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How to restore CACLS to default state?

Posted on 2007-11-14
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Computer has Windows XP Pro, SP 2 with all updates and two user accounts.  One account is ADMIN with administrator status and the other is USER with limited access status.  My friend "who knows about computers" and he used CACLS from the command prompt to allow USER full control over a single directory.  Now, he wants to change it back and restore USER to admin status also.

He THINKS the command he used was this:  cacls PROGRAMNAME /t /e /c /g USER:f

How can we put the permissions back to a default or pre-change state?
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You could remove the explicit permissions that were granted.  The folder would then inherit it's permissions from it's parent, like it was before.  If they were not inherited from the parent then they are gone.  In the future you can use subinacl to export the current acls before making a change.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=E8BA3E56-D8FE-4A91-93CF-ED6985E3927B&displaylang=en
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Why not just use the Security tab on the folder properties? If it is not showing, disable Simple File Sharing.

Just remove everything for the USERS group other than...

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Thanks for the quick response.  Changing USERs account type back to "computer administrator" cured my problem.  Your solutions were very applicable, so I've split the points between the both of you for your effort and  haste in providing a reply.
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