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can't access user groups - winXP pro


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#1 phawgg

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Posted 10 March 2005 - 03:47 AM

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"the filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect" displays simultaneously with an untitled notepad when clicking user groups in control panel. WHY?
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Posted 10 March 2005 - 08:29 PM

Interesting. Are you trying to access the groups with a user account or an administrator account?

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Posted 10 March 2005 - 09:18 PM

Only have two users, admin & myself, which has admin status.
I'm simply unable to access user groups.
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Posted 10 March 2005 - 10:09 PM

I wish I had an XP Pro computer handy so I could duplicate your problem. (Had one here yesterday, but I fixed it and off it went . . .)

Meanwhile, maybe it's because you didn't actually create a group? Here's a link to setting up groups in XP Pro. Lemme know how it goes.

Hopefully, I'm soon to build an XP machine, but I'll probably use Home because I need a disk anyway - most of the computers I get have Home on them.

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Posted 10 March 2005 - 11:10 PM

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I have had it work properly.
This last fresh load, I determined to have exactly two users, both with admin group membership.
No guests, etc.

Worked fine until it didn't.
(not sure when that was, as I only tried it yesterday again after months, to attempt to help someone else. Never needed to access it, particularly)

So based on some research done by OldTimer
I checked this procedure out, as it has a relevance.

control panel applets

which led to trying to find out if the control panel extension was corrupt.

You'll note in the search,
drive E has a fresh winXP pro install (only).
A partition of the secondary HD.
Drive C:\ is my primary boot drive (partition).

The Desktop search results indicate my effort
to copy the fresh installs nusrmgr.cpl to the
present C:\WINDOWS\System32\nusmgr.cpl which was done.
I left a copy on the desktop, also.

That did not solve it.

more exactly the problem

from the page:

CONTROL PANEL PROBLEM - WIN2000 AND XP

For reasons that only Microsoft can explain, recent Windows updates have changed the functionality of some items in the Control Panel applet. If you select "USER ACCOUNTS" or "ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS" Control Panel may not respond or will open Notepad with an error message instead. This is because Microsoft has decided to replace the original Control Panel programs with actual HTA SCRIPTING! Since HTA has been stopped, this too will also be stopped because the MSHTA.EXE program which HTAStop stops is not available.

The solution to this problem is to run HTAStop and PERMIT HTA long enough to do what you need to do, then turn it back off again so as to protect your security. Microsoft is using MSHTA for these Control Panel functions now, and HTAStop has blocked MSHTA.EXE from running.


Edited by phawgg, 10 March 2005 - 11:21 PM.

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