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File/folder Security-permissions Issues

Q: File/folder Security-permissions Issues

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!!

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

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

A:Security Permissions on network folder.

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

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

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I'm in the same hole and am about to throw my $2.5k laptop out the window in frustration.

I can access the regular Public and Shared folders, the ones that come ready to network on each computer, but not the ones that I have marked as shared on each respective computer.
Computer one (desktop) is Vista Home Premium, which I am trying to get files off of.
Computer two (laptop) is Vista Ultimate.

When I go to Permissions, I only see options for other users on the same computer, not other computer itself. All I need to do is figure out how to give each computer access to the folders that i've already marked as shared.

I am so mad I can't see straight, letalone provide you all the details you need, so if anybody who can help me, I will tell you anything, even the meaning to life. Please!

A:Vista Folder Permissions Issues

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

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

Hello medauto

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

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

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

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

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


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This laptop belongs to someone at work and was massively invaded by malware. I've manage to clean most of it off but I have two issues left. I intend to wipe and reimage but I'm wanting to make sure all user accounts are backed up (documents, desktop, outlook and favs)

1) I have 2 accounts in it I can't get into to backup before I wipe and reimage. I see them under Documents and Settings but Once I click on them I get access denied. (Yes I'm under the admin account, no I can't reset owner, doesn't provide that option)

2) I can't login under any account by booting up the drive in its laptop. As soon as I long it logs me out, I've tried on the admin and an admin user account.

A:2 Issues - NTFS Folder permissions and Logging in

Your best bet at this point would be to take the drive out, mount it in an external enclosure, connect it to a working computer by USB cord and copy off files that are needed for backup. After that, reinstall in the laptop, wipe completely and reinstall windows from scratch.

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I just did another fresh W7 install to be able to create a System Image. The creation of this went fine.

I decided to look into the folder tree for WindowsImageBackup. I had to click CONTINUE when prompted that I did not have permission to view the folders.

Now, when I go to restore, it says there are no System Images to restore from. I assume this is occurring because I clicked CONTINUE on the UAC control that tried preventing me from looking at those folders. So, what do I do to restore the permissions to the way they were??

A:Create System Image - folder permissions/security

Do you have it named exactly WindowsImageBackup and is it in the root of the drive - not in another folder?

This is the only way I have gotten it to be discovered by reimaging app.

Right click on folder and Share as necessary. Also try this: Take Ownership Shortcut

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I have a problem with my security permissions. I need to reset all security permissions of my files/folder to reconfigure this. What I have to do?

A:How to remove (reset) all security files/folder permissions?

Um, that is not that easy. You are lucky if you can run a system repair via the install disk, and if they will be fixed.
If you are talking about private files/folders, there is no way to do a restore, have you used the 'take ownership' command?
Please tell a lil more about the details.

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I have a computer where security permissions on Program Files folder (but not Program Files (x86)) have been modified.  For example, it's displaying with a lock symbol even when local admin is logged on, and SYSTEM account is not listed with Special
Permissions as expected when viewing permissions.  How to reset?
Thank you!
Bob H.

Bob Herman IT Tropolis

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I want to set up a folder that only the administrator that created it can access. I've done a bit of research but can't seem to find the right way to do this. Any help appreciated. Thanks

A:Folder and file permissions

Hello Vincenzo,

The problem is that even if you restrict access to all users but the owner, the other administrators could still just change the permissions using their own credentials if they like.

One option would be to use EFS to encrypt the folder so that no other user would be able to open the folder. If you use this option, then be sure to backup the EFS certificate afterwards.Encrypt or Decrypt a Folder or File
Hope this helps,

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i'm haveing problems assigning ownership to files and folders i transfer on a user's C drive. could someone direct me to a source that can help me with this?

It's not the files under her profile i speak of, their ok. but when i transferred her c drive data, she has no rights to modify them on the new PC i provided her. and she could on her older PC. (BTW,it's been wiped clean)

thanks for the help, BR

A:file and folder permissions?

