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How to remove permission settings and apply inherited permissions

Question: How to remove permission settings and apply inherited permissions

As title.

I've begun to use TeraCopy, which is much better than the stupid Win7 copy handler. There's just one problem:

When TeraCopy moves a file from a user-owned folder to a public folder, it retains folder's user-level permissions. I can manually give access to Everyone for this folder, but it is very annoying.

So, I'm looking for a way to easily remove a folder's own permission settings and make it use only inherited permissions.


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Preferred Solution: How to remove permission settings and apply inherited permissions

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I recently put a new hard drive in my HP dv7 laptop to increase the onboard storage. Before changing out the existing hard drive, I backed up all my personal files on an external hard drive.

One of the folders though for some reason appears to have "randomly" restricted the permissions of an entire folder along with its subfolders and individual files to the admin user of the previous Win7 installation.

This is a folder with multiple subfolders and files (photo backup folder). Windows will allow me to take control of the folder with the current admin user, but it's only one folder at a time. When I attempt to force new permissions for access down the folder structure, I get an error message telling me my access to the subfolders and files is denied.

Is there some other way to force these permissions down the tree or should I put the old hard drive back in and attempt to fix the problem from the old instance of Windows?

Any assistance is appreciated.

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I recently looked at my D drive, to find out that every file and folder in the D drive has a S-1-5-21.... account under the security tab. However the D drive itself does not. When I do to delete it, it tells me I cannot because it is inheriting permissions from its parent. But The D drive itself (The parent) doesn't have that user. So first, can you explain this.
So, I go and stop it from inheriting permission, and then delete it.. The issue is that this is quite time consuming. I basically want to remove this user on every file and folder on the drive at once. Now how do I do that?
I would be perfectly happy removing all the file permissions for all the files (Yes, I know that leaves them unaccessable) and then just adding them, as adding them to the D drive itself will cause all the child objects to inherit them, yes?

Answer:File permissions, an S-1-5-21 account, and inherited permissions

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if i disable inherit permission and i create a subfolder what permission does the new folder get?

Answer:NTFS permissions inherited

Should be just the account that created the folder.

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For example I have a folder in my desktop with pictures, videos, documents, music, etc. I organized it by grouping by type, somewhere between large & extra large thumbnails, and a few other things. I want these settings applied to all other folders. I went to folder options and applied it to other folders. Nothing changed. My other folders, including my picture folder is still the same way it was. How do I apply to ALL folders?

Also 2nd question - I know you can zoom in on thumbnails by hitting ctrl + mouse scroll wheel, but is there a way you can do it with a keyboard and not the mouse?

Answer:How do you apply a folder's view settings and apply it to ALL others

Hello mobbdeep, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Here's part of it for you.

Q1) Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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Is there any way to apply different permissions to users on a work group?

We are all using Windows 7 Professional

All on same workgroup/other VPN

All systems go, but would like to limit some users to certain areas without having to fire up server 2003 domain


Answer:Any way to apply different permissions to users

This tutorial should help you with that.

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Hopefully someone has a better idea of what's going...
Situation: Until recently I had folder W shared over my network for 2 users and it worked flawlessly.. but now for some reason I can't access it.

If I go to the shared folder's permissions, I only see the owner (Me) which have full control. So there, I add account #2 or everyone or homegroup... and hit apply. If I re-open that same window.. the account I just added is gone. Kind of irritating since I don't want to share my credentials.

Anyone have an idea of what's going on ? I've searched a little today and yesterday and can't find anything so far.

Thanks a lot for the help !

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in trying to share all subfolders under my c drive i checked the "Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child object" box. when i restarted windows would not start up. so i tried to install a fresh copy of windows. all that did was delete some files then tell me cant copy pretty much all the needed files from the cd to the hard drive. so now i have no access to windows, and locked out from trying to install a fresh copy of windows without formating the drive. can someone please help!!!?

Answer:Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child object

I am kinda guessing here, but this is what you 'should' have tried;

If you can't make progress there, then a Repair Install is the next option if you want to save files.

After that, data retrieval through slaving and then data retrieval program time (with which I don't deal).

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Hi, I have created a bit of a quandary for myself; it's almost as if I have contracted a virus of my own doing. I was inspecting some files from an old flash drive and so I copied them to my "junk" drive on my desktop. However, I inadvertently included the Recycler folder from the flash drive, and now I cannot remove it or any of the files contained therein. I have tried the following things:

1. Choose As Administrator during the deletion process -- I am told to remove the write protection.
2. Reboot in Safe Mode -- the Recycler folder is not visible.
3. Change attributes to be read/writeable. No luck.

We're just talking about four small files in one of those S-1-5-etc. folders under Recycler, but still, it kind of offends me that it is there and that I can't seem to do anything about it.

Any ideas?
Rick A.
Pleasanton CA

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hi all

i m managing file server on windows 2003 server. in a directory i want to give all permission except file or folder delete permission to domain user.

please make reply as soon as possible.

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Registry for, Restart computer and after then broken....
System,software, them okay or I'm Hkey_Local_Machine_ current owner  how keep?
Hkey_Local_Machine_  Current Owner... please help me 

Answer:Can't trustedInstaller permission... How keep permissions?

Your line of thought seems reasonable.
For registry?s TrustedInstaller permission, you could add it by the method that I have mentioned in my last reply.

If system ask you for TrustedInstaller permission, please take ownership of it.
Hope my clarification is clear.
Best regardsPlease remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Installed windows 10 pro yesterday as an in place upgrade to my 8.1 pro. There is a few issues so far, but the one that is annoying me at the moment is my pictures/documents/music folders. On a fresh reboot of my computer, the first time I try and access one of those user folders I get the pop up of, You do not currently have permission to access this folder. Click to permanently gain access. I click and get access but I do not like having to do this everytime. My lockscreen slideshow points to my pictures folder and on a fresh boot it will not show my slideshow because it doesn't have permissions. Clicking doesn't give me permanent access. I only have one account on my pc, just my local admin account. I have tried taking ownership and granting myself full control. I notice the entire user folder in c:/users/ is read only. I have tried changing that as well. I'm stumped. Any suggestions?

Answer:Permissions Issues - You do not currently have permission to ...

i have the same issues after upgrade from 7.
as yet no fix found

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Hi ,How are you. I get this error over and over again in the Event Viewer:

1203 - Description              : The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID

                                   and APPID

                                   to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19)
from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

Could you tell me exactly... Read more

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I am receiving the following error in the Event Viewer from the source DistributedCOM (Windows 8.1 64 bit) :
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID class identitification
 and APPID identification
 to the user Lenovo\Ewa with security identification SID
(S-1-5-21-1287633286-651115146-4152900111-1001) from the address LocalHost (using

LRPC) acting in the application container with identity SID
This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.
It regards Zinio Reader application.
Please advice how can I fix the problem.
Thanks and best regards, Ewa

Answer:The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID

Hi Ewa,
It's just a example instead of your real ID.
The ID of yours {316CDED5-E4AE-4B15-9113-7055D84DCC97} must be in that list. Have you attempt to find it?
I have search it on my lab computer(Windows 8.1)as below:
Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Hi all!

A few months ago, I got a WD My Book Live 2TB network drive. The purpose was to move all my files to it, so any computer or device in my home will have access to them. I managed to free up over 40GB of space that the files were taking up on my home desktop computer.

Last night, I was organizing some files on the network drive, and I noticed there was a folder with documents I no longer need, so I hit Delete followed by Enter. I hadn't realized what I've done until the deletion process was about halfway through. Turns out I wasn't deleting the useless folder (and its contents), I was actually deleting the Pictures folder. I pressed Cancel as fast as I could. The folder I was trying to delete was still there, but half of an entire lifetime's worth of photos were gone. No Recycle Bin or Trash, they were just permanently deleted.

The good thing is I still have a copy of the photos on some SD cards (just gotta find them). But I don't want anything like this to happen to more important files. I thought there might be some kind of security setting I could use on important files so they can't be deleted (unless I change the setting back). Does this exist? And if it does, how could I use it?

Answer:Apply security settings to NAS

You can use the folder's Properties > Security Tab > Advanced button, to uncheckmark Modify and Write. This will prevent deletion, but also prohibit you from adding to the folder.

