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I didn't realise that one shouldn't change the permissions on C:\Documents and Settings until after I'd already changed it.

I want to prevent future problems by restoring the default permissions.

What are the default permissions on C:\Documents and Settings? Any gotchas in restoring them?

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  • I'm guessing it's Windows 7? Also, how many different user accounts are on that computer? Is yours the only one or are there multiple? Aug 16 '19 at 4:38
  • @wrecclesham It's tagged 10, and I want the default permissions which is not affected by the number of users.
    – Tom Hale
    Aug 16 '19 at 5:00
  • I get it now. You were just editing the legacy NTFS junction point that points to C:\Users. Aug 16 '19 at 5:40
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Assuming you still have ownership, as you would have had to have taken ownership in order to modify permissions. These are the defaults: enter image description here The Advanced view of the Deny entry looks like this: enter image description here Here's the basic view of the Allow Everyone entry: enter image description here

After setting the permissions, restore ownership to SYSTEM and you should be good.

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  • I needed to first apply the Allow permissions, then add the Deny one last. I changed the owner last of all.
    – Tom Hale
    Aug 16 '19 at 6:01

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