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  • Question

  • I was working late around 3:00 am (I must of been totally out of it) and right before I finished working I decided to right click on my drive C: and looked at the property tabs.

    I then headed over to the "Security" tab and saw settings for:

    Authenticated Users

    System

    AAD (Presario\AAD)

    Administrators (Presario\Aministrators)

    I then proceeded to check the box with "Full Control" allow for each account, but then I re-alised that I shoud of not done that. So I quickly clicked on "Full Control" deny thinking that it would reset the allow options back accordingly/default.

    I then restarted my computer and later found out that I had "Denied Access" to all users/accounts from accessing my C:\ drive even in the admin account. I totally mis-caculated the power of Vista, totally...:(

    By the way my Vista is the retaill version of Vista Ultimate, and I hope that if it comes down to a reinstall/recover it would not delete my saved files.

    I have tried the following at the cmd. promt but I still get "Access Denied" after login into the Admin account:

    takeown /F 1-Saved /r /d y

    <C:\1-Saved> /grant administrators:F /t /c

    net user administrator /active:yes

    I also tried:

    MSCONFIG and clicked on the tools tab. Scrolled down to (dissable uac), and then clicked the (launch) button, but the cmd box says:

    "Access Denied"

    C:\Users\Administrator>

    It seems that no matter what I try to do I cannot have access to my drive C: even as the Admin, I cannot create new acounts even though I'm the only admin. I just need to get into my files in the C:\1-Saved directory.

    Any help/tips on this matter is truly appreciated...

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 3:06 AM

Answers

  • Success! I can't believe it but I was able to take back full ownership of my C: drive and got all 37gb of my stuff back. I thank those that tried to help me on other forums and gave me clues to fix the problem. Below are the steps as to how I made It work for my retail version of Vista Ultimate.

     

    These steps might help some else with a similar UAC/ACL complete root "Access Denied" issues to the point where even if you are logged into your Admin account it still doesn't let you create accounts or modify any important settings/permissions etc.

     

    Step 1:

    Clicked: Start Menu

    Click: Run

    Type: net user administrator /active:yes

    Close All Other Applications And Reboot Your System.

     

    Step 2:

    Click/Login To The Administrator Account.

    Clicked: Start Menu

    Click: Run

    Type: Regedit

    Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\

    CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    Right Click On: EnableLUA

    Click: Modify

    Change: Value Data To A 0

    Click: OK

     

    Step 3:

    Go Back To The Root Folders In The Registry Editor.

    Right Click On: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

    Click: Permissions

    Click: CREATOR OWNER

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click On Users

    Click: Remove

    Click: Your Account Name If It Shows

    Click: Remove

    Click: OK

     

    Step 4:

    Right Click On: HKEY_CURRENT_USER

    Click: Permissions

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: OK

     

    Step 5:

    Right Click On: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    Click: Permissions

    Click: Everyone

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: RESTRICTED

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: OK

     

    Step 6:

    Right Click On: HKEY_USERS

    Click: Permissions

    Click: Everyone

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: RESTRICTED

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click On Users If It Shows

    Click: Remove

    Click: Your Account Name If It Shows

    Click: Remove

    Click: OK

     

    Step 7:

    Right Click On: HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG

    Click: Permissions

    Click: CREATOR OWNER

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: OK

    Close Registry Editor And All Other Applications And Reboot Your System.

     

    Step 8:

    Click/Login To The Available Regular/Owner Account.

    Clicked: Start Menu

    Click: Control Panel

    Click: Add Or Remove User Acounts

    Create A New User Account And Logoff.

    Close Registry Editor And All Other Applications And Reboot Your System.

     

    Step 9:

    Click/Login To Your New Created Account.

    Right Click On The Drive Or Directory You Lost Access To.

    Click: Properties

    Click: Security

    Click: Advance

    At The Permissions Tab.

    Click: Edit

    Click: Add

    Type The Name Of The Recently New Created Account.

    Click: Check Names

    Your New Account Name Should Fully Show Up.

    Click: OK

    A Permission Screen Should Show Up.

    Click On The Allow Box Where It Says Full Control.

    Where It Says "Apply To:" Choose The "This Folder, Subfolders And Files" Option.

