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Windows 7: Problem after changing SID number

26 Mar 2010   #1
TALLY

win7
 
 
Problem after changing SID number

Ok. I changed my SID number last night and after I rebooted most of my stuff was gone. Well, I dont know if its gone or it is just not available to me because Im not able to log in to my my administrator account. I am not able to perform most functions because I dont have the rights to do pretty much anything.

If I get my stuff back, that is cool, but I really need to start windows 7 over so I can get started again.

Is there a way that I can fix this or somehow restart my system?


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26 Mar 2010   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Did you by any chance record your original sid? if so you could have a look at the tools in the sysinternals suite from Microsoft.

Windows Sysinternals: Documentation, downloads and additional resources

If not and you have enough access you could try an upgrade install of your existing system from the install media or better still from inside the existing system.

once you have done this you should be able to recover your files (possibly from the windows.old folder)

once you have your files back a complete fress re-install is recommended
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26 Mar 2010   #3
TALLY

win7
 
 

I was going to record my SID number, but out of stupidity I didnt.

I cannot remember for the life of me how do an upgrade install from the install media already on my system. Will you tell me how, please?
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26 Mar 2010   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Boot into 7, put the dvd in the drive, run Setup, select Upgrade.

Upgrade install is the same as a repair install.

I am not sure it is going to help.
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26 Mar 2010   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You might try ansd see if you can copy %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Usrclass.dat from a shadow copy.

Shadow Explorer should find it :

Attachment 63317

I don't know if it will do any good - worth a try.

http://www.shadowexplorer.com/
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26 Mar 2010   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

If the above does not work and as a last resort you can try a normal (not upgrade install) over the existing install - accepting the dire warnings about the presence of an existing copy of windows - this may also create a windows.old folder but may not so again this is a last resort if all else fails
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26 Mar 2010   #7
TALLY

win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Boot into 7, put the dvd in the drive, run Setup, select Upgrade.

Upgrade install is the same as a repair install.

I am not sure it is going to help.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You might try ansd see if you can copy %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Usrclass.dat from a shadow copy.

Shadow Explorer should find it :

Attachment 63317

I don't know if it will do any good - worth a try.

http://www.shadowexplorer.com/

See, I cant do either of these. I dont have enough privileges to install anything at all. I am somehow now a guest and not even a registered user in win7. With this said, I still log in under my same name and password, but Ive been demoted to a guest. I even customized my login screen and that is still customized. I also customized all of my folder icons and they havent changed either.

I tried the thing with the disc and it wont let me run setup.exe. However, I dont have a win7 disc. I lost it, like a dumbass. I do have a Windows Vista disc and thats what I used.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
If the above does not work and as a last resort you can try a normal (not upgrade install) over the existing install - accepting the dire warnings about the presence of an existing copy of windows - this may also create a windows.old folder but may not so again this is a last resort if all else fails

Well, it is looking like I am going to have to do a normal install over my existing. How exactly do I do this and as I said in the paragraph above me, I only have a Win Vista disc.



BTW thank you very much to both of you guys for helping me. I really do appreciate it.
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26 Mar 2010   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you only have have a Vista disc , then you can only Install Vista from that.

You could do that - boot the Vista dvd , select keyboard language, Next, click Install Now.

Highlight the partition you want to install on and click Next.

As long as you don't format the partition - the contents will be saved into the Windows.old folder and you can fish them out after it is installed.

In any case, as long as you have a legal product key , you only need an installation .iso , they are freely available. MS wouldn't want people getting into a jam.

LEGAL Windows 7 Download Links (Just like Vista before!!!)
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26 Mar 2010   #9
TALLY

win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you only have have a Vista disc , then you can only Install Vista from that.

You could do that - boot the Vista dvd , select keyboard language, Next, click Install Now.

Highlight the partition you want to install on and click Next.

As long as you don't format the partition - the contents will be saved into the Windows.old folder and you can fish them out after it is installed.

In any case, as long as you have a legal product key , you only need an installation .iso , they are freely available. MS wouldn't want people getting into a jam.

LEGAL Windows 7 Download Links (Just like Vista before!!!)


How exactly do I boot my Vista disc? Do I put it in before or after I log in? Please give me directions. However, if it is after I log in, I will probably not be able to do it, because I cant do anything that needs an administrator to do...like install or change windows settings.

I have almost zero privilidges so I cannot install or pretty much change anything because of the window that pops up and asks if I want to give permission to a program yes or no , but the only button I can choose is no. See, so none of the downloads or programs are going to work.

Is there a button that I can hold down when win7 is booting up that will take me to a menu where I can reinstall my OS?
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26 Mar 2010   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

To "boot" a dvd you don't go into windows at all.

You need to have the cdrom drive FIRST in the Bios BOOT ORDER.

It might already be .

Put the Vista dvd in the drive and start the PC.

If you get a message "press any key to boot from cd rom /dvd drive" - then press any key.

If you didn't get that message, you may have seen during POST ( power on self test - that is the white writing on the balck screen when you start up the pc) something like this:

F2 for setup ( or del , or some other key - it varies per machine)

F11 for boot menu.

If you have the boot menu option - press the key it tells you - you should get a pop up boot menu. Put the dvd in the drive, close it. Arrow to cdrom/dvd drive and press enter.
Then you will get " press any key... " message.

If you don't have the boot menu option , you need tp press the key it tells you for SETUP.

That takes you into Bios settings .

In there you will find you can set cdrom /dvd drive first in the BOOT ORDER .

It will tell you what keys to press to Save and Exit - often F10.

Then start the machine with the dvd in the drive.

Follow instructions here:

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/11...ion-vista.html

But at step 10, DO NOT select drive options (advanced) and DO NOT format the partition.

Instead, when you see the first screen showing your partitions, simply click the one you want to install onto ( to highlight it), then click Next.
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