Diagnostic System host should be set to Manual, with the former service started.
While in Services make sure WLAN AutoConfig is set to Manual but started.
Make sure your Wireless switch is on.
If you continue to have problems, you may be infected, please click on the link in my signature for Virus/Malware Help

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Windows 7 64-Bit , 64-Bit Computer SyStems(Graphic Card Or Everything 64-Bit) BEFORE 32-Bit format available............vs How to recover HDD Security Permissions? Wont boot Computer 
NT Authority\cryptsvc
NT Authority\browser
NT Authority\homeusers
NT Authority\homegroup
NT Authority\Network
NT Authority\Network Service.......... HDD&Regedit possible try

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I am running win XP pro with ntfs file system. I created an additional admin acount for security purposes. But I loaded a program that I only wanted the admin group to have access to. So I went to the folder that contains the program and denied explicit access to the users groups. When I tried to launch the program with the admin it would not let me in. So far I have had several problems with the ntfs system that they have instituted. Some of the functions that were in 2000 PRO were just fine and now I am having a hard time learning the new configuration. But I will start with this. Thank you for the help.

A:Win XP security permissions problem

Go and download X-teq Systems X-setup and clear the simple shares, like I have in the screenshot.

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When I right click one folder/file, I am capable of going to the security tab. When trying to
highlight more than 1 folder at a time to change permissions, I don't see a security tab.

Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? It's a real issue at work we are trying to figure out.

A:Security/Permissions Problem

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So, I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate and up till recently I've been the only user that had access to the computer. That is about to change and what I'd like to do is create an alternate Account for the machine, which I have done, while making only specific folders available to that account.

To give you a better idea: I have a folder on my desktop entitled "Stuff" with, well, lots of stuff in it. I'd like to make several of the folders within this directory accessible to the other account, for read only, and to make all other folders in the directory effectively hidden and unreachable for read or write access.

I know how to do this with Sharing across a Network but have never had to mess with Account permissions to this degree. Is it possible?

(Also, I apologize if this is the wrong forum. It seemed like a general security issue but maybe it'd be better placed in the Windows 7 forum?)

A:Solved: Windows 7 Security Permissions

Nevermind, After digging a bit further online, using proper keywords, I found what I was looking for. Couldn't locate what I needed previously as I was stuck in the lingo of Network sharing.

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UPDATE: I went to the .exe and checked my permissions, I had no "special" permissions just read/write iirc. Set my access to full control and ran the .exe directly (no shortcut) still doesn't work properly. Neither does running as administrator. I should also mention that I'm able to copy files into there without any problem...So now I have no idea what it's doing. One weird thing I noticed though was that my user folder has a padlock on it...doesn't seem to make any difference, but again I don't remember that ever being there on my previous installation.
Okay, so I have my new PC up and running.

Windows 7 installed fine, set it up as far as I can tell exactly how I have every time before...however I think I'm still having problems with being the "total admin".

I run an Authoring Tool for E-Learning and it ran fine on my previous PC/Win7 installation. Now it was refusing me access to the temp folder.

I looked into the permissions for it and found the following:

The everyone group has full permission, but when I look at my account/group I only have "special permission". Just...wtf? I'm the only user on this PC, I don't seem to have a problem with anything else, but why if I'm the "admin" (and only user) do I not have full permissions for everything?

Now, I set my permission to "full control", but "special permissions" is still ticked. The problem is that this program writes to the t... Read more

A:Security - User Permissions - Why don't I have access to everything?

Windows does not give access or ownership or permission to all system files to any standard user, even not to the administrator. The permissions are with TrustedInstaller. You may read about it here: What is TrustedInstaller.exe in Windows 7 | 8 or here: Windows Modules Installer - TrustedInstaller.exe - Program Information

You can take ownership of the files....
Take Ownership - Allow or Prevent Users and Groups To
Take Ownership Shortcut
But remember that it is risky. Better you dont use it abruptly, without consulting with some advanced user in our forums.

