Do you need to reset the NTFS Permissions of a file or folder?
Tired of using command line tools?
Here you’ll find a How To guide on how to use an easy-to-use UI tool that gets you covered!
What are NTFS Permissions?
In the Windows operating system, the New Technology File System (NTFS) permissions are used to control the access to files and folders and prevent inadvertent changes from unauthorized users as well as malicious applications.
Why do I need to reset NTFS Permissions?
So, when you do not have sufficient permissions to control the resources on your system, resetting the NTFS permissions may be the only solution you have.
You can reset the NTFS permissions of files and folders directly from the command line. However, if you are not tech-savvy and following commands make your head to spin, you can use a very light utility called Reset NTFS file permission (actually, it’s about 60 KB!).
The tool has an easy-to-use interface with minimal features that will ensure the task is completed quickly and effectively. Before launching it, you need to ensure you enjoy administrative privileges on the system.
The Reset NTFS permissions utility is simply a shell that works by combining various utilities from Microsoft, including:
- icacls.exe – alters files permissions
- takeown.exe – takes files ownership
- attrib.exe – alters files attributes
All the commands that are going to be executed are displayed to you beforehand in a text area, allowing you to make any necessary tweaks before they are executed.
How to reset the NTFS Permissions using a UI tool
Here is the process for resetting NTFS permissions using this graphical tool.
1. Download the Reset NTFS file permission tool from here. It is provided for free.
2. Open the zipped folder and run the executable file.
3. Enter the password (the current password is lallouslab) and click “Ok”.
Thereafter, a simple user interface will pop up, which allows you to specify various settings for using the tool.
4. To select the folder you intend to reset its permissions, click the “Choose folder” button. After selecting the folder, click “Ok”.
5. The “Reset files permissions” feature is the fundamental option that enables the utility to carry out its function. Although it is ticked by default, you may uncheck it if you intend to carry out other tasks.
6. Checking the “Take files ownership” feature allows you to take ownership of the file or folder prior to resetting the permissions. If you are not the owner of the file, you may select this option to gain more control.
7. The “Apply for all sub directories” feature is useful if you intend to reset the permissions recursively. If you check this option, the permissions for every file and folder inside the chosen directory will also be reset.
8. The “Reset hidden and system files” feature enables you to change the visibility of all the system files from invisible to visible as well as deactivate their respective file attributes.
9. The “Don’t follow links” feature is only applicable to the “Reset files permissions” and “Take files ownership” options. You can use it if following any links is unnecessary.
10. Once you’ve applied the settings you want, which will also be displayed in the text box, click the “GO” button.
Thereafter, the Windows command line will appear displaying the executed commands. You can press any key to quit the command line.
Your NTFS file permissions have been reset.
Clicking the “HELP” button will take you to the website of the tool’s developer.
And, clicking the “ABOUT” button will display the tool’s version number and contact details of its developer.
Tool: Advanced Users
To access more advanced features, click the “Advanced” button.
Thereafter, a small window will pop up with the following options:
- Add to Explorer folder context menu
- Remove from Explorer folder context menu
- Backup permissions
- Restore permissions
The “Add to Explorer folder context menu” feature allows you to add a new option called “Reset Permission” to individual files and folders. This way, you can reset the NTFS file permissions directly by right-clicking the folder or file.
If you select this option, a small window will pop up asking you to confirm the next step.
Thereafter, the “Reset Permission” feature will be added to the specified file or folder.
If you want to remove this feature, just select the “Remove from Explorer folder context menu” option and click “Yes”.
The “Backup Permissions” feature allows you to backup the present permissions on a folder prior to resetting them. This way, if your changes result into some errors, you can easily retrieve your backed up permissions. Sounds nice?
If you click the “Backup Permissions” option, you will be directed to a location you can save the permissions as a text file.
After picking the location, press “Save”.
Just a moment, you are not free to leave, yet!
The details of your commands will be displayed in the utility’s text area for you to confirm.
You’ll need to press the “GO” button for the command to be executed and the file permissions to be backed up.
Consequently, you can now safely go ahead to reset the NTFS file permissions with the full confidence that if anything happens, you can easily restore the backed up file permissions by clicking “Restore Permissions” and following the prompts.
The Reset NTFS Permissions utility is what you need to easily and conveniently reset file and folder NTFS permissions without worrying about the complications of the command line.
Also, it’s important to note that this utility is not a virus or Trojan, as some antivirus solutions could identify it to be.
So, if any antivirus solution identifies it as a virus or Trojan, just ignore the false sense of security and continuing enjoying the use of this nifty little versatile utility.
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