Take a gander over to this page:
Take Ownership of file

Post back here to let me know if it helped!

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I'm trying to get file permissions. I've got as far as the procedure to to do this told me to click on properties security tab and then advanced and then it says click on  owner. But I can't find where it says owner on this tab

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I need to reset the permissions on a folder and its subfolders and files.
I'm running Windows XP Pro with administrator previleges, with the simple file sharing deactivated.

Permission is denied when trying to access the folder, and the problem is that when I access this folder properties, it won't show the Security tab. The properties does show the security tab for other folders and files, but not on this one.

The hard drive where this folder is located, used to belong to other computer with a operative system one it. But now its a "slave" on a new computer, and I don't seem to be capable to reset its permissions.

Can anyone help?

A:File and folder permissions reset

What i would recommend you do is fully format the Slave hard-drive it should reset the permissions and extract all data from it before hand and back up if Possible, If that doesn't work then. Also answer this is it a public folder?!!? or is it just a plain folder on a network or something, description helps all problems be solved.

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Hej all,

I used to know Windows-systems, however one stupid question...

Where can I set permissions for files and folders on an NTFS-filesystem? I am running a WI?n XP Pro (already heard, that it is not possible under XP Home) and looking in the context menu of files and folders, but ... nothing!

Any ideas? Am I stupid?? Is Bill Gates stupid???

Thanks for help!

A:Change folder and file permissions: where?

Hi and Welcome to TSF

How to set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions in Windows XP

? Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
? Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition

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NT4 network, XP desktops. A user has a folder on the server that is accessible to them only. A couple of subfolders deep, she has a file that she'd like to share with several other users, without moving it or sharing the rest of the folder with the users. I'm having trouble making this work. Can someone run me through it? Thanks.

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I am loggin into Windows 7 Home Premium 64, with an account with administrator permissions. Some files/folders are unaccesable. For example some system folders (inside of the d:\users) folder cannot be opened. Also, some files can be viewed, but not saved/changed.
How can I bypass this restriction?
Why can't I have access to all files/folders if my account has administrator permissions?
I am trying to edit a filed, installed by the Blackberry Desktop Manager 5.0.1. The file is named ip_modem_configuration.xml. I can open the file, but cannot save the changes. In my work computer, I can edit this file, under Windows XP Professional SP3. This file allows to enable the use of the Blackberry as a modem (Tethering). Thanks for your help.

A:Windows 7 File/Folder permissions

Right click file, properties, security, advanced, then change permissions to take ownership of file then you should be able to do as you please with it

Also i believe that it you change permission of a folder this will apply to all sub folders

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I've searched through the board and found a few people with the same problem, but unfortunately all the solutions that worked for them to not work entirely for me.

I had windows xp on my c:\, wanted to migrate to secondary HD f:\. Installed fine, but of course I can't access my stuff on c:\documents and settings\user because of file permissions.

If I click on a folder (say, user), then the security tab, select my new user account on the f:\, it's fine. For that particular folder only. It does not work recursively. I have to go into user\my pictures, repeat the procedure, and then I can access \my pictures.

Under the advanced/permissions tab, I made sure to check "inherit from parent the permission entries applied to child objects". It is confirmed above when I look at above in the Apply To field -- "This folder, subfolders, and files"

Yet I still cannot access any subfolder without manually okaying it from the previous directory level. I can okay groups of folders/files at once, but My Documents is a heavily nested directory (720 folders!) so I'm looking for a less time-consuming way to get my files back.

Thanks in advance for anyone who can help.

A:Cannot set file/folder permissions recursively

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Windows 7 Security Settings/Permissions Issues?

You may need to 'take ownership' http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1911-take-ownership-shortcut.html

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I have a couple of computers set up in the network. They're all inside the same workgroup.
Every folder I share is visible by everyone.
Now I want to define permissions on only one folder which containes files only to be editable (modified) by, let say, one computer.
So I need to define special peermissions for this particular folder.
However I came accros to a problem. In network neighbourhood I can see all computers and their share folder and they see my shared files. But when I want to define special permissions on only one folder (one user can write and read, the rest is read only access), I cannot see other computers in the "Select user or groups" window just as shown in the attached picture.

