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Q: Tried changing account name, account lost all permissions

So I was following this guide -> http://superuser.com/questions/495290/how-to-rename-user-folder-in-windows-8

I renamed the User folder and edited the registry, but then when I logged back into the account, the start menu was blank with no icons, when I moved to the desktop it immediatelly asked for permissions (so it doesn't have them ever for desktop?). My wallpaper was gone, start menu items were gone and I couldn't right click on the Start Button anymore. Usually when right clicking it, I got options like Shut Down, Power Shell etc.

I changed the folder name and registry back, but still nothing works. I also can't run any apps, not even the PC Settings app.

Can I get everything back like it was? I'm on Windows 8.1 by the way.

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Hey guys n gals,
This might have been covered somewhere else, is so could someone throw me the link.

Anyway, I have set up another user on my computer. They have a restricted account. But I would like to tighten it up more. When I look at the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) I don't seem to be able to specify a single account. Is there another Policy editor for individuals or is there another way I can restrict what a person can do?

I wish I had AD at home!!

mucho thanks!

A:Changing a user account's policeis (permissions)

If this can't be done in Windows, is there software that can be downloaded to do it??

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I'm at a bit of a loss on this one... My wife's laptop sat unused for a week while she was away. Upon return, none of her applications (OpenOffice, iTunes, etc) would open and she couldn't access any of her files (docs, images, music, etc). She was getting a permission denied error. Looking a little closer, she doesn't have permissions for anything. A bit of fiddling and some reboots and we're no closer. I can log into the laptop using my credentials and I have access to everything, including her files.

My wife's account is a Microsoft live account, while mine is a local account. They are both members of the Administrators group. Nothing was installed just before she went away or while she was away. I can't figure out what would have caused this. There's a lot of history in her account that she doesn't want to lose and have to rebuild (browser favourites, iTunes library, etc). Everything is still there.

any thoughts would be really appreciated.


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Good evening guys,
Today I changed my username and Change User Profile Folder Name but on my hard disk everything right now every program, files and my drives are registered too my previous name
as you guys can see from the above image my previous account name was caffe and now it is james
so all of my permissions are still registered to that previous name

Now what I want is to change all of the permissions to my new user name but the main problem is my new username isn't showing on any of the permissions

as you can see I can't find my new username in the above window Is there is any solution.
and if someone want's to know I changed my userprofile and Change User Profile Folder Name with this tutorial User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have two accounts on my XP laptop. I have the Administrator account and a regular
User account. I had to do some administrative work with my User account so I logged
in as the Administrator, changed my User account to an Administrator account, went
and did my work.

I then logged back in as Administrator and tried to change my User account back to
a normal user account, but it wouldn't let me telling me that I have to have at least
1 Administrator account for me to be able to do this. I'm not sure why it's telling
me that because I still have my Administrator account.

I logged in as Administrator, then went into Control Panel, and then User Accounts.
Then I clicked on "Change An Account". Then I clicked on "User1". Then I clicked
on "Change My Account Type". But then on this page, the "Limited" radio button is
grayed out and I cannot change it, and above it, it says, "You must assign another
user on this computer with a computer administrator account before you can change
this user's account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with
a computer administrator account on this computer."

Don't know why I'm getting this seeing as how I'm logged in as Administrator.

A:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

Nevermind. I figured out how to fix it. Instead of going through Control Panel->User Accounts, I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, and I'm able to make the change through there. Not sure why one method works and the other doesn't, but it does!

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My mom is running xp.
She had 2 accounts, one called administrator, the other called guest.

I created a new account for myself to day, made it an admin account and now the one she was using, called administrator will not let us access it. All of her files and stuff are in that account.

When we start up the computer, it only shows mine and the guest account.
HELP please!
How can I re-access it? VERY VERY important I be able to recover this for her.
Thanks for your help!

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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 just made a non admin user account on my Dell Inspiron (windows xp) laptop. When I went online to sign in under my account (admin) it is no longer there. My name (Penne) is there (and so is my daughters). I click on my name, put my password in and it takes me to the desktop for my daughter and ALL my stuff is gone. PLEASE HELP!!!
I have googled this and the only thing I am seeing is that you need to sign in under an Admin user account to fix this and get my stuff back. THere is NO admin user account so how can I get it all back? I did the F8 and went to restore to previous point and that didnt work. I know there is a way to go to the restore calendar and find a day that her user account was not on there (like last week) so this might work, but I dont know how to find this.
PLEASE help as all of my EVERYTHING is on my user account and I am lost without it all (have a retreat this weekend and I need all of my sheet music and my songs)
Thanks so much,

A:Lost Admin user account when made non admin account

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I just upgraded from XP to 7. I kept all my files in a different partition and started using them as soon as my Win7 copy was installed.

