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Everything posted by Moodie1

  1. Okay, I've done some research (both online and in my Win7 help file) on my "access denied" problem and it seems to me that this has nothing to do with UAC and everything to do with file permission settings. Moving the UAC slider to another setting would only affect how easy or hard it would be for Windows programs (*not* project files) to be changed. OTOH, modifying file permissions *would* directly affect which users have editing rights to files. I just visited http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/windows-7-access-denied-permission-ownership/ and tried JohnnySmith0's fix. After some tria
  2. Uhhh... I hate to admit this, but I've never used Explorer (almost never, anyway). Ever since my first PC, I've always used a third-party file manager instead. I *really* got used to two-pane file managers, which MS took *forever* to bring to Windows. To this day, right-clicking on 'Copy' or 'Move' in one window and then 'Paste' in another seems a bit unnatural to me. Also, when I click the Start button (at the bottom left) I don't see an entry for Explorer. How do I get to it? If this helps, I can create a shortcut for an old file and drag it to the desktop. This works okay. But I still can't
  3. I had an issue with 'Read-Only' on my WinXP system. Somehow, a few R/O files caused the system to see the entire top-level folder as Read-Only and when I cleared the R/O attribute for those files and the top-level folder as well it seemed to work but if I immediately checked the folder's attributes it would still have a gray (not black) checkmark in 'Read-Only'. Strange, but it didn't affect any of the other files. IOW, the folder showed as 'Read-Only' (partially, anyway) but the files in it were not. BTW, the reason I used the word "project" when I said "WordPad project folder" was to indica
  4. Okay, how do I attach a file? Is it the button at the top left corner (the one next to 'Remove Format'?) (the one with NO tooltip)?!?! :angrym:
  5. Nope, didn't work. I downloaded your file, saved it as 'ownership.reg' and ran it. Regedit said the info was successfully integrated into the registry. Then I went to my main WordPad project folder and right-clicked on 'Take ownership'. I got the DOS window showing all the scrolling file entries. Then I tried editing a file from that folder with WordPad and got an "Access denied" error message. I assume taking ownership of a folder affects *all* the files inside it, including all the subfolders as well, right? FYI, the runas subentry is now present in the registry.
  6. @ Kelsenellenelvian: Oh, you want me to add these lines to the registry, not edit them, right? Oops, our posts crossed. I'll try this. Give me a few minutes. When you say "copy" should I also copy the top line ' Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 '? Is that required?
  7. @ Kelsenellenelvian: I opened Regedit. There's HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, *, and shell but no runas, only removeproperties. What now?
  8. Oops, please ignore my complaint above about the new WordPad. I just noticed the Word Wrap function. Sorry 'bout that.
  9. Thanks, jaclaz. I'll check that option out. The HD in question has only one partition, 1TB, formatted as NTFS. I also have another problem, one which I have to assume most everyone who upgraded to Windows 7 had at one time. I have tons and tons of files of all types on my drives and now that I'm using Win7 I can load them but I can't edit them due to MS's intrusive UAC. I can't even move them from one folder to another! MS says to adjust UAC (or turn it off) but I don't need to (or want to) do this for my program files, just my project files. MS seems to lump files of *all* types into its UAC
  10. Okay, Win7 Home Premium installed well on my 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue HD. I've reset my logon for this forum and are now changing drive letters for all my HDs to fit my preferences. One (hopefully minor) problem: Win7 currently doesn't recognize one of my internal SATA NTFS HDs (a 1TB Seagate ST31000528AS). It's saying I have to initialize it first (and probably format it, too). IIRC, this drive got screwed up somehow when I first added it to my system many months ago. Somehow it got two separate letters, one as a normal SATA drive, the other as a SCSI drive (both for the entire physi
  11. Bad news and good news. Just this morning I discovered a scratch on my WinXP disc, small but deep. It must have happened in just the past couple of days, while it was out of its cardboard sleeve on my worktable. I figure I must have accidentally gouged it with the corner of one of my disconnected HDs. So maybe that's what's keeping my system from reading it. But a good friend of mine called today and said she'd give me the money for a new OS disc! I suppose that's understandable since I've helped her and her husband out in many other ways in the past, especially with their computer. I've just
