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How to reverse: cmd attrib -s -h -r /s /d *.*. and hit Ent

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    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    How to reverse: cmd attrib -s -h -r /s /d *.*. and hit Ent

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    Can I run something that makes sure all of my folder Attributes are at the default settings?

    I did something I didn't want to, based on this page . . . Windows command-line command to list hidden folders . . .

    I was trying to figure out if there were any errors in what my bat file was doing.

    To get the output, I thought I should go to the "Startup" folder in cmd.exe, which is hidden, and run: Startup.bat > testlog.txt 2> testerrors.txt

    To get there, I would have to un-hide some folders.

    I found the above page, and ran the attrib command with those switches.

    I think I did this in the C:\ProgramData folder (normally hidden)

    I think that I put this in an elevated command prompt, based on the second answer . . . attrib -s -h -r /s /d *.*. and hit Enter

    Maybe I just put this in . . . attrib -s -h -r /s /d

    I thought, I'll just go fast and not think, nothing can happen . . . then, of course, I read on that same page, also, that this can alter your folder attributes . . . they should preface that with the word "CAUTION."

    I think I did see a lot of "NOT ACCESSIBLE . . . " flashing by . . . it was doing something.

    Is there any way to tell if I altered my folder attributes or not?


    Does this fix I have at the bottom fix it, or not?

    Quick way to reset all security permissions to default? (Windows 7)

    "Just run in a elevated prompt the following command."

    secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

    This did something, but, how can I tell if it did what I want, and things are back to normal? I don't know if secedit applies to folder attributes or not.

    Is there a program that puts them back at the default values . . . Is that the function of the secedit command?

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    The only way I can think of for you to reset would be to do a System Restore to a date before you did this or restore a backup image.
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  3. #3

    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 634
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    The only way I can think of for you to reset would be to do a System Restore to a date before you did this or restore a backup image.
    Before doing that, have you tried a couple of Shutdowns, waiting a minute, re-powering up? Often, Windows will fix itself just fine. I recommend in the future when you experiment with batchfiles, you create a directory that contains a mix of hidden and non-hidden folders and files within that created directory. Please stay out of Windows Prime
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  4. #4

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    I make a couple of clones with Clonezilla once per month . . . The fix is to just replace the C: drive with one of those. It was only about 20 days old, there were no significant changes.
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