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My girlfriend was having an issue with her Windows 7 Ultimate computer while I was out, so I told her how she could fix said issue, the day prior to this I had done some maintenance on it as she wanted to start using that computer again (it's a gaming computer she stopped using for about two weeks because it was running a little slower) and some scans found over 5,000 objects to be removed. It fixed a lot but there were a couple issues left and I didn't have enough time to finish tinkering with it, and there was one issue she could handle while I was gone. Or so I thought. She somehow wandered into the Security tab for her C drive and changed the permissions. Now nothing can be altered on the drive, and I've tried a few things to attempt to reverse this.

I would have simply backed it up and went ahead with a fresh install if not for the fact that she has So much on that computer (The scans went through over 400,000 files)

I've tried doing a system restore, tried a couple of things in Windows RE, tried using the hidden Admin account to change the permissions, etc. None of it has worked yet.

Are there any other possible commands to be tried in Windows RE? I've yet to attempt turning off UAC and attempting to take ownership again to change the permissions, but I'm not sure if that would even take hold given the state of the permissions.

Note: I am able to get a command prompt open in Safe mode as an administrator.

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My girlfriend was having an issue with her Windows 7 Ultimate computer while I was out, so I told her how she could fix said issue, the day prior to this I had done some maintenance on it as she wanted to start using that computer again (it's a gaming computer she stopped using for about two weeks because it was running a little slower) and some scans found over 5,000 objects to be removed. It fixed a lot but there were a couple issues left and I didn't have enough time to finish tinkering with it, and there was one issue she could handle while I was gone. Or so I thought. She somehow got into the Security tab for her C drive and changed the permissions under the security tab. Now nothing can be altered on the drive, and I've tried a multitude of things to attempt to reverse this.

I would have simply backed it up and went ahead with a fresh install if not for the fact that she has So much on that computer (The scans went through over 400,000 files)

I've already attempted a system restore, went into the secret Administrator account in Safe mode to attempt to take ownership/change permissions where it said I was denied access, I attempted the following in Windows RE after booting with a USB thumb drive I freshly created specifically for this reason:

Went into command prompt and input the following (From within Windows RE after booting with said thumb drive containing windows ultimate SP1):

takeown /A /F C:\
takeown /A /F C:\Windows
takeown /A /F C:\Windows\Sy... Read more

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I'm trying to help out my sister on her laptop (Compaq Vista 32bit). Here are the problems:

Can not access Windows Security Center.. It comes up on the tool bar red with the X. When you try to open it either off the tool bar or even through the Control Center you get: A "open with" window to select the program to open "rundll32.exe". I have tried the tutuorial on this site to change security center from disabled to automatic, this did not work, it defaults back to disabled.Will not start up the Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program automatically on startup. You must manaul start and either run as adminstrator to start or go through the "open with window" process.All program starts require to go through the "open with window" approach and some that does not work and you need to right click on the program and "run as administrator" to start the program (i.e. intenet exployer).I have manually run Microsoft Security Essentials and removed numerous virus and trojans.

I am familar with XP and Windows 7, not Vista...

Any assistance will be appreciated

A:Security Center and Program Permissions

Hallo Brack, It sounds like you could have corrupted system files from malware & more than likely still have active malware.
First off try these and see if the make any difference with things such as the Security Center not starting;

Check Disk - chkdsk

After this run System files command this will check for and attempt to repair any corrupted System files, please note that this can only fix one problem at a time so you may have to run it several times;

System Files - SFC Command

Next a good place to start is to download Malwarebytes free standalone scanner, update it & run a Scan;

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes

IF malwarebytes will not install, update or run then look at these other options see if your computer will allow you to run this free online scan;

Free ESET Online Antivirus Scanner

If not you may have to go to a friends computer Super anti spyware has a portable scanner you can run from a USB stick Caution:( any of your USB sticks may be infected so it would pay to borrow or purchase a new one, please do not infect your friends computer)
This portable scanner has a file name that malware is not supposed to recognize so it may give you enough leeway to get things running again;

SUPERAntiSpyware.com - SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner

The next option is a rescue disk which you can download and burn to a CD on another computer then insert the disk in your computer & Restart so the disk can scan before Windows loads... Read more

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hey all,

Bit of a prob here. i did have 2000 pro but, i recently upgraded to XP pro.
now every time I try to remove or add any software I get this 1926.... here is the message from my last error:

"Error 1926. Could not set file security for file 'C:\Config.Msi\'. Error: 5. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to modify the security permissions for this file."