All my old files have a little lock in the icon which from what I understand means that I don't have the right permissions or rights to those files.

I looked it up and gave myself ownership of the files and allowed all the permissions, yet I still have that annoying lock and some issues like this one:

I installed a game and Win said that in order to run the game for the first time I need to be in an Admin. account - RRRRR MY ACCOUNT IS AN ADMIN ACCOUNT!

I don't want a quick solution, I want something permanent.

1) How do I make my account the "supreme" admin account of my computer?
2) I'm pretty sure that line 1 will solve all my permission problems, right?

Thank you.

A:My Account & Permissions

Quote: Originally Posted by brosh


I just upgraded from XP to 7. I kept all my files in a different partition and started using them as soon as my Win7 copy was installed.

All my old files have a little lock in the icon which from what I understand means that I don't have the right permissions or rights to those files.

I looked it up and gave myself ownership of the files and allowed all the permissions, yet I still have that annoying lock and some issues like this one:

I installed a game and Win said that in order to run the game for the first time I need to be in an Admin. account - RRRRR MY ACCOUNT IS AN ADMIN ACCOUNT!

I don't want a quick solution, I want something permanent.

1) How do I make my account the "supreme" admin account of my computer?
2) I'm pretty sure that line 1 will solve all my permission problems, right?

Thank you.

Hi brosh and welcome

!-windows unlike Linux doesnt have SU. Even the built in admin account set up when win 7 is installed will not have permissions for 100% of items. To enable it
type cmd in search>type net user administrator /active:YES

2- Nope. there are files (and folders) that are locked (by trusted installer) because there is nothing to edit in them. Win 7 is different than XP and the security is better because of it

Ken J+

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I would like to have a detailed list of the permissions available for each user type in Windows XP namely: Local Administrators, Power Users, and Standard Users. I have already researched on the internet but I have not yet seen a detailed list of the available permissions for each user account type. The more specific permissions the better (the ones that I am seeing on the internet only provide a general description on what permissions are allowed for each user type.

Here are some links that I already have (although these are not very specific):


Thank you!

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Hello Eight Forums:

When trying to save a file, in this case an app. file update, to the original program's location in program files, I receive a error message informing me I need admin permission to do so. Problem is, I am the admin. and my user account is such that I can't change it's type as I am the only admin. using my computer. I had this problem under the same circumstances with Windows 7 as well, but I ignored it. Now I'm tired of it and want it to go away.
Has anyone encountered the above problem and if so how did you solve it?

Thanks for your time.

A:admin account permissions

I used this on both W7 and W8. Once set up, right click on Program Files and just take ownership of the whole enchilada.

Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

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Hi guys.

I removed my friends laptop hard drive and plugged it in via usb into my laptop. When i was browsing the folders on the hard drive windows told me i didnt have the correct permissions and did i want to access the drive. I clicked yes removed the files my friend needed and then deleted the permission for my laptop to access his folders.

Now my question is have a ****ed up his hard drive when its plugged back into his laptop? Will it say it needs access to my account for him to re open his files, and also will my laptop account name show up under his user permissions area?

Sorry if this sounds dumb but could really use some valuble knowledge.

Thanks guys

A:user account permissions

I don't think so. His permissions would remain i think

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You are about to read some bad English and I am really sorry about it I am not a native English speaker.

Good evening guys,
so guys I just changed my username and Change User Profile Folder Name but on my hard disk everything rightnow every program, files and my drives are registered too my previous name. what to do

and I changed my userprofile name with this tutorial User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums

Is there is anything I can do guys!

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I would like to have a detailed list of the permissions available for each user type in Windows 7 namely: Local Administrators, Power Users, and Standard Users. I have already researched on the internet but I have not yet seen a detailed list of the available permissions for each user account type. The more specific permissions the better (the ones that I am seeing on the internet only provide a general description on what permissions are allowed for each user type.

Thank you!

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Guys I have been searching forum for hours. 
I'm trying to add a MS account to my network share, but it won't let me. See attached picture. 
The previous IT admin set it up, as you can see, there are a number of MS accounts added, but when I try to add a new MS account it gives me the error message account not found. Ugh. Please help!

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I originally made one account with admin rights on my PC in June.

