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File security permissions messed up by chkdsk

Q: File security permissions messed up by chkdsk

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...

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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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I have Vista Home Premium SP2 64BIT and the security permissions for just ONE user is messed up. We have 4 user accounts and for some reason, just ONE of the 4 users cannot access certain shared programs. When I try to reapply permissions to Drive C for everybody, it returns error messages for just that one user. I have also tried replacing all existing inheritable permissions on all decedents with inheritable permissions from this object and it also returns error messages for just the 1 of 4 users. The error messages say access is denied to files like: Zach/manifest.bin, Zach/permdata.box, etc. also I got the error message the ACL structure is invalid.

Microsoft sent me a DVD disk called an In-place Upgrade to repair Windows Vista, but I want to make sure from this forum that this in-place upgrade can fix this specific problem and won't create further problems or delete any of our user settings, programs or files because my computer is running perfectly fine except for the security permissions for just that ONE user. Can someone PLEASE advise if there is a way to reset security permissions for one-user or do I have to use the in-place upgrade disc and could the in-place upgrade delete or further cause more problems to our personal settings/files?

A:VISTA Security Permissions for 1 of 4 Users is MESSED UP

Why not to create new profile and delete corrupted one?

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I need to run backup of my c:\users but I'm getting access denied messages when I attempt to access certain subdirs. My user is in the admin group. If I rightclick on c:\users and go to properties>security>edit>add and then add myself and check "Full control." After hitting apply it goes through and tries to apply the settings but fails 12-15 times saying, "an error occurred while applying secutity info to: c:\users\default\appdata\local\..." It goes on to say, "access is denied."

What's up?

A:windows 7 file permissions messed up

Please read the tutorials on permissions.
If access is still denied, it is to protect the system.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html

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I was having terrible trouble removing some malware(it was attached to cmpbk3.dll) so I thought I would outsmart it. I hooked the hard drive to another computer and deleted the offending file. However now it won't boot up because of a missing pci.sys. So I rehooked it to my working computer(Windows Vista) and decided I would backup the pictures/documents and then reload WinXP. Problem is the security on the files won't let me save them unless I go into Properties > Security and then add myself as a user for each individual picture file. Does anyone know a way around this? I tried highlighting the entire group and selecting properties, but this does not allow the security tab to show.

Thanks in advance for any help!!

A:File/folder Security-permissions Issues

You could try taking ownership of the files you want, How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421 I would take ownership of entire folders, not individual files.Louis

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I am having difficulty setting up an advanced file sharing setup with Windows 7 x64 acting as the host machine.

I have 3 users that i want to access the share.
User1 = Full Rights
User2, User3 = ability to run and execute all folders, but only write, modify their own folders.

Directory tree is following:
Root (shared as data1)
---Folder1+additional sub-folders (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder2+additional sub-folders (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder2+additional sub-folders (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder3+sub-folder1 (user1 full access, user2+3, read only)
---Folder3+sub-folder2 (User1+2 Full Access, user3 read only)
---Folder3+sub-folder3 (User1+3 Full Access, user2 read only)

The only way I've been able to give give users 2,3 ability to edit their own folders is to give them read/write access to shared dir data1.

I've tried messing with security and sharing, but not having much luck.

A:Correct File Security / Sharing Permissions

Hi smitty. Welcome to the forums .

You could specifically deny access to those users or the group they belong to:

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Take heed of the big red warning notes about denying access to your user account or the group you belong to. If you deny access to the specified user's group and it is a group you belong to, you will lock yourself out.

You could make User1 and admin and make user 2 & 3 standard accounts and control the folders via the user groups.

You may also find additional helpful info via the related links at the bottom of the tut. Educate yourself well on the matter, as mistakes can cost you time and data. Plus you increase the chances that you will make use of the method that works best for your situation.

Also, before changing permissions, you will serve yourself well to create an image of your system partition, as System Restore will not revert permissions. If you have a system drive image and need to restore, you can be back where you started in minutes, all mistakes gone. Many here recommend the free Macrium Reflect. I use Acronis True Image 2011 and am quite happy with it (been using it for years).

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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.

Hi,

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

Regards,
Golden

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Hi,

I am using Acrobat Pro 6 and using the security options to secure documents I am creating.

There are 2 passwords open for use:
1) A document Open password, (for viewing control) and
2) A Permissions password, (for changes and editing control)

I have noticed that even though I checked several documents for the integrity of the alloted passwords that the Permissions password actually opens the document as well?

Do I have a bug somewhere, as i do not want to be able to Open the file with a Permissions Password?

Any help, appreciated. Thanks, Simon.
 

A:Solved: PDF File Security.. Open and Permissions paswords ...

Apologies, I have just read that the Permissions password is SUPPOSED to be able to open the document in question.

So its not a bug.