One friend of mine told me that this is only possible when computers are on domain. It is really hard for me to understand that permissions cannot be defined for each folder and for each network user separately.

Can you give me any advice?


A:File and folder permissions inside workgroup

Permissions are configured for local users on the machine, not network users or machines.

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I have used various programs to delete the viruses; Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, AVG 9.0 (currently installed), CCleaner and it now seems somewhat stable. There is only one admin on this pc. I had created a new admin and still had the same issues, as follows... I found an old file named Spybot - Search and destroy, which I am unable to delete because I don't have permissions...? I also have been getting an update from MS to download and install MRT, but even though it says successful, I can't run it from start>run or from system32 and it continuously comes back to be reinstalled. When I right-click on ANY file folder or application file, there is no security tab to change permissions. ARRRGGGHHH! Thanks!

I disabled AVG to run DDS.SCR and RootRepeal

DDS.txt below (Attach.txt, and ARK.txt attached)

DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by MW at 12:09:17.06 on Fri 11/20/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.502.151 [GMT -6:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
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A:xp home/viruses removed; still have permissions/security issues

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

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For whatever reason, the default account reports that it is an admin account, but it doesn't always act like it.

I have 3 SATA drives, each partitioned in 2 (all NTFS), C/D, E/F and G/H. C had Windows 7 installed on it and it was running fine. I tried the CP in Virtualbox when it was released and decided to do a clean install. Imaged my 7 drive elsewhere and booted up 8 from USB. I ran through the installer and created a local account (not the Live/Hotmail/Email option). In User Accounts it reports as Admin in the same way as Windows 7. First thing I did (as always) was to disable UAC and reboot.

I tried using CMD to disable hibernation with 'powercfg -h off' but it was rejected due to requiring elevated access. Same deal for any Powershell commands. Then I installed WinRAR and tried extracting an existing archive on E, but that failed due to lack of permissions. Navigated to 'Program Files' and tried making a new text file but it wasn't even an option, only 'Folder' was given. Same deal with the AppData folder. Next I installed KMPlayer and tried adding media files from G to a playlist but it was blocked, so I tried changing settings. They changed fine while I had the player opened, but when I restarted it they had reset (the ini file in the program folder wasn't being written to).

I went back and performed a clean install of 7 on C with the same options as 8 and everything I tried worked. Another format of C and then installed 8 again, same problems. The account says ad... Read more

A:File permissions issues

gavin19, I have also noticed similar file permission issues. It seems as if an admin account in Windows 8 doesnt have the same default powers that an admin in Windows 7 does. I am also using a local account with UAC disabled. I was able to get 'powercfg -h off' to run by using an elevated command prompt. One simple way to access that is to right click in the lower left corner where the start screen is accessed. There you get a whole menu of commands like event viewer, device manager, and disk management to name a few.

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This started as of 11/18/09. viewing webpages became slow, being redirected nearly everytime i clicked on a link. images would now download from webistes. cannot download anything to my computer now(music files, attachments from emails, etc.) and roughly every minute getting a fake popup saying my computer is infected, click here to scan. or something like that. (which I did), such a dummy. tried to restore computer, 1st attempt would not come up at all and my control panel would not show. second attempt (safe Mode), worked however when computer rebooted. it stated something like you do not have the permissions to change catalyst Control Center, along with some other errors. then said restore did not complete successfully. problem still exists. If you guys can help me i would be very thankfull

P.S. I am an active dj all of my music comes from professional, protected, and virus free webpages.

A:cannot restore computer / cannot change file/folder permissions

Hello hiddentalentpro and welcome.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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I'm having a seemingly random permissions issue, but I have a theory...

I suddenly can't save to my Documents folder. I get "You don't have permission to save in this location. Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?" I get this no matter whether I'm trying to save in the Documents folder or any sub-folder.