I added a standard account for my dad last week, but the only way I could customize the desktop and theme for him with larger fonts, non-Aero theme, fewer desktop icons, etc was to make his account an admin account also. Otherwise when I tried to open the Control Panel to customize things, I only got error messages saying stuff along the lines of "this page was unable to load". I also had broken shortcut images (generic Windows icons, no arrows) until I made it an admin account.

Now that I've made all the customizations I want to his desktop and theme, will removing admin rights and downgrading his account to a standard one screw up the customizations? Can I switch it back and forth if I wish to make additional changes or customizations in the future?

A:Changing account type - changing GUI and desktop customizations, too?

Okay, I guess I can answer my own question.

Switching an Administrator account to a Standard account does screw up icons in Computer - it makes them vanish, actually - but not those on the Desktop.

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I lost or Cant Use alot of things after changing the permissions of my C: drive, which currently has Windows 7 installed on it... i no longer have gadgets, windows media player, widows media center and there is no longer a search bar at the bottom of my start menu... (all i have noticed is missing/gone)

any help would be awesome

A:Lost things after changing permissions

I would first try a system restore and if that doesn't work then a Repair Install should definitely work.

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I've converted my administrator account to a standard user account and created a new administrator account.

As a standard user I am able to access the admins user folder which I should not be able to do. There must some issues with the permissions somewhere but I'm not sure how to go about troubleshooting it.
@fdegrove has already suggested running an acl.bat as detailed here, post #39 http://www.tenforums.com/antivirus-firewalls-system-security/64477-standard-user-account-necessary-tight-security-home-user-4.html

but it has not fixed my user permissions.

Has anyone got any ideas?

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Hello I have a problem,

i got a new laptop at work and the account i use for logging is the same as the old one but on a different domain. Sadly this new account has limited permissions where the old account on the old computer had administrative access. But both computers are on the same localgroup.

I tried enabling on the new computer the built in administrative account to change my accounts permissions, but when i try to confirm the changes i get the security prompt for the admin password and account. Tried all the steps as in the link below.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

So i was wondering if there is a way to increase the permissions without being the administrator or is there any way i could access the account from the old pc and admin account there?

Just to say the reason, our administrator/IT guys had a car crash and he wont be in office for a month and i need that account to change so i can install my work software on the new pc i've been waiting for a year to get.

A:How to change account permissions without being the administrator

Hello TJ, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but no. You must provide administrator credentials to be able to.

Plus, it would violate the forum rules to help to bypass this.

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Hi there,

I need some help with setting up accounts and permissions for these accounts on Win Xp Pro.

What I want to do is:

1. Setup 1 Limited User Account and 1 Admin account.

2. I want the Admin account to have full blown access and permission to everything on the computer.

3. I want to the User Account to only have access to one website on the internet and run only one program that is installed on the machine, and nothing else. i.e. The User Account should NOT be able to install programs, visit other internet sites, Change settings etc.

This computer is not connected to a domain (and I don't want to connect it to a domain).

Any ideas?

A:User Account Permissions and Restrictions

theres 2 ways to do this, one is using the local security policies, or the easy way is to download "Windows SteadyState" from microsoft and play around with it for a while, it will do exactly what you want.

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Hi all this is an interesting one I havent seen one quite like this before.
A customer brought in a laptop with malware and trojans on it, Namely - Antivirus 2010 and rootkit TDSS (Alueron) in the CD driver, plus others.
These were removed by taking out the hard drive and running:
Spybot S&D
Microsoft Security Essentials
Kasperky virus removal
Trend Micro Housecall Scanner

Attempted to Run all of these when re-installed hard drive plus attempted to run rootkit revealer and autoruns as well.

But here is the rub the programs will install & some will start to run but then will either be killed/Stopped by some process I cant capture.

I cant get Hijack this to run or any other program I would normally use to do this either Access is denied or you do not have administrator permission.

Have even created new admin account and same occurs have tried to regain by taking ownership of files but no good.

Any ideas would be great. Just trying to not have to re-install but think I will have to.


Will not be back in shop till later today so think about it.

