I needed to get a file off my computer before I left for six months. It is a license file that must be moved using an application. Well the computer came up with an error saying it wouldn't boot to the hard drive. I think it may have said that the boot sector was bad. So I googled whatever it said on another computer and found a procedure that explained how to use the repair console to copy over the backup sector. It worked and the computer booted up. But then I couldn't access anything even the control panel. I figured out that this copy over of the boot sector had blown away all of the user accounts and only them OEM users were there. I found a post that confirms this will happen. I ran out of time and had to leave things as they were.
So fast forward six months.
I'm still in the same situation can't acess things. So I've booted to safe mode and tried to see if I could take ownership of all the files and allow the owner user to have permission to the directory for the app to see if that would help. But I still get the "access denied you may not have permission " and I can't get into the control panel.
Do you have any sugestions to move forward or get access to the control panel again? Thanks for anything you can tell me.