Hello and here's hoping that you can help me!! Not sure if I am in the right forum, but if not please move post. (This plea for help is not for networking vista with xp home Edition (service pack 2), but a result of my attempt-screwed up xp computer !)Here's my problem: Just bought a new HP with vista home premium. I have a HP with win xp (which will now be taken over by my husband). I renamed my old xp with his name.I tried to network (using wired router) the two so that he had access to the printer and I had access to some files and older programs still on the xp that vista is not compatible with. That's where my problem began. I could see both computers on the vista, but could not access\get into his computer at all. On his computer, I could not see my vista at all. I did a search on line and found a video called Lab Rats where they tell you how to network vista with xp. I followed all instructions. They mentioned that one of the main problems was that simple file sharing needed to be turned off in xp and since this could be done in xp professional or win 2000, it was not so simple with home ed. They gave a link to see how to do it: http://tinyurl.com/39vhnf
In this set of instructions, it said to boot in safe mode, go into properties, click on advanced and then click on box which says: Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects. I did this. Then all my troubles began!! (Unfortunately, once clicked and okayed, this can't be undone!!) I could not get into any document folders, programs wouldn't work. For example, when I tried to get into my adobe photoshop, I got the message: could not initialize because file is locked. Use windows explorer to unlock file. Well...I couldn't even get into windows explorer because it said I did not have access! Well panic set in and after researching on the net, I was able to fix things so that I could access (most) of my documents and Windows explorer ..for some still getting access denied. . This did not fix the problem with my photoshop and even when I put in my PS disk to try to get it to repair..it wouldn't let me in to continue.When I try to open my adobe audition..nothing happens.. no program..nothing comes up. Also, I have no e-mail..when I try to access that I get the message that outlook could not be started because Msoe.dll could not be initialized. I had backed up e-mail settings and e-mail folders, registry OE folder etc.. prior to setting up vista, so I do have a back-up copy on an external HD of that..not sure how to re-install back-up , but I haven't got to that point yet. Also everytime, I start my xp, I get the pop-up from sgtray stating: an error occurred trying to open pconfig. Can't seem to fix that either! Other things I tried to do to remedy the situation: Installed xp service pack 3. Yep..I royally fixed things good!! Any suggestions? I really don't want to re-install xp and then have to go back and reinstall all my programs again..but I will if that is the only option. One other thing.. also on my external HD, I have a registry back-up.reg file (don't know what this is) for the xp prior to this mess (I think the date made was late May/08), I also have a folder named f8289f4... which contains the i386 folder (again prior to this mess). I was thinking..should I replace the i386 folder on my xp with this (backed up) one..would that fix things or make things worse?? Any help, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!