    Click: OK

    Again At The Permissions Tab Click On Your New Created Account.

    Click: Apply

    Click Yes On The Security Popup To Change Your Allow Permissions.

    If Errors Occur Just Click Continue.

    Once The Process Finishes, Reboot Your System And Login To Your New Account.

    You Should Now Have Access Back Into Your Hard Drive Or Directory.

     

    Note: There Maybe Better/Shorter Ways Out There To Do This But In My Situation They Were Not Working. The Above Steps Are What Worked For Me But May Not Work For You. Please Make Sure You Are Having Similar Issues To Mine Before Trying The Above Steps...

     

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 8:29 AM

All replies

  • Success! I can't believe it but I was able to take back full ownership of my C: drive and got all 37gb of my stuff back. I thank those that tried to help me on other forums and gave me clues to fix the problem. Below are the steps as to how I made It work for my retail version of Vista Ultimate.

     

    These steps might help some else with a similar UAC/ACL complete root "Access Denied" issues to the point where even if you are logged into your Admin account it still doesn't let you create accounts or modify any important settings/permissions etc.

     

    Step 1:

    Clicked: Start Menu

    Click: Run

    Type: net user administrator /active:yes

    Close All Other Applications And Reboot Your System.

     

    Step 2:

    Click/Login To The Administrator Account.

    Clicked: Start Menu

    Click: Run

    Type: Regedit

    Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\

    CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    Right Click On: EnableLUA

    Click: Modify

    Change: Value Data To A 0

    Click: OK

     

    Step 3:

    Go Back To The Root Folders In The Registry Editor.

    Right Click On: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

    Click: Permissions

    Click: CREATOR OWNER

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click On Users

    Click: Remove

    Click: Your Account Name If It Shows

    Click: Remove

    Click: OK

     

    Step 4:

    Right Click On: HKEY_CURRENT_USER

    Click: Permissions

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: OK

     

    Step 5:

    Right Click On: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    Click: Permissions

    Click: Everyone

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: RESTRICTED

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: OK

     

    Step 6:

    Right Click On: HKEY_USERS

    Click: Permissions

    Click: Everyone

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: RESTRICTED

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: SYSTEM

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click On Users If It Shows

    Click: Remove

    Click: Your Account Name If It Shows

    Click: Remove

    Click: OK

     

    Step 7:

    Right Click On: HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG

    Click: Permissions

    Click: CREATOR OWNER

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: Administrators

    Check: All Allow Boxes

    Click: Apply

    Click: OK

    Close Registry Editor And All Other Applications And Reboot Your System.

     

    Step 8:

    Click/Login To The Available Regular/Owner Account.

    Clicked: Start Menu

    Click: Control Panel

    Click: Add Or Remove User Acounts

    Create A New User Account And Logoff.

    Close Registry Editor And All Other Applications And Reboot Your System.

     

    Step 9:

    Click/Login To Your New Created Account.

    Right Click On The Drive Or Directory You Lost Access To.

    Click: Properties

    Click: Security

    Click: Advance

    At The Permissions Tab.

    Click: Edit

    Click: Add

    Type The Name Of The Recently New Created Account.

    Click: Check Names

    Your New Account Name Should Fully Show Up.

    Click: OK

    A Permission Screen Should Show Up.

    Click On The Allow Box Where It Says Full Control.

    Where It Says "Apply To:" Choose The "This Folder, Subfolders And Files" Option.

    Click: OK

    Again At The Permissions Tab Click On Your New Created Account.

    Click: Apply

    Click Yes On The Security Popup To Change Your Allow Permissions.

    If Errors Occur Just Click Continue.

    Once The Process Finishes, Reboot Your System And Login To Your New Account.

    You Should Now Have Access Back Into Your Hard Drive Or Directory.

     

    Note: There Maybe Better/Shorter Ways Out There To Do This But In My Situation They Were Not Working. The Above Steps Are What Worked For Me But May Not Work For You. Please Make Sure You Are Having Similar Issues To Mine Before Trying The Above Steps...

     

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 8:29 AM
  • After you enabled the Administrator account, what password did you use to logon to it??
    Friday, May 4, 2007 2:12 AM