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Cannot reset permissions in Windows 2000 Pro

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I have a Windows 2000 Pro machine set up with three accounts: mine, my wife's, and an administrator. I created a second share name for the C drive and set the permissions to myself only. Windows warned me that that would change all permissions (I should have stopped here). After doing this, I could not access the C drive from either my wife's account or the administrator's account.

I then removed this second share and created another share with permissions set to myself, my wife and the administrator's account. I still couldn't access the C drive from my wife's account or the administrator's account.

I then tried to reset the permissions on the default share C$ from my account and got the following error message: "This has been shared for administrative purposes. The permissions cannot be set."

How can I reset the permisisons for the default share or get the computer to recognize the second share as the default share?

I need to get this computer up and running ASAP!

Thanks for your help.
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by:David Lee
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I don't quite understand the problem.  There is no such thing as a "default share", unless by that you mean the administrative shares, like C$ for the C drive.  Shares are only used to allow access from another computer on the network, not for local access.  Since it's possible, although unusual, to have multiple shares that point to the same folder, there is again no such thing as a "default share".  When you connect to a share from another computer you have to specify the share you want to connect to.  You can't simply say I want to connect to another computer and have that connection go to some default.  If you'll describe what it is you want to accomplish, then I'll be glad to try and help you get there.
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by:jholecek
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Sorry, it took me so long to respond. I've been out.

Before I made the changes above, I could access all programs and all folders from all three accounts. After making the changes, I can no longer access either folders or programs from the administrator's account and my wife's account.

I want all accounts to have full acess to everything.

It's true that permissions have to do with a network. I reset them so that I could back up this computer from my XP computer to an external hard drive using Dantz Restrospect over a wireless network. That I can do now.

Hopefully this helps.
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David Lee earned 500 total points
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Let me make sure I understand.  On the computer in question, the Windows 2000 computer, can the admin account and your wife's account access everything?  If not, then the problem is with the file and folder permissions since shares don't come into play.  If those two accounts can access everything on the local computer but not from the network, then it's share permissions we need to look at.
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by:jholecek
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No, the admin account and wife's account cannot access anything.
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by:jholecek
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I sent an earlier note which I guess wasn't posted. In any case, I was confusing network permissions with file and folder permissions. I had, in fact, reset the file and folder permissions but kept going back to the network permissions. I went back to file and folder permissions, reset them to include admin accounts and my wife's account, and everything was once again accessible.

I also repaired Windows to take care of some anomalies that cropped up as a result of resetting permissions.

Anway, you got me on the right track, and I will accept your comment.

Thanks.
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by:David Lee
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Gald you got it solved.  Cheers!
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