Thanks, Simon.
 

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Installed 7077. Have 2 USB drives attached. Everything all right. Files all accessable. Join homegroup, and permissions all messed up!

The drive didn't even show as having a partition except in computer management. Had to take ownership of drive to see file list again, but I couldn't open files anymore. Now, I have to go to each file and open the security properties, remove the ones listed there, and then click the "inherit" option and click through the Okays. That'll finally make them useable.

ARGH.

A:Permissions all messed up!

I had that with my second HD when I did a clean install - if you take ownership of the drive, then change the permissions of the drive and check the little box underneath that say s something like "Make this change for all sub folders too" then it makes it a lot easier...

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Hi I am looking for some advice.

I had an old PC which I replaced and took the hard drive to use as a slave in my new system. I didn't notice any problems for months and months. Then one day I noticed I couldn't delete certain files and folders from the old hard drive. I was advised to use the Take Ownership registry trick and I deleted all files and folders except one (E:\old\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash) which would not budge and it seemed that critical files were being used. Looking into it further I realised I had called my new PC by the exact same name as the old system and I think the dam thing has got confused!

I left it at that because I had reclaimed most of the space I wanted however shortly after I noticed that my CPU was at 25% all the time and Windows Update was bugging out. I read online about how you can use Windows Offline Updater - which I downloaded and used to update windows and fix the bug. I mention this because I am not sure what has caused my current problem.

The problem is recently I can't install anything as I do not have permissions to my own c drive. I get many errors from requires access, privileges, access denied. I have been clicking on take ownership of all sorts and messing with the security and sharing options and getting further messages like files/folder in use!

Now my permissions and access policy is in tatters.

My main questions are

1. Would re-installing Windows from my partition resolve this?

2. Is there a better... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I have an external HDD formatted as NTFS (supports file bigger than 4GB). After several times copying back and forth to the HDD between my new and old computers, now the whole file system in the external HDD doesn't seem to work properly anymore , expecially with the permission, I'm frequently asked to be admin in order to access some folder, which are not neccessary at all like my music folder.

I tried to reset all the permissions using windows explorer but it takes quite a lot time (my hdd is 500gb) and it get stopped in the middle due to some access denied error.

Can anyone suggest me a way to remove all this nuisances (reset the security options for all files and folders), I only want a FAT32 like HDD with support for file > 4GB,
 

A:NTFS Permissions Messed Up !!!

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I totally messed up my user permissions as I keep getting an 'Access Denied System 5 error" at a command prompt. In my stupidity, I just started changing all the 'user/mycomputer' permissions thru UAC - when I started this, of course, I was asked do I want to continue - I said 'YES' and proceeded to click away - then I started running into the 'Access denied' and something about 'inconsistencies' and how I could mess things up. I just want to get it back to the original state (when I bought computer). My question is- I have several different discs - a Factory default backup(s), a Windows 7 System Repair disc and a Drivers & Apps backup all from when I originally bought computer - which(if and) will 'fix' permissions or will none of these discs help? and if none, what are my alternatives? OR could I just be lucky enough to take one of my last backups and restore that ? Thanks
Lorelei

A:Permissions Messed Up - Windows 7 64-bit

Hi Lorelei,
Your best bet is 1 of your back-ups, prior to your problem, as it will have all of your personnel data on it.,

next best is system restore.

Roy

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Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.150928-1507)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ASUS
System Model: All Series
BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/20/15 15:03:48 Ver: 07.04
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.5GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16328MB RAM
Page File: 1820MB used, 30831MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Hi I had this problem a few week ago

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/old-system-files-on-old-hard-drive.1173461/#post-9261573

and since then I have been using the take ownership reg edit quite a bit. I also had a problem with windows update

http://superuser.com/questions/962070/windows-7-windows-update-hangs-on-checking-for-updates

So I downloaded this ...

http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Now my system permissions are all messed up and I am unable to install anything to C Drive it seems.
I get error messages saying log in as administrator, or folder in use ect ect.

I'm not sure if this was my fault or not.

How can I fix this mess?
 

A:User Permissions all messed up

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So I'm in the middle of a first time and incredibly frustrating Windows 10 installation, I'm having a terrible time getting a stable connection for gaming. This is a dual boot Win 7 Pro ( my original drive ) and Win 10 "" Upgrade cough"" on a new drive.

Something about Windows 10 is not allowing me to have a stable connection for gaming, nor allow me to use my microphone. I get nothing but rubber banding, ping spikes, packet loss no matter what I do.

So my fall back is Windows 7 where I can currently play BFV smooth as silk with no lag issues whatsoever, but after taking ownership of the Win7 boot drive on my Win10 drive, many things in Win7 don't work right and it seems to be down to permission issues that I'm having a hard time correcting.

