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Windows 7: WinUpdate made Admin act as no admin privileges available?


17 Feb 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Lone wolf.
Dusty is on the way helping you. Just in case, you still curious about what is happening, you may try this another method I did in the past. It worked for me.
  1. Right click on [Computer] -> [Manage] get to Computer Management Screen
  2. Expand [local users and group] -> go to Users. You will see Administrator (built in account with down ward arrow on its icon)
  3. Right click on [Administrator] -> click on [Properties] -> Uncheck [Account is disabled] then [OK] -> you will see the arrow on the icon is gone. It means your built in administrator account is now enabled
  4. Right click on [Administrator] -> click [Set password] -> On warning, choose proceed (I assume you have never put any password into it) -> create password -> Then [OK]
  5. Restart your PC -> Log on with the built in Administrator (allow it take some time to finish logging on)
See if you can work from there..

Kevin.


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17 Feb 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Where's my other posts gone?

Ok, permissions on all of "C:\" drive reset to my account, but still this problem persists - can NOT run any program. Even under "Right-Click > Run as Admin".
Can NOT run "System Restore".
Can NOT access Task Manager. I have MS Process Explorer, but can NOT kill processes using it.
Firewall and Avast AV appear NOT to be working (No icons in System tray area, at least. Can not start a scan).

Can NOT run "Revo Uninstaller".

Created a second account, with Admin privileges. Exactly the same problem as this account, but with no drivers installed - basically, looks like W2K.
programs will still NOT run.

Can run a Command-Line Interface window, but it will not run any commands, other than basic "Changedir" etc. Calling programs will NOT work from it. "SFC /SCANNOW".
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17 Feb 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevin Ismail View Post
Hi Lone wolf.
Dusty is on the way helping you. Just in case, you still curious about what is happening, you may try this another method I did in the past. It worked for me.
  1. Right click on [Computer] -> [Manage] get to Computer Management Screen
  2. Expand [local users and group] -> go to Users. You will see Administrator (built in account with down ward arrow on its icon)
  3. Right click on [Administrator] -> click on [Properties] -> Uncheck [Account is disabled] then [OK] -> you will see the arrow on the icon is gone. It means your built in administrator account is now enabled
  4. Right click on [Administrator] -> click [Set password] -> On warning, choose proceed (I assume you have never put any password into it) -> create password -> Then [OK]
  5. Restart your PC -> Log on with the built in Administrator (allow it take some time to finish logging on)
See if you can work from there..

Kevin.
Fails at Step 1. I can try to screenie the error alert box, but it's as stated in my Original Post.

But I can access the Control Panel, and create users through there...I can even access Administrative Tools, but nothing will run from that panel
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17 Feb 2012   #14

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Lone Wolf, appologies for repeating what you've already said.

I have no idea the cause of the problem. To go that deep would require someone who knows more than I do.

Don't take ownership, all of that is correct. You are not the "owner" for security reasons. However, you should have full permissions of that drive. If not, perhaps a reinstall is the only thing you can do. You may wait for more suggestions, but likely they won't be any different. However, before you do a complete reinstall, you may wish to try your luck enabling the built in admin account (if you can) and see what you can do with that. Failing that, uninstall near everything, and see if you can get more wiggle room (*EDIT from what you said it seems like this may not be an option). sfc scan did naught? If I had to guess, I would think the problem lies with a security program, but I have no way of knowing. I too enjoy using malwarebytes, and if it (fully updated) found nothing, then likely it isn't a virus.

I will say to be careful when using Ccleaner, as it can delete some registry item you might not want it to delete. Just a precaution.

I am afraid I may be all out of ideas on this one...

Despite your success with Avast, it has been reported to me numerous times of its flaws. However, you may stick with it if you like. I am only offering my knowledge based on experience.

I know next to nothing about that firewall, and I would only ever use windows firewall anyway. Your call there.

Any number of updates could have effected this, including your AV, windows updates interfering with something else, or another random program. There are too many things that could have caused this problem to count.

Did you say you were unable to view the permissions on the C: drive? *Edit - you posted first. So you now have full permissions but the problem remains?

run sfc via the tutorial i posted
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17 Feb 2012   #15

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You cannot save any files to a USB drive?

As I stated, perhaps a clean install is the only way to go: Clean Install Windows 7 (by Brink)

Hopefully some of my advice for the future will prevent such a thing from happening again. You may also consider backing up your computer just in case such a thing does happen. Hope this doesn't set you back too far

You cannot open control panel either?
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17 Feb 2012   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

SFC scan will not start. Just like pretty much everything else.

Yes, I can see all files, folders, and permissions (through "Right-Click>properties" of them). I can take all permissions for the account, except some files in Avast, and System Properties folder (Hidden, secret, system, locked) and in System32 of Windows.

Yes, I'm always careful with CCleaner. I know what to include, what to exclude, and what not to go anywhere near. I haven't run it for some days though. Before this problem.

Start Menu > Shutdown is still showing that orangey "!" to show WindowsUpdate has installed something and needs to close the OS down to update properly...which it has done for 8 or 9 times tonight, and still will.

I guess a reinstall is all I can think of, too. I'll switch to Comodo's firewall, and a different AV, too.

Thanks for the effort!
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17 Feb 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

I have a 500GB internal drive just for backups, Not going to lose anything. Except a little time

I ... don't know where my USB pendrives are, but I can move files around the drives, and copy-paste them, too, so I assume they'd go to a pendrive.
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17 Feb 2012   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well if it stuck, then Dusty is right, there might be something is preventing you from getting into it.
Creating a new user even you named it as Administrator still won't grant you total acces as the built in Administrator that is disabled by default.

I did it to two of my PC when the update nagging for admin's right.

I leave Dusty works with you then.
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17 Feb 2012   #19

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You have more hope than some, but perhaps not enough. I am not sure why you are able to move files but lack permission. And I know it likely won't solve anything, but the SFC scan was through the system recovery options menu command prompt. You might have even tried system restore from the system recovery options menu: System Recovery Options (by Brink)
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17 Feb 2012   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Heh. I got into the file manager.
Deleted what I could from the OnlineArmor folder (many files wouldn't - permissions/in use?)
Rebooted.
Problem gone.

Looks like whatever Windows updated, it interfered with the firewall/program guard, or vice versa.

Bizarre!
Thanks for the help
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