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In Vista when I select Control Panel> Adjust screen resolution I get the Display Setting Dialog box that allows me to select my monitors and then select the Resolution and/or if I want to make the monitor my main monitor/Extend the desktop onto this monitor and to Drag the icons to match the physical location of my monitors. All of this works fine... Except when I want to accept what I have done. I do this with the OK or the Apply buttons.

When either of these buttons are pressed the screen goes blank, there is a pause and one sees another screen that asks that you confirm these setting. For a time prior to a recent Microsoft Vista update, I had about 5 seconds to confirm my settings, but recently the time needed to complete this procedure has expanded and I now only get this screen for less than a second and I cannot press the necessary button fast enough to accept the new settings and the operation is defeated and the screen goes back to its original settings. Is there any way to extend this timeout or any other way to configure my multiple (three) monitors????


Answer:Display settings OK/Apply timeout

Moved your thread from the Windows 7 to the Vista forum.

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I like to save some files to the Desktop for easy access on a temporary basis. Sometimes (not always) while attempting to save the file I get this
'You don't have permission to modify files in this network location.
Contact the administrator per permission to make these changes.'
Then I click the OK button and again attempt to save the file. Then I get the message the file already exists do I want to change it? I click save and the file saves. How can I stop this behavior?

Answer:Permissions Issue: You don't have permission to modify files in this network location

Hi Martha,
Do you use NOD 32 Antivirus? If you are, try disabling "Scan on File creation" this seems to fix the problem.

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We are on a domain, but a lot of our people work in the field. We are trying to find something other than a GPO.

Our Medical records system requires specific IE settings. I cannot manually change all settings now due to existing GPO's that are in place. If I were to get a clean install computer not on our domain and manually set the IE settings as needed, can I then
export those settings and have those exact settings apply on all domain users computers? If so, how do I do that? I need specific steps so since I am not well versed in this. I saw one post where someone said, import/export file, then export the file. That
doesn't help. How do I do that? What type of file is then output? How do I apply that file to other users computers. Example, we need trusted sites zone edited, but cannot, because there are existing GPOS. I just want to set IE settings, export those settings
and then have them apply to all domain accounts.

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My Windows updated on Monday and it removed all my view settings for my libraries. For example, Pictures used to be medium icons, sorted by date modified, and grouped by nothing. I changed it back to that, but every single subfolder is still set to the default.

I tried going to the folder settings, view, and clicking "apply to folders", but the button is grayed out. I then deleted all Bags/BagsMRU registry entries in hope of fixing it, but no dice.

I don't remember having to do anything special for this back when I got Windows 10, so I think something got messed up in this update for me.

Please note that I can use "apply to folders" when I'm outside of my library and it works fine. I successfully applied the correct settings to entire folder trees, but it doesn't work for the libraries.

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Hey guys I need some help.

I'm trying to apply these network settings to a 3com 3812 switch but it always gives me a "Data is invalid error."


Is there something wrong with this combination of ip and subnet mask? Was going through the FAQs but it would take me forever to figure it out and I need to set this up ASAP.

Thanks, guys.

Answer:New 3Com Switch Network Settings Won't Apply

Try consoling in via the serial port and changing it there...

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I've somehow changed the size of my icons etc(XP Pro media edition). I've tried to change the settings but the windows are too large and I can't click on the "apply" or "OK" buttons because they are hidden and I can't drag the panes any higher to see them. How do I make window panes smaller(there are no minimize/maximize icons within the windows)?

Answer:Can't Change Dpi Settings(apply Button Hidden)

Here's a "trick" that I sometimes use to scroll down below the edge of the screen. It's called WinScroll and it's written in Japanese - but a little fooling around will let you work it.It's a free download from here: - I found this site that offers an English translation:

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Hi all :)
Desktop and laptop with Win10 here. I use FireFox routinely while my hubby uses Chrome.
I sometimes use a service that has to run through a proxy server, but don't like the idea of internet banking details etc passing through their hands. It seemed obvious to configure IE/Edge to use the proxy, but found that Chrome "inherits" proxy settings from IE.
I downloaded Vivaldi browser and gave that a try, but it too caused Chrome to adopt the proxy server settings.
Is there a browser out there that uses truly independent settings, apart from FireFox, or am I being too paranoid in he first place?

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I have a small problem.
I tried overclocking my GPU.
The settings are applied in MSI Afterburner. (I also tried Ntune)
But it isn't applied on the GPU itself.
I tried to OC the GPU core clock to 600 Mhz, but it is stuck at 405 Mhz (Shader clock is stuck at 810 Mhz, and memory clock is stuck at 405 Mhz as well)
According to GPU-Z my default clock is: GPU clock 520 Mhz; Memory clock 500Mhz; Shader clock 1230Mhz
But in the sensors tab it just shows 405;405;810 again..
(So it's underclocked?)

One weird thing I noticed is that the max. GPU load is 99% and not 100%... why?

Also added two attachments (screenshot & specs)

My temperatures are fine (I think), since the max. temperature is 95 degrees Celsius or something. And the card becomes 45 degrees celsius on full load. (measured using GPU-Z and Speedfan; fully loaded using FurMark (1024x768, no Anti-aliasing) And the GPU core is 37 degrees celsius when idle.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Nvidia (POV) 8400GS doesn't ''apply'' overclock settings

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I really do not know what to do with this. Every time I open up my web browser, instead of going to my home page, it opens with 'Customize Your Settings.'

Has link "Choose your settings" in order to complete installation. So I click it, and I choose my a)Required settings and 4 b)Optional Settings, then complete the process by clicking on 'save your settings.'

'Save your settings' becomes 'Applying settings...' and that is how it remains for however long I have the page open. It will remain that way literally for hours, with nothing that can be done other than to close the browser.

But my new settings do not apply, my installation does not complete, and the next time I open my browser, this window loads again. So what do I do to complete the installation and get my browser to load to my selected home page?

Answer:IE7 Final install step - Customized settings will not apply

Have you tried uninstalling it completely, rebooting and then installing again?

BTW that nick is so close to my wifes sisters name.

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I'm running Windows Vista and the main account used for installing programs has been configured completly. IE settings, WMP settings, desktop, icons.....

Can I apply the same settings to the other 3 accounts in the PC?

How can I do this?

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Vista...Can I configure one account and then apply its settings to all other accounts

After a quick glance, this process doesn't seem any different than previous OS's.

Configure your user account (don't forget screensavers, background, etc. everything will copy over). Log off and then back on as a different user with admin rights.

Right click on my computer, choose properties, goto the Advanced tab, click on "settings" in the User Profiles section. Select your profile, click COPY TO, click change under "Permitted to use" and choose everyone, then browse above to the specific profile. You can copy to individual profiles, including "DEFAULT USER" which will cause that profile to be used by every new profile created past that point.

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My school's computer administrators had the bright idea of making the systems forget all changes whatsoever whenever you log out or reboot to make it harder to mess up a system and to prevent people from moving things around/etc and making things a mess for others. Which is fine. Problem is, they just never get around to configuring quite a lot of things, such as MS Office, which creates a painful hassle every single time we use them, which is every class meeting in one of my classes.

What I'm wondering is, is there maybe some sort of way you could create a script of some sort that would apply all of these little settings, everything from showing extentions of filenames and changing to list view with the status bar on in explorer to providing that first run setup stuff for things like office and opera (which has horrible defaults IMO)?

I've tried talking to them, but, the only time I got anything through at all was when I finally managed to convince them to install video drivers instead of using only the built in XP crap (which, btw, is painfully slow even just raising/lowering a window) and this was because a software that was absolutely vital to one of the classes would not run at all due to requiring the specific OpenGL driver provided by nVidia (which btw, is stupid as it's a 2D java-based program utilizing exactly 0 acceleration, but, that's a matter to take up with Oracle, not the admins here...)

Besides, quite frankly I think t... Read more

Answer:Any way to apply windows user specific settings via script somehow without reboot?

Sounds like your administrators have implemented Mandatory Profiles which means ANY changes you make to the system will be overwritten. Even if you decided to try to make changes to the registry, the only way to implement the changes is to logoff/logon again, which in turn will overwrite said changes. There's no way around Mandatory Profiles...hence the name.

