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Access denied saving Group Policy changes

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  1. Bearspa

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    I have a Dell Vostro running Xp Pro SP3. I was trying to disable Autorun for all devices using the Group Policy editor. I ran gpedit.msc, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System. Right-moused on Turn Off Autoplay, clicked Properties. It says Not Configured. I clicked "enabled" and "all devices". Then, if I either click Ok or Apply, I get a message that says "The Group Policy snapin was unable to save your changes due to the following error: Access is denied".

    I am logged on as the Administrator.

    How can I get around this?

    TIA.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Have you made any changes to file, folder, or registry permissions? Are you part of a domain?
     
  3. Bearspa

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    No such changes on this computer. I'm not part of a domain, but a network.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Can you open regedit?
     
  5. Bearspa

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    Yes. Regedit openss fine.
     
  6. kuzhanthaivelu

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    Hai Bearspa,

    Which Anti Virus did you installed on that pc? By that way i can help for you.
     
  7. Elvandil

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    Go to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    Set NoDriveTypeAutoRun = 000000FF (to disable autorun on all drives).

    See if you have access there.
     
  8. Bearspa

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    kuzhanthaivelu, I have Avg Anti-Virus Free.

    Elvandil, I did as you suggested, and I added a Binary Value to do so---is that correct? I entered the value you suggested, and The NoDriveTypeAutoRun now shows a value of "00 ff".

    When I looked at the properties of Turn Off Autocorrect using gpedit, it was still "Not configured", and still would not allow me to change it.
     
  9. Bearspa

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    One more thing that seems to be happening. The system won't let me install Windows Updates. I had downloaded an update for Malicious Removal Tool (?), and I have tried to install it a couple of times, and it was unable to do so. Probably connected to the denial of acces issue, but how?
     
  10. Elvandil

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    It was a test mostly to see whether the policy change was being denied because the registry key had locked permissions. But if you open regedit again and the change you made is still there (and check that key both under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and under HKEY_CURRENT_USER because it can be in both places, but the machine setting takes precedence), then it was not there that the permission was denied.

    It certainly sounds like a malware problem. You should probably post a log over in Malware for them to scan for you.
     
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