This is brand-new today, and I haven't permitted any updates since last night, when I was able to save in Documents without a problem.

I was able to edit the permissions and regain access to the first sub-folder I encountered this on, but I also received an error message (which I dismissed and don't remember). But the permissions did successfully change.

The one thing that's different is that I'm running File History for the first time and it's still copying my files.

So, is it possible that File History is temporarily locking down folders so the data doesn't change while it's copying it? My web-searching didn't produce any helpful answers.

I'll see if I have permission again once the File History operation is complete, but it looks like it has a long way to go so I thought I'd ask. I'm hoping it is a temporary File History thing, I'm not looking forward to troubleshooting a permissions issue today.

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Looking for some help in restoring file access on my WD MYBOOKLIVEDUO. Over time, i had created folders in the drive's directory. One foolish day, i deleted all permissions on a particular folder. My original aim was to restrict access to other users in the home network. No other folders in the external network drive are affected.

Can anybody provide any direction?

I have tried login "cmd as administrator", then tired to change/add owners but unfortunately it keeps denying access. i am running win7 64 bit with sp1 home edition.


A:Accidentally removed all permissions on file folder (win7)

I found this:


Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor

Access control and ownership are not the same thing as permissions.

Windows 7 Access Denied: Permission & Ownership

See also:Take Ownership Shortcut
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

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I've made a complete mess of My Pictures folder and files.

What I did: logged in as non admin user, right clicked Picures folder, then Properties, then Security tab.
With Authenticated users selected clicked Edit next to change permissions. Gave admin password, then clicked Full control Deny box, then apply. Then stupidly disregarded the warning, thinking I could just change it back. Now every Folder and worse, every file is now inaccessible by user and admin.

Is there any way of batch changing the folders and files so that I can access them again, without having to change every one individually?

EDIT: The first folder I tried to EDIT Allow did not allow permissions on the files inside, but so far the rest have allowed the change. O well, only 132 pics in that folder to fix.

A:Easy change back folder & file permissions

Have you tried a system restore? I don't know if a system restore can backtrack file permissions but it's worth a try. I'd do that than rather go through a ton of files to fix.

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I have:
Drive 1 - SSD (boot)Drive 2 - HDD (storage)Drive 3 - HDD (storage)Drive 4 - External HDD (storage)

I have reinstalled Windows several times over the time I've had drives 2, 3 and 4. I believe the "life" of the drives has spanned from Windows 8, to 8.1 and now to 10.

I have always only been the single user of the PC.

Sometimes, when I try to move files between drives, I get a message stating I need to be an administrator to continue. I can simply click Continue (or OK, I don't quite remember) and it transfers just fine.

How can I ensure drive/folder/file permissions are correct on all of the drives?

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Hi, I have been having some trouble recently regarding file and folder permissions.

Them in themselves I can fix, but I do not know the cause and yesterday the act of restoring ownership of my external hard drive to myself, seems to have caused numerous folders to 'vanish.'

I know for sure, that there are two folders I can access by typing the address into the title bar, but with all hidden files shown, there is nothing except for 1 file showing in the root directory.
I know that I can't access 1 folder that way, so I suspect there may be some form of corruption.

My Error/Disc Checking utility doesn't work, always says "Windows was unable to complete the Disc Check" immediately after starting in both Safe Mode and normal XP.

A key problem is, I have been in the slow process of backing everything up from my main hard drive, in preparation for getting a new PC in a couple of months and I had become too comfortable with the backup's safety and allowed the originals to be deleted from my main internal hard drive.

With regards to why I keep losing rights and ownership, I have no idea. It usually turns up when trying to move files or delete them. It can also be seemingly random too and I have no definite means of replicating the problem to figure it out.

Points I can offer, my PC is dated, I've had numerous virus and malware attacks, as well as (I believe) slightly damaged cables from my hard drive to my motherboard causing rather frequent freezes of so... Read more

A:File/Folder permissions causing folders to vanish or corrupt

Time expired for an edit:
From reading through another thread I came across a list of recovery applications and downloaded 'Disc Investigator' and trying to access my external brings up the message "Division by zero." and seems unable to access the hard drive.

