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Restrictions error

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Chuck2003, Jan 11, 2003.

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  1. Chuck2003

    Chuck2003 Thread Starter

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    I'm running Windows 2000 Pro on my computer at home here, and I haven't converted to NTFS yet.

    Everything was working fine until I booted up this morning, where I got the following error message: This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Etc...


    That would be fine, if I wasn't the system administrator of my own computer!.

    I can't open anything. The only way I can get an IE window is by opening an HTML document or by clicking a link. Also, occassionally it says that the .lnk file can't be found or accessed.

    So help me please! I don't want to lose anything on my computer, but I want it back to normal!
     
  2. JJJecj71

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    I would go into safe mode and then undo if you can remember anything you did last night.

    Or reboot and click I think I'm not sure with 2000pro f5 or f8 as it's rebooting and tell it to go back to the last know good configuration.
     
  3. Chuck2003

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    I did nothing out of the ordinary last night, that I can recall. And I already tried Last Known Good, and it didn't work.
     
  4. TonyKlein

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    Try this:

    Copy the bold to Notepad, and save as remove.inf

    Rightclick the file and choose "install".

    Afterwards reboot, and tell us whether that helps.


    [version]
    signature="$Windows NT$"

    [DefaultInstall]
    DelReg=DelTemps

    [DelTemps]
    HKCU, "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
    HKLM, "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
     
  5. Chuck2003

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    Won't let me install... same error message.
     
  6. TonyKlein

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    Remarkable!

    Can you open Regedit? Start > Run > Regedit

    If you can't, please do this:

    Find Regedit.exe in your Windows folder, and copy (not move) it to another folder.

    REname that copy Systray.exe. Doubleclick it. Does Regedit open?
     
  7. Chuck2003

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    Nope... won't work.

    I just converted to NTFS, and assigned Administrator Full Control to everything...

    Still getting the same message.
     
  8. Chuck2003

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    BTW, Tony.... about your first suggestion...

    The only way I can get MSN Messenger is because it appears in the system tray a while after I try and open it. So I have that much. ... But what I had to do with the Notepad thing was get a friend to make the file and then send it to me. I can't even open Notepad.
     
  9. TonyKlein

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    Whatever you do, you get "this operation has been...."?
     
  10. JJJecj71

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    Did you check to see if you have any virus you might not be aware of, this doesn't seem right Chuck.

    Try running a full scandisk, goto start/run type in command.

    type in cd .. enter and again untill you just get to the c: prompt and then type in scandisk.
    This might not help your problem but will fix alot of cross links lost data.

    Also you can run your virus scan from the command line also. Something is stopping you from full access and if it just happen this morning something seems very strange to me there. Do you let anyone else use the computer?

    Also try putting in the 2000 Cd in drive again and reboot and see if you can load the original settings.

    I hope some of these ideas will help. Hang in there.

    J
     
  11. Chuck2003

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    That's right. On some it says afterwards that the .lnk file can't be found or is inaccessible.



    And I can't run the Command Prompt. or anything I download. Do you know of any viruses that would do this? ... offhand?
     
  12. TonyKlein

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    I think we may want to create a batch file to remove these restrictions at boot.

    That way you don't need to open anything.
     
  13. Chuck2003

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    That's provided it's not a virus?

    And if so, how the heck would I make that batch file?
     
  14. TonyKlein

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    Download the attached Remove.txt, and save in the root folder (usually C: ) as Remove.reg

    When you've done that, copy the following bold text to Notepad, and save as Remove.bat in a location of your choice


    @ECHO OFF
    Regedit /s C:\Remove.reg
    Cls



    Should you have saved remove.reg on a different drive from C:, adapt the path in the batch file accordingly.

    Now drag Remove.bat to your Startup folder (Start > Programs > Startup), and reboot your computer, so that the batch file gets executed on boot.

    Good luck,
     

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  15. TonyKlein

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    Yes, but the error message points to restrictions having been imposed, however that may have occurred.

    If there are no restrictions set, the regfile won't do any harm either.
     
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