Hello sevenforums readers. I have a real problem on my hands, and have already done as much hunting and digging, even on this site to remedy the problem. I was attempting to block home network computers from accessing my user folder since it was showing up on the network no matter what I tried to stop it, and accidentally ended up denying access to my C: drive for ALL authenticated users. Even though I cancelled the process almost immediately, the effect still took place? Very annoying. I am running on windows 7 32 bit. The security tab has been removed from the C: drive properties. It appears in SAFE MODE, but it still denies me access from changing the permissions anyways. I tried creating a 'authenticated' user and everything I can possibly do that the internet has suggested I try. I have tried going through the CMD as an administrator in SAFE MODE using the takedown /f (foldername) /r/d y, and the steps that follow that. doesn't work. I have tried downloading the ownerchanger.reg to add permission change functionality to the context menu, and I can't even download it, as I can only assume that my hdd in all it's functionality has now been limited to a read only system, I can't even COPY files that are remotely associated with the C: drive, which is everything I value on this machine.
Finally, I attempted to use my laptop manufacturers recovery system on the D: drive, only to find that 'windows installer' cannot be accessed either. I have not tried formatting the HDD as I don't want to just lose all my data, and frankly I'm skeptical at this point if the computer is even capable of commanding the C: drive at all, even to format it. This is easily the craziest situation I've seen with any of my computers, and the first time I've posted a thread about it without being able to handle it myself, but I'm really in a jam here. Any advice?