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

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

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

For e.g.

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

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

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

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

Thank you to read so patiently...

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

A:File security permissions messed up by chkdsk

I tried a fix of my own.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


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


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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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I need to review the contents and security attributes of some network drives. I'd like to list folders and subfolders, and potentially the files within the folders, and see who has what permissions to the folders and subfolders.

I know how to display this information onscreen using Windows Explorer. But is there any way to extract this information into an Excel file, or possibly a text file, or even to print it? I'll be working with the owners of the folders to make sure that we have
the proper security settings for the various folders and subfolders, and it would make the review process a lot easier if we could get the information into a spreadsheet.


A:Create directory listing of netwok drive, showing file/folder permissions


You can use the dir command to display a list of a directory's files and subdirectories.

/q : Displays file ownership information.
/s : Lists every occurrence, in the specified directory and all subdirectories, of the specified file name.

dir [Drive:][Path][FileName] /s /q > [Drive:][Path][FileName.txt]

For example: dir e:\ /s /q > e:\dir.txt
It will display the files and subdirectories in drive E, and export the display result from Command Prompt to a txt file which located in e:\dir.txt.

For you reference:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/dir.mspx?mfr=trueTracy Cai
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We have been having an ongoing problem for several months. I will explain as best I can, but know that there are most likely more issues than what I am presenting here. I apologize in advance for my lengthiness.

We have a home network of 7 computers and have been using Win 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro Plus together without error since about May until mid-summer when I began using MS Outlook. When I started using Outlook on my laptop it took over all user permissions on the network making me the administrator/owner. I don't know if Outlook is responsible. I am just making connections with the timing. Folders were shared that should not have been shared and the file system got mixed up. Files came up with strange attribute settings. It appears that my computer encrypted files that reside on other computers leaving other users unable to access them.

On the occasions that we have wiped my hard drive and others to fix the problem by starting over, everything seems fine until I start using MS Outlook again. It may be important to know that I am the only one that uses Outlook on the network. And, by the way, when I say start over, I mean that we wiped drives with various software such as DriveScrubber, and others, to no avail. Later, we used disk part and thought we had it licked, but NO. After that, we discovered how to delete the volume shadow copies, but it still comes back every time like a haunting or something. We even bought brand new hard drives and installed them ... Read more

A:File permissions, administrator rights, sharing issues

Hello DonnWise, welcome to the forum.

Try reading through the following tutorial.
(I wondered if Option Five, point number 4, might apply. However, I could not be sure).
It might be advisable to print out the tutorial and make a note of all changes you make - you then have a record of how to restore to your original settings:
Run as Administrator

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I recently put a new hard drive in my HP dv7 laptop to increase the onboard storage. Before changing out the existing hard drive, I backed up all my personal files on an external hard drive.

One of the folders though for some reason appears to have "randomly" restricted the permissions of an entire folder along with its subfolders and individual files to the admin user of the previous Win7 installation.

This is a folder with multiple subfolders and files (photo backup folder). Windows will allow me to take control of the folder with the current admin user, but it's only one folder at a time. When I attempt to force new permissions for access down the folder structure, I get an error message telling me my access to the subfolders and files is denied.

Is there some other way to force these permissions down the tree or should I put the old hard drive back in and attempt to fix the problem from the old instance of Windows?

Any assistance is appreciated.

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Huge apologies if this is in wrong section

Quick'ish question: My dropbox and a few other things relay on my user name having full control over the Temp folder (C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Temp). But when I add my user name to the security list of that folder, I then restart the computer and something keeps changing it back (removing my username)

How do I run a log that can check what programs / service is changing it back

Addition Info:
Windows 7 Pro X64
My user name is set to be an admin



A:Temp Folder security issues

The default in Win7 is for a user to have full access to their own temp folder (i.e.: C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp).

