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By joe ·
I have a problem with 2 machines running windows Xp. It looks like somebody with administrator rights tampered around with the local security
policy or registry. I have spend the last 2 days trying to fix the problem casued by the tampering.
Following are the problems listed.

1) Cannot write to floppy disks. Can read the floppy without any problem. Tried all the right settings in the local security policy enabling access to the floppy dive and CD ROM. Compared the settings with the otherPC that allows read and write
2) Doesn't update the norton antivirus through liveupdate even though I can connect to the Internet which is through a proxy server. A exactly similar machine running XP connecting to the same proxy server can liveupdate without any problem.
3) The control panel can't be seen in the other XP machine even if I'm logged in as administrator. Also the internet browser's 'connection tab'
is missing.

I realise that I have asked too many questions but it would bea great if you could help me out with this .

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by quintar51 In reply to XP nightmare

There is an alternative to running liveupdate. If you go to norton's website, you can download the definitions file and update your antivirus. Then I would recommend you scan your computer to see if in fact you do have any viruses.

Also, regarding your local security, there is a way to reset them back to the default.

source: http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBL/tip5500/rh5571.htm

NOTE: Before you reset security, you should take a full backup, including the System State.

To reset the operating system back to the install defaults:

1. Open a CMD prompt.

2. Type:

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

3. If you receive a warning message, it can be ignored. See the %windir%\Security\Logs\Scesrv.log file.

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by jpbadger9 In reply to XP nightmare

As to the floppy problem.....some BIOS's have a setting to block writing to the floppy....

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by joe In reply to XP nightmare

Thanks for the reply . Since the matter was very urgent I took the shorter route out . Ghosted another similar PC onto the one in question.
Thanks for your suggestion anyway. There were no viruses though.

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