Locked myself out of C drive

koksi894

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Hey everyone, I'm really hoping for a miracle here and that someone can help me. I stupidly have denied myself access to the entire C drive. Was fiddling around w/ permissions to try to set up a guest account and clicked the "deny" buttons for the C drive, and now I can't access it all (this is using administrator account). I can't reset the priveleges, won't even allow me access to that.

I have spent the last two days trying to find a solution online but nothing works. Tried ERD commander but it doesn't work with vista. Have tried talking to my tech friends and even they can't figure it out. I can't access anything on C and cannot reset the permissions, even as an administrator.

Please, please help!!!
 

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mansrm81

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SCSIraidGURU

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Right click on C: drive, go to security, take ownership of the drive.
 

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koksi894

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I can't access the hidden admin account because when I try to run command prompt it tells me access denied b/c it's on the C drive. I cannot access the ownership tab to take back permissions because it is also denied. I have tried both of these!
 

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SCSIraidGURU

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Enable your administrator account and reverse what you in security.
 

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    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
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koksi894

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The account I'm on is an administrator account. I can't access the true administrator account because it denies me access when I try to run command prompt.
 

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koksi894

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I tried taking screenshots but I can't even do that b/c I can't save to the C drive and I don't have an external hard drive with me.

To sum:

1) Locked myself out of C drive by denying privileges
2) Cannot access the security tab to reset privileges b/c that also is denied
3) Cannot log on the "hidden" admin b/c access to command prompt is denied
4) Tried booting ERD commander but that doesn't work with Vista

Please help!!!!
 

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mansrm81

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If you can't do anything to fix your problem I'm afraid your going to have to reinstall vista.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq Presario/SR5113WM
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N68-LA
    Memory
    PNY Optima Memory DDR2 2GB 2x1 kit
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 8400 GS 256MB
    Sound Card
    On board RealTek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer X163W LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital 160 GB SATA 3G (3.0Gb/sec)
    7200 rpm
    Western Digital 160 GB IDE
    PSU
    Dynex 400w
    Case
    Nothin Special
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitech LX7
    Keyboard
    Standard 102 key with volume and sleep buttons
    Internet Speed
    Comcrap 10mb cable
    Other Info
    Insignia 2.1 speakers, wireless Xbox 360 controller w/plug n play charger, Belkin wireless G + mimo usb network adapter.

VistaLava

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cant u use a live linux disk to access the drive, and either fix the permissions or burn the data you want to keep?
 

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SCSIraidGURU

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Can you activate your administrator account?
 

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koksi894

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My normal account is an administrator account, but it won't let me change privileges. I can't access the hidden administrator account because command prompt is denied access. I *can* access it through safe mode, but when I try to unlock the administrator account it doesn't work (says it can't find it or something similar).
 

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SCSIraidGURU

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Can you create a new administrator level account? Do a repair install from the DVD.
 

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  • CPU
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
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    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
    Memory
    16GB DDR667
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
    Hard Drives
    SAS RAID
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