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Who should be owner to different folders in C:\ ?

by werea / February 24, 2014 4:27 PM PST

I happened changed owner to my C:\ to Administrator, and I'm trying to change it back to how it normally should be, without reinstall my pc.
Can someone help to check on a normal Vista PC which fold sould be owned by Trustedinstaller and which should be SYSTEM? and is there any fold should be owned by Administraor?
OS: Vista Home Premium

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Best Answer chosen by werea

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Interesting question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2014 12:21 AM PST
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Not funny it seems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2014 12:39 AM PST
In reply to: Interesting question.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2005/08/20/453428.aspx and many other articles seem to miss the point.

That is while we see many ways to set these, your everyday user won't know how to set them up. I don't have a Vista machine to scavenge what's set there and even then it should be incorrect for your PC.

-> The advice is to stay out of areas like this.
Bob
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Thanks
by werea / February 25, 2014 3:36 PM PST
In reply to: Not funny it seems.

Thanks for your help.

I get it now, but how can I undo the damage I alread made?

Made a call to Microsoft but the answere I got was they are not very sure about this, and just tell me try reinstall...
So I just hoping there are someone with a Vista computer can see this topic

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Yes they will tell you to reinstall.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2014 11:27 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

You could install to a new drive, take notes on ownership, permissions and what CACLS reports and try repairing the old OS but this won't tackle other permission issues such as registry keys.

Great question and like at low tide exposes an area of omission. I didn't find a reset to defaults for this one.
Bob

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by werea / February 27, 2014 2:44 AM PST

don't have any extra drive, so difficult to try....

Maybe, if possible, may you check what ownership does you computer have on diffrent folder in disk C? Just to know how it could be.

Really hope there would be a way to reset : (

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Why yes you do. Sorry but when you give me a challenge
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2014 2:55 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

OK, where is it? It's on your drive. How to do this?

Step 1. Go get Virtual Box. Well used, documented up the wazoo and free.
Step 2. Go get Vista. We don't care about activation here. Here's a discussion about DIGITAL RIVER.
http://downloadsnfix.blogspot.com/2012/08/microsoft-windows-vista-official-iso.html

Step 3. Install a Vista into Virtual Box. I'm going to let you do your research on that. Plenty of web pages about it.

Step 4. Viola. You have a stock Windows Vista install that should work for about 28 days and let you explore the default ownership and permissions.

There's a lesson here. I won't write what it is.
Bob

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