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Can't open Administrative Services in Home XP

by Chris50 / March 26, 2004 4:43 AM PST

When I try to access any Adminstrative Service I get the following message: "Windows cannot access the specified device,path,or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access this item." I am logged on the administrator. Thanks, for any help.

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Re:Can't open Administrative Services in Home XP
by David Chan / March 27, 2004 9:36 PM PST

You may have a corrupt profile.

Try and log on as the hidden ADMINISTRATOR account and create a new user account with Computer Administrator privileges and try accessing the Administrative Tools again.

In XP HE on Startup press the F8 key several times and you will be able to boot into the ADMINISTRATOR user account.

If you've not set a password leave it empty and hit Enter/OK to sign in.

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Re:Re:Can't open Administrative Services in Home XP
by Chris50 / March 30, 2004 6:30 AM PST

I safe-booted and created a new adminstrator account, unfortuneately I get the same message using the new account. During the safe boot I checked the security settings for the administrative files and they're set for full access for anyone. I appreciate your response and am wondering if you have any other ideas? Thanks.

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Re:Can't open Administrative Services in Home XP
by Rollo / March 30, 2004 6:45 AM PST

Hi. Have you tried running the Microsoft Management Console from the "Run" dialogue or from the Command Prompt? If that works, then you'll be able to open any Microsoft Common Console Document (in the System32 folder) from within it. If you cannot even start MMC, well, let's cross that bridge if we ever come to it. Regards.

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Re:Re:Can't open Administrative Services in Home XP
by Chris50 / April 2, 2004 12:41 AM PST

Thank-you for the tip, but I tried the MMC command and get the same message: Unable to open may not have sufficient permissions". Any more ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Can't open Administrative Tools in XP Home - More Thoughts
by Rollo / April 2, 2004 6:34 PM PST

You could try creating a normal User account, reboot and logon using this new account. Then navigate to the Windows\System32 directory, right-click MMC.EXE and select RUNAS, and try running MMC as an (the) Administrator. Though if your Administrator account isn't password protected this alone may cause it to fail. I'm not suggesting you protect your Administrator account with a password if it's not already password protected though, the fear is you could be locked out at some stage. I have doubts this idea will work either in your current predicament. So, I've copied this link from one of moderator David Chan's replies to a different topic, but it's oh-so-relevant to anybody running Windows XP. The rational mindset to using a P.C. under Windows (all varieties) is to expect the worst will happen but be ably prepared if it does. Take a look at these web pages, they provide a viable alternative to reloading Windows XP.

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