Adminitrator Problems - but I am the Administ

Microsoft Windows xp professional sp3 (o...
January 29, 2011 at 23:55:07
Specs: Windows XP, Dual Core / 3Gig
After a registry Clean things have gone strange. A range of issues.

However the biggest one is that although I am the Administrator and I have checked that in Group Policies and other places, I am getting messages saying the Administrator is required to perform the task. For example I am trying to install video drivers that got screwed up. The Install app runs for a bit, seems to be copying files, then I get the message - Administrator Privileges required to run this application.

I've tried creating a new Admin, but still I cannot install.

I can run Regedit Ok. I've checked as much as I know how and permissions all seem to be Ok. Everything was just fine prior to the registry clean. Mostly fine anyway, but certainly no issues like this.

thanks in advance


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#1
January 30, 2011 at 01:05:07
What registry cleaner?

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#2
January 30, 2011 at 04:31:02
Yet another reason why registry cleaners should be avoided. They generally cause more problems than they solve.

Most registry cleaners have the option to do a backup of registry entries before "cleaning". This makes it possible to undo any damage that may have occurred. Have you tried this?

Failing that a System Restore may solve your problem.


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#3
January 31, 2011 at 04:33:19
There is a saying.... "Let sleeping dogs lie" Remember that, 'cause I sure will.

This has really put me through the wringer. This is my development machine with heaps of apps and code on the drive.

The registry cleaner I used was Registry Reviver, It reported some 2000 plus errors. I couldn't believe it but ran with it anyway.

I imported my registry backup but it stopped at some stage through saying it couldn't complete because some keys were being used.

Couldn't run it in safe mode because the machine keeps rebooting when trying to get to safe mode.

I then got to the point of the laptop not booting at all. I tried a few things including Mini XP Hiren's BootCD

I don't really know what I did to get it to boot again. I did hit delete EMBR although there wasn't one, and it seemed to boot after that.

After this (and the import of the registry backup) I saw a bunch of other issues. Even things like missing tabs on the properties dialog for desktop settings. Fixed that with a vba download I found in the web from someone that had this problem.

I then ran sfc.exe / scannow and it reported that DLL'shad to be restored from the Install CD.

Now I am back to pretty much where I was.

The video driver is screwed. Display Adapter shows ;
Video Controller
Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

I still cannot install drivers. The driver install runs through to what seems the end, then I get the original message. An unknown error has occurred. Setup will exit. Running it elsewise I get Administrator Privileges required to run this application.

This all started by the way when running any VB6 Group .vbg starting giving the message "This class is configured to run as a security id different from the caller"

I'm convinced it is a permissions related matter, but I just cannot see where. Some is corrupt somewhere....


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#4
January 31, 2011 at 05:48:42
You probably are on top of this, but just in case, if Video Controller (VGA Compatible) (with a yellow question mark next to it) is displayed under the Other Devices branch in Device Manager, have you deleted all of that?

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#5
January 31, 2011 at 15:46:39
Thanks John, Yep tried several times. On restarting it just reverts back to the Video Controller (VGA Compatible) and for the life of me I cannot get the correct drivers installed.

I've just got so much installed on this box otherwise I probably would have done a clean install by now, But it's looking like I'll have to go that route.

cheers
Mark


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#6
January 31, 2011 at 15:56:06
"I cannot get the correct drivers installed"

I find that installing the new drivers immediately ( no reboot ) after deleting the old is the best way.

Do you have SP3 included ( slipstreamed ) on your XP CD?


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#7
January 31, 2011 at 17:32:39
I am going out now, here are some more fixes to try. The chkdsk command being more thorough than other chkdsk commands, will take a long time, up to 8 hours, depends on how much is on the drive.

Reinstall WindowsXP and keep all your current installed applications and settings ( including ms updates/hotfixes ):
Put your XP cd in the drive.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt or, Start > click Run, type cmd and click OK.
Copy & paste > D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend
The above assumes D is your CD drive.
Press Enter.
If you have i386 (about 500mb) on your hard drive, you can replace D: with the location of it.

