Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: cant access root drive - lost admin rights

18 Aug 2009   #11

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You could try this (assuming it is C drive) from an elevated cmd prompt:

icacls "C:\" /grant Administrator:F /T

As the only alternative is a reinstall, you might also give this a go - I haven't tried it on 7 , but it seems to me it may well work:

restore security settings to the default :

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2009   #12

windows 7

This didnt work as well. Seems like I did something really stupid to it:)
Finally, reinstalled windows and all back to normal other than the time wasted.

Thaks everyone for your kind suggestions!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 cant access root drive - lost admin rights

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Lost access to C: drive and admin features
Hi, I removed all permissions of Authenticated Users for my C: drive, but not for admins. Now when I'm using my account ( an admin account ) I cannot reach my drive, can not change permissions again, and can not restore permissions, and cannot delete files etc. But I can still run...
General Discussion
personal computer_Logging to temp profile_ lost my admin rights
Hello, I am in a dire state of problem. I am using windows 7 ultimate on my Dell inspiron N4010. I have been logged on to a temp profile by which I understand that the user profile i am using is corrupt. I went to <regedit> and deleted the ".bak" extension from file. This did not fix my problem....
General Discussion
admin user lost some admin rights
I can't delete a file from the desktop. When I try, it says to get the rights from the specified admin user (which I'm logged on). The strange thing is that I still can create other users from this account (including admins). Any suggestion on what to do?
BSOD Help and Support
Limited admin rights? - access denied
Hi. I am running windows 7 ultimate and I have only one account (admin). I have no trouble installing programs, running programs or copying files from different locations on my hard drive, but if I try to save a file in a program, I get the message, that I do not have permission to save in...
General Discussion
how do I get access rights from Admin. to review networ
I can see all my network locations but when I come to open a file, access declined , need Admin. permission. How do i find this in the system ?
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:57.
Twitter Facebook