I must have lost a few screws today, because after many years I decided to upgrade my system from WIN2K to XP. Its XP Pro with SP2 on the install disk.
Everything was fine until the middle of the install, the system came with many beeping sounds, with the messege to the effect? Do not have access or permission to ...System32\config\..., etc. But it kept going with the install and my finger got a good work out! The installer finished, as if all was well, I knew better. Upon re-boot, it showed "all" the usuers in the system, except me, with admin. The other user names were unfamilar. Next it would not accept my password, yes, I tried it many many mnay times.
So, I tried one of the user names and got in to the sys. All my old desktop stuff was still there. I was getting happy, until Uncle Bill came with a stick, now I can not even run CMD.exe (can not find or I do not have privilages, although I could explore to it and see it plain in front. Double-click in explorer does not help!
Since I did not know if the account I logged in with had privlages, I thought I try to add a user, again same, can not access anything on control panel.
Things get even more fun, now I try to get in to the password file, and a google search shows a nice easy method, install XP again and when device drivers are being installed, press Shift + F10. (Here is the link that got me more fun: http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=305)
All this procedure did was to install XP on a different hard drive, this time I can run CMD.exe and actually let me setup new passords. There are two bads to this one, before I started on this adventure, I had 4 drive letters on the system (C and D, same physical, but part. for sys and data, the other two drives were G and H, two different devices; the E and F are my CD drives). The bad is that all the desktop stuff is gone, and am looking at re-install all the software, I hope I have all the disks, its been so many years.
I hope one of you can help find an easy path out of this mess. If not ...more fun ahead.