A:Account permissions & program access

Hello and welcome. let's see if this gets us in. Reboot into safe mode with Networking.Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will appear Click OK DeFogger will now ask to reboot the machine - click OKIMPORTANT! If you receive an error message while running DeFogger, please post the log defogger_disable which will appear on your desktop.Do not re-enable these drivers until otherwise instructed.>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.Now RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

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Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next replyDo no... Read more

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I'm worried my computer may have a virus because I noticed that a few account permissions have changed on my computer and things seem amiss. I would appreciate someone with expertise to double check for me! Thank you for your time!DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16457 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.5.1Run by XXXXX at 17:30:21 on 2013-02-04Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.7895.5288 [GMT -6:00].AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {904CF271-6431-DA47-5FCE-A87D98DFB681}SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSSC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\servicing\TrustedInstaller.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceD:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exeC:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetworkC:\Progr... Read more

A:Virus? Account Permissions Changed

Hello and welcome to BleepingComputer. I am The Dark Knight and will be assisting you. Please ask questions if anything is unclear.  Please follow these instructions to run ComboFix.exe. Please visit this webpage for download links and instructions for running this tool:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix* Ensure you have disabled all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix (CF).Please go here to see a list of programs that need to be disabled.**Note: Do not mouseclick ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall.****Note 2: If you get a message saying "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion", please restart your computer.**Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply for further review. ===== Also, please download Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit here. Unzip the contents to a folder on the Desktop.Open the folder where the contents were unzipped and run mbar.exe ( right-click and select Run as administrator for Vista and Windows 7).Follow the instructions in the wizard to update and allow the program to scan your computer for threats.Click on the Cleanup button to remove any threats and reboot if prompted to do so.Wait while the system shuts down and the cleanup process is performed.Please post the two logs produced.Please note: This tool is still in BETA mode, so please ensure you have backed up any important files.&#... Read more

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I have 2 user accounts on my machine. The #2 account has several errors due to incorrect creation. #1 account is ok. long story short - admin access was switched to #2 account, #1 account is now limited account type. problem is, can't get to "change user account" screen on account #2 - get error message. Is there a "backdoor" way to change #1 account type from limited to admin from #1 account? Been searching through different editors, etc from the RUN function, but don't really know what I am looking for. Just don't want to have to go through back up and reinstall of XP.

A:[SOLVED] user account permissions

try go to safe mode and log in with admin account and edit them.

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Hi again,

I have my laptop with XP on it. I have setup the guest account so that guests can log on without using my admin account. Now I have run into a couple barriers that I can't figure out how to get around. I was hoping for a little help in these areas.

1. I can't figure out a way to restrict access to the control panel icons. I pretty much want to hide things like Folder Options so users can't unhide hidden folders & protected system files. Also, I don't want them adjusting the display properties like the screen saver.

2. I want to adjust the power options in the guest account, but the problem is I need admin privileges to adjust the power options and I don't know how to modify the guest account from my admin account.

Now here comes the tricky part: I am not on a domain and am running XP Home. I know many of the settings found in the group policy editor can also be changed individually in the registry, but these I can't find.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Configuring Guest Account Permissions

Almost any setting you can edit with gpedit.msc you can also edit with the registry. You can find a huge list of policies and their registry keys here.

You may have problems changing these settings under the guest account. I recommend that you make a new account and make it an Admin account. Log in to it and apply the policy changes you want. Once it is locked down how you like, go back to the main Admin account and then make the account to be locked down a limited account. Then have users log in to the limited account and not the guest account.

You can also use something like Windows SteadyState to lock down your system.


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Hi there,

I need some help with setting up accounts and permissions for these accounts on Win Xp Pro.

What I want to do is:

1. Setup 1 Limited User Account and 1 Admin account.

2. I want the Admin account to have full blown access and permission to everything on the computer.

3. I want to the User Account to only have access to one website on the internet and run only one program that is installed on the machine, and nothing else. i.e. The User Account should NOT be able to install programs, visit other internet sites, Change settings etc.

This computer is not connected to a domain (and I don't want to connect it to a domain).

Any ideas?

A:User Account Permissions and Restrictions

The first account you make is an Admin by default. Make another (limited) account from the control panel. The limited account will not be able to install software. I know that the limited account can only access shared files, but I think they also have access to all programs. You need an internet security program with parental controls to specify internet websites to allow.

I do not know if you are able to block programs or not. You might be able to right click on "program files", click "sharing and security" and check a box to make it private. Any shared program can be put in a public folder.

Also you might want to think about Mac OS X Leopard. It has parental controls, but I don't know whether or not you can block programs with that, either.

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Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time caller.

My desktop PC, (win 7 64 bit, home premium), recently started exhibiting strange issues. It all goes back to the night I ran windows update, which included the service pack 1.

Everything seemed to go ok, but after a reboot I started getting strange error messages. Gadgets couldn't launch because system.ini was in use, Ati Catalyst monitor program could not start, or firefox was already running in the background. I couldnt launch itunes because i didnt have permissions, etc. Having once upon a time worked in the IT field as a sys/network admin, I felt I was pretty equipped to tackle this issue.

