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Old November 29th 04, 06:39 AM
chetttyson
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Hello all!
My problem is I get an "Access Denied" message that further states "Please
login with administrator privileges and try again". I AM THE ADMINISTRATOR!
I can't go any higher. I have all rights and privleges enabled under my user
account. I even went so far as to go into safe mode, login as
"administrator" and double check and of course it has my account as having
full control and administrative rights. I just recently installed XP Home's
SP2 and after I did that it started doing this "Access Denied" B.S.! It
acually doesn't effect much and has only happened a few, completely different
times but with a non-stop consistancy. Once when I went to install a program
(SIMS 2) it wouldn't let me but after I logged in to the actual
"administrator" account (in safe mode)and I double checked that I had full
privledges and I did, I logged back into my origional account (my account is
considered a "User/Owner" account with full administrative privledges) and
the game installed fine. And yesterday when I installed Microsoft's own Rise
of Nations game and go to play it I get another stupid "Access Denied"
message that I wrote earlier. I'm getting fed up with this after 10 or so
hours of searching the MS's KB and tinkering with settings and reading fourms
and various trouble shooting just to play a game!
Usually I can figure out the problem on my own but this is....well a
problem that has stumped me (for now) and you guys/gals seem to be on top of
this game. Could you all help?

The system is a newer Dell laptop and I just reformatted and reinstalled
Windows Xp Home and am currently tring to reload all my applications and
games. I've run various tests on the hardware and hard drive just incase it
might have been a hardware issue but everything checks out. Like I said this
all happened after I installed SP2. Thanks
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Old November 29th 04, 06:46 AM
Jacob P
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I would check the security settings on home xp to see if your user account
has full control of the folder or drive, and see if that helps.
Jacob


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Old November 29th 04, 07:01 AM
chetttyson
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I did
It didn't
thanks though I appreciate any and all help

"Jacob P" wrote:

I would check the security settings on home xp to see if your user account
has full control of the folder or drive, and see if that helps.
Jacob



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Old November 29th 04, 10:28 PM
Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]
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"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
Hello all!
My problem is I get an "Access Denied" message that further states "Please
login with administrator privileges and try again". I AM THE
ADMINISTRATOR!
I can't go any higher.


Did you install XP on top of a previous operating system without doing an
official "upgrade"? If so, it's possible that you're seeing *previous* files
have permissions related to the old OS machine ID: I've seen this when I
reinstall my operating system and access D: drive files.

In any case, it may be helpful to find out just *which* files are being
denied: running the (free) Filemon application from SysInternals will let
you watch the system while it runs, showing each file that it tries to open.
You'll see "ACCESS DENIED", and you may be able to take ownership of the
file(s) in question if you know which ones they are.

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/filemon.shtml

Fantastic tool (but you have to be admin to run it!)

And if, when you're editing the permissions on the files, you see things
like S-1-5-21-1123561945-884357618-682003330-513 (either with an ACL or an
owner), it's leftover from a previous system.

Steve
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Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only


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Old November 30th 04, 06:11 PM
chetttyson
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See the following link to see more information and I'll think about
installing more freeware (I've developed a phobia when it comes to installing
some freeware becasue of really bad past problems but we'll see) to get you
the answers you need.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...4-6dd5602190a2




"Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]" wrote:

"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
Hello all!
My problem is I get an "Access Denied" message that further states "Please
login with administrator privileges and try again". I AM THE
ADMINISTRATOR!
I can't go any higher.


Did you install XP on top of a previous operating system without doing an
official "upgrade"? If so, it's possible that you're seeing *previous* files
have permissions related to the old OS machine ID: I've seen this when I
reinstall my operating system and access D: drive files.

In any case, it may be helpful to find out just *which* files are being
denied: running the (free) Filemon application from SysInternals will let
you watch the system while it runs, showing each file that it tries to open.
You'll see "ACCESS DENIED", and you may be able to take ownership of the
file(s) in question if you know which ones they are.

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/filemon.shtml

Fantastic tool (but you have to be admin to run it!)

And if, when you're editing the permissions on the files, you see things
like S-1-5-21-1123561945-884357618-682003330-513 (either with an ACL or an
owner), it's leftover from a previous system.

Steve
--
Steve Friedl -- Tustin, California USA -- www.unixwiz.net
Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only



  #6  
Old November 30th 04, 07:31 PM
Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]
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Default Help!!! I get "Access Denied" message .........

"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
See the following link to see more information and I'll think about
installing more freeware (I've developed a phobia when it comes to
installing
some freeware because of really bad past problems but we'll see) to get
you
the answers you need.


