Broken Admini Rights


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Guest

Apparently my Admin rights are bent or broken. FYI - I'm running
XP Pro MCE 2004 on a fairly new HP zd7180 notebook. All had been
working weel until several weeks ago. (Then I went out of town, so
didn't do much to try to correct, other than what follows.)

I first noticed a problem severla weeks ago when I could not
download the Guide. I also could not run my Retrospect backup
program (external Maxstor 160 GB HD, configures as 2 80GBs, one as
backup for the internal 80GB HD, othere as "play space". Error
message is that Retrospect culd not load since I needed to have
Administraotr rights - which I have!

Based on HP Support, I tried an OS repair. About 10 min. into
the process, Windws reported a COM+ error, but it then proceeded to
go through the rest of the repair. Still no rights restored.

Aso unable to install fix from Microsoft for MCE (Q815487) but
all other updates and patches have been applied successfully.

Latest sympton was when trying to set up a dial up connection (I
normally use cable) from my vacation site, I got an error saying the
(e-mail address removed) <bob@nospam.org>Wizad could not open the phonebook
file. I was able to go to the command prompt to turn off the hidden
and read only attributes on the phonebook (.pbk) files, I could then
create the dialup connection fine onthe exposed files.

I have scanned and rescanned for viruses, and have used the
several antispyware programs, and everything comes out clean.

I am assuming (could be making as a-- of me) that somehow my
rights over hidden and read only files is not working properly (When
I try to turn on display of these files through Control Panel, it
doen't take.) I even went so far as to delete me as a user, and
receate my account with Admin level, but no help.

Can anyone give me any fixes (short of re-formatting HD and
reinstalling everything - OS, applicatins, patches, and backup data
files)? Are there placed in the registry to look for rights/symptoms
that might hold clues or fixes??
 
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Mark L. Ferguson MVP

It might be an "Ownershiop" problem, rather than an Admin
rights thing. (but logging on as default "Administrator"
will allow elevating any other account)

HOW TO Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP:
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q308421

I would guess you are probably set to the default
ownership type for admins, and need to set then to share
ownership. Go to Start/Run, and type : GPEDIT.MSC Local
Computer Policy> Computer Configuration> Windows
Settings> Security Settings> Local Policies> Security
Options> System Objects: Default owner for objects
created by members of the Administrators Group. Set this
to "Administrators group" instead of "Object Creator".

Mark L. Ferguson MVP
 
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Guest

Ichanged it as you recommended, rebooted system and signed backin as Administrator. Tried Retrospect (the backup software) It came back and said I needed administrator rights to run the program. Looks like that wasn't enough.

Any more ideas or fixes???
Nat


Mark L. Ferguson MVP said:
It might be an "Ownershiop" problem, rather than an Admin
rights thing. (but logging on as default "Administrator"
will allow elevating any other account)

HOW TO Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP:
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q308421

I would guess you are probably set to the default
ownership type for admins, and need to set then to share
ownership. Go to Start/Run, and type : GPEDIT.MSC Local
Computer Policy> Computer Configuration> Windows
Settings> Security Settings> Local Policies> Security
Options> System Objects: Default owner for objects
created by members of the Administrators Group. Set this
to "Administrators group" instead of "Object Creator".

Mark L. Ferguson MVP
 

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