I rolled back to previous restore points. No joy, even two months back I still had the issues. I unistalled all of the updates, still no joy.

So I went back and started to research the issue I had with iTunes. Well after poking around a bit, I found out all of my issues were permissions related. All of the error messages would go away if I launched those affected programs with a shift + right click.

Just for kicks I created another user account, just to see if it also had the permissions issue. It did not.

So my question is this, can anyone point me in the right direction to troubleshoot this one user accounts permissions issue? If not, I suppose I can go the the process of migrating my user files to another account. I'd rather find the solution though . Tia

A:User Account Permissions Issue

I guess I will just copy the files over to a new user account.

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Hi there

When I used the command tool "C:\Windows\system32\QWINSTA.exe" to enumerate the sessions of remote server, I encountered some problems of account privileges.
If logon as a local administrator account and execute command QWINSTA, this command can be executed sucessfully only if the local administrator account of the remote server is enabled.
If logon as a domain admin account and execute command QWINSTA, this command can be executed sucessfully only if the remote server also join in the same domain.

In other words, QWINSTA can only be executed sucessfully with local administrator or domain admin account, and QWINSTA required the remote server to have the same administrative account as the account of command launcher.

And I have checked that the API WTSEnumerateSessions has the same behavior as QWINSTA.exe.

Is there any specific account requirement for QWINSTA.exe?


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I've been having some kind of user account or permissions issue... I believe it originated about 12 months ago during a malware/virus issue I was having and something got damaged during the removal.

1) Red x on network icon - "Connection status: unknown" despite internet connectivity. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945925.
2) Windows Update hangs on installation of updates: specifically Hotfix KB947821.
3) Attempted to create a new user profile and copy over everything as described in http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile. Didn't solve problems. Went to retry thinking it was worth a second try and now clicking "Manage another account" hangs and doesn't open user profiles.
4) MBAM/Avast/ESET/Windows Defender/Adaware/BitDefender clean scans.
5) Problem with Windows Installer / unable to uninstall or install any programs (unsure if it's related but iTunes suddenly started saying it needed to be reinstalled to recognize iPods etc. - iTuneshelper.exe seems fine and active)
6) HiJackThis log listed an explorer.EXE file (caps intentional) - googling seemed to indicate this could be a concern.
7) Previously posted in http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic390379.html
8) Full SFC/scannow log attached. SFC /scannow log snippet below:

2011-04-13 15:03:41, Info CSI 000001d8 [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
2011-04-13 15:03:41, Info ... Read more

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I've set the permissions for my external hard drive so that it can only be accessed by my account. Access is denied for everyone else. I want to backup the permissions, in case my computer crashes. How do I do this?

I have only set permissions, not encrypted the files on the drive.

A:Backup User Account Permissions

Excellent question and I hope to present an excellent answer that will apply to everyone.
Download the free Macrium Reflect and create an image on an external hard drive.
Update once a month. If you ever have a problem that requires an reinstallation, you do not have to install the OS, then the software and then setting and then your stuff. Everything is on the image, just tranfer to your Hard drive and you are set to go.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Yes this does look like using a jack hammer to crack open a nut, but the true purpose of Macrium is to save you in the event of a major problem, so why not use it for a secondary reason, too.

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I have Windows 7 account named Joe and it is an Administrator. Whenever I try to open a program or shortcut I get the "Open with..." dialog box and my option is Internet Explorer. Another odd thing that I discovered is that if I right click and select on "Run as Administrator" a program or shortcut will open as it should.

I also created a seperate Administrator account named Jim and everything opened normally.

So the Joe account has permission issues? I ran malware-bytes and tdsskiller and found nothing.

A:Windows 7 User Account Permissions corrupt

Hello binaryhat and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that when you created the "Joe" administrator account (or shortly thereafter), something damaged or corrupted that account. When you created the "Jim" administrator account everything processed as it should. It would be near impossible to figure out why the "Joe" account isn't working the way it should.

Since you have a second administrator account under "Jim", you could delete the "Joe" account without any issues because all you need is one administrator account on the computer.

User Account - Delete

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This computer is a Windows XP SP 2 Home Edition.

Ran all the scanners and such, and turn up nothing. The problem is an account has gone missing. The files are there, and if I log onto Windows XP classic style (typing name, instead of clicking list), it lets me, but it is a guest account now instead of admin like it was.

