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Title: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 12:37:04 PM
Hello there

First of all, I must say all of your programs which I have tried are marvellous, although I am having a problem with the All-in-one Repair

Whenever I try to repair my registry permissions it seems to work fine and the process completes. However, when I reboot my machine, the registry goes back to the state it was in before, i.e. I receive errors trying to open certain registry keys' properties.

Please help me with this.

Allan Joyce.
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 16, 2012, 12:46:15 PM
What version of Windows?

Also what keys are you having trouble with? Reason why I ask is I am wondering if something on the system might be changing the permissions back. An example is like Microsoft Security Essentials.

It monitors its own reg keys and changes them back if changed. :wink:

Also when you run the reset reg permissions does it take a while or does it just open and close quickly? (It should be running for a while since there is a lot of reg keys)

Shane
 
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 12:53:51 PM
Hello Shane, thanks for the very quick reply.

Sorry, I meant to say I'm on Vista Home Basic 32-bit.

The affected registry keys - which I have noticed, there may be others - are in the following hive:

HKEY LOCAL MACHINE>SYSTEM>CURRENTCONTROLSET>CONTROL>CLASS

That entire hive's properties folders is affected with this on-screen message, whenever I try to open any of the folders:

"error opening key

Properties cannot be opened.
An error is preventing this key from being opened.
Details: Access is denied."


Allan






Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 12:56:32 PM
No Shane, it doesn't seem to take too long actually.

I actually don't use Microsoft Security Essentials, but have Avast 6.0, Comodo Firewall 5.9 and Advanced Windows Care PRO 5


Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 16, 2012, 12:58:15 PM
When the repair reg permissions runs do you see a command window open? And while it is running it shows a red bar showing what it is doing?

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 01:00:29 PM
Oh yes, I always see the command prompt window, several times actually, and yes there is always a red strip across the top, sometimes with failed items.


Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 16, 2012, 01:02:13 PM
Ok good so it is running. :-D

So every folder and key under HKEY LOCAL MACHINE>SYSTEM>CURRENTCONTROLSET>CONTROL>CLASS is getting permission errors?

Can you view the current permissions and see what they are being changed to?

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 01:06:46 PM
OK, I have checked the first folder within that path, and when I look at the permissions for the first key, for every item in the Group or User Names box, permissions for both "Full Control" and "Read" are ticked only.

That's just for that particular key, though.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 16, 2012, 01:09:23 PM
How about any of the sub folders, how do the permissions look there?

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 01:11:11 PM
Yes, sorry I should have said, the problem is actually affecting the properties subfolders, right across the entire hive path


Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 16, 2012, 01:14:25 PM
That is VERY strange.

ok so 1 of 2 reasons it could be.

1. The permissions where unable to be changed by the repair. If that's the case we can change them manually. Go to the root and change the permissions, go to advanced. There set the permissions you need and tell it to apply it to child objects.

2. If the permissions are changed but being changed back then you might have a rootkit or hidden infection. Running tdsskiller.exe and combofix may not be a bad idea :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 16, 2012, 01:18:17 PM
Yes, I have actually used tdskiller.exe a few times.

I have heard that running combofix can be quite dangerous for your machine, is this true?

I think you may have to take me through setting them manually set by step Shane, as I find the whole thing pretty confusing.  :sad:

Allan

Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 16, 2012, 01:21:16 PM
I use combofix a lot. Haven t had any trouble, but that doesn't always mean you wont. So your call on that one :wink:

First lets manually change the permissions, reboot and see if they get changed back. If they do then we will see what to do next.

This will work for any version of windows
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310426

Let me know how it goes :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 09:34:28 AM
Hello Shane

Well I downloaded and ran Combofix; everything seemed OK. I had a look at that Microsoft article link you gave me, unfortunately I didn't understand how to go about it, so I just used your all-in-one repair program once more, but alas still getting the error messages.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 09:40:54 AM
Did you check the permissions after the repair and before the reboot?

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 09:42:33 AM
Yes, on the advanced tab, there are no entries in the Groups or User Names box.
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 09:45:56 AM
Get me a screen shot like this one from one of my systems. :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 09:47:53 AM
How do I go about it?

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 09:50:18 AM
Right click on the reg key, click permissions.

