After updating Windows 8 (or 8.1) {Permission Fix} Restricted permissions and access denied problems. – wintips.org

After upgrading Windows 8 to the factory default state on a customer’s computer, the following issues occurred:

1. The user could not download (and save) any files from the Internet.
2. Programs are not working. Several programs (such as Word, Excel, etc.) failed to function normally or had problems.
3. The user could not create (or save) a new file in Word, Excel, etc.
4. When the user tried to access the contents of the drive C:\, he received an “access denied” error (C:\ is not accessible. Access is denied.”).
5. Could not access the user Change your computer settings option (the PC settings window will not open at all).

The above problems occurred because the user lost ownership and administrative privileges during the Windows 8 upgrade process. The strange fact is that the user continued to appear as an Administrator on his computer. The only way I could get around all the problems with these restrictions was to create a new user, transfer all the files from the broken user profile to the new one, and then remove the broken user.

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In this article, you can find detailed instructions on how to solve problems with restrictions that appeared after updating Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 (Access denied errors, Download errors, etc.).

How to fix Windows 8 (8.1) access denied error on C drive due to restriction issues after Windows 8 (or 8.1) update.

Step 1. Boot Windows 8 in safe mode.

To boot Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 in safe mode:

1. At the same time “Windows“+”C” buttons Charms panel.

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2. Click on “Settings” (Gear) symbol.

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3. click onPower“.

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4. Hold on the Ceiling button and click Restart.

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Step 2. Enable the hidden Windows 8 Administrator account.

In safe mode, open an elevated command prompt and enable the hidden Administrator account. For this:

1. Right click on the screen lower left corner and select ” from the pop-up menu.Command Prompt (Admin)” option.

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2. selectYes” in User account management“warning message:

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3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command, and then click “Introduction”:

clear user admin / active: yes

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(After that, you should see a message saying that your command was executed successfully.)

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4. Close the command prompt window and restart your computer.

Step 3. Create a new user account with administrative privileges.

1. Leave your computer to boot into Windows normally. (Windows must boot into a restricted user profile).

2. press the buttonCtrl“+ Alt“+”Delselect “and then”.Sign out“.

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3. Introduction with Administrator account.

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4. At the same time “Windows“+”C” to open the Charms panel.

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5. Click on “Settings” (Gear) symbol.

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6. Click on “Change your computer settings” option.

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7. In computer settings, press Accounts.

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8. On accounts, choose “Other accounts“.

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9. selectAdd an account“.

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10. Now select “Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended)“option.

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11. Then click onLocal account“.

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12. Enter your username for a new user account. (for example, “User1” ) and specify a password (if desired) for the new user. Then click The next one.

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13. press the buttonTermination“to close”Add user“screen.

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14. Then “Manage other accounts” screen, select the newly created user account. (for example, “User1”).

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15. selectEditing“.

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16. Now set the new user’s Account Type using the drop-down menu Administrator and then press OK.

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17. Restart your computer, log off, and log on to Windows using a new user account (for example, “User1” in this example).

18. Verify that the new user can run Windows without restrictions and proceed to the next step.

Step 4 (optional). Transfer files from old user profile.

Once you’ve made sure that the new user (for example, “User1” in this example) is working without problems, it’s time to copy all the personal files (if any) from the restricted user profile to the new one. *

* All these files are in C:\Users\ located in the directory. (eg old (corrupted) username “User” then you need to copy the folders Work table, Documents, Pictures, Videoand so on.C:\Users\User“to directory”C:\Users\User1“directory.)

Step 5. Remove the old user profile (user with limited restrictions problem).

Once you’ve made sure that the new user is running smoothly, it’s time to completely remove the offending user from the computer. For this:

1. go to Settings > Change your computer settings > Accounts > Other accounts.

2. Select the old user account (the user with the restrictions problem) and then click “.Turn off“.

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3. selectDelete account and data“option.

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Step 6 (Final). Disable the administrator account

After deleting the account, you need to complete the last step: Delete the Administrator account for security reasons. For this:

1. Right click on the screen lower left corner and select ” from the pop-up menu.Command Prompt (Admin)” option.

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2. selectYes” in User account management“warning message:

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3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command, and then click “Introduction”:

net user admin / active: no

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(After that, you should see a message saying that your command was executed successfully.)

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4. Close the Command Prompt window.

You are done!

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