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I have created an automatted installation for Windows 7 via AIK and I am setting the UserLocale, UILangauge and Inputlocale for specific regions. I then saw this aritcle furthest below (see: "Apply regional and language settings to reserved accounts") and was
wondering if there are other autounattend.xml paramters that also need to be set to ensure these "reservered accounts" are set for the proper regions.
Please note: I want to keep the base language for Windows and the SQL Collation set to en-US, just the default users regional settings (UserLocale?), UI (UILanguage?) and keyboard (InputLocale?) settings need to be country specific.
In my Autounatted.xml file I have all the Locale settings set for en-US in the 1 windowsPE section. I believe these only apply for the actual installation process and not the final Windows deployed image. Is that correct?
I believe I need to set the locale setting in either the 4 specialized or 7 oodesystem pass to affect the installed system.
So to achieve, my desired resule, OS & SQL using a base en_US language and the default User, UI, and keyboard langauge being country specific, I would set the Microsoft-Windows-Internationas-Core_neutral settings as follows:
InputLocale to the specific country such as da-DK (Denmark)
SystemLocale is set to en_US
UILangauge is set to da-DK
Userlocale woud also be set to da_DK
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Answer:Apply regional and language settings to reserved accounts during silent autounattend.xml

Hi Jim,
 as you mentioned above it works, for more details reefer the below link
Thanks ,
Narayana Mandali 

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Win 8.1 Pro, Hyper-V v6.3.9600.16384
I have set a VM for "Always start this virtual machine automatically".  But when Windows and Hyper-V start up, this machine is not starting.  I have alternately tried going back to a different setting for startup and coming back to auto
start thinking it might reset some internal 'switch', and I have tried 0 and 30 sec delays wondering if there are delayed services, but I don't know what those might be.  But I would think when Hyper-V starts, it should be fully ready to go.
I have Hyper-V also running on another machine (Server 2012 R2) and it behaves properly.  Of course the only time I shut down the server is for software updates as required, but when I do that, Hyper-V automatically starts all its VMs per
the settings.
What things can I look at to determine why Hyper-V is not starting the VM automatically on this Win 8.1 machine, and what might I do to fix this problem?

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I purchased Dell Inspiron 5547 last wee.
From the day-1 i am getting "True color failed to apply the requested settings" error. Now running Windows 10 (Upgraded 2 days). 
Tried updating all the drivers. Is there anyone facing the same issue and got a fix?
Thanks in advance !

Answer:True color failed to apply the requested settings - Dell Inspiron 5547

I hope Dell will reply to this post.  I'm getting the same message.  The only difference is that I've had my laptop for 6 months and have gotten the message prior to downloading Windows 

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I installed Windows ADK 10 v1511 on Windows 10 v1511 Enterprise 64 bit.

I typed the following commands:

Dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:"<wim_File_Path>\install.wim" /Index:1 /ApplyDir:"<Apply_Directory_Path>" /Verify /CheckIntegrity
Dism /Capture-Image /ImageFile:"<Windows_Files_Path>\sources\install.wim" /CaptureDir:"<Apply_Directory_Path>" /Name:"<Edition_name>" /Description:"<Description_name>" /Compress:max /Verify /CheckIntegrity

Now, what is the command that allows to completely remove the entire content of the <Apply_Directory_Path> directory?



Answer:Dism /Apply-Image and remove the entire content of the directory

Do you mean you want to delete everything in the directory but leave the directory itself?

If so this should do it
pushd "<Apply_Directory_Path>" && (rd /s /q "<Apply_Directory_Path>" 2>nul & popd)

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I installed Windows ADK 10 v1511 on Windows 10 v1511 Enterprise 64 bit.

I typed the following commands:

Dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:"<wim_File_Path>\install.wim" /Index:1 /ApplyDir:"<Apply_Directory_Path>" /Verify /CheckIntegrity
Dism /Capture-Image /ImageFile:"<Windows_Files_Path>\sources\install.wim" /CaptureDir:"<Apply_Directory_Path>" /Name:"<Edition_name>" /Description:"<Description_name>" /Compress:max /Verify /CheckIntegrity
Now, what is the command that allows to completely remove the entire content of the <Apply_Directory_Path> directory?



Answer:Dism /Apply-Image and remove the entire content of the directory

Do you mean you want to delete everything in the directory but leave the directory itself?

If so this should do it
pushd "<Apply_Directory_Path>" && (rd /s /q "<Apply_Directory_Path>" 2>nul & popd)

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While my WD Portable External Hard Drive was connected to my work computer, I changed the permissions on a particular folder so that only I had access to it. (I was lending it to someone else but didn't want then to have access to this particular folder).

2 hours later I was told my services were no longer required, pack up all my things and leave. Unfortunately, I forgot to reset the permissions before I left, and now when I try to access the folder on my home PC, I get 'Access Denied'.

I realise it was stupid to mess about with the permissions (especially when I don't know that much about them), but is there anyway to take ownership of this folder to gain access to the contents?

Both work and home PC are XP. Work is 64 bit. Home is 32 bit. Permissions were set up on work PCs, but not on home.
And no, there's no chance of me gaining access to my work PC again.

Answer:Need to Override Permission Settings

Did you adjust the permissions or did you try taking Take Ownership of the folder

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I backed up a files on an XP machine to an external drive. When I try to copy them back to a newly installed XP install on the same machine I get the following message:
"you do not have permission to view or edit the current permission settings" it then states the name of the file.

What can I do to to copy these files (mainly .jpegs) to the hard drive?

Thanks for looking.

Answer:Solved: Permission settings

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I am trying to set my folder permission settings on XP Pro. If I take away someones ability to delete they can no longer rename a folder. How do I enable someone to create and rename both folders and files, but not delete them. Thanks.

Answer:Folder permission settings.

I have these basics down.

It seems that when a new file is renamed, the phrase "New Folder" is actually being deleted, thereby requiring "Deletion" capability. But a user can also delete anything else with this permission, which is bad news. Is there away around this bug?

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Basicly, I changed my Vista settings on the c drive - security so that everything had permission. I thought it would help me install lol. I have managed to install stuff now,but I want to change it back to the default - but I don't know what these are, can anyone tell me? Is it unsafe to have it all set to allow?

Thank you!!!

Answer:Vista permission settings;en-us;313222

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How the hell do I turn off all the annoying Vista pop-ups always asking my permission every time I tell it to do something? I know there is a way because I did it on my previous install I just can't for the life of me remember where that was.

Answer:Vista Permission Settings?


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Is there a way I can restore the default permission settings on a hard drive. I have two drives my master which Vista runs on, and a secondary drive, with all my audio and video files I use for all my editing, plus my photos and music. I was messing around with the premission settings, and I am set as an Adminstrator, but now all my files are not accessible, I have tried to do a million things but I have to click so many windows just get to a file to use. Is there anything I can do to get back to the orignal settings!

Thanks a ton!

Answer:Messed up my Permission Settings on Vistax32

Try using system restore to reset the settings. If not, create a new user account with administrator priveleges and delete the old one.

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I'm not griping this time!

I've set up a limited account on my computer, and when I was testing it out, I noticed that I was able to manipulate the settings to the anti-virus program that's installed. How do I, using my administrator account, prevent the limited account from messing with it? I've hidden as many folders as possible, but the task bar icon is still visible and I can't hide it. And I can't right-click the task bar icon and mess with the security settings that way.

Answer:User account permission settings


The problem is more with your Internet Security software than with Vista. If you make the files for the Internet Security software inaccessible to a limited user - that software might not work properly for that user. Most Internet Security software (i.e. Norton, McAfee) allows you to install parental controls and give you the ability to control WHAT Windows users can or cannot do (including the manipulation of the software's settings).

What Internet Security Software are you using? Have you installed parental controls? Did you install the software while logged in as "Administrator"?

Let me know and I can probably offer more assistance.

- John

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As a less than knowledgeable computer user I stupidly changed my User "Permission Allow" check marks. I now get a "failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access denied." Of coarse I didn't write down what was originally checked off in the "Allow" box.

Would there be a listing of default settings so I can recheck the 3 categories and boxes within them to original. "System", "My Name With email address", and "Administrators"?

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I've been having problems running Adobe Illustrator CS5 on my Windows 7 Pro 64 bit machine.

The problem is that Illustrator will not allow Photoshop files to be 'placed' into the Illustrator document. This was NEVER a problem with XP.

This seems to be a common problem with Illustrator CS5... and it seems that many people say the 'fix' is to 'right-click' on the Illustrator program in the start menu, and select 'Run as Administrator.'

This does seem to work, but people say it's a 'Permissions' issue.

