Removing explicit deny permissions in Windows 8

Our director recently got a new computer and gave the old one to one of the employees.  She set permissions to the C: explicitly denying employees from getting to it.  (Former employees ...enough said).  The employee who now has this computer can not access the C: (denied).  We would start fresh but she has a lot of stuff on this computer that she can't get rid of for various reasons.   Does anyone know how we can remove the explicit deny permissions on the C: so this employee can now use this computer?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Log in as the director and remove the restriction in Properties of C, Security Options.
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Steve BottomsSr Network AdminCommented:
Either log on as someone with rights to make permissions changes (like local Admin or Domain Admin if that group has local Admin privs) or your director, or wipe the drive and start over.
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kandelBAuthor Commented:
we have tried that and it didn't work
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Steve BottomsSr Network AdminCommented:
So you're saying the director can't log in on that machine?  If local admin and director don't have rights you might try mounting that C: drive as a second drive in another machine and trying on that machine with Admin.  If that' too much your only option (to keep the director happy) will be to wipe the drive.  Might be a better option anyway.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
How were the permissions set?  An administrator can reset drive or folder permissions, so what was done?

Go to the properties of the whole drive and check sharing permissions there. Remove any sharing restrictions. Drive permissions are different than C:\ folder permissions.
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kandelBAuthor Commented:
The director can log in and does remove the explicit deny permissions but it fails.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did you check permissions / security for the entire drive?
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Don ThomsonCommented:
Have you tried to take Ownership of the Drive first?  Then you can reset the permissions.

HAve you tried creating a new user (Admin)  and resetting from there,
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kandelBAuthor Commented:
We have tried all of the above with no luck.  It keeps failing.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not know what might have screwed up that machine, but it does look like you need to back it up and reinstall Windows. At this point, it might be the fastest solution.
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kandelBAuthor Commented:
i was afraid of that.
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McKnifeCommented:
Let's see. Have we yet heard what folder(s) it is about? Do we know what permission settings are imposed? Did you provide error messages? Hmm... but you are ready to reinstall? Ok....!?
If "access to c:" was indeed denied, then the system would not even allow the user to logon, by the way.

But on the other hand: your former director had admin privileges and did unknown changes to the system - who would still want to use such a system anyhow?

So decide: do you? Then provide some details and it will be easily solved because these problems are "known for centuries".
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TuscarawasCountyAdminCommented:
Have you tried removing the explicit permissions in Safe Mode?
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kandelBAuthor Commented:
I have not yet reinstalled I just simply said I was afraid of having to reinstall McKnife.  I have more to my job then just working on one computer, I'm sorry that I could not supply you with that information in a timely manner.   Tuscarawas County Admin I have not yet tried it in safe mode.  let me give that a go and will let you all know if that worked.   IN A TIMELY MANNER.
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kandelBAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response it did in fact work.
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