Help! Denied Everyone access to my C Drive

Hi all, hope you can help.  I hate it when I do stupid stuff like this...

I was trying to work on the security settings on one of my folders, clicked on the C drive instead.

I added my login as having full access to the C drive.
I Denied Everyone from having access to the C Drive

For some reason, this denied me access to the C drive, so I'm locked out.  How do I get access back to me C drive?

I appreciate any help you can give me...
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
This happened because you are a member of the EVERYONE group and NTFS permissions wotk on the most restrictive - remember Deny overwrites everything

Dont Deny the everyone group simply remove them :0)

pbguyAuthor Commented:

Ok, that explains what I did wrong.  Now how do I fix it?  I cannot see the security tab any longer when I click on the C drive.  How can I get in to remove Everyone from the list?

Thanks !
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
You need to log in as Administrator - (thats not the account we are talking about is it??)

If it is are you on a domain, is the PC networked??

If your on a network go to another machine run "mmc" and add the local policy snap in and connect to the offending PC

in future WHENEVER you are working on local policy ALWAYS save the MMC console on the administrators desktop, to avoid these "fun and groovy" episodes ;^)


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Fundamentals of JavaScript

Learn the fundamentals of the popular programming language JavaScript so that you can explore the realm of web development.

pbguyAuthor Commented:
Fortunately I did not do this to the Administrator account....

The PC is on a domained network.

Unfortunately, I don't have administrator login (can you figure out why? :)

Is there any way to accomplish this without an admin login?  I'm pretty embarrased that I did something so dumb, was hoping to be able to fix it without admitting my stupidity to my network admin guy....  

Please let me know.

If I can't fix it today I'll award your points next week when I get back from the long weekend.  In any case, thanks for your quick response!!
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Well to be honest there only one way to do it, and if I told you how to do it, id be breaking the members agreement, cause it means you changing the administrators password and in your case this is a big no no. :(

However should you wish to find out how to change the administrators password OUTSIDE of this question without my help you are free to do so ;^)

Have a good long weekend, hopefully Ill hear from you next week


logon as Administrator & set allow administrator to read & write on C:\
deny everyone takes precedence over everything!

hmmmmmmmm changing permissions on drive you are locked out of.......hmmmmmmmm

I would maybe run a repair install....... wonder if that would reset permissions.......

I would think admin would be locked out as well....

This is a good one!

The easiest way is to take the hard drive and connect it to another computer and then change it back.
Another option is using ERD Commander ($$$),
pbguyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the posts, Pete had it first and had it right so he gets the points (but it's nice to know there's so many other ways to sneak in...)

I avoided the temptation to break in and waited for my network admin guy to get in today.  He logged in as admin and got me back up and running in no time, of course!  And I didn't even peek over his shoulder when he was typing in the admin password... really ;)

Thanks again Pete and everyone else for your speedy replies and great ideas.  You guys are the best!

Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 2000

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.