CHKDSK using the XP CD & Windows XP Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058
Running CHKDSK from the Windows CD
http://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.ph...
chkdsk drive /p /r

Click Start and then click Run.
In the Open box, copy & paste > sfc /scannow, and then click OK. Note that you may be prompted to insert the Windows XP installation CD-ROM.
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc...
http://askmaggymae.com/Maintenance/...
Description of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 System File Checker (Sfc.exe)
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...


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#8
January 31, 2011 at 18:59:31
Thanks for that John,

Yes I have an XP SP3 CD. I have tried the sfc /scannow previously. It seemed to copy dll's into dllcache. Also I have run CHKDSK /p but without the /r so I'll try that as well.

I'll give the D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend a shot now and keep my fingers crossed.

cheers
Mark


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#9
January 31, 2011 at 19:48:02
Oh and regards ...."I find that installing the new drivers immediately ( no reboot ) after deleting the old is the best way."....

Agree, but the thing is it gets quite a way into installing the various files, then says that I need to be the Administrator to continue. However I am the Administrator, so something is fundamentally wrong somewhere.


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#10
January 31, 2011 at 22:39:49
"On restarting it just reverts back to the Video Controller (VGA Compatible) and for the life of me I cannot get the correct drivers installed"
That info jogged my memory & the penny just dropped, I had that a few years ago & it took a long time to work out & when that happens I document the info on how to fix.

Lets see if we have a match, what MB / Driver are you trying to install?


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#11
February 1, 2011 at 00:42:32
Hmmm. Not sure. It's an HP Laptop 6710b

Device Manager is showing ;

Computer - ACPI Multiprocessor
Processors - Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 x 2


I tried the D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend It ran through Ok. At the last Reboot stage it looked for a moment that the screen was about the right settings, but the PC just hung for ages. I had to turn it off. On restarting it was back at where it was prior.


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#12
February 1, 2011 at 00:55:40
Actually John, I've just decided to bite the bullet.

Thanks for your input, much appreciated. I just tried to load an app and it hung, so my feeling is this machine is a mess and best that I give it a good clean. I'm going to format the partition and Install Win7. It's probably about time I played with some more recent Microsoft nonsense.

One thing I've learnt is that I won;t be running any major registry cleaups in a hurry.

have a good one
cheers


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#13
February 1, 2011 at 01:10:55
"Hmmm. Not sure. It's an HP Laptop 6710b"
Nope, it's not the same.

This is very good for finding out all your comp details.

Use SIW to find your MB model if needed.

SIW
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.gtopala.com/

"I had to turn it off. On restarting it was back at where it was prior"
There is defiantly something strange going on, will be interesting to see if chkdsk sorts it out.


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#14
February 1, 2011 at 01:47:53
OK Mark.

"I won;t be running any major registry cleaups in a hurry"
I have 3 that I use on every comp I work on, including mine, XP, Vista & W7, never had a problem, they get that nippiness back.


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#15
February 12, 2011 at 14:53:20
john, i don'tknow how to get the system and my files downloaded to a harddrive because i don't have one to go to. i have an administrato problem and can't put in the only pass word because there's no place to type it when the box pops up requesting me too so i can hit yes in response

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#16
February 12, 2011 at 15:54:32
"no place to type it when the box pops up requesting me too so i can hit yes in response"

George, have you tried hitting Cancel or No?


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#17
February 12, 2011 at 16:40:14
Juts by way of an update.

I have formatted and installed Windows 7. Having played with it Win 7 a bit I do prefer XP to be frank.

For anyone going from XP to Windows 7, just make sure you backup Documents and Settings, Windows / WINNT, and perhaps even Program Files. I found I had to go looking for a few things that I had installed a while back and that I didn't have ready access to. Particularly a lot of data is stored in Documents and Settings like FTP data, Settings, and various license files and so on. Rather than start again it's easier and better to copy these across after App install.

cheers


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#18
February 12, 2011 at 17:08:54
"I have formatted and installed Windows 7. Having played with it Win 7 a bit I do prefer XP to be frank"

Thanks, Yep I have 2 HD"s installed one with XP ( default ) & W7 the other, use XP 99% of the time, can reboot & change to W7 in about 30 seconds.


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