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I've got Windows 8 and trying to restrict access to a particular folder on my D: drive for other user accounts, and set permissions for the authenticated user group in security tab as denied. Now I can't open it through my standard account and the administrator account as well.

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@wonea Please don't forget looking at the titles as well. Thanks! – slhck May 4 '13 at 8:34

To recover security settings, you have to become owner of the folder:

  1. Open folder properties.
  2. Click Security tab.
  3. Click Advanced button.
  4. Click Owner tab.
  5. Click Edit.
    Confirm elevation if UAC prompt is shown.
  6. Select your user account in the Change owner to list.
  7. Optionally select Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click OK to close Advanced Security Settings and Properties dialogs.

When you reopen the folder properties dialog, you'll be able to edit security settings and grant access to yourself.

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