Your caution to unknown freeware is very healthy, but this stuff from
SysInternals is as clean as it gets. It was written by a Microsoft MVP, and
Microsoft itself requently recommends this tool (and its sibling, regmon):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q286198/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q296647/
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;830761
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;198038

You'll need to check permissions on various files and registry keys, but
without knowing which files or keys are failing, it's hard to describe it
properly from a distance.

If it were me, I would follow the procedure in the first KB article I
mentioned and look for ACCDENIED errors: report back and we'll help you dig
further.

Steve
--
Steve Friedl -- Tustin, California USA -- www.unixwiz.net
Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only


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Old December 1st 04, 05:29 AM
chetttyson
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Default Help!!! I get "Access Denied" message .........

OK I used the App that you suggested and looked for "ACCESS DENIED" under the
results column and found 3 all dealing with the game that caused the error
message this is what the file is that reported the "ACCESS DENIED" result:
(don't know how this will look)

TIME PROCESS REQUEST PATH
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
12:12:07 AM aomx.exe:3980 CREATE C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\SECDRV.SYS
RESULT OTHER
-----------------------------------------------------------
ACCESS DENIED LAPTOP\CHETT


so what now?




"Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]" wrote:

"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
See the following link to see more information and I'll think about
installing more freeware (I've developed a phobia when it comes to
installing
some freeware because of really bad past problems but we'll see) to get
you
the answers you need.


Your caution to unknown freeware is very healthy, but this stuff from
SysInternals is as clean as it gets. It was written by a Microsoft MVP, and
Microsoft itself requently recommends this tool (and its sibling, regmon):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q286198/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q296647/
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;830761
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;198038

You'll need to check permissions on various files and registry keys, but
without knowing which files or keys are failing, it's hard to describe it
properly from a distance.

If it were me, I would follow the procedure in the first KB article I
mentioned and look for ACCDENIED errors: report back and we'll help you dig
further.

Steve
--
Steve Friedl -- Tustin, California USA -- www.unixwiz.net
Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only



  #8  
Old December 1st 04, 05:39 AM
chetttyson
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Default Help!!! I get "Access Denied" message .........

Look at this post to see what Jimmy S. and I are doing so far.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...40e&sloc=en-us



"Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]" wrote:

"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
See the following link to see more information and I'll think about
installing more freeware (I've developed a phobia when it comes to
installing
some freeware because of really bad past problems but we'll see) to get
you
the answers you need.


Your caution to unknown freeware is very healthy, but this stuff from
SysInternals is as clean as it gets. It was written by a Microsoft MVP, and
Microsoft itself requently recommends this tool (and its sibling, regmon):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q286198/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q296647/
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;830761
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;198038

You'll need to check permissions on various files and registry keys, but
without knowing which files or keys are failing, it's hard to describe it
properly from a distance.

If it were me, I would follow the procedure in the first KB article I
mentioned and look for ACCDENIED errors: report back and we'll help you dig
further.

Steve
--
Steve Friedl -- Tustin, California USA -- www.unixwiz.net
Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only



  #9  
Old December 1st 04, 06:16 AM
Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]
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"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
TIME PROCESS REQUEST PATH

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
12:12:07 AM aomx.exe:3980 CREATE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\SECDRV.SYS
RESULT OTHER
-----------------------------------------------------------
ACCESS DENIED LAPTOP\CHETT


Ok, this is a security driver for game copy protection, and these have been
troublesome in the past. In addition to "the usual permissions issues" that
we sometimes run into, they often take many extra steps to be difficult, and
multiple installs of different games that use the same security driver
sometimes step on each other.

So: let's first pretend that it's just a regular permissions issue: use
Explorer and navigate down to look at the properties of the file. If the
file is there, click Properties and then the Security tab. If there is no
security tab, you'll have to enable it: in Explorer, click Tools:Folder
Options, click the View tab, and UNcheck the "Use simple file sharing" box.
Click OK to save it.

Ok, back to Security: there should be a list of users/groups, each of which
when selected will show a list of checkboxes with rights that this ACE
enables. You should see "Administrators" in there with "Full control". If
not, this may be the problem, though in *this* case of the security driver,
it's probably going to take stteps to make it hard for you to muck with it.

NOTE: if you see one of the "users" with a name like
"S-1-5-21-123871897123-123987131-123987198322", then this is old permissions
left over from a previous install that wasn't upgraded directly. We'll have
to take ownership of the object and then eventually delete this ACE. It's
getting tricky if we get this far.

So what if the file is not there? Then maybe the *directory* is not allowing
you permissions: check the Security tab on the enclosing folder.

This is a lot to cover, and I think I'll wait to see how far you get with
the above first. Please let us know.

