Windows File System Troubleshooting

Learn how to troubleshoot and repair files, file systems, and permissions problems in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, like a pro.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 1, 2017
Duration
1h 54m
Table of contents
Course Overview
The Windows File System In-depth
Troubleshooting Disk and File Errors
Managing Permissions, Ownership, and Auditing
Managing Security and Permissions
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 1, 2017
Duration
1h 54m
Description

As a professional, knowing how to properly troubleshoot the file system you're working on is essential. In this course, Windows File System Troubleshooting, you will learn how to navigate the file system in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. First, you’ll learn what’s what, what’s where, what’s important, and what can cause problems. Next, you'll explore the underlying file systems for the hard disks and drives in your PCs, and how you can repair problems with them. Finally, you’ll wrap up with how you can manage and troubleshoot file, folder, and ownership permissions, and how you can ensure the security of your documents and data is as tight as you need it to be. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to troubleshoot and repair any type of files, file systems, or permissions problems in Windows like a pro.

About the author
About the author

Mike was first awarded as a Microsoft MVP in 2011 and is a recognized technical expert in the Windows experience and troubleshooting with more than a dozen books published, including Beginning Windows 10 and Windows 10 Troubleshooting.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi. I'm Mike Halsey, a Microsoft MVP awardee and the author of many books and courses on Windows troubleshooting, and I'm excited to bring you this short course on how to troubleshoot file system problems in Microsoft Windows. Being unable to access files, folders, and documents is one of the biggest problems businesses and organizations can face, but managing access, security, encryption, and auditing can be a highly-complex business. Add to this the problems disk and file-system errors can bring, and projects or whole teams can quickly grind to a halt. This course covers everything you need to know to manage, diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair problems with the different Windows file systems, and file, folder, documents, permissions, access, and security across Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10. Consider this course a master class in becoming a truly expert file-system troubleshooter. Some of the major topics we'll cover include an in-depth look at the Windows file system detailing what's important and what can be found where; how you can troubleshoot and repair problems with the Windows disk and file systems; and how you can manage permissions, ownership, auditing, and encryption on your PCs and network file shares. By the end of this course, you'll be able to diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair any type of Windows file-system problem. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to troubleshoot the file system in Microsoft Windows on Pluralsight.

The Windows File System In-depth
Hi. I'm Mike Halsey, and welcome to Windows File System Troubleshooting. Troubleshooting the file system on a PC is much more than just deleting temporary and other unwanted files. In fact, the file system on PCs is hugely complex and all too accessible by malware, and tinkerers, and open to all manner of potential problems and pitfalls. So, this course is intended to give you all the information you need to be able to understand, navigate, and manage and work with the file system on PCs. So, let's have a look at what we're going to cover. We'll begin by looking in depth at the Windows file system, the user files and folders, the registry files, the essential and critical folders that should never be opened or modified. Then we'll look at how we troubleshoot disk and file errors, including managing working with the underlying file systems themselves. We'll move on to looking at how we manage permissions, ownership, and auditing of your files and folders on a PC, including being able to transfer files between users, and then we'll have a look at how we manage security and security permissions, including encryption. Now, there's one thing I want to mention. This course covers three different Windows versions: Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10. So, you can see here I'm using different colors and different iconography on desktop wallpapers and with little icons to indicate during the course where something I'm talking about is only relevant to one or two of those operating systems.

Troubleshooting Disk and File Errors
With the basics out of the way, let's have a look now at how we go about the process of troubleshooting disk and file errors, and let's have a look at what we're going to cover in this module. We'll begin by looking at the different types of file systems available in Windows and different ways in which you can format and partition disks. Then we'll look at how you can manage and repair disks and disk errors of many different types before moving on to looking at how we can repair file system errors with the Windows boot system itself and how you can repair that. Then we'll finish up by looking at how you can create a completely new boot system if those partitions in that file system is totally corrupt.

Managing Permissions, Ownership, and Auditing
Managing file and folder permissions on PCs can be a complicated business, so we're going to take our time on this one. Now let's begin by looking at what we're going to cover in this module. We'll start by looking at the different types of file, folder, and disk permissions that Windows supports before moving on to look at how you manage file and folder ownership on your computers. Next up, we'll look at how you audit the permissions that you have on files and folders before finishing up by looking at how you universally reset those permissions on a PC.

Managing Security and Permissions
Over this course, we've looked at subjects such as how to prevent or permit access to specific files and folders for authorized or unauthorized users. Now this is important, but what's really crucial these days is encryption of files, folders, and disks because data protection is the most important thing, especially in business. So let's have a look at what we're going to cover in this module where we'll look in depth at security. We'll look at the two encryption technologies built in to Windows, Encrypting File System, EFS, and BitLocker, and we'll look at the differences between them. Then we'll look at how we use and how we troubleshoot the Encrypting File System before moving on to looking at how we use and how we manage both BitLocker and BitLocker To Go to encrypt removable drives.