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    I have also locked myself out of my c drive.  I cannot switch the permissions or turn of the users.  I ran the cmd and got this.

     

    GROUP INFORMATION
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    Group Name                             Type             SID          Attributes                                       
    ====================================== ================ ============ ==================================================
    Everyone                               Well-known group S-1-1-0      Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    BUILTIN\Administrators                 Alias            S-1-5-32-544 Group used for deny only                         
    BUILTIN\Users                          Alias            S-1-5-32-545 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE               Well-known group S-1-5-4      Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users       Well-known group S-1-5-11     Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\This Organization         Well-known group S-1-5-15     Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    LOCAL                                  Well-known group S-1-2-0      Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\NTLM Authentication       Well-known group S-1-5-64-10  Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    Mandatory Label\Medium Mandatory Level Unknown SID type S-1-16-8192  Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group

     

     

    Please help.  Thank you.

     

    Sunday, October 12, 2008 3:31 AM

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  • Hi woodyman.

    I encountered the same problem on my HP Pavillion laptop, and it has been a week now since. I hid important files in drive C: and when I tried to disable "sharing" of that drive because I created another account for my kids, I got the biggest surprise of my life!

    Now my files are there, hidden forever .

    I tried to google the net for the similar problems, but the advices and suggestions did not work out! Apparently, those advisers have not encountered the same problem.

    One guy even said he sought help from Microsoft and the techie support guy gave several solutions which failed. This link leads to his story: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/693573-solved-have-locked-myself-out.html.

    I tried all suggestions and it all boils down to the same result: ACCESS DENIED!

    But you know what, last night, i found a very simple solution to access drive C: We cannot double-click the hard disk icon to open it in the My Computer window. No, we cannot open it or explore it when we right-click to the same icon.

    The solution is very primitive: TYPE THE ADDRESS OR LOCATION OF DRIVE C IN THE ADDRESS BAR!

    So if you want to access Program Files folder or any other folder in that drive, you just type C:\Program Files or C:\[folder name].

    NOTE: The system automatically disabled the backward slash ( \ ) when we were locked out. The computer will type the pound sign or hash sign when you strike the backward slash key.

    If that is so, how can I key in the backward slash? Well, you don't have to, you just leave it alone or you just copy it from the existing addresses stored in the address bar.

    Try typing "C" and then the colon sign ":" and the system will automatically list down addresses starting with those. Just select one and edit it to access your desired location in drive C.

    Note also that the address bar can show the address in two forms. One is the ordinary way of showing it (y'know, with all those forward and backward slashes) and the modified one (drive and folder/subfolder names separated by arrow signs. The display toggles as you click on the address bar.

    Unfortunately, I believe we could not restore the system prior to having this problem as everything else is restricted.

    But for me, the most important thing is I found a way to access drive C: and retrieve my files. I just have to back these up and then on my way to "hitting" recovery to restore the system to its default condition.

    I hope this reply post helps.
    Sunday, October 12, 2008 6:48 AM