Am I running parellel OS's? Unfortunatly I have taken my PC for granted and I am extreamly reliant on it for school. Don't know what id do without your help, Thank you! James Sterling

A:Error 1926/ security permissions

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Hi Guys,
Im using WinXP pro with SP2

Im trying to change a folders permission(C:\Program Files) so that i have full access to it.

I right click the folder and choose properties and then the security tab.. from there if I try to alter permissions in any way it freezes up or i get the form not responding message and i never manage to do it?
I try to add mtself with my user account so that I can get full permission but when i do this or alter the same hapens Form NOT Responding
Any suggestions of how to do this or whats up?

Ive tried going through start>> accessorys>> windows exporer>> but each time it stops responding.

Thanks again

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Hi, im not too tech savy but i'll try to explain my problem as best I can and hopefully someone can help.

Ok I have two users on my computer, one is mine which has been running for longer and has always been the administrator. I havent been on it for awhile but when i went on yesterday its wasnt showing the wallpaper, internet wasnt working. After a bit of looking i found that all the files on this user did not show itself in the security permissions for those files, only read something else, not full control. I reset the whole user for full control of the files but now its not saving cookies on google chrome even though chrome settings are correct and its reinstalled. Also i get some other programs saying they cant save things like history files even though i reinstall these too. As far as i can tell its not recognising that my account is the admin or has full security access to everything it should even though my password is still the admin password

Does anyone know what might have made this happen and a way of fixing it cause constantly inputting passwords on the internet isnt fun.

A:Lost security permissions on a User.

The simple way of solving this is to create another admin account, and move over your pictures, documents etc to the new account.

Using an admin password does not automatically give you full access to everything. Your access level depends on the Security settings tab in each folder/file properties.

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Is there a way for me to recover the stupid idiotic mistake that I did? What I did was removed all the permissions to a partition on my HD that contains all my trading files and folders making it impossible for me to open ANY of my files on that partition. I thought I was removing the permissions for others on my network and selected the read only attribute. Then when I tried to allow full control after I realized what I did, it tells me access is denied.

So is there anything I can do to recover what I screwed up??

A:Removed all Security Permissions by accident

try changing it back through the hidden admin account... Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

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I have an access 2000 application which is using MS access security. I have setup my user and admin groups with permissions to edit a form.

I have a status field on the form and if the staus field is changed from "in progress" to "billed", I want to prevent any member of the user group from further editing, however any member of the admin group can continue to edit and canreset the form to allow users to edit again.

I cannot use allowedits= false as this prevents all users from editing.

Is there a way to prevent editing depending on the user ?

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I am trying to open mountvol.exe located in C:\Windows\System32 and it just flashes the command prompt screen for a second. Then I opened properties security tab access denied. I tried to change access and get message error something about registry value wrong. What brought this about is I have alot of files that are empty and did a google search and it took me to mounted drives and volumes. If anyone could explain what a mounted device is how do they get mounted and can you read your files on a mounted device or does it have to be unmounted

A:Unable to change Security Permissions

A Mounted Drive is a drive attached to an empty folder on an NTFS volume. Mounted drives function the same as any other drive, but are assigned a label or name instead of a drive letter. The mounted drive’s name is resolved to a full file system path instead of just a drive letter. Members of the Administrators group can use Disk Management to create mounted drives or reassign drive letters.
Mountvol.exe is a utility that enumerates the volumes in your system
more information here -> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc976820.aspx

Since mountvol is a command line utility, double clicking it in windows explorer will give you exactly the response you are getting, mountvol needs to be told what to do by adding switches and/or paramaters. This is done through the CLI (or sometimes from a shortcut if it is a repetetive task). Unless you are actually trying to mount a folder as a drive, you have no need to use this function.