I changed all my 'Permissions' to 'ALLOW' for this program.... and it seems like the program has gotten somewhat quirky....

Is it a bad thing to select 'Allow' for each of the 'Group/User Names' in my Security tab for a given program???

Here's what I have done.... and imagine the 'check-marks' are on 'Allow' for each of the Group/User Names listed in the Security tab of the enclosed picture.

Oh... and why to I have 2 different TG (my initials) users and 2 different Administrator Groups... plus a 'System' group which you can't see in this pic???

Answer:Permissions settings?????

This article might give you a better understanding of the groups on the computer...

Administrator vs Administrators

Where are the Photoshop files located?

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I recently re-installed Windows 7 and all of a sudden I was having access denied problems which had never occurred before.
I have managed to fix all of these apart from one:-
When I try to change the icon via the properties of a desktop item I get:-
"you will need to provide administrator permission to change these settings"
I am the only user of the PC and my account is an administrator account.

As I said, I never had this problem prior to the re-install.
I have searched and searched but have yet to find any answers or solutions.

Any help or info would be helpful.

Answer:need to provide administrator permission to change these settings

Turn off your user account settings in user accounts.

control panel>user accounts>change user account control settings

I always set mine to never notify.

You will have to reboot to make changes.

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I have my OS settings configured not to check for and install updates unless I prompt Windows to do so. I recently manually installed some updates. A few days later I noticed Windows was installing updates upon start up. I checked my update settings and sure enough they were set for everything to check and install updates automatically. What is going on here? I never noticed this kind of behavior with Vista or Windows 7.

Has anyone else noticed this or have a way to truly stop automatic updates?

Answer:Windows 8.1 Update Settings Changing without Permission

Hello Dricketts,

It appears that one of the OS updates in this last round of Windows Updates reset some of these settings back to default.

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I think I've screwed myself up into a corner. I really need help as Google is not bringing up anything that might help.
What happened is I tried to adjust the security setting for my whole external hard disk.
I have the admin rights to my computer and wanted to restrict a user to be able to read and execute only. I right clicked the drive (L:\) and adjusted the EVERYONE group.
What I didn't know was EVERYONE included the admin too. So now I've blocked myself from editing the files and folders in the external. Now I see all accounts have the special permission part unticked.
And if I check the properties of a folder in the hard disk I see an account with the special permission allowed
In a fit of panic I accidentally removed the account with special permission privilege from my hard disk properties so I don't see it when I check the properties of my hard disk but I can see the account when I check the properties for the individual folders.
For awhile I had access denied when I tried to enter the drive but now I can enter but still am restricted (can't delete folders, etc)

How do I rectify this mess I'm in?

Answer:File Permission Settings for External Drive

Through further googling, I've discovered 'taking ownership' so it's all settled now.
Admins, you can close this thread

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I have been working with programs such as Blender 3d recently which conflict with my security settings. I have been getting permission denied for saving files and doing other functions in these programs. I found out how to disable the administrator setting by going in command prompt and typing "net user administrator /active no" and how to keep the computer from constantly bringing up warnings asking me to allow a change to my computer by going in user account settings and sliding the slider to zero. It seemed to be working untill I took the slider back up so that I could have some security enabled while on the internet, and then even when I took the slider back down it was still the way it was before, not letting me save my files on some programs and bringing up messages asking me to allow myself to run a program I had clicked on. I tried bringing up the command prompt and re-disabling the administrator setting and also made sure the slider was down all the way, to no effect. I was trying to do a system restore to restore whatever is screwing this up, but an error comes up everytime telling me it can't access a file possibly because of antivirus being on, even though I already turned all the security features off. Any way I could have missed something that I did right the first time but not the second?

Answer:cannot change security/permission settings in windows 7

Right click => Properties => Security => Advanced => Owner => Take Ownership => Click your user name => Then Select the box that says "Replace Owners on subcontainers and objects"

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Alright, here's the skinny.

Had a computer with two drives, C and D. Windows XP was installed on the C drive. The install become corrupt and unfixable, so I installed XP on the D drive and left the C drive intact.

I was hoping to be able to access my old My Documents folder on the C drive. However, when I go to Documents and Settings-'My Profile'-My Documents, it says I am not able to access that folder. However, I am able to access my daughter's My Documents folders from their profile name.

Does it have to do with permissions? I had a password on my user name before. Would that have anything to do with it? My daughter's user name did not have a password before.

Is there a way around it?

I appreciate any help!

Answer:XP Documents and Settings Permissions?

Hi and Welcome,
More than likely it is a permissions issue. As far as the fix, first, what do you mean by "the install became corrupt and unfixable"? Can you give us some info on this?

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Yesterday I decided to put our first Vista PC on our network. Everything seems okay, except whenever I am logged in with a domain account (versus local user), I cannot edit the LAN settings to put our proxy info in.

Vista says to contact the systems administrator (me) because apparently I have a group policy stopping users from editing LAN settings (which I don't). My account has domain/enterprise admin permissions and it still won't let me edit.

So here is what I have:

Windows XP/IE6 computers - can edit fine
Windows XP/IE7 computers - can edit fine
Windows Vista/IE7 computer - can't edit

Any suggestions for what I can try? I am using Vista Enterprise.

Answer:Vista and LAN settings permissions

Well I'll just take a wild stab in the dark on this one, lol...

Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy
Local Policies -> Security Options
Change Network security: LAN Manager authentication level to “Send LM & NTLM - use NTLM v.2 if negotiated”

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Hi all,

I have a W7 x64 desktop.

I have set the Power Options>System Settings - Define power buttons (When I press the power & sleep button) to "Do nothing", yet i can still shut down my desktop via Start>Shutdown and by pressing the physical power button.

What gives?

Answer:Does changing "Power & sleep button settings" only apply to laptops?

Check the BIOS, there is probably an "instant off" or 4 sec delay option for when you press the power button while the PC is on.

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I'd like a brief tutorial, or a link to a page where I might be able to accomplish a little more restrictive environment. I understand the basic logic for what I want to accomplish, yet I can't get it to work. Here's my scenario:

Through Active Directory, I want to set a global group of users with restricted access to certain settings and programs, namely Remote Desktop Connection (I had a separate thread that dealt with comp. sci. students using the RDC to bypass the web filter). I can go around each computer and disable the RDC remotely, but I'd like to set it up to where every account name takes on the security/permission settings.

As a note: At my college, the accounts are set up to where even the desktop background is reset after logout. We have a tiny problem with kids changing the mouse cursors and backgrounds here. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Privileges and Security Permission Settings Through Active Directory

Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?

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Client of mine has got windows 2008 server as a standalone PC (no domain) with username: server and password : fake

And he has 5 other PCs (XP Profe SP3) on the same LAN

PC1, username : forum1,password : work1

PC2, with username: forum2, password:work2

PC3, with username: forum3, password:work3

PC4, with username: forum4, password:work4

PC5, with username : forum5, password:work5

Windows 2008 has got a folder to be shared with PC1, PC2, PC3,,,,not PC4 nor PC5

I know how to share the folder if I use option “Everyone” Under Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Permissions > Add > Everyone ,,,,,,and I know how to use the option “Public Folder” which is located %SystemDrive%\User\Public

With “Everyone” option PC4 and PC5 would be able to get access to the shared folder
Now my question if I do not want to use "Everyone" option , I have to create additional three local accounts on the server which are ( username : forum1,password : work1 ) and ( username: forum2, password:work2 ) and ( username: forum3, password:work3 )

Those username then will be able to login to the server which I do not want that to happen. Is this what suppose to be in such scenario ?


Answer:Windows 2008 shared folder with XP and permission settings

make a folder for each username ? make it so they can see their own folder ? not to clear on what exactly you are trying to do...

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Dear Forum,

I recently changed computer and therefore had to use a external hard drive.

I have placed some documents onto the desktop until l
1. I figure out where to locate it.
2. I also recently had the Windows Update crash my documents and altered the settings - after looking how to do it.
Recycle Bin Corrupt and Permission settings confusion - external hdd

I followed a prior thread and my Command Prompt has not moved from the last command

To solve the desktop issue: (also elevated command prompt)

cd %userprofile%
You see C:\users\<your name> now.


icacls Contacts /reset /T /C
icacls Desktop /reset /T /C
icacls Documents /reset /T /C
icacls Downloads /reset /T /C
icacls Favorites /reset /T /C
icacls Links /reset /T /C
icacls Music /reset /T /C
icacls Pictures /reset /T /C
icacls "Saved Games" /reset /T /C
icacls Searches /reset /T /C
icacls Videos /reset /T /C
icacls appdata /reset /T /C
Is this common thing to happen?

