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Windows 7: No way to fix this???

23 Jul 2010   #1
gooze

Windows 7
 
 
No way to fix this???

Hi,

By mistake I denied access to one of my partition to the group "Users", and now I cannot find any way to restore this back to normal. My own account cannot access the partition anymore because I think it is an Admin + User, but even the hidden administrator account can't access the partition!

Is there a way to restore normal permissions on that partition? Like something with higher privileges than the Administrator?

Thanks for your help, I have precious files on that disk


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23 Jul 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

The only thing I can think of is make a Ubuntu live cd, boot into that, move the files somewhere else, and format the partition. You can also use a USB flash drive. The link has instructions for both.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD
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23 Jul 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try Take Ownership.

Take Ownership Shortcut
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23 Jul 2010   #4
gooze

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for your answers.

The "Take Ownership" thing does not work. You might need permissions in order to do that. The ubuntu live cd solution would probably work but that's kind of extreme. I can't believe there is no way to restore that.
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23 Jul 2010   #5
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Is it possible to do a system restore to before you made that change?
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23 Jul 2010   #6
gooze

Windows 7
 
 

Unfortunately no, That's a pretty fresh installation so no restore point created yet...
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23 Jul 2010   #7
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I don't see whats extreme about it. You made it where no user could touch the drive. Actually, you could try a system restore.
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23 Jul 2010   #8
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Or maybe boot to the advanced tools
Advanced Boot Options

and go to C prompt and use a command line to change permissions. I have not tried, but it is worth a shot.
Windows change access permissions from the command line
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23 Jul 2010   #9
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Oh, someone beat me to it. If you can't do a sytem restore, I think an ubuntu live CD or USB would be a good choice. Plus you can save it for future use. I actually have an Ubuntu installation on an external 1TB hard drive. It's kinda slow since its a 1TB drive, but I don't even have to have a working internal HDD and I can access my programs and files on any computer as long as I have the external drive.
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23 Jul 2010   #10
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

If this is a fresh install, your best bet is to start over. Why waste time trying to fix it?
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