Chkdsk Windows 7 trashed permissions
Posted on 2013-06-18
I love a utility that does more harm than good. Heh.
This is the second time that chkdsk has done this to me. Apparently chkdsk wanted to run, and Windows Update automatically rebooted my laptop. By the time I came back to my computer it was too late.
Chkdsk fixed the bad bit. Great. But it actually made things worse by trashing all of the permissions on my laptop. Pretty much nothing works now when I log in. Error messages, no icons... ugh.
I really don't want to reinstall, or to revert to a prior backup (which would have the bad bit and cause this all over again). Is there a quick fix for this? I'm not sure what the permissions on certain folders like ProgramData and Windows are supposed to look like so I don't know if I can just recursively take ownership from C: and then grant myself permission to everything at C:, setting it to have all subfolders and files inherit those permissions.
This is on Windows 7.