I'm more or less giving up on Windows 10 which has cost me $6.00, $40.00 for a new wireless adapter (thinking that would correct the issue) gas money, and the tragic and malicious destruction of my weekend. My goal here is to man the Windows 7 life raft and try to get the permissions back to normal so I can do things like launch the Epic Games app and Firefox which for some reason requires I right click and Admin every time I want to Launch them. Getting errors such as "Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible." But everything is in place, bookmarks and all, as long as I right click and Admin, each and every time.

I've right clicked my C d... Read more

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I have a 64-bit Win7 VAIO. There are 2 user accounts in addition to the usual - mine (an administrator) and a generic user account with fewer privileges.
I noticed that the standard user account was still able to access folders that I didn't want it to, so I went about trying to revoke those permissions. I must have gone too far, though, and now I'm in a bind.
I changed permissions for Users, Everyone and the other user account to Deny full control on my C:\Users\<user>\ folder and its subfolders. Unfortunately, it seems that this also removed those permissions for me, as admin.
I tried resetting the permissions, but this does not seem to have worked. So, because I had a restore point from 2 days ago, I thought restoring would fix it, but it has not.
I'm having all sorts of problems because of this now. Most software will not open correctly (probably trying to access something in AppData), and I have no idea what steps to take now.

Ideas?

A:Changing permissions has messed up everything

**Update**

Some additional info that might help:
When I attempt to do even basic actions, such as copying a file from my User folder to another location, I am not allowed. Windows tells me I need permission from myself to do it (I'm logged in as User1 and the message says I need permission from VAIO1\User1).

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Hi,

While trying to delete the old windows files after an upgrade it kept denying deletion because TrustedInstaller wouldn't allow it so I tried to change ownership from TrustedInstaller to to administrators group and things went down hill from here. apparently a 2nd group of administrators was created and by mistake I deleted the old (original) one, there is also a user called 'CREATOR OWNER' which I deleted too but shows up somehow on other files. It won't allow me to delete these files and asks for permissions from administrators which apparently now is a separate group.

How do I fix this cluster&$^&#? thanks.

For more illustration, this is what it looks like:

A:I messed with User permissions..

Hello and welcome to TenForums

If you have set up system restore points the simplest way to fix this is to revert back to a earlier point in time.

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Hi folks. 
 
My permissions are screwed, atm...
 
I really dont know how i messed it up. And then i used some program that is called Permission time machine, and i selected my whole C: drive, and then i pressed default on it...
(http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Permissions-Time-Machine.shtml)
 
I want like a fresh win7 install. But i have not managed that yet,
 
Can someone maybe put up pictures of how the permission should look like in win7? Win7 x64.
 
I can put add some screens here. And then maybe some of you can show me how it is supposed to look like.
 
I deleted the EVERYBODY whole a few days ago. Dont think i need that one.
 
In all of these screenshots. I edited some, removed my username on the computer. And the one i removed/edited, its my administaror account...
Then in the C: Drive, when i deleted EVERYBODY, after the permission time machine added it, i got those locked icons later on after that. But i can still acess files, but yeah..
 
My permissions are not right atm.
Can someone point me in the right direction? Pictures would be nice. My guest account is off.
 
Would just be nice to have correct permissions, even thou i have considered about hardening the system later on, if i read up and have the energy..
 
Here are some screens at the current state:
 
http://i.imgur.com/GcmDWoH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/27XFwyg.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KT86uHW.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/jjDyZ9T.jpg
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A:My permissions in win7 are messed up.. plz help me out. Someone who knows this.

temp0rary
I have just reformatted this computer running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1) and the following allowed Security settings are as follows for my main drive (C:\) are:
 
Advanced Security Settings:
all entries Type: Allow - Inherited From: <not inherited>
 
Authenticated Users:
(There are 2 separate entries listed) 
 
1st entry: 
Special Permissions (Subfolders and files only): Traverse folder / execute file - List folder / read data - Read attributes - Read extended attributes - Create files / write data - Create folders / append data - Write attributes - Write extended attributes - Delete - Read permissions 
 
2nd entry:
Authenticated Users: (This folder only) - Create folders / append data
 
SYSTEM: (This folder, subfolders and files) - Full Control
 
Administrators (Computer Name\Administrators): (This folder, subfolders and files) - Full Control
 
Users (Computer Name\Users: (This folder, subfolders and files) - Read & execute - List folder contents - Read 
 
=====
 
Hope this helps 

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Hello, tech-guys.
I hope that, this is the right category to post my issue.

I have screwed up my HITACHI 320GB external HD, now I am having nightmares about my problem So, please HELP ME!

Here is my story:
Initially: HITACHI 320 GB hard, partitioned as HD0: 100GB HD1: 200GB

Then: I deleted 100GB partition and was trying to extend HD1 to full hard disk capacity with Partition Magic. Something went wrong, and windows can't read (mount) my hard disk.