I am being patient. I am glad that I had assistance from this forum. Better than others.

I am hopeless. I think I was inpatient, and perfectionist and should not go into items I should not. I am now going through all the issues of retrieving everything from the recycle bin. That caused a multitude of problems. I also have invested in a couple of external hard drives from a nurse that felt sorry for me.

I have left most things alone - I lacked a lot of energy and had no time.

T... Read more

Answer:Permission settings from Desktop - Windows 7 32 Home Premium

I'm unsure of all of the items your moving onto the new machine,
You can use this on Personal files/ programs would not qualify as a personal file,

Permissions- inheritable,

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Inside W10's Event Viewer, I see an error with ID of 10016 (DistributedCOM). Its error description is -

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
{ (long number) }
{ (long number) }
to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

This error message says that I can modify security permission. As this topic is over my head, I don't know if I should do this or not. Thanks for any comments on this issue.

Answer:DistributedCOM permission settings Error 10016 -should I resolve this?

There are lots of discussions on this topic here at TenForums, but the clearest explanation of the problem and the fix come from this Shaun Cassells article: Windows 10 Event 10016 Fix: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160} and APPID {9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276} to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.I a – Quarter Five – Thoughts and Solutions. I've got this issue on most of my systems and have never bothered to fix it. Doesn't seem to have much of an impact either way. Do what you think best!

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I have been going nuts with this. For the past 3 days I have been getting messages saying I do not have permission to write in directories where I am listed as the owner. I have ensured that the users MyuserID, Administrators, and SYSTEM all have Full control over the directory. I have also made sure that the parent directories also give these users full control. I could live with this and just escalate my privileges each time I create a file. However I run some apps that need to write into some of these directories and they cant. I have checked that the application process is run under my userID and has the need permission, however it still can not write to these directories.

Is this a known bug that has recently been created? Is there some new Group or User that needs to be given permission to modify the directory. This seems to be a problem on some machines, but not others. Any help would be much appreciated. Since this just started without any changes by me, I am assuming that some Windows update is the cause.

Answer:File and Dir security permission settings not taking effect

Welcome to the Ten forums.

Have you check your Update history. Are any updates failing?

While I can't comment on known bug, others may have more info, do you have restore points enabled? If so would you consider invoking system restore as you seem to have a handle on when it started.

Obviously updates will simply re-initiate. You may consider changing what updates you receive. Make it just windows and do not included other products (ie., drivers). This will rule out drivers or "Other" patches.

Do you use any software to Image your OS / Data? If not, a number of individuals on this forum recommend Macrium Reflect. You may also want to review the tutorial section. Macrium is free to home users. It is easy to use and can quickly get you back to a known working system.

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Hey guys,

Having a problem with Exchange 2010.

I've created a distribution group named All Staff, in which I have placed all the revelant staff in our school. When I try to share a calendar with the group I get the error message
"Calendar sharing is not available with the following contacts because of permission settings on your network."

I am able to share the calendar with individuals but this really isn't efficient.

The distribution group got the email [email protected] upon creating it.

Other information:
-Using Windows Server 2008 R2
-Client is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
-Accessing mail through Outlook Web Access

Thanks in advance and do ask for any other information you deem necessary.

Kinds regards,
Jack Pickup

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Dear Forum,

I am currently trying to move files and folders to my 1TB External Hard Drive (Seagate) - for reasons known to some members of this forum.

I am gaining the message 'File Access Denied' when I move mostly Adobe files to my external hard drive.

I am going to try and go through and see if I have taken the steps on taking Ownership - incorrectly and I do not know how to fix it.

The recycle bin has an error on it as I took the permission on the folder on the external hard drive 'It says that is corrupt'.

I am a total mess and unsure about the settings.

I know that this is mainly a Windows 7 Forum - but I wish just to see if someone would be able to assist me

Answer:Recycle Bin Corrupt and Permission settings confusion - external hdd

Did you mess around with permissions only, or did you change owner as well?
Please post permissions of F:\ as it is now.

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The network environment is a Workgroup consisting of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 Pro, and Windows XP Pro.

My example:
I have enabled Guest account in the Windows Server 2008 R2 computer.
I have created a new folder "guestshare" in c: and use Share with menu to add Guest with Read/Write Permission Level.

When I try to map it in the Windows XP Pro machine thru Map Network Drive function under Tools menu, I won't see that share using the Browse button. However, I can type the UNC path and map it.

If I turned off the Password Protected Sharing in the Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, I will see that share using the Browse button and able to map it. What is the reason for this behavior?

I wonder whether the following settings in Advanced sharing settings of Windows Server 2008 R2 can affect mapping:

File and printer sharing
Public folder sharing

Since mapping a drive requires authentication, is there any settings in User Right Assignments and Security Options of Local Policy that can affect mapping? For example, I wonder about the following settings:

User Right Assignments
Access the computer from the network
Allow log on locally
Deny access to this computer from the network
Deny log on locally

Security Options
Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only
Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously
Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts

Also, does the setting of Guest account in the Win... Read more

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Hello. I have been using a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit.TOSHIBASatellite L500Pentium Dual-Core CPU T4400Fully Up-To-DateThe laptop has been in use for about five months now and almost entirely has only had one profile. On three or so occasions, I would turn on the Guest account for others users to borrow and gave it stand account permissions. I began setting up a third account also intended for temporary users. While setting up the account with shortcuts, default programs, etc, I tried to access my personal files using this profile to test if others could edit them. After getting the UAC notice and signing in with my password, I could access my personal files using the second account. I then rebooted the system to see if the password would be needed again in the future, but I was able to access my personal files again on the new count without any password needed.Now I am unfamiliar with how permissions, security, workgroups, and similar systems work on Windows 7, but I attempted to remedy it myself and ended up screwing it up. Pretending my name is Bob, I opened the properties of C:/Users/Bob and made changes in the security tab. About four different categories were available, but they were not profiles. My memory is fuzzy, but I checked Allow to all permissions to groups I think were called Admins, System, and something else. Another category called something like Workgroup I said Deny to all. A warning popped up saying if a profile belongs to multiple group... Read more

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Anything special about setting permissions and shares on the Documents and Settings folder? Everytime I try to access it or change its permissions I get an access denied message. Tried it with the hidden Admin ID with same results. Vista Home Premium SP2

Answer:Documents and Settings folder permissions

Documents and settings is not accessible. Access is denied.

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I was wondering if there is a program to transfer permissions and settings from one Win2000 PC to another like there is for WinXP?

I have a few laptops which need the same permissions in each one.

Answer:Transfer permissions & settings to new Win2000 PC

Not sure about settings but the permissions and acl's you can do with XXCOPY or RoboCopy.

RoboCopy is in the resource kits.

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Several months ago I tried to download AIG free anti-virus software, but was not successful. I then was able to download Commodo. I removed AIG from my computer, but occasionly upon starting up computer I receive a request to give permission to download Aig. I have been unable to remove this and would like any help .

Answer:Solved: Remove aig permission box

Are you referring to AVG Free Edition ?

If you are, go here to download and save AVG Remover 2011 (32-bit or 64-bit, depending on whether your computer has Vista 32-bit or Vista 64-bit).

Close all open windows first, then double-click the saved tool to run it.


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I uninstalled flash player from my PC. But some files and folders remain. I'm trying to remove those also but I get an error stating I need permission to do so. The following are folders and its contents that I cant remove:

%appdata%\Adobe\Flash Player

How do I gain permission to remove these completely?

Answer:Win 10 Saying I Need Permission to Remove Flash - HELP!

Hi yahanna

I would suggest you use the Adobe tool to remove Flash Player.

Found here...

Uninstall Flash Player for Windows

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One thingthats just killing me with W7 is the rights issues. I supposedly have full admin rights and this is my home PC and the only other account is guest. I have run that reg file that gives you the take control option on the right click menu. But there is just no end to prompts telling me i can't do this or that or shouldn't etc etc. All sorts of things that are just driving me crazy. Is there a way to end it once and for all and give me total rights to every thing that is possible ?

Answer:possible to entirely remove all permission issues?