What permissions did it have before you tried to change things? And what user accounts do you have on your machine (please check using Computer Management, not the typical Control Panel > User Accounts method)?

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Help Please! I'm totally baffled on this one! When you normally open a folder you have the file name in the blue bar; and right below that is normally a bar with the following: File, edit, view . Well i have no bar with the "file, edit, view" options any more?? I have run norton anti virus with the latest updates and have found no virus' . I would greatly appreciate any ideas on how to fix this.. ?? I almost forgot I also have NO forward or back navigation arrows either?? I've never heard of this before?? Thanks

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Sorry If this is the incorrect forum for this but it is somewhat related to the problem.

So last night my computer had some virus or something called
"Windows Fix Disk" which deleted all of my files and folders or maybe it hid them I am not sure. I used a system restore from about 2-3 days ago. Now I am having issues with folders/files. All of my favorites do not show up In my favorites tab. If I click my address bar I can clearly see that they are still there, also when I go back to a website that I had previously had favorited and try to re-favorite it, a message appears telling me it is already in my favorites and asks if I wish to overwrite it. When I try to overwrite or save a new favorite the website still does not show up in the favorites tab. Also when I try to run a few of my programs I get a message that says "Runtime error 53 File Not Found" or Runtime Error Program C:\... If anyone could help me fix this problem I would be much abliged. Thank you in advance for any help.

A:File/Folder Issues

Hello and welcome to TSF

I would recommend that you go here; read and follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information; as instructed, to here. (Just click on the coloured links.)

Once done, please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.
Good luck

Please also remember DO NOT post your logs in this thread, please start a new thread here. (Just click on the coloured link.) and post the logs.

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Hello. I have a Windows Vista Studio Computer system. When I attempt to rename or delete a file, my system freezes. The only way I have been able to complete the process is to ctrl+alt+del. When I return to check and see if the file has been renamed, it has, and the deletions are done; but when the box that pops up to verify that deletion is being done will not close on its own. I have to repete the ctrl+alt+del process.

I have done a cmd scan and it stated that I had some folder issues, but it could not correct them all.

One more thing: I tried to complete a scheduled Windows Update this morning and I received an error. The error code was 646. I am a amateur and don't know much about any of this. Thank you for any help you can give.

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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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So last night my computer had some virus or something called
"Windows Fix Disk" which deleted all of my files and folders or maybe it hid them I am not sure. I used a systemrestore from about 2-3 days ago. Now I am having issues with folders/files. All of my favorites do not show up In my favorites tab. If I click my address bar I can clearly see that they are still there, also when I go back to a website that I had previously had favorited and try to re-favorite it, a message appears telling me it is already in my favorites and asks if I wish to overwrite it. When I try to overwrite or save a new favorite the website still does not show up in the favorites tab. Also when I try to run a few of my programs I get a message that says " Runtimeerror 53 File Not Found" or Runtime Error Program C:\... If anyone could help me fix this problem I would be much abliged. Thank you in advance for any help.

I downloaded Dds but it keeps telling me I have Script blocking enabled or something though I do not have Norton antivirus and I have no clue how to Disable script blocking. I found another thread on here saying something similar so I looked at it and it told me to use Rsit. So i got Rsit and it brought up 2 windows with one says Info and the other says logs Which one do I post on here?

A:[SOLVED] File/Folder Issues

Kindly post the contents of the log.txt, and attach the Info.txt.

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I hope this is the proper place for this. I've inherited an Active directory domain that is pretty messy, and its now my job to clean it up. I need a tool that I can use to find out what network resources that a security group or user has access to and what kind of access.
I know you can look at each folder's security tab and see the users and groups' access rights, but that is too daunting of a way to do the task when you have hundreds if not thousands of network shares. Unfortunately there is no tab on the user/group properties page in "Active Directory Users & Computers" that shows "Has Access to ..."
Is there a commandline tool, or does someone have a script that can do this?
Any assistance appreciated.