  12. Sorry to try your patience, jaclaz. I tried to repair boot.ini, using the instructions on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022 but the sample files given were for WinXP Pro and Win2000, nothing for WinXP Home, which is what I have (actual MS upgrade CD of version 2002 with SP1 included). Not wanting to chance ruining my system even more by using the wrong files, I decided not to try any further. Also, the info given in a previous post above on this file didn't mention exactly where this file would reside. And since this file is missing on my system I can't even search for it. So even if MS S
  13. Good God! I just spent the last 6+ hours trying to get my PC to boot! I tried every combination of HD, jumper, BIOS boot settings I could think of with no success. I tried installing Windows on the 500GB PATA HD I mentioned previously - no joy, the WinXP CD wouldn't boot from either of my CD/DVD drives (I always thought that Windows boot CDs installed the CD-ROM driver(s) from the CD and didn't depend on the driver on the HD). I also found an old but good 160GB PATA HD that had a usable WinXP install that I thought I could boot from - no joy there either. Each time the boot would get to the po
  14. Okay, I've found an old 500GB HD that checks out okay, that's never had an OS installed to it and still has plenty of room left on it. I've decided that, rather than go through what seems like a very complicated multi-boot repair/install, I'll just install WinXP from scratch and reinstall all my programs. I've just converted it to NTFS and are now going to remove all other HDs and hook this one up. Here's hoping I have no problems with this.
  15. @ Ponch & jaclaz: Calm down guys, no need to fight here. I know exactly what jaclaz is talking about. He's referring to the option Windows has of "permanently" setting each drive (that is, volume) as one constant drive letter such that if you have, say, three external drives connected (denoted by, say, E:, F: & G:) and you disconnected the E: & F: drives, the third drive would stay at G: (IOW, it would not reset the drive letter down to E:). And I put 'permanently' in double-quotes because that is exactly how I had my system set up until sometime earlier last year (2013) when some
  16. 1. My 400GB PATA C-drive is partitioned into 2 NTFS "drives", a 200GB C: drive (with my WinXP install and all of my installed programs) and a 200GB F: drive for TEMP storage (both are primary partitions). Most miscl data files have already been moved to other drives, leaving the drives with 115GB and 120GB of free space, respectively. The F: drive has never had an OS installed onto it and is where I would prefer to install a fresh copy of WinXP so I can skip the hassle of getting the PC to boot from a SATA drive. After finishing the new install I would switch the drive letters so the PC would
  17. Oops! My mistake! Msconfig shows that Windows Installer is stopped. But double-clicking on it (left or right) doesn't do anything.
  18. Okay, sorry for taking so long to update this but I had just bought a new HD and was moving a lot of files off my C: drive in preparation for reinstalling (or installing a fresh copy of) Windows XP. Also, I spent considerable time trying to research and fix this problem myself - with no success. Here's the situation so far: 1. I can't install (or reinstall) Windows XP from either of my CDs. Windows says that it can't reinstall because the existing installation still exists. Short of buying another HD (which I can't afford right now) and removing all other HDs from the system I don't know any
  19. Thanks, Ponch! I'll try creating a couple of partitions on my new HD and setting one as C: so I can try a fresh install. I use CDex for disc work so I'll have to reinstall it since it's one of the programs that no longer work. Since I don't have a floppy drive can I use a thumbdrive instead (if I need F6 drivers)? Mine still work. I've read a lot on slipstreaming a CD/DVD boot disk (that is what you're referring to, isn't it?) but it seemed too complicated to try. But if I can't boot from my old CDs that may be the only option left to me. Thanks again.
  20. Hel-l-lp! My parts-built PC running Windows XP Home SP3 is just barely functional. For quite a while now, up until a couple of weeks ago it would take about 20 minutes or so to boot up and about one full minute to load a program. About a month ago I updated a lot of old programs and drivers and the performance improved somewhat but it was still far from normal. I have Microsoft's firewall and Avast's free antivirus running all the time and I also run the latest version of Advanced SystemCare Free often so I don't think it's a problem caused by a virus or malware. I also occasionally run Malwar
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