1.    02 Jul 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Cannot take ownership of any folder, despite repeated attempts

    Sometime last week -- and I can't figure out when or why -- I lost ownership of all of the folders on my PC. I noticed when I was no longer able to create folders. Then I discovered none of the folders have security tabs.

    The C drive itself and my external hard dive (L) both have security tabs, but when I go into them to take ownership (Properties -> Security -> Advanced -> Check both "Replace owner..." and "Replace child permissions..." -> Apply) the process fails because of a "Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied" error.

    My system restore didn't fix it, because it didn't go back far enough (I think), and I can't find the same error in the various forums.

    Does anyone have a suggestion beyond reinstalling/refreshing Windows? I could do that, but reinstalling all of my software is five or six hours I'd prefer to waste on just about anything else.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2.    02 Jul 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 2,871
    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    This command should reset permissions to default:

    icacls C:\* /T  /L  /Q /C /RESET
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  3.    04 Jul 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Strangely, that didn't work at all. I watched the notifications go by, but none of the folder permissions changed. The notifications said repeatedly "Access is denied."
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