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Problems with Certificate Errors after flashing bios

Allow me to start by listing what I am working with:
Asus M4A785-M motherboard,
Windows 7, SP1, 64-bit
IE10.0 & Pale Moon 20 & Firefox 22

I recently flashed my bios and after rebooting, windows started acting goofy: icons on the desktop would highlight if clicked, but it would not open any programs...windows would just hang, not crash, but just do nothing. Eventually, I ended up shutting the computer with the hw power button. I decided to revert to the previous bios version, and windows' behavior was back to normal, except for the certificate errors.
I was getting dozens of certificate errors with ie10, to the point where I could only connect to a handful of sites (Mostly Microsoft domain...what a shocker!:ouch:)
However, with PaleMoon & Firefox this was not a problem. And, ie10 works fine if I reboot in safe mode with connectivity. I almost forgot: yes, I did check the clock and it shows the correct time.
Other stuff I've tried were "system restore" and it failed, I tried disabling all the startup options and rebooting and problem continued. I tried installing ie11 and problem continued, I then reverted back to ie10 and problem still persisted.
I'll can tell you this...I am saving money on haircuts because I'm pulling my hair out from this damn problem! :pt1cable:
Any help would greatly appreciated! :D

Thanks!
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  1. Two questions.

    When you say "flashed bios" do you mean an update to its former bios or a new bios
    Are you using an OEM copy of Windows
  2. xroe said:
    Two questions.

    When you say "flashed bios" do you mean an update to its former bios or a new bios
    Are you using an OEM copy of Windows
  3. xroe said:
    Two questions.

    When you say "flashed bios" do you mean an update to its former bios or a new bios
    Are you using an OEM copy of Windows


    Xroe, thanks for answering. Oooo...that avatar has GOT to hurt!
    By "flashing" I mean I updated the bios from version 1006 to version 1101. Afterwards, I reverted back to version 1006.
    The version of Win7 I am using, I downloaded directly from MS, would that make it OEM?
  4. Best answer
    Two questions.

    EUREKA!...almost! I think I found what the problem is!

    At the beginning I mentioned that I had updated the bios (from version 1006 to 1101, then went back to 1006). When you install Windows 7, it surveys your computer (mobo model, cpu model & serial no., hdd model & serial no., Windows key code, etc.) and it creates a file based on all that information, and it checks that file every time it boots up. When I updated the bios on the motherboard, Windows saw a difference between its environment and the file it had created when it was installed. When it saw the difference, it went into "security" mode.

    After doing some looking around in some of the folders I found that ALL folders had a shaded check mark on the "read only" attribute. When Win7 went into "security" mode, the 'system' took ownership of ALL FOLDERS and it flipped on the 'read-only' attributes on all of the folders. I believe this is a one-way flag, because reverting to the old bios file did not work. I tried several different ways to try to take ownership of the folders, but Windows was more stubborn than a mule, so I couldn't take ownership of any of the folders. I also tried changing the attributes of several individual folder, but Windows would ignore the change. This is done by design, as per http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326549.

    At this point, I am going to try these things:
    http://itexpertvoice.com/home/fixing-the-windows-7-read-only-folder-blues/
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/347408-Windows-7-Can-t-change-read-only
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

    If it does not work, the only option left is to do an install repair (re-install Window 7 over Windows 7). Well, first update bios THEN do install repair so it recognizes the bios update.

    Do you think this is a good solution & strategy?
    Thanks.
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