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Cannot run any Admin programs, Access Denied on C:\

  1. #1

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Cannot run any Admin programs, Access Denied on C:\

    Hi There

    I am trying to troubleshoot a windows 8 Sony Vaio laptop.
    I am not sure exactly what has happened but I cannot run anything on it.

    For example when I open My Computer and the C:\ I get "C:\ is not Accessible access denied"
    I can open cmd prompt but if I try to run as administrator I get and error saying cannot access.
    The same for any admin program, compmgmt, MMC, msconfig. but it says windows cannot access this file. I cant event run Task manager. and cant check event viewer or anything.

    I have tired a automatic repair, but it Diagnosis the PC but returns that it cant be repaired.
    I also tried Repair and the same occurs.
    I also tried give administrators ownership of the C:\ as it says "Unable to display current owner" but this will not allow ownership to change on pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys and swapfile.sys. along with a mcafee install.

    I think it is the ownership error that is causing this but cant seem to solve

    Can anyone assist? I am pulling my hair out.


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64

    I don't have a solution but I found a page with similar issues that may shed some light:

    Edit: By the way, it is noted on the utility that takes ownership via a Context Menu command, not to take ownership of C: in its entirety. You can do things like take ownership of C:\Program Files folder, if you are the only user on the system. But taking ownership of the entire C:\ partition causes problems.
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  3. #3

    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD

    This might help: Refresh Windows 8
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