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By pal.man1 ·
Hey,

I have Windows XP Home, and I have to put my hands up that I screwed around with the drive permissions. No surprise windows wouldn't boot and the install disc couldn't write to the drive, so I installed another windows partition. I booted it in safe mode and took ownership, then changed the permission of the Unknown Account {S-1-...} (which i guess is the other windows installation) to allow access to everything.

the reinstall "worked" in that the files copied, but now I just get a blank screen with a cursor and nothing else, no hard drive activity.

please help, thanks.

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by CG IT In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

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use the ASR feature or you can repair the installation with the CD.

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by CG IT In reply to

When in doubt dump it out....I like that one MinJRB

So if the guy knows ASR doesnt work then he's not one of the millions of everyday users who don't know anything about their computer.

If you mucked around with the permissions to the Windows folder and locked everyone out of it you locked the system up. To free up the Windows folder and you can't remember the account you used to muck it up you have to as an administrator seize ownership of the folder. once you do that it will free up the Windows folder but permissions were still changed so now only the administrator has permission to it and is the owner. Many services require access to files/folders to work. The admin account provides full access to the system but services don't use it to start up. To try and figure out what needs what would be a daunting task. So you've got only a couple of choices. Save everything you want via the second O/S then wipe and reinstall or repair the installation using the Windows CD.

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by pal.man1 In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

> J
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> use the ASR feature or you can repair the
> installation with the CD.

ASR is only available with xp pro I understand, I have xp home. As for the installation disc, I can only get as far as copying the new files and then rebooting. Where it should display the setup screen, I just get a black screen with a cursor.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

if you can 'get in' then i'd try a new user profile...but you probably did already...
the only thing i can find at support.microsoft.com is this:
Blank Activate Windows page in the Windows Prodhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314935uct Activation Wizard

i admire how you learn...imho it will serve you well to break and fix stuff on purpose like this...

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by MinJRB In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

I suggest scraping the data off your drive. Format and partition it and reinstall the OS. I follow the rule of thumb, when in doubt, scrape the data and install fresh. :-)

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

What Error Message did you get when you tried to reboot the Computer and what Error Message did you get when you tried the Install Disk?

If you had of posted those we may be able to find a work around to solve your problem without loosing your data.


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by sgt_shultz In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

did you see this
Windows XP Setup Cannot Continue
View products that this article applies to.
Article ID : 812247
Last Review : May 27, 2003
Revision : 1.0
SYMPTOMS
When you run Windows XP Setup, you may experience one of the following symptoms: ? You may receive an error message that is similar to the following:
Fatal Error: An error has been encountered that prevents setup from continuing.
One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed.
Press OK to view the setup log file.
? Setup may stop unexpectedly, you receive a black screen with a blinking cursor, and then the computer restarts.

CAUSE
This issue may occur if Setup cannot correctly read files from the Windows XP CD.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

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by BHunsinger In reply to Hard drive permissions pr ...

Try booting in safe mode with the administrator account

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