So, I have tried followings:

1. Using Testdisk I have analyzed and written back the partition table
2. Using chkdsk (under Win7 Pro) I have checked my hard disk for errors. Windows found whole bunch of errors and "repaired" them.

I got my 200GB partition back, but it seems to have moved up clusters. I mean, now I have:

But previously, unallocated space was before the partition.

Now about my nightmares, I can see all my data with correct folder and size structure. However, I am not able to open them. Most of my data are photos and videos. Whenever I try to open some file it prompts an error: FILE IS CORRUPTED.

I have tried recovering some file with ZAR and several other recovery software, recovered files still displays same error.

What should I do at this point?
 

A:Chkdsk/PartionMagic messed up my files. HELP!!!

Does PartionMagic have a backup or undo feature...........I have heard a lot of people have problems with PartionMagic, including me
 

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i've messed up the permissions in the registry HKLM - got a blue screen AND not get a Blue Screen on boot up with an error x0000... and "system has been shut down".

i'm online with a dual boot Vista installation on the same machine.

what do i need to do to repair this? i didn't try Safe Mode, but i'm betting that won't boot either.

HELP???

thanks
gn

A:messed up permissions in registry / HKLM

Try to do System Restore

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Hello,

I was trying out the admin permissions for my external drive and I messed up. It took all of my privileges away and I wasn't able to access it at all. I was able to get some of it back, but I am still having problems getting full control of the drive. I am seeing a pad lock on the first tier of folders. How do I remove that padlock showing?

Thank you

A:Messed up with Permissions on my external drive. Help!!

First, don't panic. You can fix this.

Second, do the following:

Right-click on the drive and select "Properties"
Click "Advanced"
Click "Change Permissions"
Ensure that Administrators is listed (at the very least...if not also your username)
Click the "Replace all child object..." check box
Click "OK"


If that doesn't work, take ownership first:

Right-click on the drive and select "Properties"
Click "Advanced"
Click the "Owner" tab
Click "Edit"
Select your username
Click the "Replace owner on..." check box
Click "OK"
Then go back and perform the first set of steps listed above

This is from memory...but it should work. If not, let us know...and we'll work it out.

cheers,
Steve

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hi guys,

I've messed up my family pc and urgently need your help. I was using the rights/permissions security tab to deny access to my kids account to some common windows folder. I made the Administrator account the owner and gave it full control. But something odd has happened....

Now Microsoft Management Control will not let me save any options for kids account.

Each time i try to change any option in MMC, I now get a dialog box with the error:-



****************************************************************
Unhandled exception has occurred in a componenent in your application. If
you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue.

Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))
****************************************************************

See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))
at Microsoft.GroupPolicy.AdmTmplEditor.IGPMAdmTmplEditorCallback.ApplyChanges()
at Microsoft.GroupPolicy.AdmTmplEditor.Editor.SaveChanges()
at Microsoft.GroupPolicy.AdmTmplEditor.Editor.buttonApply_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Butto... Read more

A:Messed up user rights permissions

You should NEVER fool with the Ownership of System folders. You have Farked your system. Time to Reinstall.

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I got Windows 8.1. Yesterday I messed around with setting some permissions in order to gain access to some folders. I messed up because I ended up with many unresponsive programs and very slow laptop. And many store apps wont open.

How can I reset permissions to default? Or do I run a full repair?

A:Setting Permissions Messed Up Laptop - HELP!

Welcome to the Forums.

Do you have a Restore Point from before the change? If so that should restore the Registry where all the settings are kept.

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This morning, I was trying to assign permissions as I realized my folder which has administrative rights was for some reason accessible to my kids (not sure when that happened as it wasn't at one time, maybe an update messed it up?).

I mistakenly denied permissions to Everyone which includes myself.

I've been trying to give myself back permission but of course I keep getting errors.

Also now all the programs on my start menu won't work.


So, I guess I effectively locked out not only Everyone, but the
administrator, as well?

I know there is some type of super administrator but I can't even figure how to sign in to that.

How can I fix this huge blunder?

Thanks,

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Hi guys,
I hope there is a solution to this that doesn't involve me completely wiping my hard drive but I am prepared to do so if required.
Recently I was setting up a user account for a friend so they could use my laptop and i accidently changed all of the Administrator Permissions.
Now I can't access my C Drive. I can't copy and paste, most of my programs won't boot properly because the permission to the C Drive were taken away.
I also can't access the User Account setting because I have been locked out of that too.
I know, I know... I've thoroughly messed it up but if anyone has any advice on how I might fix this problem it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much.

A:I've completely messed up my Administrator Permissions... HELP

In all honesty, you won't get this fixed properly. It will take you far less time to back up your data and reinstall Windows than to fiddle around with trying to change the permissions back.

