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Accidentally locked myself out of access to folder


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#1 joltingjoe

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:17 PM

I share a common work station with a coworker. We each log in with our own usernames. My user account has Admin privilege. In order to protect several spreadsheets with confidential data, I decided to limit his access by right clicking on the folder and going to Properties, then Security. Then I changed the permissions under his user account to not even allow him to read the folder or its contents. 

 

I doublechecked that under my user account I was permitted. But after I hit apply, I found that even I could not access the folder now. It seems the computer read his account and my account as being in the same group.

Does anyone have any solution how I could restore access?

(Yes I realized I really made a dumb mistake here.)
 

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 12:18 PM

See if a System Restore will revert it back to the condition prior to making the changes.  You will want a restore point dated prior to the change.


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Posted 03 September 2016 - 09:55 AM

Unfortunately I never set up system restore :(

 

Any other way?



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Posted 03 September 2016 - 11:00 AM

Windows 8 / 8.1 automatically sets restore point after the following events.

 

Desktop app installation (provided the application utilizes an installer that is System Restore compliant). If the application install causes system problems, the user can restore the system to a state before the installation of the application.
 
System Restore creates a restore point before the installation of critical Windows updates begin.
 
Unless you have never had any important updates installed you should have restore points.  You don't need to "set up" System Restore.  Have you opened system restore to see if you have any restore points?

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