Steve
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Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only


  #10  
Old December 3rd 04, 03:39 AM
chetttyson
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Okay I did what you wanted me to try and I did have " full control". It
wasn't the case for all the users though so I changed all of them but the one
that says "RESTRICTED" to full control and then I went to the containing
folder and did the exact same thing and the same over and over till I got to
the C: drive and give full control to all the users there too.
BUT still nothing but the error. I've tried everything you suggested and
what Jimmy S. (MVP) in the Games forum has suggested. Now what? Just so you
know I do really appreciate your help on this issue.
Just so you know I have XP Home not Pro so that security tab thing I can
only access under Safe Mode as the "Administrator". This install of XP home
is a FRESH install and I used a "Disk NUKE" type program that writes random
bits over the whole hard drive 10 times and then writes nothing but zeros on
the drive (and took hours to do too) on the last pass so there is no question
of old files remaining from a previous install of XP. This is like
installing it on a new drive. It is formatted in NTFS by the way.
I've only had this newly installed OS on this computer only 1 WEEK and I've
installed most of my APPS and 5 games. Two of the games were from EA the
other 2 from Microsoft and 1 from Bethesda and guess what the 3 games not
from Microsoft are the only ones working! Can you tell that I'm fustrated at
MS? I like most things from MS (except Windows ME nuttin but problems for
me) and I think XP is the best OS MS has come up with yet for typical
consumers but I've just about had it with their Service Packs. It's gotten
to the point that I'm afraid to install them because of the fact that when
they go wrong they F*%K up my computer to the point that I have to reinstall
the OS on a ultra clean hard drive (which is what I had to do after
installing SP2 a few weeks back). Well I'm done venting (sorry I can't do
that at home because my wife is like "So what. I don't care.").

What's next? I'm out of apealing ideas.




"Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]" wrote:


"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
TIME PROCESS REQUEST PATH

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
12:12:07 AM aomx.exe:3980 CREATE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\SECDRV.SYS
RESULT OTHER
-----------------------------------------------------------
ACCESS DENIED LAPTOP\CHETT


Ok, this is a security driver for game copy protection, and these have been
troublesome in the past. In addition to "the usual permissions issues" that
we sometimes run into, they often take many extra steps to be difficult, and
multiple installs of different games that use the same security driver
sometimes step on each other.

So: let's first pretend that it's just a regular permissions issue: use
Explorer and navigate down to look at the properties of the file. If the
file is there, click Properties and then the Security tab. If there is no
security tab, you'll have to enable it: in Explorer, click Tools:Folder
Options, click the View tab, and UNcheck the "Use simple file sharing" box.
Click OK to save it.

Ok, back to Security: there should be a list of users/groups, each of which
when selected will show a list of checkboxes with rights that this ACE
enables. You should see "Administrators" in there with "Full control". If
not, this may be the problem, though in *this* case of the security driver,
it's probably going to take stteps to make it hard for you to muck with it.

NOTE: if you see one of the "users" with a name like
"S-1-5-21-123871897123-123987131-123987198322", then this is old permissions
left over from a previous install that wasn't upgraded directly. We'll have
to take ownership of the object and then eventually delete this ACE. It's
getting tricky if we get this far.

So what if the file is not there? Then maybe the *directory* is not allowing
you permissions: check the Security tab on the enclosing folder.

This is a lot to cover, and I think I'll wait to see how far you get with
the above first. Please let us know.

Steve
--
Steve Friedl -- Tustin, California USA -- www.unixwiz.net
Unix Wizard -- Microsoft MVP/Security -- I speak for me only



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Old December 3rd 04, 04:39 AM
chetttyson
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This is the whole conversation so far with Jimmy S. (MVP)


================================================== ==========

LOL ! I noticed the subject title. I meant a new thread/post. As if I just
for the first time asked a question. But it's okay I'm more interested in
getting my laptop working 100% .

Well I changed ownership of the registry file and the actual install folder
to the "Administrators (LAPTOP\Administrators)" and it did nothing new still
the same error. Next?

I've been dealing with Steve Friedl (MVP/Security) and have done everything
he suggested. We thought that we were on to something with a file located at
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\SECDRV.SYS it was indicated as the culprit but
I followed Steve's instructions but still nothing but it does look like it
might still be the problem...... aaarrrhhhh! I don't know! Maybe you could
take a look at our thread and see if anything might ring a bell or you could
add too.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...119&sloc=en-us

Thanks for all your help. I really do appreciate the help.




"Jimmy S." wrote:

Hi Chettyson,

Changing the ownership to the "Administrators (LAPTOP\Administrators)"
Yes. It's worth a try.

You were able to install in SAFE MODE before, try that again.
It's possible some other software running on the system is blocking access.

If SAFE MODE doesn't work, we'll repair Windows and then install SP2.
There was possibly some corruption in the system before or during install.