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Hi,

I have win7 ultimate x64 with 3 HDD partitions, Windows is installed at C:, important programs are kept in C: and other 3rd party programs are installed at D:. I wanted to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, so I did a backup of C: and D: drives. I did not like Windows 8 because it started to mess with permissions, so I thought that it was a problem from windows 8. So I reverted to win 7 by restoring the entire C: drive with macrium reflect. Ok, everything went well, but I wanted to make a repair install of windows because some icons do not display properly, etc. So I did the repair install from the X17 ISO, the problem is that applications like sidebar gadgets, objectdock, eventviwer, services.msc just don't work, everything just got messed. I checked the c:\users\appdata folder and I have full permission to that folder, however, when I checked the "windows sidebar" folder it was stating that "there is no owner or groups that can access to this folder". Ok, so I added my username and checked full control, and the sidebar started to work. Great, the problem is that there are many other things that do not work or simply crash, and I wonder how many permissions will I have to edit manually, I tried every methods to reset permissions, but it does nothing, taking ownership of both C: and D: drives don't work either, some programs keep crashing because some folders do not have owners assigned.

I can have everything just like I had by restoring my backup image, ... Read more

A:W7 ultimate x64 permissions messed up after repair install.

The simplest way is to backup your data and do a Clean Install. I know it's painful but when you are having strange problems it's often the only good fix.

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I tried to fix permissions for a partition, so ended up using an icacls command following suggestions read online. Since it seemed to be taking quite a while, I changed my mind and terminated to process (decided I'll just format the partition).

I don't know if it was this or something else, but another partition -- my Windows partition, to be exact -- now also has messed up permissions. No no programs will start when I boot up my computer.

I read that this could be fixed by running icacls * /t /q /c /reset as an administrator, but that command is giving me a bunch of errors (cannot find path, access denied etc.)
Can this be fixed by using takeown /R /F *? If not, how should I proceed in order to not break up anything more?

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new user. hope i'm posting according to rules. I wanted to change windows 7 (64 bit) security properties and change permissions on the document and settings folder that denied me access. so i went in and messed with everyone, SYSTEM, and Administrators.I can't even tell you which permissions i tried to allow, but SYSTEM at this point has no allow/deny arrows (except a grayed out special permissions check mark); everyone has black ALLOW ARROWS on everything but special permissions is grayed out on DENY; and administrators has all ALLOW BLACK ARROWS on everything but special permissions which has no arrow on allow or deny.

UPSHOT PROBLEM: there's a dialog box that won't close:
it says: (ERROR APPLYING SECURITY) An error occurred while applying security information to: C:\Documents and Setttings. Access is denied.
it has a continue and a cancel button. When i click the cancel button, this dialog pops up: (WINDOWS SECURITY) Stopping the pro9pagation of permission settings leads to an inconsistent state, in which some objects have the settings but others don't. If you made the change by mistake, you should apply the correct change immediately to achieve a consistent state. when i press, OK, the above box pops up again and i can't get out of either error box or Documents and Settings Properties.

Please help.

also, the lock on the documents and settings folder disappeared and now folder looks like it's a shortcut.

thanks,
alison

A:Messed with Documents and Settings Properties/Permissions. Help.

You are going to get varying advice on this, but I can tell you from experience that what you have done can't be fixed. YOU WILL have to reinstall Windows to get back to a normal, secure installation. There simply is no other way.

You DO NOT need access to Documents and Settings because it is no longer used It is just a pointer to the C:\USERS folder so that older programs continue to function. Don't mess with permissions on folders unless you personally created that folder.

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I tried to fix permissions for a partition, so ended up using an icacls command following suggestions read online. Since it seemed to be taking quite a while, I changed my mind and terminated to process (decided I'll just format the partition).

I don't know if it was this or something else, but another partition -- my Windows partition, to be exact -- now also has messed up permissions. No programs will start when I boot up my computer.

I read that this could be fixed by running icacls * /t /q /c /reset as an administrator, but that command is giving me a bunch of errors (cannot find path, access denied etc.)

Can this be fixed by using takeown /R /F *? If not, how should I proceed in order to not break up anything more?
 

A:Messed up permissions on Windows 7 -- no programs will start

What was the original icacls command line that you tried and aborted ?
Since you got message saying 'cannot find path', it might be useful to go check your C drive ( Windows partition)
 

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Folks,

Here's a summary: I have a homegroup, consisting of wifi and ethernet linked computers and a printer.

As far as I knew, everything was good up until a week or so ago.

1. All machines are W7 except for my wife's which is W10.
2. My network printer worked fine for all my machines.
3. My wife tried to access my main computer to grab some photos. She could not. She got the message that she didn't have access to the main computer via the homegroup. She could see it on File Explorer (?) but was blocked from accessing it.
4. My main computer could see and access all the appropriate files on her machine.

