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Accidentally changed all the files in System32 to read-only, now I'm getting validation messages RRS feed

  • Question

  • The other day I accidentally changed all the files in the System32 folder and all the folders contained to read-only, and then I switched it to regular non-read-only... and now I'm recieving these Windows Validation messages. I've tried switching back and forth between read-only non-read-only, but it's still doing it. I've had this computer for months and never had any validation problems before. I ordered this computer directly from Sony.com, so I don't expect that it would really be an unvalidated copy of windows, since Sony is a trusted company.
    • Edited by .Trace Monday, June 22, 2009 7:59 PM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 7:44 PM

Answers

  • Hi .Trace,

       You will notice that under the "File Scan Data-->" line there are a large number of files that are listed as "Mismatched". All those files listed, are Critical Vista System files. Normally, when there is one or two Mismatched files, it means that those files have been tampered or corrupted in some way. But in your case the Diagnostic Report is reporting that ALL your Critical Vista System files are Tampered or Corrupted. This is usually unlikely.

      But in your case, all of the listed files are found in the System32 folder and you changed the attibutes of these files (changing them to Read Only and back). Vista has something called the System Catalog which stores all the Signatures Hash (think fingerprint) for all the Critical Vista system files. One of the things that Vista uses the System Catalog for is to identify if a file has been tampered or corupted because if the file had been modified in any way, it's signature hash would not match what is listed in the System Catalog and in that case Vista would flag itself as Non-Genuine. I didn't think that changing the Read Only flag would cause a Mismatch issue, like this, but it appears it did.

      I have four options for you to try.

    A) Repair Vista using System Restore

    1. Reboot Vista into Safe Mode
    2. Go to Control Panel
    3. On the left hand side of the Control panel window, Click on "Classic View"
    4. Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"
    5. On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"
    6. Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days",
    7. Select "Choose Different Restore Point", select the restore point that corresponds to a date Before you first experianced an issue.
    8. Click the "Next" button.
    9. Reboot back into Normal mode
    10. Run the Diagnostic Tool again and paste the results into NotePad or Word doc and scroll down to the "File Scan Data-->" line.
    11a)     If there are any Mismatched files listed, they you will need to restore to a point further in the past.
    11b)     If there are No Mismatched files listed, then your Vista will report as Genuine 

    B) System Scan. The scan will look for modified/mismatched Vista files and will attempt to repair them, if possible.

    1) Login to Vista in Normal Mode (not safe mode)
    2) Launch an Internet Browser
    3) Type: %windir%\system32\ in the browser's address field
    4) Scroll down till you find the file cmd.exe
    5) Right-click the file and select Run as Administrator
    6) In the CMD window, type: sfc /scannow
    7) Reboot twice and see if that resolves the issue.

    If neither of these sets of steps resolves the issue, my only other suggestions would be either

    C) Contact Vista support at http://support.microsoft.com
    or
    D) Reinstall Vista.

    Hope That Helps,
    Darin MS

    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:15 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:15 PM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:15 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by .Trace Wednesday, June 24, 2009 4:18 AM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, June 26, 2009 8:31 PM
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:14 PM

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  • Hello .Trace

     
    In order to receive the best support, we request all users initially download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool (MGADiag.exe) at this link
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue", click the “Windows” tab, and click the "Copy" button then “Paste” the report into a reply message in this thread.

     

    If you do not have access to the Start Button:

    1)    Login to Vista and click the option that brings up Internet Explorer.

    2)    Type: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 into the browser address bar.

    3)    A window will come up asking if you want to “Run” or “Save”, Select “Run”

    4)    When the program runs, click the “Continue” button, then click the “Copy” button.

    5)    Return to this thread http://xxx[v1] .

    6)    In a reply post, paste the Diagnostic Report

    Thank you,
    Darin MS

    Monday, June 22, 2009 9:17 PM
  • Okay, I did it... but it says I have Windows XP... I have vista! Although I did recently install Windows XP on Virtual PC. Also, it's being incredibly slow when I try to preview pictures.
    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0006.1):
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    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Genuine
    Validation Code: 0
    Online Validation Code: 0x80070426
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070426
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4GV68-6D8JB-G6MF9
    Windows Product Key Hash: Ua+OBZ1y48sKA/bWkfKXiuCrOjY=
    Windows Product ID: 89583-OEM-7332157-00203
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6001.2.00010300.2.0.000
    ID: {799601A6-9C15-4F53-890E-B7BE70D470A8}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.9.9.1
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: Microsoft Windows XP
    Architecture: 0x00000009
    Build lab: 6001.vistasp1_ldr.090302-1506
    TTS Error:
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WGATray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 102
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3_B4D0AA8B-920-80070057