I log in as the default administrator and navigate to that account's files, can see them, but can access them.

Here is the HJT log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:47:02 PM, on 10/31/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\compaq\Compaq Advisor\bin\compaq-rba.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SB Live! 24-bit\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
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A:User Account Missing, Permissions Errors, Etc

Hello, we apologize for the delay. We have been quite busy here lately.

This sounds like an XP issue and not a malware one, but I do see some suspicious entries in your log so let's take care of those first.

Open Hijack This and click on Scan. Check the following entries (make sure you do not miss any)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {9BA469A1-337E-8C1C-4CB9-4A9A37CF2034} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {A4F94C0C-54A7-4DB1-9AF3-B22E63D00309} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {C38E5C25-0456-4060-AD98-8863B0A5E779} - C:\WINDOWS\Config\sisc.dll (file missing)
O16 - DPF: {97B79133-88F0-45F0-8D57-0F2EF27D9C66} -
O20 - Winlogon Notify: sisc - C:\WINDOWS\Config\sisc.dll (file missing)
O20 - Winlogon Notify: winexz32 - winexz32.dll (file missing)

Please remember to close all other windows, including browsers then click Fix checked.

Reboot and post a new Hijackthis log, we will continue from there.

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OKay, so i just got vista and my cousin et up the accounts and my sister is the administrator. I wanted to download something from the web but i needed administrative permisisons, and seeing that my sister can be a total [email protected]#^% sometimes she won't let me change me to the administrator for awhiel whiel id ownload the thing. I tried to figure out her password but no luck. I searched the web trying to see if there was a way around it, but nothing helped. Can anybody tell me if if can do something here?

A:USer account password/administrator permissions

I would suggest you speak to the administrator - your sister.

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Hey I am trying to access songs from my user account on my pc (Which is saved in "My Music" [so in my user folder]) from My Samsung Galaxy phone using a program called All Share (it uses DLNA).

When I try getting songs from other user accounts on the PC it works fine and even from other PC's. However when i try from my user account it can't!

I remember messing with the Sharing permissions before in the security Tab and now I have mine (Baladya) on Full Control.. When i try to change my permissions the error in the image below comes up! Why is access denied when i am an Administrator myself 0.o Also Homeusers also have "Full Control".

When i try going to my folder and clicking "Share With" from the toolbar above and I choose 'Everybody' it doesnt change ; when I click it again it's on 'Nobody' ??

Tried right clicking on my folder > Properties>Sharing>Advanced Sharing>Check'Share this folder'>Permissions>Full Control. Still I can't access it from my phone.

What am I missing there? Is there a way to just return everything to default :S

Would really appreciate the help

A:User Account Sharing Permissions issue

What you have done is tried to change permissions for the whole User account folder which includes certain Hidden folders like AppData for your user Login and you are not allowed to change the permissions of them whatever account you use

As for your sharing issue can I ask what it is your problem is?

Sorry if I am confused

Many Thanks,

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I upgraded from Win 7 Ultimate to win 8 using an upgrade disk (to save 2GB download). Everything went fine and I purchased the necessary registration and activated OK.

BUT, now I find that a ClickOnce application I wrote in C# and which has always run on XP and win 7 DOESN'T run on Win 8. Investigation showed that it needs to create a temporary file in the Windows/System32 directory and it is denied permission. I found I was also denied access to various other directories even though I am logged in with the account Windows created for me and which is part of the Administrators group.

I spent a couple of days reading about UAC and "Taking ownership" so I figured, OK, let's own the lot. I therefore went in to take ownership of the C: drive and saw it was currently owned by "Trusted Installer". I wanted to set the ownership to my account but it didn't appear in the list, so I set ownership to the Administrator's group. It went through all the sub-directories and changed the ownership.

However, my application still gets access denied. I am just bewildered by this UAC/elevation/access denied nonsense when I am an Administrator and can't do anything.

I realised it is probably my lack of understanding so I decided to set everything back to Trusted Installer. Imagine my horror when I found that this account (just like my own account) is Unknown to the system. (It doesn't apper in any lists of permissions so it cannot be selected.)

The application I mentione... Read more

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I have a user who has a machine with a single local account on it. They can log in using the account and we need them to edit their TCP/IP settings in order to have them connect to us and join our domain. As I said, there is only 1 local account on the machine.

The problem is I get as far as having them get to the adapters, right-clicking on the Local Area Connection and selecting properties to get to the TCP/IP settings and UAC pops up saying they need to enter an administrator username and password.