Not suggested, but you may want to try the real administrator and change the UAC
Again, I woiuld not do it. That inconvenience is for your computers safety.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts
User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

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Ok heres the thing, i just got a computer today, my mate put it together and i have a legit version of windows vista business. I was recently downloading stuff for my computer and everytime i tried to open the instalation file it comes up with "windows needs your permission to continue". i click ok but the screen then sort of fades and then just never loads it? so i tried turning of the user account control, however everytime i do it comes up with the same message, "windows needs your permission to continue". If i try and change my firewall, or do anything with a shield marked next to it, it comes up with the message and the program never opens, forcing me to close it down in task manager. I am the only user on the computer and am an adminstrtor. i didnt set a password when i installed windows, and now i cant even change it. Please help this is frustrating me so much, i cant even find help on goodle. so yeh basically i cant install anything or change any settings. f any can help me at all please..... IM DESPERATE

Answer:help - can't access any settings or install files due to windows needing permission t

hi and welcome this may help clarify permissions and admin and this

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I have successfully configured my server to allow SSH connections using OpenSSH. I'm able to log in as an administrator and browse files by command line.

When I don't use UNC for my home directories (as I do with my domain under user accounts so I have a home directory) I am able to browse files within Filezilla.

The problem is that I *cannot* log into the SFTP site with an account if it does not have administrative rights. Is there a specific right that I need to grant to that user account using ntrights.exe? I'm baffled. So close, yet still so insecure.

I'm tempted to just use FTPS with Serv-U or something. Can't remember if that will run as a service.

Oh, I'm using Windows 2003, Enterprise Edition (MSDNAA)

Thanks in advance, and if you require any additional information, please let me know!

My next step will to be able to figure out how to apply virtual directories for my users.


Edit: Oh, and yes, the users do have permission to access their home directories.

Answer:I beseech the wisdom of the HardGawds: SFTP (SSH) User Permission settings

You *might* have better luck in the OS based forum for this... maybe...

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Somehow, the user permission settings have been changed to 'everyone' and I cannot get access to

A) Regedit
B) Run as administrator
C) wmimgmt.msc nor
D) Microsoft Security Essentials (for update)

I have installed and run updated malwarebytes, also, cleaned %temp% and prefetch folders; What steps can I take to regain access to my computer? *I do not have the installation CD nor backup restore point.

Here are links I've used so far to solve these problems:
A):Cannot access regedit.
B):No Run as Administrator option on an admin account
"Everyone" group vs "Users" group
C): ...
D): ...
#Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT

Answer:User Permission Settings, Regedit dll, wmimgmt.msc security malfunctio

Do you still need assistance with this issue?

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My son received an HP laptop for christmas.  I'm unable to access family settings to give permission for Chrome.  Shoot, I can't find any settings to change.

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Apologies if this topic has previously been discussed, but my search didn't yield helpful results.

In attempting (unsuccessfully) to install a citrix plugin for remote desktop, I'm discovering that advanced security settings for Program Files are screwed up, but I am unable to adjust them. I am currently logged in as administrator and user account control settings are set to "never notify". Please see the attached screenshot. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Permission / Advanced Security Settings issue with Program Files

What is the image you posted supposed to show? I don't see anything wrong. It's normal for Trusted Install to own the operating system directory trees like Program Files, Program Data, Windows, etc.

Your looks the same as mine:

Are you logged in as the normally hidden Administrator account or are you logged in as an Administrator level account?

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Hello, I was fiddling around on my computer trying to get my homegroup up and running but have stumbled across an issue.
I noticed that since I was messing with the share settings on my folders that my iCloud pictures no longer automatically update. The only thing I can trace this back to is that I must have done something to the folder.
My user folder has a lock next to it and under "properties", the "read only" box is blue. No matter how many times I uncheck it, it always turns blue.
Additionally when looking at the thumbnail photos in my My Photo Stream folder, all of the pictures have a little lock on them.
No matter what I do, icloud will not update. I'm wondering if a system restore will undo any changes I made or if system restore does not touch these settings.
Conversely, how can I restore the default settings for folders under my user name?

Answer:System restore and folder permissions/settings

If you go to C:\Users and find your user account that you log into and right click-properties-security, what accounts are listed under the Security heading? Also what permissions does your account have under the security heading?
As far as a system restore goes, it would set the permissions back to whatever they were on the date that you chose for the restore.

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How to restore security permissions to default settings?

Hello, I had problems sharing files on my network and I went to different support forums looking for answers. I changed user permissions on my (D/) drive and tried to add "Everyone" following instructions from other forum, I did something WRONG and I did not fix the problem and now I just create a new one because "SYSTEM" and "Authenticated Users" do not exist anymore. I need help to see if someone can tell me how to restore settings to default.


Answer:Restore security permissions to default settings??

type run command
secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

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new user. hope i'm posting according to rules. I wanted to change windows 7 (64 bit) security properties and change permissions on the document and settings folder that denied me access. so i went in and messed with everyone, SYSTEM, and Administrators.I can't even tell you which permissions i tried to allow, but SYSTEM at this point has no allow/deny arrows (except a grayed out special permissions check mark); everyone has black ALLOW ARROWS on everything but special permissions is grayed out on DENY; and administrators has all ALLOW BLACK ARROWS on everything but special permissions which has no arrow on allow or deny.

UPSHOT PROBLEM: there's a dialog box that won't close:
it says: (ERROR APPLYING SECURITY) An error occurred while applying security information to: C:\Documents and Setttings. Access is denied.
it has a continue and a cancel button. When i click the cancel button, this dialog pops up: (WINDOWS SECURITY) Stopping the pro9pagation of permission settings leads to an inconsistent state, in which some objects have the settings but others don't. If you made the change by mistake, you should apply the correct change immediately to achieve a consistent state. when i press, OK, the above box pops up again and i can't get out of either error box or Documents and Settings Properties.

Please help.

also, the lock on the documents and settings folder disappeared and now folder looks like it's a shortcut.


Answer:Messed with Documents and Settings Properties/Permissions. Help.

You are going to get varying advice on this, but I can tell you from experience that what you have done can't be fixed. YOU WILL have to reinstall Windows to get back to a normal, secure installation. There simply is no other way.

You DO NOT need access to Documents and Settings because it is no longer used It is just a pointer to the C:\USERS folder so that older programs continue to function. Don't mess with permissions on folders unless you personally created that folder.

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Hello, I had problems sharing files on my network and I went to different support forums looking for answers and I changed user permissions on my (c/) drive and tried to add "Everyone" following instructions from other forum, I did something WRONG and I did not fix the problem and now I just create a new one because "SYSTEM" and "Authenticated Users" do not exist anymore. I need help to see if someone can tell me how to restore settings to default.


Answer:How to restore security permissions to default settings

You can try a restore point previous to the time you made your changes. Any other changes you made, installations, etc since that restore point will be undone too.

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I hope Im in the right forum.

I am trying to use the WMDC to get some files off my Winmo 6.1 phone. The display is shot. When connected to the PC, it wont just show up as a drive because in the device manager it is a USB mass storage device with this error this device cannot start.(Code10) I cant use active sync on XP because it doesnt allow the connection until a question about duplicate files check box is checked, but I cant see it. A VZW tech told me that WMDC will connect to the phone without that problem. But when I check "allow data connections on device when connected to PC", it tells me I dont have sufficient permissions. I am the Administrator on this computer (in user accounts, my user account shows as a standard account and wont let me change it). What gives?

Answer:WMDC says I dont have permissions to change settings



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Hello, I recently got a new laptop and was eager to setup a wireless network to transfer files from my laptop to my desktop. My laptop is running Win 7 while my desktop is using XP. After I configured the network, file sharing seemed to work perfectly except that on my desktop, I can access the "USERS" folder of my laptop.

So without any knowledge of what I was doing, I altered the security settings of the "USERS" folder and/or my C:\ drive and I believe I pretty much locked myself out of it. I tried to revert the settings (Allow - Full Control) instead of (Deny - Full Control) but it denied me access for changing these settings when I pressed apply.
I then hastily performed a system restore in hopes that it would revert the settings.

I restarted my laptop and everything seemed to be normal as I got my desktop back, but I'm not sure if I still have remnants of the security settings. For the security settings for my "USERS" folder, under "Group or user names" "SYSTEM", "Administrators(xxxxxxxx-PC/Administratiors)" and "Users (xxxxxx-PC\Users)" have Full Control. Only "EVERYONE" has the ability for: read & execute, list folder contents and read.