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\Spsys.sys[6.0.6001.16606]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\Spldr.sys[6.0.6001.16606]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ci.dll[6.0.6001.18023]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\Slcext.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\kernel32.dll[6.0.6001.18215]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ws2_32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\nsi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\user32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\gdi32.dll[6.0.6001.18159]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\powrprof.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\setupapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\version.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\winmm.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\oleacc.dll[4.2.5406.0]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wtsapi32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\regapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\crypt32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msasn1.dll[6.0.6000.16386]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wldap32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\winbrand.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\iphlpapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dhcpcsvc.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dhcpcsvc6.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\gpapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\sysntfy.dll[6.0.6000.16386]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\nlaapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ncrypt.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\bcrypt.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\mpr.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\credui.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\cryptui.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wintrust.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\imagehlp.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dbghelp.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\mssign32.dll[6.0.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\wininet.dll[8.0.6001.18783]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\normaliz.dll[6.0.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\iertutil.dll[8.0.6001.18783]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\tapi32.dll[6.0.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\rtutils.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\rasapi32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\rasman.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\rasdlg.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\mprapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\activeds.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\adsldpc.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\atl.dll[3.5.2284.0]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\certcli.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\winscard.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\netplwiz.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\urlmon.dll[8.0.6001.18783]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\propsys.dll[7.0.6001.16503]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\xmllite.dll[1.2.1009.0]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\mlang.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\advpack.dll[8.0.6001.18702]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\apphelp.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msiltcfg.dll[4.0.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\shunimpl.dll[6.0.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\devmgr.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\newdev.dll[6.0.5054.0]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dwmapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\winspool.drv[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\cscapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\uxtheme.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\windowscodecs.dll[6.0.6001.18131]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ntshrui.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\feclient.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\shdocvw.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\browseui.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\imm32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msctf.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\duser.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft.windows.gdiplus_6595b64144ccf1df_1.0.6000.16386_none_9ea0ac9ec96e7127\gdiplus.dll[5.2.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msrating.dll[8.0.6001.18702]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ieframe.dll[8.0.6001.18783]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msi.dll[4.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\mshtml.dll[8.0.6001.18783]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msls31.dll[3.10.349.0]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft.windows.common-controls_6595b64144ccf1df_5.82.6000.16386_none_87e0cb09378714f1\comctl32.dll[5.82.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft.windows.common-controls_6595b64144ccf1df_5.82.6000.16386_none_40339432230aebeb\comctl32.dll[5.82.6000.16386]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\comdlg32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\printui.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\cfgmgr32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\puiapi.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\hlink.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\imgutil.dll[8.0.6001.18702]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\usp10.dll[1.626.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\inetcomm.dll[6.0.6001.18049]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\msoert2.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ieui.dll[8.0.6001.18783]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\efsadu.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\mfc42u.dll[6.6.8063.0]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\odbc32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\linkinfo.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
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    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\fwpuclnt.dll[6.0.6001.18000]
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\ktmw32.dll[6.0.6001.18000]

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    • Edited by .Trace Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:26 AM
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:39 AM
  • Hi .Trace,

       You will notice that under the "File Scan Data-->" line there are a large number of files that are listed as "Mismatched". All those files listed, are Critical Vista System files. Normally, when there is one or two Mismatched files, it means that those files have been tampered or corrupted in some way. But in your case the Diagnostic Report is reporting that ALL your Critical Vista System files are Tampered or Corrupted. This is usually unlikely.

      But in your case, all of the listed files are found in the System32 folder and you changed the attibutes of these files (changing them to Read Only and back). Vista has something called the System Catalog which stores all the Signatures Hash (think fingerprint) for all the Critical Vista system files. One of the things that Vista uses the System Catalog for is to identify if a file has been tampered or corupted because if the file had been modified in any way, it's signature hash would not match what is listed in the System Catalog and in that case Vista would flag itself as Non-Genuine. I didn't think that changing the Read Only flag would cause a Mismatch issue, like this, but it appears it did.

      I have four options for you to try.

    A) Repair Vista using System Restore

    1. Reboot Vista into Safe Mode
    2. Go to Control Panel
    3. On the left hand side of the Control panel window, Click on "Classic View"
    4. Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"
    5. On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"
    6. Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days",
    7. Select "Choose Different Restore Point", select the restore point that corresponds to a date Before you first experianced an issue.
    8. Click the "Next" button.
    9. Reboot back into Normal mode
    10. Run the Diagnostic Tool again and paste the results into NotePad or Word doc and scroll down to the "File Scan Data-->" line.
    11a)     If there are any Mismatched files listed, they you will need to restore to a point further in the past.
    11b)     If there are No Mismatched files listed, then your Vista will report as Genuine 

    B) System Scan. The scan will look for modified/mismatched Vista files and will attempt to repair them, if possible.

    1) Login to Vista in Normal Mode (not safe mode)
    2) Launch an Internet Browser
    3) Type: %windir%\system32\ in the browser's address field
    4) Scroll down till you find the file cmd.exe
    5) Right-click the file and select Run as Administrator
    6) In the CMD window, type: sfc /scannow
    7) Reboot twice and see if that resolves the issue.

    If neither of these sets of steps resolves the issue, my only other suggestions would be either

    C) Contact Vista support at http://support.microsoft.com
    or
    D) Reinstall Vista.

    Hope That Helps,
    Darin MS

    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:15 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:15 PM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:15 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by .Trace Wednesday, June 24, 2009 4:18 AM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, June 26, 2009 8:31 PM
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:14 PM
  • Okay, thanks for your reply. I'm trying option A right now (I also tried B, which didn't work)... and I'm in Control Panel in safe mode, but there's no place for me to change it to Classic View. Is there another way I could access the Backup and Restore Center?

    Thank you,
    Trace
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 4:21 AM
  • Hi .Trace,

      In the Control Panel you can usually change the view from Category View to Classic View.  The Classic view is the one that look like a normal folder windows with a bunch of Icons (more then 30). The Category View has only about 10 or so listings. 

      If you can get to the Classic View, no worries, it just easier in classic, but you can get to the System Restore thru the Category View.  You will want to click the "System and Maintenance" category then look for "Backup and Restore Center" (or something similar).  From there you can initiate the System Restore.

    Hope that helps,
    Darin MS

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 6:41 PM