They enter the only account on the computer which definitely has admin privileges (it would have to as the only account anyway) and it tells them that isn't an admin account and they still don't have permissions to view the LAC properties. And of course the same deal if they try to turn UAC off.

Any idea why they are running into this wall and how to solve it??

A:Only account doesn't have Permissions to view LAC Properties

Give this a shot:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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User account only has (Special permissions) checked and I can't get it to change. I have activated the Admin account and I have gone into the admin account and tried to change the account permissions their and it shows that it does them. But when I try to run Avira or AVG it says that it can't because of permissions on this account. So I go back to the user account and it is set back to (Special Permissions). When I am in the admin account ever thing works great. I have scanned the computer many times looking for spyware but i can't find anything. Anyone have any advice. This is on a Toshibe Laptop running Win7 Home Premium.

A:User account only has (Special permissions) checked.

Do you have ownership?
Warning do not take ownership of system files or problems will be at your door.
Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

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So basically, somehow the permissions for my photos from my old user account have been set to an "unknown" or "default" username. So I am guessing I will have to edit this from the registry or what? I'm not sure but can someone tell me how to take ownership of an unknown account, the account reads "S-1-5...." so thats like a default account right? How do I reset all of my files to my new user account?
EDIT: BTW guys I can ADD ownership to the files one by one but I want the entire folder to have ownership under my current username, how do I do that?

A:S-1-5....PERMISSIONS PROBLEM...How to take ownership of UNKNOWN ACCOUNT

Hello, you will need to access the properties of the folder holding the photos with the bad permissions, then add either your explicit account or the administrators group to the access control list, set the permissions to Full Access; alternatively you can also take ownership of that folder if that is the case:

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I'm a complete computer illiterate so please forgive my ignorance. I had a fault with my browser Firefox saying it was running but not responding and had to be closed or rebooted before opening however it wasn't in the task manager list. The reboot didnt rectify the problem. I 'end process'ed a couple of files on the start manager thinking they were it but it in the end in frustration just deleted Firefox and am using a different browser. However the problem is now when I try to open some .exe files I am being told I do not have permission or the drive is locked and to reboot in an administrator account to gain access but I am on the administrator account. "Run as administrator" has no effect. I tried going to regedit, modifying the default to "%1" %* on some files as I found that on a different thread but this didnt work. I then tried a system restore and it said restore unsuccessful. Have I closed something accidently or changed a setting somewhere that's upset my permissions? Please help!!!
Thanks in advance!

A:Permissions issue on administrative account with some exe files

Hi WRIGS, Welcome to Sevenforums.
try this link and see if this helps.
Default File Type Associations - Restore

If the above link helps, then its perfect. If not, check your PC for malwares. Scan the PC for viruses.

keep us posted.

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Basically what I'm trying to do is edit my kids user account so that I can customise the start menu for them(like the permissions you can set on an NT system between a server/client). I'm logging in as the Administrator and the ability to change the start menu is very limited. I've also tried to customise the start menu from the kids account but again only certain programs appear(has to be admin who makes the changes I'm sure anyway). Is there a way this can be done without having to partition the drive?

XP Pro

Any suggestions/information/links etc would be much appreciated

A:[Solved] Setting Permissions for my kids account

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I looked at my folder properties, the security tab on win8 "C:\Users\mike"
I see securities permissions for "Account Unknown S-1-15-21-etc..-1002" (i'm 1001)

Searched the registry, nothing found. Anyone have Idea what this might be ? Thanks !!!

I'm not overly concerned, slightly maybe,,, mostly curious.. might delete it and see what happens after next system image.

A:my users account unknown security, special permissions

I would suggest deleting it.
There is no such user in the valid users selection box.
Running a virus scan would be good.

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Account Unknown(S-1-5-21-1345748419-2493160549-2943627078-1000)
has full permissions in the "Advanced Security Settings" for my own user account on my Win 10 Pro 64-bit PC.
What is it? Is this normal?

If I go to C:\Users\ , it lists four users:

If I right-click on [Myself] and hit Properties, then go to the security tab, it lists four "Group or user names:" with certain Permissions:
SYSTEM with full permissions - all items checked
Account Unknown(S-1-5-21-1345748419-2493160549-2943627078-1000) with the same full permissions - all items checked
[Myself] with the same full permissions - all items checked
Administrators with the same full permissions - all items checked

What is the Account Unknown(S-1-5-21-1345748419-2493160549-2943627078-1000), and how did it get there?

