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Windows 7: UAC Hosed - how to fix?

30 Sep 2018   #1

UAC Hosed - how to fix?

First, apologies if this post is not in the right forum. Please advise.

Problem: Recent installs and or updates have hose my Windows 7 pro DELL laptop and I am going mad trying to fix/recover.

Current situation:
1. Boot time takes nearly forever.
2. When finally booted, after logging in the screen goes black with only cursor. I have a work around, but not a fix for this. Work around is kill explorer.exe and then launch it again via task manager (ctrl-alt-del).
3. UAC seems F'd up.
3a. Run as admin is greyed out.
3b. Attempting run a process that requires elevation (such as backup/restore, eventvwr.exe, etc.) hangs.
As I cannot elevate and cannot start Consequently, cannot restore as backup/restore requires admin privs.
5. Eventvwr in safe mode did show some controller errors, but SFC and CHKDKS looked ok.
4. Sadly, In safe mode I do not see the restore points normally available in normal use, i make weekly full backups. All looked good in normal mode only a day ago, but cannot see any of them in safe mode.

I'll go back to SAFE mode and re-run SFC /scannow, which did not show errors nor did CHKDSK.
Perhaps you can help fix the UAC problem which will get me access to the normal tools such as RESTORE.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2018   #2

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN

Hi soho1,

You might want to try a Repair Install

Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 Without Reformatting by Britec

You will need your 25 character product key, you can obtain it from your computer with
KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean
You want the CD key not Product ID. I usually copy and paste it into, say, notepad and print it to avoid typos.

If you don't have a Win7 DVD you can obtain an ISO from
TechBench by WZT
The only working downloads are for Win7 Ultimate x64 and Win7 Ultimate x32

To make all version available use

You can't copy and paste an ISO file to DVD or USB Flash Drive, it has to be burned
To dvd Burn .ISO Image Files ImgBurn
To USB Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

To avoid days of updates, 230+ and counting, and numerous reboots, use
Website Dism++ | New Windows Utility.
Direct Download DISM++
Yes, it's from Chinese firm! When you run it, click on Updates, then Scan, Choose the updates you wish to install, and then click Install updates.

Any questions, we're here for you!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2018   #3

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

If UAC is enabled and hosed then you are really screwed. I agree with Snick. Really your only options are a repair install or a clean install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Oct 2018   #4


Had to travel a few days. Back now,

Trying to work with this system - painfully slow.
thanks for the links will see what progress I can make today.

How do I post with multiple sequential blanks inserted? (non-breaking)
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