After install SP3 for Windows XP Home - things are a mess - HELP!! RRS feed

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  • I had to use my Windows XP CD to recover from the continual rebooting /bsod /reboot cycle and revert to SP2.  I cannot no longer apply any updates, and I am trying to copy off files and folders for a fresh install.  I get constant errors that I do not have rights to the files or folders to copy, move or even open them.  I have gone into the registry and given my user, administrator, everyone full rights to everything in the registry, finally gave rights to restricted.


    I cannot change any rights on the files, I get the error that I do not have the rights to files and folders.  I am the only user on this box, I did create a new admin user, but that user cannot move or copy any files. 


    I have tried all the hacks and suggestions I have found so far, even downloaded a couple of tool with no luck.


    What a mess.  I am stuck with Windows because of my applications :-(

    • Moved by Don Pattee Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:05 PM xp (Moved from Windows HPC Server Deployment, Management, and Administration to Off-Topic Posts (Do Not Post Here))
    Sunday, May 25, 2008 1:08 AM


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  • Hi, I get exactly the same thing when I do a fresh install and update to SP3 none of the other updates work, i.e. .Net Frameworks wont install , nor Windows Media Player 11 etc...I think this issue has to do with Windows Installer (3.1 needs to be installed I think) If I goto custom install 1st and it install's the Windows Installer and then I install SP3 then all goes well, but otherwise no updates install neither does MySQL.


    Does anyone know if Microsoft has released a new version of the Windows Installer that isn't compatable with these programs or am I missing something?!


    Best Wishes,



    Monday, June 2, 2008 3:51 PM

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    Thursday, June 5, 2008 5:22 AM
  • This was moved out of the HPC forum.

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    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Monday, February 20, 2012 9:09 AM