Greetings all,I'm wondering if someone at this site knows the creator of ComboFix and can let him know about this "permissions" issue -- I feel sure that it is not meant to be.
Now...from a post elsewhere on the web (written by me)...
I found the solution to the problem...
Prefacing the giving of it...
1. I have a dual boot system and, although I can get banged up, I have quite a few means for restoring my system, not everyone does. So, for those who do not have so many options, please think twice before removing the Recovery Console.
2. I don't think this should have become an issue -- I'm not sure why the RC's cmdcons folder cannot be removed, as it should be able to, after ComboFix installs the RC. ComboFix is a WONDERFUL tool, I appreciate it very much, but I think this may be a bug
i.e. the matter of not being able to delete the cmdcons folder per MS instructions and after ComboFix has installed it.
And another post elsewhere after finding the fix.
Drum rollllllll... Sphew! I found the solution to deleting the Recovery Console's cmdcons folder after ComboFix has installed the RC.
To reiterate (so that this is in one message if someone is ever looking for the solution)...
1. I downloaded ComboFix from [a reputable site]
2. I ran ComboFix and permitted it to install the Recovery Console (RC) when it asked to do so
3. After running ComboFix, I then did as directed, I uninstalled ComboFix with Start\Run and combofix /u
4. I noticed that there was now a cmdcons folder on my C drive. I learned that this was the RC (obviously installed by ComboFix, as I had permitted that). I tried to delete the cmdcons folder and could not. I followed the instructions at MS (see below link) and still could not delete the cmdcons folder.
KB articles #307654 and #555032
Now then... I have subsequently learned that IF "I" install the RC myself, using the instructions here:
Microsoft.com KB article #307654
I have no problem deleting the cmdcons folder per MS instructs.
SO the PROBLEM of not being able to delete the cmdcons folder only occurs after ComboFix installs the RC (at least todays version of ComboFix, subsequent versions might then have this problem fixed).
Mind you the above WAS a problem -- I repeatedly tested it, repeatedly could not delete the cmdcons folder UNTIL...
The problem is due to an ownership/permission thing!
Ha! I would NOT recommend that anyone delete the RC before they make sure they have a nice running system after ComboFix has cleaned it up.
1st fix (and I am joking on this one):
Delete the partition holding the cmdcons folder.
NO NO NO, DON'T DO THAT, I am just joking, but that was my 1st fix when I was in a hurry and could NOT figure out the problem and an easier solution!
After ComboFix has run and you have tested to make sure that you are nice and safe in rebooting and running your machine (you might make doubly/triply sure -- and even wait a while if you don't have a nice backup situation like I do)... AFTER you are positive that you want to remove the RC's cmdcons folder...Log on as local administrator.
First follow these MS instructions:
1. Restart your computer, click Start, click My Computer, and then double-click the hard disk where you installed the Recovery Console.
2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
3. Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.Now then... Here is what I did to resolve my problem...
A. Click upon the "cmdcons" folder to select it, then right click upon it and select "Sharing and Security" (in other words, make SURE that you are on the cmdcons folder and not some other one)
B. Click the "Security" tab, click the "Advanced" button
C. On the "Permissions" tab notice who has "Special" permissions on this folder (you will see this is in the "Permission entries" -- the "Permission" column.)
PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK
You, as user, should probably be an Administrator, having Administrator permissions to continue.
D. In my "Permission" section the user "Everyone" was noted as having "Special" permission. As a note, after having installed ComboFix when my network machines were up and running at the same time, a user named "S-1-5-21..." had "Special" permission. In addition, I (as user) had "Special" permission.
I clicked upon the user (not me as user) who had "Special" permission (aside from me). In one case that was "Everyone," in the other case that was the user "S-1-5-21..." After clicking upon the user that had "Special" permission, I clicked the "Remove" button, then the "Apply" button, and then "OK," and "OK" to get out of the Security settings.Now then, go back to following the MS instructions again:
4. At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file.
[NOTE: you should be able to delete these now. If you cannot, explore your "Special" permissions thing again to see if there is another user with "Special" permissions that you should remove OR see if YOU must have "ownership" of the folder.
[CAUTION!!! Be sure NOT to delete your "ntldr" by mistake like I did one time or you will rue the day you wanted to part with the RC]
5. At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.
6. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
Warning: Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Make sure that you delete only the entry for the Recovery Console. Also, change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you finish this procedure. Open the Boot.ini file in Microsoft Windows Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this:
C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
7. Save the file and close it.
Voila! SOLVED! You should have been able to successfully delete the cmdcons folder. If not, I suspect that the program that installed it did something funny to the permissions.
PS. Thanks to those who took a bit of their time to assist me! It was much appreciated.
Edited by Gammers, 26 September 2009 - 01:12 AM.