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Problem With Programs Adding Things To The Registry.


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#1 tonkamike

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 06:24 PM

My computer recently had a virus that I killboxed once i scanned with norton's internet scanner. Before it went, however, it owned every program on my computer except for the folder for my music and a few other programs. Now, every time i try to install a program, It installs, but once it has to make registry keys, all of them fail and the program fails to install. For example, I downloaded Nero Startsmart. It installed smoothly but all the registry failed. The program can open, but when i try to burn a CD, it doesn't work. If anyone could help i'd greatly appreciate it. Let me know if you need any other kind of information.

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:20 PM

Hi tonkamike, welcome to BC!

Let's try a little experiment. Please follow these instructions carefully!


1. Open The Start Menu and click on Run...
2. In the Run... box, type regedit
3. Press the OK button
4. The Windows Registry Editor Should Start.
Always back up your registry before doing ANYTHING. Click Here for instructions on how to back up your registry.

5. Right-click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and select Permissions... from the drop down menu
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6. You Should see a window similar to this one:
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7. Enusre that the Administrator's group (highlighted above) has check marks in the Allow Column like in the picture.

8. Click OK
9. Reboot. Log on as the Administrator
9. Attempt to install a program that failed before.

Let us know!

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 06 September 2007 - 07:23 PM.


#3 tonkamike

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 05:03 PM

I tried what you told me to do, but it didn't work. The "Allow" boxes were already checked. Any other suggestions?

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 11:46 AM

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 05:31 PM

If you have XP Home you can show and hide the security tab very easily. From this tab you can change ownership.

Contents of file: "Show Security Tab in XP Home.reg" Don't use the quotes, of course.
------------------------------------ Don't include the dashed lines, of course.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; This tweak will show the security tab in XP Home without rebooting into Safe Mode.
; Use the "Hide Security tab.reg" file to hide this tab again.
;
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Option]
"OptionValue"=dword:00000001
------------------------------------

The Security tab is just as easily hidden with:

Contents of file: "Hide Security Tab in XP Home.reg"
------------------------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; This will undo the tweak in "Show Registry tab in XP Home.reg".
;
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Option]
"OptionValue"=dword:00000000
------------------------------------

Create these 2 files in Notepad. In Explorer right-click on the filename and select Merge. A popup will ask you to confirm the chage. Confirm it. Another popup will inform you that the Registry has been modified.

These Registry changes are so minor that there is no need to have previously backed up the Registry.

Now, right-click on a folder or file and select Properties.
You will now see the Security tab. Click the Security tab.
Select the user name that you are logged in as, or click Administrator.
Check the Full Control textbox.
Click on Advanced.
Check the box "Inherit from parents...".
Click OK.
Click OK again.
Click Yes.

You should be good to go. I hope this works for you.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 10:20 PM

um, i don't really understand what you're wanting me to do. I'm not exactly literate in how to change the registry. Can you walk me through this process step by step? is windows registry editor 5.00 a program i download off the internet?

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 11:06 PM

It should be noted that any incorrect entries into the registry can leave you with much larger problems than what you started with including the need to reinstall the operating system. Before you attempt any changes you should back up the registry, this article form Microsoft explains how to do this.

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