Originally Posted by debrk0800

I am trying to open mountvol.exe located in C:\Windows\System32 and it just flashes the command prompt screen for a second. Then I opened properties security tab access denied. I tried to change access and get message error something about registry value wrong. What brought this about is I have alot of files that are empty and did a google search and it took me to mounted drives and volumes. If anyone could explain what a mounted device is how do they get mounted an... Read more

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I have a 1TB HDD connected via the network. 90% of the folders on this drive are fine, but a few were created by previous Windows installs.
I needed to delete the folder but it won't let me do so. I've tried fiddling with the security settings but they wont "stick". See the attached for what I mean.

I can't do anything with this folder. This is also happening on other folders and I've experienced this annoying issue over the years. Finally knowing an answer would help a great deal.
I can rename the folder, but everything inside the folder and the folder itself cannot be removed.

A:Security Permissions on network folder.

You probably have to Take Ownership: How to Take Full Ownership of Files & Folders in Windows 8.

I don't know if that reference in your screenshot to "domain" is going to cause an additional wrinkle.

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How can I protect my Windows files so that my Linux does NOT see it (except as root)?

A:Permissions Win & Linux [moved from General Security]

This is probably a question better asked in a Windows or Linux section of the forum. What Windows OS is involved, so I can move this thread to the appropriate section?

Of course, if someone reading knows the answer, feel free to post.

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Hello, I had problems sharing files on my network and I went to different support forums looking for answers and I changed user permissions on my (c/) drive and tried to add "Everyone" following instructions from other forum, I did something WRONG and I did not fix the problem and now I just create a new one because "SYSTEM" and "Authenticated Users" do not exist anymore. I need help to see if someone can tell me how to restore settings to default.


A:How to restore security permissions to default settings

You can try a restore point previous to the time you made your changes. Any other changes you made, installations, etc since that restore point will be undone too.

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Good morning all, please i have this problem wid my laptop, i deleted one of my account that i used microsoft to sign in and i have not seen where it kept the user files of that account and i also set security permissions on most of my files through that account so now that the account is no more, it is requesting me to obtain permission from that account, each time i want to copy, move or delete a file. Please what do i do ?

A:security permissions needed to access files

Hi netpotechani, Welcome to SevenForums

First, i would like to know if you can right click cmd, then run as administrator on your current account.

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Hello, I recently got a new laptop and was eager to setup a wireless network to transfer files from my laptop to my desktop. My laptop is running Win 7 while my desktop is using XP. After I configured the network, file sharing seemed to work perfectly except that on my desktop, I can access the "USERS" folder of my laptop.

So without any knowledge of what I was doing, I altered the security settings of the "USERS" folder and/or my C:\ drive and I believe I pretty much locked myself out of it. I tried to revert the settings (Allow - Full Control) instead of (Deny - Full Control) but it denied me access for changing these settings when I pressed apply.
I then hastily performed a system restore in hopes that it would revert the settings.

I restarted my laptop and everything seemed to be normal as I got my desktop back, but I'm not sure if I still have remnants of the security settings. For the security settings for my "USERS" folder, under "Group or user names" "SYSTEM", "Administrators(xxxxxxxx-PC/Administratiors)" and "Users (xxxxxx-PC\Users)" have Full Control. Only "EVERYONE" has the ability for: read & execute, list folder contents and read.

Something in particular I ran into though was when I had to delete a file that was in the "Program Files" folder. When I attempted to delete a file or folder within "Program Files", I would get 2 messages. The first one being... Read more

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Hi gang,I have my neighbor's laptop because she said she downloaded that Security Tool malware. The problem I'm having is I can't seem to locate any issues, so I'm askling you fine people for help in determining whether or not there is an issue. To this date, I've cleaned up what I could using Avira, SpyBot, CCleaner and MalwareBytes, so following is the DDS log. Perhaps an associated issue: When I try to run GMER, I get this message: "C:\Windows\System\32\Cinfig\System: The system could not find the file specified" The file is actually there, and this user said she thought she had a duplicate user name previously, but I could not find that, either. Could this missing user/premissions issue be indicative of a larger issue?Please let me know, if you can, if there really is something I missed.Thanks for all the hard work.DDS:DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSX64 Run by Robin at 8:50:04.47 on Sat 04/24/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7600.0.1252.1.1033.18.3003.1760 [GMT -4:00]SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *disabled* (Updated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSSC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetwork... Read more

A:Possible Security Malware Infection?/Permissions Issue?

