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System Error Message(s)

by kpauole / March 11, 2008 9:50 PM PDT

I receive the following error message whenever I make changes to my System Configuration (under msconfig): ?An Access Denied Error was returned while attempting to change a service. You may need to log on using and Administrator account to make the specific changes.?

1) I?m running Windows XP Professional SP2, with all the current updates.

2) I?m the owner/administrator of this computer.

3) Before installing McAfee Security Suite, I never had this problem.

4) I?m currently running McAfee Security Suite (they say the problem is with my OS, not their software).

5) I get the same error message while in ?Safe Mode? ? even using the administrator account.

6) I believe the changes are being applied but the error message is just an inconvenience.

How can this be fixed? Can it be fixed?

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Test it.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 11, 2008 9:57 PM PDT

Uninstall the McAfee Suite. They probably have an in-depth remover on their web site.

Reboot, then try to make the changes. If it works, you have identified the problem. If not, then it is something else.

You can always re-install McAfee afterwards.

Possibly a simpler solution is to use System Restore to return to before you installed McAfee.


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System Error Messages
by kpauole / March 11, 2008 10:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Test it.


Thanks for your input. I've uninstalled McAfee and the message goes away. When McAfee is reinstalled the meassage comes back. I've discussed this with Mcafee and they say the problem is not there software but a problem with my OS - even after explaining the error message goes away with their software uninstalled and the error message comes back with their software installed.

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In that case.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 11, 2008 10:15 PM PDT
In reply to: System Error Messages

In that case is this the McAfee software simply doing its job? I don't use McAfee so I don't know it at all. but if it is a Security Suite then it makes sense that it will attempt to prevent anyone, (hacker, virus. trojan), from making System Admin changes to the system without permission.

If that's the case then this would seem to point to a setting somewhere within the McAfee software.


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