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Windows XP gpedit.msc Urgently need of help

by TrixieWiz / July 27, 2007 3:32 PM PDT

i just installed a fresh winxp pro, i did not set any password so

the windows starts up without asking password, so i believed i have the administrative rights

i have 2 local drives (c:) and (d:)

i run gpedit.msc and configure the following:

1. remove run in start menu

2. remove search in start menu

3. prohibit command prompt to be use

3. Prevent access to drive access from my computer (drive c: only)

4. Hide specific drive in my computer (drive c: only)

i closed gpedit.msc

now i cant re-run gpedit.msc to configure my settings again because i cannot access drive c:

where gpedit resides (c:\windows\system32\gpedit.msc)

i dont want to re-install the whole thing or to start all over again. winxp expert please help

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well.....u cud !
by hawker505 / July 27, 2007 3:43 PM PDT

try running a repair by using Winxp boot cd. well....its not a clean install......all it does is a replacement of the Windows files.

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by TrixieWiz / July 27, 2007 4:01 PM PDT
In reply to: well.....u cud !

im aware of the repair or install but that would be may last resort.
so im trying not to do another installation or repair if theres a way to do it. i needed to work again badly.

so my question remains floating...

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Try Safe Mode
by jackson dougless / July 27, 2007 11:54 PM PDT

If it won't run from there, you should at least be able to put the gpedit.msc file onto a floppy or CD or something that you can access, and then alter the rules you made.

If Safe Mode doesn't work, a Linux LiveCD is almost certain to, since it won't really care about or respect group policies or permissions set on the system. Again, you should be able to put the gpedit file on a floppy or something you CAN access running Windows normally.

And just as an aside... There's almost no point to the repair function of XP, since you'd have to reinstall virtually every program and all the various security updates. You may as well just format and start completely fresh.

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by Me, Myself and You / July 28, 2007 11:19 AM PDT

If I remember correctly you can block access to a drive and still run everything inside it. I am sure I did on a test machine I use GPEDIT on all the time. Let me think now.. is there not a way to block root access to drive C but still allow it to function?

Im not sure what you did.

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by tylersmiller / July 28, 2007 11:36 AM PDT

can you open regedit?

go to start>run>regedit

if the run is not there, use WinKey+R.

locate: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and find a DWORD named something like: NoShowOnDrive or NoViewOnDrive. if you find something related to that, delete it. then logoff / restart and see if you can access the C: drive.

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