Haha, thanks prof I guess that explains it. I did the same thing - went a little overboard on the "take_ownership" changes I guess.
Still - why should there be a relationship between the directory structure and the permissions...? Does taking ownership add a shortcut to the original "locked" directory maybe?
I deleted some of them but was unable (error) to restore them back. I rebooted and the system is fine but I still have all those shortcuts.
I guess I can just ignore the directory tree. I rarely use it anyway on Win 7 since its default behavior is so annoying. I'll explain:
In the directory tree on the left pane of an explorer window, if you highlight a folder first before you click its Expand arrow Windows sends that folder down to the bottom of the tree when you expand it - very annoying. The obvious workaround - don't highlight the folder, click it's expand arrow first - works fine but it took some getting used to.
Is it the same on your system? It doesn't feel like a bug but I can't think of any reason why that behavior would be desirable.
On a related note, suddenly last week I couldn't access my S: partition, which resides on a USB HDD. All the other partitions on that HDD were fine. I finally checked the permissions under S:\ properties and sure enough they were gone. I added the appropriate user name and the Admin account, gave them full control and then I was able to access the partition again. But I have no idea how the permissions changed on their own.
I really haven't done much tinkering with this system but something wiped out the permissions. I just wish I knew what it was...
Thanks for your help!