hi Zuhl, cryptodan, eric, et al
I think I may have found an answer (after needing to do 4 recoveries, as I mucked things up). I no longer have a my documents folder [EDIT MAY JUST HAVE BEEN VISIBLE BECAUSE I HAD SHOW ALL HIDDEN AND SYSTEM FILES]. (I haven't done a restart yet to see if it stays). I found the following at another forum site (even though it said it was for vista, I thought the principals would be the same) Here's what I did (the moderater of the forum suggested this fix):
1. Please download the subinacl.msi file from the following link and save the installation patch on the Desktop:
Download details SubInACL (SubInACL.exe)
2. Please go to the Desktop and double click the downloaded file.
3. Please select the C:\Windows\System32 folder as the Destination Folder during the installation. Later we will use this tool to reset the permission settings on the current machine.
Note: If UAC (User Account Control) window is prompted for permission to continue, please click "Continue"
4. Click "Start". In the Start Search bar, type: "notepad" (without quotes) and press Enter.
5. Copy the following commands and then paste them into the opened Notepad window:
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subdirectories %windir%\*.* /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=system=f
subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=system=f
subinacl /subdirectories %windir%\*.* /grant=system=f
6. After the above commands are finished, please close the Notepad window. Choose Save when you are prompted to save the file. Type "reset.bat" as the file name and choose Desktop from the left panel as the save location.
7. Refer to the Desktop and right click the reset.bat file, then choose "Run as administrator."
8. You will see a DOS-like window processing.
NOTE: It may take several minutes. When it is finished, you will be prompted with the message: "Finished, press any key to continue".
I will see, now if it sticks, hopefully it may help others as well.
Note I still got my documents folder [SEE MY ABOVE EDIT NOTE] so tried :
restart in safe mode
open file explorer
right click on C:\
select Properties option
choose security tab
click advanced button
select owner tab
click Edit button
click on the name you want ownership rights changed to ie: your administrator user
tick the box "replace owner on subcontainers and objects"
this should restore your ownership of C:\
But did it in normal mode. After this I found I still had my documents, BUT after I stopped hidden files and system files from being shown I no longer had My documents etc.
I now think that Cryptodan was on the right track when he stated:
The following directories are protected by Windows:
SO MAYBE I HAD CONTROL AND DIDN'T KNOW IT - A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING.
Edited by Tad Bear, 03 October 2010 - 04:09 AM.