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Windows 7: Access denied to numerous folders

31 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Access denied to numerous folders


I had a boot problem earlier - took forever and rebooted on it's own, no idea why (machine has been turned off for a few days and was working fine before hand).

Now for some reason I have a string of folders to which I have no permissions - not even enough to see the permissions (yes it is NTFS).

I've tried changing the owner (to myself as an administrator and to an administrator) and I've tried "icacls * /T /Q /C /RESET" on the affected subfolder but even with that I get "access is denied" for each problem folder.

Does anyone please please know how to reset / clear the permissions so I can at least delete all of the folders and start again (luckily they are a copy of folders on another machine so although inconvenient, not disasterous so quite happy to bin them and restart).

Many thanks.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional

Sorted! Well sort of. I stopped fiddling with permissions, went for the trusty reboot to get back to an empty folder structure with valid permissions.

That'll do me.

Hate to think why the problem happened but really don't want to think about that too hard as I've begun to like Windows 7 rather a lot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

It appears that there was a problem with the original startup when you ran into the file permissions problem. It is good to hear you solved the problem with a fresh restart.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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