No more permissions to open up anything anymore

By tinamueller67 ·

My laptop must have caught a really bad disease. It suddenly does not allow me to open up any programs, desktop or printer items anymore. THe error message is alsways the same: That I might not have permission to access the file. But I am the administrator!
Has somebody an idea what I could do?

Thanks, Tina

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by mike.elliott In reply to No more permissions to op ...

Sounds bad. My advice would be to use System Rescue CD ( to recover your data to an external USB drive and then reinstall your OS.

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Have you tried to login as "Administrator" rather than your ID

by OldER Mycroft In reply to No more permissions to op ...

The "Administrator" ID might give you a bit of leeway to access your system. If you have not set a password for the Administrator ID just leave the password line blank.

You may then be able to access Safe Mode and restore your computer to a previous point in time, before the problem occurred.

How long ago did it stop working properly?

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rescue install

by sgt_shultz In reply to Have you tried to login a ...

i agree with trying another account with administrator privleges, which sounds like the original adminstrators account as Mycroft mentioned. Also trying it in Safe mode is a great idea imho.
I have seen a virus do this. in my case it applied a group policy. i fixed it by following the instructions at castlecops for the specific virus.
if you still have the names of the 'diseases' it caught you can follow up with researching the names of the viruii for repair info. if you don't have that info anymore then I would try a 'rescue' install of windows on your box if you have enough free hard drive space. With that you can 'take ownership' of all your files and perhaps repair your old system. basically you just do a new windows setup but point setup to your original hard disk partition but a new folder name (eg. win-new or win-rescue). you'll see the new installation as a boot choice and you'll be back up and able to get at your files at lease. better instructions for all this found at

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