I messed up my computer permission settings

Closed
Report
Posts
5
Registration date
Saturday May 4, 2013
Status
Member
Last seen
May 7, 2013
-
Posts
6428
Registration date
Sunday June 6, 2010
Status
Moderator
Last seen
July 16, 2020
-
Hello, I recently messed up my windows XP permission settings. My computer sound setting was greyed out and I looked for solution online. I saw one and it asked me to run a regedit stuff. I don't know what it was but just followed the instructions and clicked different things. I rebooted and then can not open any thing (file or folder, browser, run, etc) on my computer. I can't work with nothing. Nothing will open without the error message that I don't have permission for this file for that file. Is tehre a way to restore this access? I can't even open the browsers, all of them so I can't download anything. Please can you help me? I will really appreciate your help because otherwise the computer is just useless.

1 reply

Posts
6428
Registration date
Sunday June 6, 2010
Status
Moderator
Last seen
July 16, 2020

Hello,

Try this 1

Check if you are able to perform "System Restore".

Click on the below link and follow the instructions.

https://support.microsoft.com/instantanswers/62ed802d-7c8d-35d9-9b82-6cace4b08185

Click on "How to use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous

state" and follow the instructions given under it.

Good Luck
Posts
6428
Registration date
Sunday June 6, 2010
Status
Moderator
Last seen
July 16, 2020

Hello,
Try this 1
Since you have access to another PC, click on the below link and download the file.
http://speedy.sh/xuaPq/reset.bat
You need to edit the above reset.bat file.
Click on Start --> Run --> Type notepad and press Enter. Notepad will be opened.
Click on "File" --> Open --> Change "Files of types:" to "All Files" from the drop-down menu --> Now select the reset.bat file and click on Open.
There you can find the word username between " ". Change the user name to your account user name. For example : If you are using an administration account with name SAM then change it as from "username" to "SAM". Just make a change in the user name and reset of command will remains the same.
Note : The user name should be between " ". Now click on "File" --> Save.
Now copy that file to your PC and double-click on it. It it prompts for any confirmation, press the "y" key and press Enter. Wait for the process to get completed.
Now check if you are able to open the files and folders under C-Drive.
Now try system restore if the problem with the registry still exists.
Good Luck
Posts
5
Registration date
Saturday May 4, 2013
Status
Member
Last seen
May 7, 2013

l,

I went to the website but didn't find the file to download. I saw one speedrive download link, but it is not the reset.bat file (I think) that you are talking about.

On the website page, I only saw the different types of users, registered, basic etc. No particular link to downlaod teh file on that page.

Could you please help again and I will try to download it.

Thanks.

Torotee
Posts
6428
Registration date
Sunday June 6, 2010
Status
Moderator
Last seen
July 16, 2020

Hello,
Try this 1
After clicking on the link, at the top you can see "Download: reset.bat". Now click on "reset.bat" to download the file.
Good Luck
Posts
5
Registration date
Saturday May 4, 2013
Status
Member
Last seen
May 7, 2013

Dear Jack,

Thanks I got the download to work. I just finished all the steps given. I was able to open, run etc in this PC I am getting u with but when I copied it to the computer with problem, I couldn't open it, no matter how I did it. I copied it to my document, desktop and even the file on my flashdrive on it said gave the same error message. That I cannot access the specified device because of permission.

Thanks.

Toroti.
Posts
6428
Registration date
Sunday June 6, 2010
Status
Moderator
Last seen
July 16, 2020

Hello,
Try this 1
I need some information. Are you having a problem in copying the file and opening the reset.bat.
If you have successfully ran the reset.bat file then you will be having access to your C-Drive. I just wrote the command to the C-drive so that atleast you can have an access to the C-Drive so that you can perform system restore. All the permission got removed so thats the reason it prompts you with that error message. Running the reset.bat file will set the permissions for you. If you can given me some more details I will look for an alternative.
Let me know if you are able to open your C-Drive, Registry Editor, System restore etc.
Good Luck