Two clues:
1) My PC is dual-booting Win 7 Pro 64-bit and this Win 10 Pro 64-bit. I'm in the Win 10
2) 15 minutes ago (and before checking this), I turned on Public file sharing so other PCs on my home network could see any documents I put in those Public folders or maybe vice versa. I do NOT have "Homegroup" turned on.

But wha' happening here?

A:Account Unknown has full Security permissions on my own User - huh?

Hello glnz,

You will see "Account Unknown" for an account that is not currently available. This could be from an account you deleted that had permissions, or from an account on another computer that is not connected.

Either way, it's safe to remove any listed "Account Unknown" entries in permissions if you are sure it's for an account that will no longer need permissions for the item.

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Hey everyone,

so I just noticed two of my computers are automatically sharing the entire user?s directory with all permissions for everyone, I was reading up on this a bit before and it seems it?s a Windows bug.

I was wondering, since the password protected sharing is turned on by default, would anyone have been able to gain access to my computers information if they didn't have a user account / password or would they need an account / password no matter what the permissions are set to.
Thank you.

A:Is a folder shared by permissions or is an account / password needed

By default windows has the "guest" account turned off so no, no one outside with a username/pw that was not already known by your local machine should have been able to get access.

Though I'm surprised that you found your users folder shared since I have never seen that by default. Given that, I'd check to see if your computers "guest" user is enabled or not... (hopefully not). If it was then it may have been possible for others to browse that folder...

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Aloha All,
My issue started when I tried to delete files in the hidden cache of Dropbox.
I went into "my computer", clicked on my C drive, scrolled down to "Users" and found file "All Users" with a "locked" icon attached. I clicked on it and up popped an error message that I don't have permission to access this folder. I rightclicked on properties, followed by the security tab. The security tab lists 3 user groups; everyone, system, administrator. When highlited, none of these groups contained "permissions". I tried to "edit" the "permissions", which opened another "permissions" dialogue box. I clicked on each permission in the "allow" list for each group, to no avail. I went back the the main "users" folder and found "locked" icons on 2 other folders, "default user" and "administrator" (which is my wifes and my names.)
I've read with interest some of the 2012 & 2013 threads of a similar nature, but none of the problems were quite the same and the fixes didn't help me.
Sure hope the community can help me resolve the issue...
I've provided a screenshot of the "System" page from Control Panel.
Mahalo for all the help.

A:can't change Administrator User Account Control & Permissions

Another case of someone messing with permissions that they should not have messed with. "All Users" is nothing more then a junction to "C:\ProgramFiles" when you messed with the permissions of that junction you just messed up everything else concerning the system. See the links in my signature.

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I am setting up new PC with Windows 8.1 x64 for office user. I would like to have following account configuration:

Administrator account - for administrative purposes (full access/control)Power/Super user account - for maintenance purposes (program installation, minor setting change...[almost full control but GPO and similar "admin" access not allowed - like some sort of Service/Help desk account])Standard user account - for everyday use (limited access/control - no installation and/or settings changes allowed)
I have all three user accounts created and Administrator and Standard user accounts are working fine, but I am struggling with Power/Super user account.
There is only one PC in office so no domain is established - all permissions are Local GPO based.
Power/Super user is needed because there is external contractor for some programs that run on PC and he needs some level of administrator rights - installation etc.

I need advice how to setup Power/Super user account.


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I have a computer certificate stored in the computer certificates store and I want to set for a dedicated local user (the "read only") permission to this certificate. (OS: Windows 7 / 32bit with SP1 DE)

I know that I can do that over the mmc
and the certificate snap-in (mmc => add certificates (local computer) snap-in => certificates (local computer) => personal => certificates => right click to the certificate of interest => all tasks => manage private key),
but I need to do that on many computers. How can I solve that problem with a script (i.e. certutil.exe)?


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When installing my Windows 8, I put the PC name as "Usmaan" and the account name as "UsSy" but after the installation and having used the laptop a bit more.. I changed the account name to "Usmaan".

The problem which I have is that although the account name has changed to "Usmaan", I still see the name "UsSy" every now and then when doing some development or when I for example check the path of files.. it will says C:\...UsSy...file.txt

I should also state that when I was installing Windows 8, I tried specifying the account name as "Usmaan" but it complained that I cannot have the PC Name and and the account name the same.... hence why I put it as UsSy.

How do I change the UsSy name to Usmaan permanently?

A:Changing Account Name

Changing the account name does not change the name in the profile. There is a good reason for this. The problem is that the registry may contain references to the original name and if these were not properly updated there are likely to be application problems. Best not to change this.

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