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Msconfig And Startup Tab Error


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#1 foreman1943

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 06:45 PM

Everytime I go to msconfig and then goto the startup tab and try to remove the checkmarks in front of the entries, it lets me remove the check mark but when I'm done and try to click apply or ok I get this error "An access denied error was returned to change this service. You may need to logon using an administrator account to make the specified change."

Well, I am the administrator of the computer. When I goto control panel and click on User Accounts I am listed the the computer administrator. Why then is this error message keep coming up when I try to make a change? I've changed this many times before and never got this error. Why now?

Secondly what program do I need to totally get rid of the entries in the startup group, not just uncheck the entry but completely remove the entry from the startup group? I don't see any need for all of those entries to be there if they don't need to be checked. And why also are the entries in there more than one time? Some of them are in there 2 times. I just not only want to be able to uncheck them and not get the error that I'm getting, but to totally erase them from that list.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 06:51 PM

Msconfig is the wrong tool for what you want to do...it's meant to be a troubleshooting tool, with temporary changes to a system made for the purpose of defining problems.

Try this: AutoRuns for Windows v8.73 - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/AutoRuns.mspx Please pay attention to what you are doing in this utility. The Logon tab is what you want if you are only interested in startup items.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 06:52 PM

The answer to the second part of your question on how to remove entries in start up is to use this utility-
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
As for the error message do you use the ZoneAlarm firewall?

Edited by CTH_Tom, 27 November 2007 - 07:32 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 07:21 PM

I've found easiest way is to use ccleaner to eliminate startups: tools/startup button

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4191.html

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 09:43 AM

I have the exact same problem with the System Configuration and showing "an Acess Denied Error" popup, but none of the responses to foreman's question said what may be causing this.
It doesn't seem critical, but pretty annoying. (the popup msg that is)

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 09:49 AM

The error message is self-explanatory...the poster is (obviously) using an account with Admin privileges, which is not the same as logging on as Admin.

How to login as Administrator in Windows XP - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/admins.htm

How's that for an answer to that which was explained in the error message :thumbsup:?

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:55 PM

Both Autoruns and StartupCPL allow you to check and uncheck items (in addition to deleting them). I'd suggest leaving them unchecked for a week or so before deleting them - it'd be a shame if you accidentally deleted one that you needed.
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:59 PM

The error message is self-explanatory...the poster is (obviously) using an account with Admin privileges, which is not the same as logging on as Admin


Well I hate to burst your bubble, but I even booted in Safe Mode, Logged on as Admin, and I still got the same message.

Any other ideas?

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:14 PM

Then...I'd have to assume that your system is messed up regarding permissions.

XP Home or XP Pro?

If Pro, I don't have any advice...I don't have Pro.

If Home, try following one of the following links to install the Security Tab on XP Home. This will allow you to easily change permissions on any file, folder, drive, etc. I know this works, since I've done it on my two desktops.

Add Security Tab to XP Home - http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBS/tip9100/rh9162.htm

How Do I See the Security tab in XP Home (Doug Knox) - http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_home_sectab.htm

How To See the Security Tab in XP Home - http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windo...-Tab-in-XP-Home

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 01:42 PM

Louis,
I have Home, so I checked out your links, but before I download SCM, I noticed they mention "x86 (Intel) version".
I have an AMD processor, does that mean I need to download the Alpha version (SCESP4A.EXE)?

thanks...

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X86 is for a Windows based PC. That's what you need
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