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Another Windows XP SP3 Install Access Denied Problem

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#1 bgadams


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Posted 08 August 2009 - 05:15 PM

I have seen a number of posts about this topic here and elsewhere, but none of the solutions seem to work for me. I am running WinXP, SP2 on a Dell PC, IE 7. I have tried a number of times to install SP3, all of which fail. During the "Backing Up Registy" process I get 9 different access denied messages all starting with HKCR.wdp. I select Ignore after each of them and the install process continues until about 2/3 of the way through the installation process when I get another Access Denied and the only option is to undo the installation.

Even though I own the PC and had not problems downloading SP2 and other things in the past, I tried logging in Safe Mode as Administrator, which got the same results.

I have purchased and run RegCure, which apparetntly cleaned up a lot of stuff but did not help with this problem.

Based on recommendations from MS Support I tried to reset registry permissions for .wdp by going in the register editor (regedit), and right clicking on .wdp. I just got a message "Cannot Open .wdp: Error While Opening Key"

MS Support also recommended I reset my OS security settings back to default by opening a cmd and type secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose, and then press ENTER. The message back was "secedit' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Does anyone have any other ideas????

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 08 August 2009 - 05:36 PM

You've actually downloaded SP3 and attempted installation from your desktop?

Or are you trying to install via Windows Update?

Worth a look: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176819/cannot-update-to-service-pack-3/


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