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Anonymous
March 15, 2005 3:45:02 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

I'm trying to run PC in diagnostic mode on Standalone PC with XPPro-sp2, and
I am getting "An Access denied error occurred while attempting to change a
service. You may need to log on to an Administrator account to make the
specified changes." Now, I've made no changes recently to any programs or
hardware, and I have administrative permissions so I don't understand what is
going on. Safe Mode (all three safe options) fail, or hang at (Agp440.sys
line). Theres no evidence of a viral agents at work or scumware. I had a
similar "legit" problem with msconfig due to a boot volume info folder virus
about a month ago, and I wound up having to reinstall XP SP2 from scratch. Is
there a way to verify, or fix this problem short of having to attempt an "In
place repair" ??

My thinking is that settings in the registry have somehow become corrupted.
Anonymous
March 15, 2005 10:46:57 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Use Services.msc, not msconfig.

[[The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable
services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console
(services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while unchecking the box, is
disabling the service.

The "Disable All" button also scares me. It should not even be there as no
reason exists to justify disabling "everything."]]
Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?
http://www.blackviper.com/AskBV/XP25.htm

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:70460A70-95A7-45BB-B751-9AEFB1BBD087@microsoft.com,
CjofVP <Christopherhmail-news@yahoo.com> hunted and pecked:
> I'm trying to run PC in diagnostic mode on Standalone PC with
> XPPro-sp2, and I am getting "An Access denied error occurred while
> attempting to change a service. You may need to log on to an
> Administrator account to make the specified changes." Now, I've made
> no changes recently to any programs or hardware, and I have
> administrative permissions so I don't understand what is going on.
> Safe Mode (all three safe options) fail, or hang at (Agp440.sys
> line). Theres no evidence of a viral agents at work or scumware. I
> had a similar "legit" problem with msconfig due to a boot volume info
> folder virus about a month ago, and I wound up having to reinstall XP
> SP2 from scratch. Is there a way to verify, or fix this problem short
> of having to attempt an "In place repair" ??
>
> My thinking is that settings in the registry have somehow become
> corrupted.
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:51:02 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Thanks Wes for your reply,

First let me say Ignorance is no excuse, because I'm no stranger to the work
of Mr BV. A friend of mine insisted I install his !SafeproAllStart.reg when
I first deployed Windows XP w/SP-1 on my machine. I thought I'd share what I
discovered with everyone. After some further research, (Ad/Scumare, viral
scans,hijackthis) I did find the source to the problem I was having within
the MMC snap-in. Although I saw certificates for myself and the administrator
account in "personal certificates" on closer inspection I discovered they
somehow became invalidated in the "trusted Persons" store, and their private
keys were erased. Although I kept these public/private keys for both accounts
on a floppy disk, restoring these to the proper store(s) did not clear up my
"Access denied" issue I was having with Msconfig. It was so bad I couldn't
even boot windows in "safe mode"

Because I couldn't afford to dik around with this anymore - I inserted a
Slipstreamed SP-2 CD I made a couple of months ago, and used the Dynamic
Upgrade feature under Install Windows XP to repair the damage. Safe mode
works normally again for both admin and my accounts, and I didn't lose any of
my settings. (Pshawwww!)

One thing I did notice in the Certificates Snap in though, before repairing
XP - were the appearance of Boxes below the entry for "Certificate Enrollment
Requests" the first two entries have a [+] and a box, and the last has [+]
and four boxes and the letter k at the end. What are these? I know if you
click on the [+] they open to a empty item. Reason being post repair,
they're still present in certificates and are still empty. Is there a way to
find out if they are linked to any processes before removing them?

"Wesley Vogel" wrote:

> Use Services.msc, not msconfig.
>
> [[The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable
> services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console
> (services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while unchecking the box, is
> disabling the service.
>
> The "Disable All" button also scares me. It should not even be there as no
> reason exists to justify disabling "everything."]]
> Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?
> http://www.blackviper.com/AskBV/XP25.htm
>
> --
> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>
> Wes
> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> In news:70460A70-95A7-45BB-B751-9AEFB1BBD087@microsoft.com,
> CjofVP <Christopherhmail-news@yahoo.com> hunted and pecked:
> > I'm trying to run PC in diagnostic mode on Standalone PC with
> > XPPro-sp2, and I am getting "An Access denied error occurred while
> > attempting to change a service. You may need to log on to an
> > Administrator account to make the specified changes." Now, I've made
> > no changes recently to any programs or hardware, and I have
> > administrative permissions so I don't understand what is going on.
> > Safe Mode (all three safe options) fail, or hang at (Agp440.sys
> > line). Theres no evidence of a viral agents at work or scumware. I
> > had a similar "legit" problem with msconfig due to a boot volume info
> > folder virus about a month ago, and I wound up having to reinstall XP
> > SP2 from scratch. Is there a way to verify, or fix this problem short
> > of having to attempt an "In place repair" ??
> >
> > My thinking is that settings in the registry have somehow become
> > corrupted.
>
>
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