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Access Denied - no Security tab


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#1 vintrix

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:14 AM

OS: Window 7 Home Edition

 

I tried restricting a secondary drive on my home computer for a particular user. I set up a new user account and then RC on the D: drive > properties > security tab. There was an Administrator account and a User account. I selected the Users account and hit Edit, then selected Deny checkbox for 'Full control'
 

When I log in now as Administrator, I also get Access Denied. When I RC on the D: drive and go to Properties there is no security tab. 

 

Here is what I tried so far: 

 

  1. Set up a Symbolic Link on the C: drive pointing to the D: drive. But I still get Access Denied. 
     
  2. I tried to take ownership as Admin using CMD line: > takeown /F D:\ /R but again Access Denied
     
  3. Set up another Administrator account, logged into it but it also gets Access Denied. 
     
  4. I searched on the forums but all the answers given are about resetting the permissions via the security tab.

 

Any ideas on how to get access to the D: drive again? 



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:19 AM

You can try resetting permissions to defaults, using ICACLS.

 

Or you could try resetting by using Windows Repair Tool.

 

I don't vouch for either attempt, just noting that some believe that each may work.

 

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:03 PM

Thanks Hamluis, the ICACLS didn't work just got an error saying it didn't work. Downloading the repair tool now to see if that will sort it out. 



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:30 PM

If the repair tool doesn't work see if changing permissions in the hidden Administrator account works. This account has more permissions than an ordinary admin account.

 

Open an elevated command prompt in an admin account. Type CMD in the search box > right click Run As Administrator. Type the following command:

net user administrator /active:yes

Login to the now enabled Administrator Account and use the Takeown command then the icacls command



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:20 PM

Still no joy!

 

I downloaded the Windows Repair Tool and ran through all the repairs, it only seems to repair the files on the C: drive though. I then ran the net user command above, logged into the Administrator account and ran 'takeown /f D:\ /R' from the cmd in Admin mode but it is still giving me 'Access Denied'

 

There must be a way to override the permissions on this drive? 



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:27 PM

The highest privileged account in Windows is the System Account but according to this Takeown is not possible using the System Account. I am out of ideas, sorry.

 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-security/takeown-system-user-cannot-claim-ownership/42499b15-6939-4c2b-811c-04449dd2a8b2?auth=1

 

https://alieneyes.wordpress.com/2006/10/23/how-to-gain-access-to-system-account-the-most-powerful-account-in-windows/



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:41 PM

FWIW:  I was fooling around with permissions on my other Win 7 computer a few months ago and borked it.  I tried the two tools I previously suggested, no joy...I just did a clean install to resolve the issues (i'm not terriied by clean installs and I have backups and valid/legal install media).

 

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