I thought it obvious that it was a sharing issue. I looked at Main Computer folders and found that they hadn't been set to share yet. I set them to share "Everyone" with "Read Write". At some point, in a fit of WinRage, I selected "C" and right clicked to Share with everyone. (I'd used Kari's tutorial, here, when I setup my rig. OS on C, User profiles on D. User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation ) I also selected "D" and set it to Share with Everyone. Yeah, with Read Write permissions.

The good news was that my actions allowed my wife's computer to access the desired files on my Main Computer.

The bad news was that I found out that my Main computer could no longer print to my network printer.

I uninstalled and reinstalled all the printer software. No joy.
I used the HP Doctor software to... Read more

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Folks,

Here's a summary: I have a homegroup, consisting of wifi and ethernet linked computers and a printer.

As far as I knew, everything was good up until a week or so ago.

1. All machines are W7 except for my wife's which is W10.
2. My network printer worked fine for all my machines.
3. My wife tried to access my main computer to grab some photos. She could not. She got the message that she didn't have access to the main computer via the homegroup. She could see it on File Explorer (?) but was blocked from accessing it.
4. My main computer could see and access all the appropriate files on her machine.

I thought it obvious that it was a sharing issue. I looked at Main Computer folders and found that they hadn't been set to share yet. I set them to share "Everyone" with "Read Write". At some point, in a fit of WinRage, I selected "C" and right clicked to Share with everyone. (I'd used Kari's tutorial, here, when I setup my rig. OS on C, User profiles on D. User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation ) I also selected "D" and set it to Share with Everyone. Yeah, with Read Write permissions.

The good news was that my actions allowed my wife's computer to access the desired files on my Main Computer.

The bad news was that I found out that my Main computer could no longer print to my network printer.

I uninstalled and reinstalled all the printer software. No joy.
I used the HP Doctor software to... Read more

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I recently looked at my D drive, to find out that every file and folder in the D drive has a S-1-5-21.... account under the security tab. However the D drive itself does not. When I do to delete it, it tells me I cannot because it is inheriting permissions from its parent. But The D drive itself (The parent) doesn't have that user. So first, can you explain this.
So, I go and stop it from inheriting permission, and then delete it.. The issue is that this is quite time consuming. I basically want to remove this user on every file and folder on the drive at once. Now how do I do that?
I would be perfectly happy removing all the file permissions for all the files (Yes, I know that leaves them unaccessable) and then just adding them, as adding them to the D drive itself will cause all the child objects to inherit them, yes?
 

A:File permissions, an S-1-5-21 account, and inherited permissions

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I'd hate to inconvenience the tireless helpers of these forums but after a month of searching, I cannot advance on my own. About a month ago, I started encountering problems with my temp folder access; I was unable to install a variety of software. I did ALL the usuals: run as admin, malware scan under safe mode, taking folder ownership, permission checks. But each time, I was faced with a permission error. This lead me to believe that my permission files (if those exist) have been corrupted. I ran several sfc scans to no avail (each telling me that repairs were not made) and analyzing the log is completely mind-boggling. On top of that, based on what I read from the log, the problem might not even be connected to my missing system files. Of course, that's where you come in. I would greatly appreciate a more expert analysis of my log file and maybe a solution to my permissions problem. Restoring to a previous state is impossible as I managed to delete all recent backups. Somehow, I can't even do an update repair without running into trouble! Please help!

Edit: Also, the default administrator account doesn't work either! Is there any way to access the local system account, the one with absolute control?

Edit2: I've attached the sfc log file.

Edit3: For reasons unbeknownst to me, I can install some things normally via USB or other external memory platforms. And wow! 140+ views and no replies! This must be quite the problem!

A:Permissions are completely messed up; access is constantly denied

Is this the corrupt factory preinstall which no tech enthusiast would run?

If so I would get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which if you follow the steps will result in a perfect install better than getting a new PC.

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This appears to have been caused by the Anniversary Update that Windows installed last night. Ever since then, my data drive D: has become read-only! Oddly enough, I can still make copies of folders but the copies don't contain any files. When I try to delete the folder, I get told I need to provide administrator access (click for screenshot), and then permission from the owner. Of course, I am the owner, and also an administrator. So why can't I delete this??

This screenshot shows the advanced security settings for the folder in question. As you can see, both Administrators and me have Full Control. When I click on the "effective access" tab, it confirms that I have all permissions for this folder, as you can see here.

I've tried logging off and on again, I've tried manually re-setting my account to an administrator. whoami /groups confirms this (screenshot). I even tried using Elias Bachaalany's "Reset Files Permission" tool, all to no avail.

