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Take ownership complication

  1. #1


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Take ownership complication


    Hi,

    I might have done something very very stupid.

    Well, whenever i had a problem with permissions, if i used the take ownership context menu option, it would allow me to do whatever i wanted with the file. So i figured it would be a good idea to take ownership of both Program Files folders, my games folders, users folders, and documents and settings folder.

    Nothing horrible happened, aside from the fact that Steam, Logitech gaming framework (driver to make g930 work) and Skype no longer start with Windows like it used to. Maybe even more stuff that used to load doesn't load anymore, but those three are easier to check since they have tray icons. Any way to fix that?

    And no, i don't have a restore point.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Make a restore point first and then look at this thread

    How to reset all user permissions to default? - Microsoft Community

    Say if you have an issue but I checked and the links are still valid.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I have used TakeOwnership context menu on both Program Files folders without issues. Probably because mine is the only user account on the system. Since you have no registry backup the safest bet may be to make a Restore Point now as safeguard against changes. Then it may be ok to experiment with changing the ownership back on the other folders. Perhaps someone knows the correct default(I'm not sure if it should be Administrator or SYSTEM or some other.)

    The other approach may be to uninstall then reinstall the software. I'm not a gamer so I don't know how involved that is. Perhaps a next to last resort.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    I'm not sure if it should be Administrator or SYSTEM or some other
    MS say both but who knows...
    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 /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
    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    The other approach may be to uninstall then reinstall the software. I'm not a gamer so I don't know how involved that is. Perhaps a next to last resort.
    probably a better idea.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Well, apparently this issue is extending to other things. Some icons are not showing at all, if i start up my computer, go to my computer, browse a folder and come back to my computer, it takes a LONG time to show the drives. Also, whenever i went to install subinacl to system32, it would show system32 but would change to syswow64. I had to manually unzip subinacl and place it in system32 for this to work. Will post back results.

    Edit: I just rebooted my PC after resetting the permissions and the issue persists. I can't even click properties on a folder.

    I'm going to run SFC /scannow and DISM. Starting to think this has nothing to do with permissions, though the issues did start after changing them. Also shows that indexing is not running for some reason.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 x64


    So, CBS reports some files are corrupted and could not be fixed. I analyzed a bit of the log, and from what i could tell there seems to be some issues with permissions.

    The log is attached with this post.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If subinacl is 32 bit then it would be redirected to SysWow64. As counterintuitive as it sounds System32 if for 64 bit system files on x64 systems. SysWow64 is the folder for the 32 bit emulation.

    If you made the restore point as suggested now may be the time to use it.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I just saw in task manager that it shows Explorer.exe is not responding, though it is kind of working aside from the glitches i described.

    Thought that was worthy of mention.

    Edit: Added a picture showing the issue.
    Desktop has no problems showing icons.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails issue.jpg   issue2.jpg  
    Last edited by AlexRD; 01 Jul 2014 at 18:50.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Finally i have fixed this by resetting permissions with ICACLS. I tried all other ways, only ICACLS worked. I'm so glad this wasn't file corruption of any sort.

    So, to fix this:
    Open CMD as admin, type CD /d C:/ (C being the letter of the drive in question you want to reset ownership to), then type icacls * /T /Q /C /RESET

    As it progressed, the programs i had on startup started themselves, and everything was working fine again. Probably had to do with me taking ownership of the documents and settings folder, best leave that one alone.

    Also, if the above commands don't work, you can try this in an ELEVATED CMD:

    takeown /f "C:\path\to\folder" /r
    icacls "C:\path\to\folder" /reset /T
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Glad you got it.

    Thanks for posting the solution.
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