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Windows 7: Stuck in a loophole; Locked myself out of C:\

14 Jan 2010   #21
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 5674 View Post
Good news, i mannaged to fix the problem without having to do a repair install.

Remember those 4 user names that i mentioned earlier? I changed my C:/'s ownership to those specific names, the other two present would not let me grant them total access to the drive and would produce errors, luckily the system picked up the two deleted accounts up as legitimate users still on the system and then realised that it's functional to give those accounts ownership of the drive.

The names of the accounts werent avaliable by default, i had to find the names to grant access to, should've thought of that sooner, I thought that since i deleted them they woulden't still be recoverable.

Long story short no drastic measures were required and i luckily got out of what would otherwise be a total dead end.

Also reinstalling windows 7 woulden't be that much of a problem anyway, i have the OS itself stored on a 30gig partition, all my important files run on secondary drives.

Thanks guys
Trust me on this...you still need to do a reinstall before you continue using your system. What you've done is butchered the normal permissions and ownership on your drive, and you are going to have nothing but problems as you continue to use it.


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14 Jan 2010   #22
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 5674 View Post
Is there no other alternative?

I am grateful for you trying to help regardless.
I would think a "Repair Install" would get you back up and running without deleting everything and starting over.

Repair Install

Perhaps not a very good analogy, but sort of: think of buying food at a fast food joint. You only see the kid at the cash register, but behind the wall are all sorts of people doing different jobs so that the kid can put your food on a tray and pass it to you. What you have done is dismiss all the people behind the wall and now can't get your order filled?

Cheers!
Robert
A repair install won't change permissions....
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14 Jan 2010   #23
5674

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
The solution suggested by richc46 is very easy and will not erase any data.

I am not in Win 7 right now, but how did you delete System? Did you delete it from the security tab for the C: partition and maybe that is why you cannot access it? Can you go back and add the System and fix it?

You say you can access the partition using a shortcut. It almost sounds like you mapped it.
If i search any file in the windows directory and then go to link location, it will take me to the file and thus in explorer i'm inside c:\windows\.

Also you're right i deleted System through the security tab.
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14 Jan 2010   #24
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Clean reformat 7 - and watch what you delete this time.
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14 Jan 2010   #25
5674

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Trust me on this...you still need to do a reinstall before you continue using your system. What you've done is butchered the normal permissions and ownership on your drive, and you are going to have nothing but problems as you continue to use it.
What problems would these be? Everything appears to be functional, i can run command console under admin rights and the few programs i have on this partition all work fine.

As far as the user directory goes, i see no problems.
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14 Jan 2010   #26
surfasb

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 5674 View Post
Good news, i mannaged to fix the problem without having to do a repair install.

Remember those 4 user names that i mentioned earlier? I changed my C:/'s ownership to those specific names, the other two present would not let me grant them total access to the drive and would produce errors, luckily the system picked up the two deleted accounts up as legitimate users still on the system and then realised that it's functional to give those accounts ownership of the drive.

The names of the accounts werent avaliable by default, i had to find the names to grant access to, should've thought of that sooner, I thought that since i deleted them they woulden't still be recoverable.

Long story short no drastic measures were required and i luckily got out of what would otherwise be a total dead end.

Also reinstalling windows 7 woulden't be that much of a problem anyway, i have the OS itself stored on a 30gig partition, all my important files run on secondary drives.

Thanks guys
I'm glad you didn't have to reformat. Reformatting sux any way you slice it.
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14 Jan 2010   #27
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by surfasb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 5674 View Post
Good news, i mannaged to fix the problem without having to do a repair install.

Remember those 4 user names that i mentioned earlier? I changed my C:/'s ownership to those specific names, the other two present would not let me grant them total access to the drive and would produce errors, luckily the system picked up the two deleted accounts up as legitimate users still on the system and then realised that it's functional to give those accounts ownership of the drive.

The names of the accounts werent avaliable by default, i had to find the names to grant access to, should've thought of that sooner, I thought that since i deleted them they woulden't still be recoverable.

Long story short no drastic measures were required and i luckily got out of what would otherwise be a total dead end.

Also reinstalling windows 7 woulden't be that much of a problem anyway, i have the OS itself stored on a 30gig partition, all my important files run on secondary drives.

Thanks guys
I'm glad you didn't have to reformat. Reformatting sux any way you slice it.
Not if its necessary.
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14 Jan 2010   #28
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Good Going, makes you feel good, doesn't it.
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14 Jan 2010   #29
5674

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Good Going, makes you feel good, doesn't it.
Last year i had to do a manual system restore using the live boot CD recovery console, that was rewarding, this was just tediously upsetting.
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14 Jan 2010   #30
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

@5674 I have worked with Windows NT thru Windows 7 and what you have done to your system will lead to issues later. I have been there. I would do one of two things. 1) Back up all your data and wipe the drive and do a clean install. 2) Find another machine with the same version of Windows 7 and go through all folders and files on the entire system looking at the permissions and setting them the same. This is a long process but will save you a re-install. If it were me I would just do #1. It is so fast to install Windows now-a-days.
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