I'm starting to run out of ideas... can anybody help? The owner of the root directory D:\ is SYSTEM, but that doesn't seem wrong. Would really appreciate a tip, in my years of Windows joy and suffering I have never seen anything like this. Thank you!

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Hi to all, and sorry for my first post being such a desperate cry for help.

Two weeks ago I've done something very very stupid , very similar to what JonBastyan talked about in this thread: [SOLVED] Access Denied - Fully!
Difference is my OS is Win7, but I think that most of the help given to Jon (Win Vista) also applies to Win7.

I managed to make an awful mess while trying to establish different permissions for different OS, so that my Win8.1 partition couldn't access my Win7 partition, and while trying to solve that problem I only got things worse and now I'm at a point where I'm pretty desperate.

So after doing a thorough search all over the web, I found that thread and I thought it could help me, and I know that reinstall is always an option but I'd prefer to solve the problem, I'm stubborn.

I honestly think I'm getting closer to find the solution to my problem and regaining ownership of my C: drive, but when executing some commands suggested by jenae and jcgriff2, I got some weird results.

As I can't gain access to command prompt with any user(I lost the users while trying to solve this problem) or admin(still have it but it's useless), using the Win7 DVD I went into RE and used the command prompt to type
Code:
C:
The feedback was Access is denied.
Then I typed
Code:
whoami /user >1 & start notepad 1
The feedback was: 'whoami is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

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A:Completely messed up drive C: permissions, lost access and can't regain ownership

Since you are not logged in as a User in the RE command prompt, the whoami /user command will not work. This must be run at the command prompt in Windows once you are logged in as a user.
Booting off of the Windows DVD and choosing Repair Your Computer, should put most things back in order.
Also Your C: drive may not be the Windows OS drive in the RE.
In the RE command prompt, X:\Sources type this exactly as written.
bcdedit |find ?osdevice? (Must inc ? and the |), the | before Find is the Upper case \ key) press enter. This will tell you what drive letter the OS is on.It may not be on the C: drive.
Now use the returned as the drive letter for OS, for this example, assume C: or whatever drive letter is the os device. Then you can run the takeown command with that Drive letter.
at the x: sources type:
sfc/scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows press enter
sfc will run, it can take awhile
This will replace any missing System Files.

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I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a custom computer after the computer had crashed. The install so far has been on but a chkdsk was immediately performed and now is in the process of replacing invalid security id with default security id... so far in file 170,000... Can I stop it now?

A:chkdsk now replacing invalid security with default security Windows 7

No, I don't think it is possible to stop a chkdsk . It should give you a chance to circumvent the chkdsk before it starts.

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My computer has been working fine. One week ago I upgraded from a 1T Seagate RAID 1 to a 2T Seagate RAID 1. I used Acronios to make a Clone and it seemed to work fine for the past week. I had rebooted it several times. (Note I have two computers essentially the same and am writing this letter on the non-problem comoputer)

I had just now downloaded the latest Windows Vista 32 update on the problem computer (On this computer it says it wants to download and install Update for Windows Vista (KB972036) So that is probably what was downloaded on the problem computer. Chkdsk seemed to be going on and on "replacing invalid securtity id wiith defaut security id," on the problem computer. I looked the chkdsk message up on the internet on this computer and found that it usually results in inablity to use the operating system. That exact thing did happen to me a year ago.

Out of fear that it was again doing harm I shut the computer down. Help what do I do now?
My thoughts are: BUT please correct me,
1) take the power cable off of the second mirrror drive so that it does not copy the errors.
2) Use repair install
3) If repair install does not work? Clone the Mirror drive with acronis? and start over?
4) Or can I restore from Acronis 11 not the image (which I think would erase some files recently created and not yet backedup) (Backing up was this weekend's job) would it restore the OS?
5) Other programs that I also have are:
a) Norton 360 vers 3.0
b) Powersuite 2009
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A:Chkdsk replacing invalid security id with default security id

Continued thoughts"
7) Why is it that Chkdsk does this at times and can it be prevented somehow?
8) In order to prevent errors from the "C" drive of a RAID 1 being copied to the Mirror drive (Where chkdsk made the error and windows has not been openedd again yet) is it best to:
a) reformat the "bad drive" and let it be rebuilt by RAID 1? or
b) Using the cabeling make what was the mirror drive now the drive "C" and the old "C" drive becomes the Mirrow drive?
c) Using Raid 1 does it copy and make both the same or does it always make the morror the same as the "C" drive. I guess thatis the same as saying does it mirror both ways on only one way?
Tanks for your feedback
Jim Harding
 

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During a TrendMicro virus scan, it found an archive that was infected. A quick check of the archive (Which I'd grabbed months before, but never ran) showed it was actually an application, so I went to shift+del the file (No sense dumping a virus into the recycle bin), and poof it's gone.

