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Windows 7: Removing read-only attribute in on XP Mode base disk, time sensitive

23 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 HP_64bit
Removing read-only attribute in on XP Mode base disk, time sensitive

Hey guys,
I hang my head in shame as I come here today to try to get answers that Google couldn't get me. I've learned alot in the last few weeks (you read correct) but here I am..

I've been through permissions hell with this client's computer and finally cut my losses and reloaded only to find half my problem was that the Program Files(x64) folder that contains my XP Mode sub-folder is read-only.

It all started when I decided that it would be a better set-up to have XP Mode on the D:\ and have Windows 7 on the C:\ as this computer will primarily be used as "XP".

When I tried to merge disks (Parent/base and user) the computer told me I couldn't perform this operation because the Base is read-only and to try and remove that attribute first before continuing. Simple enough right? Not so much...

It would not allow me to do this despite the fact that I have admin rights. I then began thinking it was only a permissions problem and looked into how to become more and more elevated so that such a message would not come up.

Well, I reached the "top", that's right SYSTEM admin and still nothing, but by that time I achieved my goal, I removed it.. no, not with elevated authority, by installing a live CD in and un-checking the attribute. I was elated until I again tried to merge the two disks unknowing how I was even going to get them to both go over on the D:/ drive when the currently resided on the C:/ , but again there was another reason why what I wanted to do couldn't be done. This time it told me that the file was in use even though I purposedly "powered down" the VM. really windows??

At that point I realized the account had been altered in some way that made the main profile be listed as "Unknown Account type" and had me getting denied for the simplest of actions like installing a program or bringing-up MSCONFIG.. I was forced to use the hidden Admin account just to reinstall Windows (I tried an in-place upgrade first, yeah you already know how that went).

So now I'm here and all I'm trying to do is get the VHD's over to D:/ merged.. why is this such a problem?? Can somebody help with this? I'm running out of time for my client. I feel that if I were to leave things as is, it would 1) waste a perfectly good empty drive and 2) fill-up C:/ twice as fast. I would be very unhappy to leave things this way.

Any help in progressive direction would be most welcome, thanks for reading.

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