Help! Removed permissions from task and now desktop is black

Aug 8, 2016 1:40AM PDT

Hi! I accidentally removed the permissions for Windows Desktop Manager (i think that is what it was called) because i thought it was a virus. Now my whole screen is black and i can't do anything! Help!!!!

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Clarification Request
Aug 8, 2016 1:41AM PDT

It was a task in the task manager. I found the source exe and made it so no one could execute it and then i stopped the task. Mistake! Screen is black. Please help.

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Re: black screen
Aug 8, 2016 1:49AM PDT

Things you can try:

Boot into the recovery console or recovery command prompt (or whatever it's called in the version of Windows you use) or and then:
- copy the original version from some copy, or
- use fsutil to add the permissions again (I didn't check if fsutil handles permissions), or
- sfc /scannow (in certain versions of Windows)

Boot into a Linux disc or stick and copy that file from some copy (even a copy from another PC on a USB-stick would be fine).

Reset or refresh Windows after booting from your Windows (10) install disk or stick.

Go back to the latest image backup of your hard disk.

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Don't have that
Aug 8, 2016 1:59AM PDT

I don't own the operating disk for windows 10 and I'm having a hard time understanding your other suggestions

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Re: disk
Aug 8, 2016 2:34AM PDT
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Re: disk
Aug 8, 2016 10:50AM PDT

If you're accustomed to using the Windows GUI, and you mess it up yourself, so it doesn't work anymore, you need to use different tools to fix it. And those might well be outside your comfort zone. Then consider to have it done by a repair shop.

Such is the risk of not making good (image) backup and knowing how to restore it.

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