System is a toshiba satellite, running MS XP Media Center Edition:
Everything started when my I defragged and restarted my system, then found out I had several bad sectors that damaged windows and prevented the system from starting.
The system would hang at the welcome screen and go no further. After a no go with chkdsk repair i tried "last known good configuration" and was able to get the system into windows but no taskbar, no sound, no internet, and what seemed like no services wanted to run. I ran chkdsk repair again but this time it went through saying "replacing invalid security id with default security id for file XXXXXX" and hitting a number somewhere past 250,000 so i assume it went through every single file on my system changing the default security. After this move everything on my system appeard to be working. I now had internet, sound, and most of the goodies.
Now today I tried windows update but error out with "0x800A0046" asking me to change internet security settings that are already where they want them set. I tried to run a fix from microsoft from the page http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313222/ to "How do I restore security settings to the default settings?" which I actually ran a day ago. But I went to run the auto fix program from MS and I get the error
"The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance."
Norton Anti-Virus was showing the Sonar Protection needed fixed, so when I clicked ot fix it i was told it could not be fixed. Now the norton icon does not show up in the bottom right corner, but i believe the files are running in Task Manager, but if I double click my icon for norton nothing will show.
I also run a program called Expressdigital Darkroom Professional that requires a USB dongle to run. I can load the program but when I go to import photos into my program I am getting an Access Denied comment and it will not import photos. I notice all of my folders are showing Read Only marked on them. I go to set the option off and hit ok, go back and it's set again.
I did have an issue where my account was part of 3 groups, which I have removed all but administrator.
It seems like if not a service with a problem almost as if my files are locked down, read only? 2 other instances of problems I can think of, when i use MS outlook i go to send an email, normally it would use ms word but it says it's not installed and uses the internal editor instead, but I can run ms word on it's own. ANother issue is under Event Viewer when you have an error you can click on the link and go to the website to view details, once I click it will not transfer my to the MS website to view my issue or a way to resolve.
I realize most people feel I should just wipe the system, but with everything I have on here I truly want that a last resort, It seems all of these problems occured after the system reset the default security ID. appreciate any help here...
Edited by ptphoto, 16 February 2010 - 01:12 AM.