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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When editing permissions in the "Security" tab inside properties I messed up and edited my own to not be able to change the file anymore. Can someone tell me how to fix this.(this is a re-post because I posted in the wrong section before.)

A:Accidently changed security permissions for a file.


Can you login as adminsitrator, and change the permissions then?


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I believe I have a unique problem since I have searched this forum and have found nothing like it.

My account is an administrator & have no other accounts. I originally set up a homegroup between my 2 laptop PCs but have deleted the homegroup since I can't get the network sharing to work.

When I look at the Network list from Computer A, I can see both Computer A & Computer B. Since I am sharing the User Folder I can see both A & B, open both A & B and when I look at the Properties I see the dialog box immediately and the Computer A Properties has both Security & Sharing tabs, Computer B Propertes has only the Security tab which I believe is correct.

Computer B is entirely different. Again both computers only have adminstrator accounts.

When I look at the Network list from Computer B, I can see both Computer B & Computer A. Since I am sharing the User Folder I can see both B & A, I can open A's User Folder but not B's (its own folder) and when I look at the Properties I see the dialog box of A immediately and the Computer A Properties has Security tab only (as it did above) & Sharing tabs, Computer B Properites (its oen User Folder) takes a long time to open & it Properities only show the Sharing tab, not the Security Tab. Since I can't see the Security tab I can't change the sharing. The Permissions & Ownership look correct. How can I get the Security Tab back.

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A:Administrator Sharing Security Permissions Ownership

Sounds like a permissions problem, but I am not positive.

Please post screen shots of the share on both machines, the folder on both machines, the permissions on the folder on both machines.

Thanks -WS

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I screwed up and accidentally changed the permissions on a UserGroup that I am apart of denying it everything on a folder. Due to the Deny precedence in the the XP Permissions, I now cant go back and change it back. Any tips or suggestions?

A:XP Folder Permissions and Security Settings - Locked Myself Out

Hello medauto

See if you can do this
Take ownership of the folder by right clicking it and selecting Properties. Select the Security Tab and click the Advanced button. You'll see an Owner tab so add your User Name to the list

You may need to go to My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing" or you won't have a Security tab otherwise.

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

You need to be using an Admin Account to do it.
Once you have given yourself permission you will not get the ?Access Denied? message.

To apply to subfolders check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" before you click ?Apply?


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Some days back my chkdsk started running after a reboot.
Everything was fine until it found some errors and i got this line...

Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 97.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 98.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 99.

Some 10,000 or so files later it ended but my PC didn't restart automatically.
I pressed the reset button and after that all was hell.

For e.g.

1) My host file entries were not readable by any applications like wamp or firefox or chrome or etc.
2) I could not start some programs like MATLAB because its file also got corrupted.

3) Avira Antivirus does not update because it says Scheduler (sched.exe) has not been started even after starting it from services.msc.

I googled this problem and came to know that my account has been removed from the permissions list of the files (as seen when i saw the properties of the hosts file).

Please help me to include my account in the permission list because after adding it manually gives me a permission denied error.

Thank you to read so patiently...

P.S. : I searched eventvwr.msc but it does not show up chkdsk logs...

A:File security permissions messed up by chkdsk

I tried a fix of my own.

I created an admin account and added this line in the Properties of hosts
Users (Computer\Users)

Then I logged into my original account and confirmed that the settings were still there.
Opened Mozilla to check and then everything started working properly.

My account still has some minor problems but this makeshift arrangement is enough for me.
Of course this has to be done to all the files which face problem, i think there is now way out.

I need 2 days to format and restore my PC and its settings back to original which is simply tiring.

Btw mine is Windows 7 Home Premium, so gpedit is missing frm my PC and also there is no section of 'Local Users and Groups' in Computer Management.

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