Something in particular I ran into though was when I had to delete a file that was in the "Program Files" folder. When I attempted to delete a file or folder within "Program Files", I would get 2 messages. The first one being... Read more

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Hello, I recently got a new laptop and was eager to setup a wireless network to transfer files from my laptop to my desktop. My laptop is running Win 7 while my desktop is using XP. After I configured the network, file sharing seemed to work perfectly except that on my desktop, I can access the "USERS" folder of my laptop.

So without any knowledge of what I was doing, I altered the security settings of the "USERS" folder and/or my C:\ drive and I believe I pretty much locked myself out of it. I tried to revert the settings (Allow - Full Control) instead of (Deny - Full Control) but it denied me access for changing these settings when I pressed apply.
I then hastily performed a system restore in hopes that it would revert the settings.

I restarted my laptop and everything seemed to be normal as I got my desktop back, but I'm not sure if I still have remnants of the security settings. For the security settings for my "USERS" folder, under "Group or user names" "SYSTEM", "Administrators(xxxxxxxx-PC/Administratiors)" and "Users (xxxxxx-PC\Users)" have Full Control. Only "EVERYONE" has the ability for: read & execute, list folder contents and read.

Something in particular I ran into though was when I had to delete a file that was in the "Program Files" folder. When I attempted to delete a file or folder within "Program Files", I would get 2 messages. The first o... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Security Settings/Permissions Issues?

You may need to 'take ownership'

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I screwed up and accidentally changed the permissions on a UserGroup that I am apart of denying it everything on a folder. Due to the Deny precedence in the the XP Permissions, I now cant go back and change it back. Any tips or suggestions?

Answer:XP Folder Permissions and Security Settings - Locked Myself Out

Hello medauto

See if you can do this
Take ownership of the folder by right clicking it and selecting Properties. Select the Security Tab and click the Advanced button. You'll see an Owner tab so add your User Name to the list

You may need to go to My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing" or you won't have a Security tab otherwise.

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

You need to be using an Admin Account to do it.
Once you have given yourself permission you will not get the ?Access Denied? message.

To apply to subfolders check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" before you click ?Apply?


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I am running two machines, both with Windows 8. Both my wife and I are set up as users on Desktop A (mine), and Desktop B (hers) as administrators with Windows Live accounts.

Desktop A has a folder called people. I have set it up to give her full control on both the Sharing tab and the Security tab. Yet if she is on computer B and tries to save a simple Notepad document into that directory it tells her she does not have permission. I tried to do the same in my account from Laptop C and got the same message.

The real problem is that I have a database in that folder she cannot access since I converted both computers to Windows 8 (all worked fine on Windows 7). But if I can get the sharing problem worked out, I expect that will take care of itself.

What does Windows 8 need besides the Sharing and Security tabs set up to allow her full control?

Answer:Permissions Problem Despite Full Control Settings

Did you add the check marks for full control after adding the "Everyone" share to the Security tab of the C:? >Users folder like the link below is showing?

Is this the only file that you don't have the "write" privilege's on?

HDD sharing - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Trying to do a clean install of Discord, I've removed it all from the control panel and removed it from %AppData%/Discord. Having one problem though, I am unable to remove it from %LocalAppData%/Discord, it keeps saying I do not have permission.

The folder contains this -

I am the admin and everything but this folder just won't go. :/

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In vista, unticking 'always ask before opening this file' for programs that dont always state their publisher, still gives the same query. I know I can stop windows asking me if I am sure I want to run any program, via internet security (control panel>internet options>security>custom level>launching applications and unsafe files) but I will receive warnings thereafter, mainly in the taskbar. Is there a way to remove the warnings-similar to disabling UAC, ms like to state what I am missing out on, lol.
Also, the windows welcome screen for some users (even admin) wont disappear, if I untick so it doesnt show up on the next boot. Some programs that run on startup and show in the taskbar (eg bitmeter), wont minimize on startup for all users either.
Windows seemingly doesnt want to save settings. The system is clean, so any ideas? I am running avast,za,with the occasional ccleaner (I never use its registry cleaner). Thanks for any info!

Answer:windows not saving my settings for welcome screen and program permissions

Hi Darkness
I hear what you're saying about..."but I will receive warnings thereafter, mainly in the taskbar" I turned off the 'always ask before opening' on my wife's Vista laptop. after that, when you first switch on you get the prompt on the 'Task Bar' to turn it back on. But once you've clicked it off, you don't get anymore prompts until you either reboot or turn off and on again.
However, I will keep and eye on this thread, even though she only has to click it off once per session. It would be good not to have to do it at all. Who knows, someone might know something, but my guess is they won't.

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Hello everyone,

I'm currently having an issue accessing many of the files on my computer. I suspect a permissions problem.

Due to performance issues (as well as a problem with creating and keeping System Restore points), I recently did a clean re-install of Windows 7 (restored my Toshiba Satellite to out-of-the-box state).

After that, I restored all of my personal files from an external HD (WD Passport).

However, now I'm unable to open many of my files.

I initially ran into this problem when trying to open many of the sheet music PDF files I have stored in my Music folder. After seeking help in the Adobe Reader forum, someone directed me to this link: Learn How to Take or Assign Ownership of Files and Folders

This started to get me on the right track. I followed the directions there, but it didn't do the whole job. Instead, I also did this:

Right click on "Music" > Properties > Sharing Tab > "Share..."

This opened another window ("Choose people to share with"). There was only one name listed--Lauren S. with Permission Level of "Owner." I didn't add anything, only clicked "Share" at the bottom of the window. Somehow this gave me access to the files in my Music folder.

My big problem is that I can't seem to replicate this success with any of my other folders. For instance, I can't open ANYTHING (pdf, doc, odt, txt, etc.) contained in my Documents folder. Trying to follow the same steps didn... Read more

Answer:Suspected Permissions problem after restoring to Factory Settings

Well, I seem to have come across something that fixed my issue in part.

Through the CMD prompt, I entered the following:
icacls "C:\Users\MY NAME\My Documents\EACH SUBFOLDER" /reset /t

I'm not sure why, but I couldn't do this just for "My Documents." It only worked if I did each subfolder individually.

Since my original post, I also discovered I couldn't open anything in "My Pictures" either.

The above command prompt didn't work for the general "My Pictures" folder, and before resigning myself to typing it for every subfolder, I decided to screw around in the Properties tab and figured out a solution through sheer dumb luck.

I can't say precisely what I did, but it was something like this:

Right Click on "My Pictures" > Properties > Security > Advanced

Once here, I cleared "Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent" and somehow deleted all the users listed under the "Permission entries" list

Somewhere in here, I got some scary looking boxes that popped up with warning about users and permissions, but after several hours of dealing with this nonsense, I was just like, "F*** it, let's try," and clicked OK on everything.

After that, I clicked on the "Owner" tab (at this point "Current Owner" had a note that they were unable to display the current owner).
Clicked on "Edit..."> Other Users or groups... > Advanced... > Find Now
F... Read more

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Hi guys,

I?ve an issue with hard drives on my new lap top. As you might have guessed, everything was fine till I messed with it! But I would appreciate your help. Also, I?m not sure if this should go in the software or hardware, as I think its really editing setting on the OS as opposed to actual hardware.

So it?s a Simens laptop running Vista, it has two hard drives ? SYSTEM and DATA. The OS is on system along with all the default Windows files like ?Documents? etc. DATA is 195 GB. See below ? for a visual view of the drives.

My problem arose because, as I share my lap top, I wanted to ensure that other users would not be able to access my files on DATA. So I messed with the ?Security? settings in ?Properties? for the DATA drive. And I?ve seem to have messed them up. I know this, because I reinstalled Windows, and the whole laptop back to its factory settings, and I still have the same issue.

The issue is this ? even though I?ve reinstalled, and am now the only user on the laptop, if I go to DATA and attempt to create a new folder, it tells me I do not have permission to do so! So that?s the problem.

Now, if go to the Security tab in Properties (for DATA) (the one I messed with), it looks like this:

It should be, and as far as I recall it was, the same as for SYSTEM, i.e. it should look like this:

As you can see there are three other groups/user names there.

So can I add them so it is the same as SY... Read more

Answer:Security Settings/Permissions on Hard Drive Problems

By the way, i don't know if its a new thing with the 'Thanks' - but i've always made every effort to thank everyone thats ever helpe me on here - you can see my post history to show this!

