Hi - I just joined Sevenforums to see if you guys can help. I searched around and found some useful info but I want to make sure I don't screw up my rig any more than I have already done.
Is there a way I can change ALL my folders and files back to their default settings so that I may have full permissions and ownership without having to change each one individually?
Background: I am the only one who uses this computer and it's not networked. I have only one account - the administrator account.
Somehow some permissions got changed on files and folders. I searched around the internet for solutions and learned about changing permissions, ownership and sharing. I then mucked around and changed a whole bunch of folders so I could access them. I changed permissions on some, ownership on others, and sharing on still more. And every kind of combination of the three. And there's the parent/child rules on top of all that. I have tons of folders and it would take a lifetime to manually fix all these.
In addition, all but three programs disappeared from my start menu so now I have to start most of my programs by navigating to its .exe
After a period of frustration I thought it best to do a complete backup & reformat. After the format I transfered my backup files onto the fresh computer and STILL had the same problems. I guess the changes stick with the files/folders and get carried over to the fresh install.
Acer Aspire Laptop 7741Z-5731
Windows 7 Home Premium