Then I went to delete the folder it was in, but... it wouldn't let me. Told me I didn't have the permissions to do so. A quick check of the folder's contents revealed the virus/app was back, as if it had never been deleted.

If I try doing a regular delete, it tells me Destination Folder Access Denied.

So I started poking around the file's security properties.
"Unable to display current owner."

I tried changing the owner, but it wouldn't let me do that.
I downloaded Unlocker, right-clicked on the file and unlocked it, but nothing seemed to happen, and same results when I try to delete it.

I'm running Vista 32-bit, not connected to a local network (Just one computer), and I'd really like to delete this virus/app off my machine. TrendMicro was unable to get rid of it, and I can't seem to get rid of it either.
 

A:Solved: Cannot delete file / No Permissions - Unable to display current owner of file

Ha, nevermind. Unlocker just took an enormous amount of time in actually starting up, and turns out the virus scanner had a process linked to the file. So, problem solved. Nothing to see here.
 

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Problem Steps Recorder Error - You do not have the necessary file-system permissions to create the specified output file.

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Hi all,win7 Home Premium 64 bit. I'm having difficulties modifying my hosts file. Following guidance from this forum, I open Notepad++ as administrator & can navigate to and open the hosts file. But the &quot;Save&quot; option is greyed out, so I can't save directly to the original location. I can Save As (eg to the Desktop), then copy paste into the original location.
This is actually part of a larger troubleshooting issue, in which the person helping has suggested changing the file permissions on the hosts file. I'm worried about doing that, as it seems quite a security risk. But the immediate question is, is the behavious of my hosts file unusual, or is that how Windows 7 is meant to work?</p>

A:Problem modifying hosts file, change file permissions?

Drag the file to your desktop, edit and save then drag it back. Done. This is how it should work, you want strong permissions on those directories and files to avoid malware from modifying them.

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I've come into contact with Mandriva Linux. I know of a concept called standard permissions, that it provides. It's pretty convienient. I don't exactly know how it really works under the hood or anything, and I don't need to know exactly how it works right now either, even though it's probably available.

What I want to do, in effect, is create a feature pretty close to equivelant of this feature, only for Windows XP. I want to set standard permissions using a batch file. Whenever this batch file is run as administrator it can enforce the permissions. What are these permissions it enforces? Well, what I want is for these permissions to be gotten from a text file. The syntax in no way resembles the syntax of the Linux file I'm describing.

Basically the syntax is this:
PATH <TAB> MODE <TAB> USER1,USER2,... <TAB> PERM
PATH <TAB> MODE <TAB> USER1,USER2,... <TAB> PERM
...
The path is the path to a file or folder in exact syntax. The mode is one of the switches that can be given for XCACLS in the Windows Resource Kit thingy. This can be replace, edit, etc. The users are the user or group to add/replace/remove/etc, and there is a comma allowed so more than one user or group is allowed to be specified. The permissions are the permissions that you can specify in the utillity.

So the first thing the script needs to do, is call some program that safely detects whether or not the filesystem is NTFS or not. If the sys... Read more

A:Get ACL permissions from a text file enforced by a batch file in Windows XP

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I downloaded a file, didn't download correctly, size = 0 bytes.

Reports owner unknown. I can't change ownership, remove file properties, any of that stuff. Can't rename or delete. I'm logged in as administrator but it keeps asking for administrator permission.

??

Another question about file ownerships - I tried to do a backup once, during an OS re-install, many files came back garbled, with file names switched around, many picture files had a file size but would not open, even if I changed the extensions, etc.

It seems easier to just copy files to an external, then copy back, than doing the windows backup. Is this what other's have found?

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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 "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

  
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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...


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.

Ken

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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 have a user for whom shares and permissions on the server are working just fine.
I have another user for whom something is screwed up somewhere.
I've taken a directory that is shared and I've looked up the share and permissions for both. Identical.
But do this for 3,000 files/directories in a tree, no can do.
I'd like to take all the share and privilege information for Suzie and give them to Tom.
Can do?

A:Copy shares and permissions on file x to file z? Is this possible?

What usergroups are they assigned to? Also you say you have a server? Is it a domain controller?

I would copy the usergroups that are assigned to Suzie and give them to Tom rather than editing the share permissions themselves.

Just my opinion,
Josh

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I am using Ajaxplorer which is great but I am having some issues with file permissions. Let's say I create a file which is read only in Ajaxplorer it says it's changed file permissions but when I right click on the file to check it it's the same permissions as it was so didn't actually change.

Do I need to let "users" of 7 have full control or read/write access to files and folders on the server?

A:Using file permissions with an online file manager

My very strong recommendation is to stop using Ajaxplorer.

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Hello,
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.
Thanks
 

A:Security/Permissions Problem

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