How do I reset the "proper" owner of the entire system drive in Windows 10?
Posted on 2016-10-03
OK, I'll admit this is rather dumb...
I was having a few issues with some applications and file permissions on my C: drive so I (brilliantly) decided to set the owner of the entire drive to what seemed like a logical choice: SYSTEM.
To my dismay, during the process (and of course I had inheritance turned on), several files were "access denied" so God knows who owns them!
Well, let's just say things are not working quite so well now. The machine is really slow and several features simply don't work anymore like most functions on the task bar (right-clicking on an icon, opening the Action Center) and it's become almost too "painful" to use.
So, please tell me that this can be "reversed" or fixed?
Is there an "official" owner of the system drive and, if so, how do I set it?
I don't want to hear that this is yet another "reinstall Windows" solution but, then again, I *can* handle the truth!