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Ok, So I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 with XP Pro w/ SP2, and I has always run fine for several years. All of a sudden, it would not boot up and I got the blue screen of death. Tried safe mode, realized that the operating system was being stopped at MUP.sys. Yada yada yada.

I took the hard drive out, hooked it up to my desk top, and backed up the files that were previously not backed up. First I had to make the Desktop (also XP Pro) take ownership and control of my laptop folders. I also solved the MUP.sys problem by copying the XP file from the other computer and pasting it into the correct file on the laptop hard drive. PROBLEM SOLVED!

NEW PROBLEM ARISES! Now I put the hard drive back into the laptop. The laptop successfully boots up! BUT since I've assigned all the permissions and ownership of my User Settings and Documents to the Desktop, the laptop automatically created a new account for me on my laptop, since it couldn't take access the old user settings and files. Umm ok. So I make my laptop take ownership back....under the newly created user account (maybe a dumb idea). So now I have my Administrator account, my old user acount (Joe), and this new annoyingly created account (Joe.JMAX). I can access all my files and stuff from the new account....but it doesn't upload any of my personal settings. It treats it like a new account ("please take the XP Tour", yada yada yada).

Unfortunately, when I sign into only gives me 1 option for a... Read more

Answer:Re-accessing User Settings after switching Permissions and Controls

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April of 2013 I bought my four children each a Gateway laptop computer, their older brother had just committed suicide and I thought I would get the computers as something to take their minds off of the recent loss.

The computers are Gateway laptops with "NE56R31u" at the top of the serial number tag. These computers came with windows 8.1 installed on them. I have muddled my way through win 8 so far but I don't think I will ever get used to it or be proficient with it as I was with 95, Me, 2000 and XP.

I am on here because I have run across something so far out of my knowledge base that I honestly am not even sure "what" could be wrong.

My 12 yr old son was getting a bit confused trying to use his computer this afternoon, he was unable to view any files on C drive suddenly it gave him a "you do not have permissions to access this" message. He was able to open properties on C drive and it showed him 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free space available on his 300 Gigabyte drive.

I found that odd so I accessed some pictures video etc and was able to view and play them so obviously the hard drive was functional. I then went to check permissions and was not allowed to view anything of permissions or settings of any kind.

My next move was to run a restore point, but we did not have permissions to run that. All permissions have been removed from the administrator account, one cannot install/uninstall, read any files or access anythin... Read more

Answer:Administrative permissions denied and BIOS settings unavailable

Greetings MountainGuardian, and welcome to MajorGeeks.

Sorry for your loss.

After the kids are off their comps I will attempt to see if they have boot options on their computers. If they do not, I may just go ahead and drop one of their hard drives into his computer and see effect that has, remove the potential of a bad controller or something.Click to expand...

Those would be my next steps - the results of those tests should provide valuable info. Are these OEM computers, brand new? And, did they come with recovery disks? If not, did you make recovery disks?

Hang in there, and be patient - I'm sure others will jump in with good suggestions. Good luck.

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Hi everybody,

I wanted to lock down the desktops of computers on domain with deny write NTFS permsisions so that users can't save their documents on the desktop, but there are too many computers for me to go and do it manually to each one. Is there anyway I can push the NTFS deny settings that I need with group policy?

Answer:Deploying NTFS permissions settings with group policy?

I've played around with this a bit before, I think you can greate a group policy, and add the computer objects to that policy. It won't matter where the computer are located in AD as long as they are added to the GPO.

I believe this is how you would go about doing it, but I haven't done it for a while so I am sure sombody else will pop in to correct this.

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I have worked through a number of registry issues from NEEDING to run with UAC off. The only registry key that is giving me problems at the moment is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings.

When I try to view it's permissions, I get:

Local Settings cannot be opened.
An error is preventing this key from being opened.
Details: The system cannot find the specified file.

When I click OK and try to view permissions, I get:

The requested security information is either unavailable or can't be displayed.

I have no idea how to troubleshoot this problem.
Windows search is moved to a different drive and it's performance has been glitchy, but the move was done through Vista's interface. I have no reason to think search is involved except that I have had some issues with it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I just bought a used tower with W7 installed.
A few days ago, I was running a scan, and kept getting popups saying the scanner needed to open a file or launch an application. This sounded suspicious to me, so I unchecked the box to make my decision permanent, then denied them all. There were hundreds of them.
Now when I run any kind of scan, it can't scan these items, telling me they are "locked." But I denied them only temporarily.
I'm not used to this OS. How do I go about removing all those denied permissions? I can only find a way to do it one at a time, and only when I know the name of the file. I don't know their names, or where to find them on my system.
Is there some way to remove those denied permissions, without having to use an older restore point? I'd have to reinstall half of my applications if I did that, I'm sure.

Answer:How to remove denials of permission for 100s of files!

What "scanner" are you referring to?
If it's a permissions issue, there is a way to restore all permissions to system defaults.
There is also a tool which may be of assistance that I am unfamiliar with: .

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I have Windows Vista service pack 2, recently updated, it's working fine.

When the new Google Reader layout arrived I disliked it and decided to download another RSS reader, Omea. During download it created a folder in Program Files as usual, but Omea didn't work so I tried to uninstall it. While the software shows up in the add/remove programs list, when I try to uninstall it doesn't recognize Omea Reader as even being on the system, saying it's already been removed. I manually removed the software but it has left one file behind I cannot delete because I need "permission." The file is IexploreOmeaW.dll

I already have User Account Control off.

I've tried removing the file from the account I used to download the software as well as from the other account I have on Vista. Neither worked.

I made the file unhidden and changed permissions on it in Properties. That still didn't work.

The path is Program Files -> JetBrains -> Omea Reader -> IexploreOmeaW.dll

What can I do to remove this? Thanks!

Answer:Permission to remove file issue on Vista

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I had a computer die and I have the hard drive from it hooked into this computer.

Tried to copy all the files I wanted to keep off it so's I can format it and use for something else.

The (win10) copy prog keeps stopping and telling me I need admin permissions.

When I look at the permissions on the files they all refer back to the old computer.

This doesn't happen to all files so I don't really know what's going on.

Nor how to fix it.

Anyone know?

Answer:How To Remove/Change Permission on Loose HDD from other computer?

If, as your System Spec shows, you are running Windows 7 how come you are using Windows 10 copy program?

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Can't find one. Apparently the only way to invoke a change is to hit the X button. Which is a pain if I want to look at alternatives. Maybe a keyboard shortcut?

Answer:"apply" button for settings

Windows 10 uses the "new" approach to user interface. When you make changes in a non-modal settings window, they apply immediately, without waiting for you to hit any buttons. There's no need and no point in Apply button for such settings.

If you want to return to higher level settings window you hit the "back" arrow in the upper-left corner . If you want to leave settings altogether, you hit X.

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i am fully aware of how to manually remove permissions but i was wondering if there's an easier, faster, and most importantly, less interactive way to remove permissions on an entire drive.

i work for a small shop and am expected to keep between 3 and 6 computers on my bench at all times, depending on the services. a lot of the time, systems will come in where the customer decides not to fix it but would like their hard drives placed in external enclosures instead, leaving me with the task of removing these permissions.

i'd like to be able to streamline this process, any ideas?

Answer:Faster way to remove permissions

What OS are you running? You best bet would be to create a Group Policy. But that isnt going to work depending on which OS your running.

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My boss has Vista and also uses an Outlook calendar....he would like to remove calender viewing permission of some colleagues, however the permissions tab in Properties is greyed. I dont have Vista, so am at a loss on how to solve the issue.

Any thoughts on how to tackle this one and what might be causing it?

Huge thanks


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hi i took ownership of the windows file is there a way to restore permissions back the way they were thanks

Answer:remove file permissions

Hello Hangdawg,

Please post back the full path of what file this is, and I'll be happy to see what the default "Owner" and permission settings are and how to change them back.

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I recently installed W7 64 bit on a new PC and all my documents are stored on an external HDD however I cant access them without my admin password. What I want to do is completely remove any file permissions so they are assessable to everyone on the computer.

Can this be done?


Answer:Remove file Permissions

Either select all the files or the folder(s) they are in. Right click, go to Properties -> Security (tab) -> Edit -> Click "HomeUsers" and tick the "Full Control" box. Then just hit OK and you're done.

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