Tried working with permissions, messed up, need help!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by mbsales11701, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. mbsales11701

    mbsales11701 Guest

    Hello Everyone

    I was working on my friends computer, which she just bought, and i
    came with a partitioned hard drive C: with vista home premium on it, th
    partition was 10gb, and then a D: which was 290gb. As background, thi
    is a brand new machine, and we bought it after she fried her last on
    with virus after virus. So of course, as soon as i left, she downloade
    all these programs to the computer, but she put the files on the C
    drive and it was maxed out, and she was constantly getting messages t
    clear space. I went in remotely from my machine, deleted the program
    she installed, and wanted to secure the C: drive from being written on
    since there was only 300mb left over after the operating system.

    I went to the C: drive, clicked the securities tab, clicks on users
    and clicked edit. I thought i was editing the users group, which woul
    have consisted of the accounts not assigned admin priviledges, and
    denied the write setting, and read and execute setting. it sent m
    through a whole bunch of warning screens, and i passed through the
    quickly, and now she has no access to anything, and i cant change th
    permissions back because it says access is denied.

    I am fairly computer saavy, i just made an error and cant find a fix.
    if someone can help me, it would be greatly appreciated. thank
    mbsales11701, Feb 13, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    You can't make the C:\ drive unwritable or Windows won't work. You can't
    secure the computer from someone who refuses to practice safe computing.
    Restore the computer to factory condition by whatever method the OEM
    provided and have your friend start over. Some restore methods, such as the
    one provided by Sony, allow you to choose a different partitioning scheme.
    If this is possible on your friend's computer, either make it one partition
    or increase the C:\ partition to around 80GB. I would just make it one
    partition. If the OEM doesn't give you that ability, restore the default
    and then use Vista's partition management to change the space allocated.
    Here is a link to MVP Barb Bowman's explanation of how to do that:

    MVP Barb Bowman on changing partitions in Vista:

    I don't expect it will do any good, but here are some links to give your
    friend about practicing safe computing: - So How Did I Get
    Infected Anyway? - The Parasite Fight - MVP
    Harry Waldron - The Family PC - How to stay safe on the Internet - Eric Howes on Rogue
    Antispyware Programs

    Malke, Feb 13, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, mbsales.

    Just want to add to what Malke said:
    Even those of us who are computer-savvy with WinXP have to learn some new
    techniques to work with Vista, especially when it comes to User accounts and
    permissions, and to certain files and folders (such as C:\ and \Program
    Files) which Vista protects much more vigorously than WinXP. My own
    background is as "one man, one computer, no net but the Internet". I've had
    to learn a lot about permissions and such in my transition to Vista. Malke
    and other MVPs have helped me with this transition.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Feb 13, 2008
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