When it is open click the advanced button. (Same thing it said in the MS page  :wink:)

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 10:05:24 AM
I actually meant how do you take a screenshot? sorry  :smiley:

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 10:07:05 AM
lol.

Hit prtscn on your keyboard.

Then open paint, go to edit then paste. Save as jpg.

When posting you will have an attachment option.  :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 10:10:20 AM
OK, yes just learned online how to do it now. What do you want me to take a capture of though?

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 10:11:43 AM
Same screen shot I posted, but of your reg key. I need to see what you see for the permissions.

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 10:22:00 AM
Here you go Shane

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 10:38:07 AM
I think maybe this is what you are looking for.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 11:11:27 AM
Something isnt right.

The first pics say permissions for properties. Instead of tir saying Permissions for Classes and shows nothing listed.

Yet the advanced settings show the correct permissions.

I am starting to wonder if you have corruption in your registry. The registry is just a database of sorts.

On the advanced window put a check on the 2nd check box, the Replace all existing and then click apply.

After that see if you can access any of the sub keys. :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 11:36:47 AM
OK, tried that, this is what I get....


Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 11:40:04 AM
It shouldn't say change permissions on "Properties" it should say classes. Thats what doesn't make sense.

Now under classes you should have a ton of sub folders. Are you able to view any of them at all? Get a permissions screen shot of a random sub folder of classes :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 11:46:35 AM
this is a screen shot of those subfolders


Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 11:48:26 AM
And it looks like it is reading them fine. Get me a screen shot of the permissions of one of those folders like I asked so I can see how they look :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 11:51:06 AM
Here you go Shane

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 11:52:20 AM
That's the first subfolder in the list, and the only one I can access.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 11:53:39 AM
Again it says permissions for properties in the title bar instal of the key name. Something is wrong on your system.

Doing a repair install would be a good idea since your registry seems to have some form of corruption. :wink:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-repair-install-vista.html

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 11:55:38 AM
The only discs I have for my system are 3 recovery discs, my PC didn't come with an installation disc.

I really don't want to resort to a fresh install if it can be avoided.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 12:00:20 PM
No not a fresh install, but a repair install. Keeps all your programs and such and saves you a lot of head ache :-)

Do NOT use the recovery cds.

Need to get your hands on a Vista SP2 disk and do a repair install with it. Might have to get it off the net (A non hack version, just a straight copy of the disk) And I only recommend this because you already own it, you just need an updated setup cd. :wink:

Something is wrong with your registry from what I can tell. You should not be having this trouble.

Also just to make sure I cover all bases, you are using an account with full access correct, an admin user account? (I am sure you are just want to be sure)

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 12:03:36 PM
I may have lead you astray a bit with some of my screen shots.

What I've been posting are shots of the results when I right click on a random properties subfolder.

I'm sending you a shot of the result of my right clicking on a subfolder only.


Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 12:06:10 PM
Yes Shane, I have a full admin account, and no guest account.

Are you familiar with a program called D7? It is a technician's tool and has repair permissions set into it, but the end result is exactly the same.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 12:07:32 PM
BTW, would there be any chance you could do remote assistance on my machine?

Just a thought.

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 12:08:09 PM
*slap* lol

Ok that makes much more sense. :cheesy:

Now that I better understand, I checked my system at each properties folder. Mine are also blocked. Looks like your just fine bud. Windows keeps those keys locked.

I was taking the word properties and thinking properties of the regkey not the folder name properties.

My fault on that one :wink:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 12:12:19 PM
Lol I don't fully understand.

Does this mean my registry isn't screwed at all then?

Allan
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: Shane on January 17, 2012, 12:14:40 PM
Nope your just fine. :wink:

Had I better understood from the start I would have told you that.

Windows keeps those keys locked. You cant change that. Same on my system. Your fine, not screwed up and sorry for the misunderstanding :-)

I am going to hook up an I.V. of caffeine now  :tongue:

Shane
Title: Re: REPAIR REGISTRY PERMISSIONS
Post by: tweakyman on January 17, 2012, 12:25:43 PM
OK, great stuff..thank you Shane for the reassurance, not to mention patience.  :smiley:

Keep up the good work and I will continue to follow your excetionally fine software progs.


Allan