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I rebooted after I installed some Windows Updates and ATI Catalyst 10.1. Now my neither shared folders nor my shared printer can be accessed over the network from other computers. No settings were changed, everything in the Network and Sharing Center was verified to be the way it should be. Permissions on the folders include "Everyone" with full write access.

Running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate (legitimate licensed copy)

I don't even know where to go from here. I've tried disabling the shared folders and resharing them. Changed settings in the network and sharing center to no avail. Suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated... I really don't want to reformat when I just did so less than a month ago...

A:Windows 7: File and Folder Sharing Issues

Try and see if uninstalling the updates, reverts things back to normal. This is just to test if the updates has anything to do with it.

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I have a laptop running Win 7, 64 bit. I had to run my recovery software and turn my laptop to the "out of the box" state. Before I ran the recovery, I backed up all my files onto a USB hard drive made by Western Digital and used their supplied software to back everything up in my USER folder (i.e. Documents, My Photos, My Music, etc). After I ran the system recover, I installed the WD software and ran the retrieval process. The files were transferred back to where I had them before but when I try to open them I get an error message. For instance when I try to open a photo I get the following message: "Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location".

I contacted WD for assistance and they sent me a link on how to take owner ship of files by the following steps:
Right click on Folder, Properties, Security Tab, Advance button, Owner Tab, Edit, then I select my user account in the change owner to, check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects, and click Apply. When I do this, I get a dialogue showing taking ownership of...and it scrolls through all my files. Then I get a message saying the ownership has changed.When I close all the Property boxes, I go to open a file and get the same error message. I even logged off, restarted, shutdown and restarted and still cannot access the file.

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A:File Security Issues

Try this solution below, you should then be able to take ownership of the folders which will give you ownership of all the files inside it.

Follow this guide: Add "Take ownership" to right click menu Once this is done you can simply right click on a file/folder and select Take Ownership from the right click menu.

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Lately I've been having issues where Windows does some odd things with folders and files.

If I start a new folder and go to name it something so it isn't called "New Folder," if there's anything else in the folder Windows will often choose a single file or folder at random and rename it to the beginning of the new folder name while simultaneously starting to rename the new folder.

Let's say I have the new folder ready to be named. I'm going to rename it "Simple tasks."

I start renaming it. At some point (not 100% of the time, but annoying enough in its frequency), my cursor will jump to a random file or folder in the same folder, start renaming it, and there's nothing I can do at this point to stop the wrong file or folder from being renamed. If I press escape, it will keep the new name, which at this point might be "Simpl," "Sim" or "Si" or even "S" - and then it will continue on with the renaming of the correct folder.

It also correctly names the new folder "Simple Tasks." It's only a momentary glitch that also throws the secondary file or folder into the renaming process. I've caught it in the act only twice in the entire time this has been occurring. At first it was a complete mystery; all of a sudden there was this new file or folder with an obscure name.

When this happens, I usually have no idea what the name of the incorrectly-renamed file or folder was, since the process of the second... Read more

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If a top-order folder is set to give "Everyone" access and Full control, and I wish this to apply to every subfolder, sub-subfolder and file i.e. everything within the parent folder - is it just a matter of ticking the "replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" - and will that do everything at every tier, or is it necessary to apply it to each sub-folder (would have thought the former)

and if this is done, does it apply it then retrospectively to everything already in the sub-folders, or does it only apply to new entries, or does it do both?

I have put this in Windows 7, but does the same also apply to Windows 10? TIA.

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I keep most on my user data on an external USB (IDE) drive, currently with a FAT32 partition.

I plan to convert it to NTFS, and my main concern is with the ACL. I move the drive between 2-3 different XP machines with different user accounts, and I want to make sure that all files are always accessible to everyone, regardless of what computer I connect it to. On my own computer, I want them to appear under My Documents. Also, if my system crashes, I want to avoid the hazard of not being able to access My Documents if the user accounts crash.

How do I set the ACL in Win7 and XP Pro SP3 to achieve the maximum portability as per above?


A:Portable external HD - NTFS file security issues

This might help:
NTFS Security Issues

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