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Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
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__________________________________________________ _______

"chetttyson" wrote in message news
Okay here's what I've found in the registry looking at the permissions in the
key you suggested.
First off under the "Security" tab in the "Group or user names:" box I
noticed that there were only "Administrators (LAPTOP\Administrators)",
"Everyone", "RESTRICTED", and "SYSTEM". That's all. No "Users
(LAPTOP\Users)" or "OWNER" or my account (which is actually the Owner
account). So I added my account and "Users (LAPTOP\Users)" groups. I gave
all of them (groups and users) full control to the key and subkeys EXECPT the
"RESTRICTED" account. And I checked the check boxs labled "Inherit from
parent the permission entries that apply to child objects. Includes these
with entries explicitly defined here." and "Replace permission entries on
all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects." and
hit Apply. Hit OK a few times and exited the registry and the rebooted.
By the way I did all this from safe mode under the "Administrator" account.
I then logged on under my account and tried AOM: Titans......nope! still
comes up with the same error.

Oh yea I forgot AOM did the exact thing I was able to install but not run
the game BUT Westood's Emperor: Battle for Dune worked just fine (actually a
little fast but hey it worked).

Back to the problem.... (back in the registry) I did notice that when I hit
the Advance button and looked at the "Owner" tab it showed that I, that is
my user account, was the "Current owner of this item:" and that in the box
below labeled "Change owner to:" it listed 2 names, "Administrators
(LAPTOP\Administrators) and my user account "CHETT (LAPTOP\CHETT)". Should
I try changing the ownership to the "Administrators (LAPTOP\Administrators)"
account? I know how screwed up my system can get because of a wrong entry in
the Registry so I'm kinda leary of setting the ownership to the other
account.

So what do you think? I would rather not uninstall SP2 but I'd like to
play my games and uninstalling SP2 probably won't fix the problems now
because I'v seen it when I uninstalled a Service pack for I.E. 5 after I
lost the ability to use the browser and the internet it seemed to not fix the
problem that the SP created (it was under Win ME too). Well give me a shout
if you can think of something different.

MAN I NEED A DRINK! (and I don't drink LOL)


"Jimmy S." wrote:

Hi Chettyson,

Yes, in REGEDIT check the registry key permissions by right clicking:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Games

Looking forward to more feedback after AOM installation.
I hope the registry permissions are at fault, but PLEASE be careful in there!

--
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Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
MS Assisted Support: http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=assistance
My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any rights.
__________________________________________________ _______

"chetttyson" wrote in message ...
Okay here you go all the information you requested and I do appreciate the
help. Please pardon my fustration.
I am going to reply to the questions in caps to make it more distinguishable
I'm not yelling.



- The Symptom is an "Access Denied error when installing software"
YES BUT I BOOTED IN TO SAFE MODE AND SIGNED ON AS ADMINISTRATOR AND RESET
ALL ACCOUNTS TO FULL RIGHTS ADMINISTRATOR AND THEN INSTALL WORKED FINE (IT
WAS ONLY FOR SIMS 2 THAT I HAD THE INSTALL ISSUE BUT THEN MAYBE I FIXED THAT
PROBLEM?)

THIS ISSUE HAPPENS WITH MICRISOFT'S RISE OF NATIONS GAME THAT I JUST
INSTALLED A FEW DAYS AGO


- The Symptom Did or Did Not exist prior to installing SP 2?
IT DID NOT EXIST BEFORE INSTALLATION OF SERVICE PACK 2

- The OS is Windows XP *HOME* edition
I AM TALKING ABOUT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION BUILD 2600 (i have XP PRO but I
have another system that it is installed on)

- The "Administrator" account doesn't get the error?
ALL THE ACCOUNTS GET THE ERROR AGAIN THIS ERROR DOESN'T HAPPEN WITH ALL
PROGRAMS

- Accounts with Administrator privileges do get the error?
YES

- All the games generating the error were installed *after* SP2?
YES

- What are the game's folder permissions for:
1. Administrator?
2. Account with Administrator privileges?

ALL ACCOUNTS ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE PERMISSIONS OVER EVERYTHING


- What are that game's registry key permissions for:
1. Administrator?
2. Account with Administrator privileges?

HOW DO I CHECK THAT? GO INTO REGEDIT? DO A SEARCH IN THE REGISTRY?

- What are the permissions on C: for:
1. Administrator?
2. Account with Administrator privileges?

I SET THE PERMISSIONS IN THE ACTUAL ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT UNDER SAFE MODE TO
THE C: AND D: DRIVES AND THEN APPLIED THE PERMISSIONS TO ALL FOLDERS,
SUBFOLDERS AND FILES IN BOTH OF THE DRIVES. I THEN WENT TO THE FOLDER
CONTAIINING THE EXE. FILE AND CHECKED THE PERMISSIONS AND LIKE I THOUGHT IT
WAS SET FOR ALL THE USERS.

- If you create a *new* account with Administrators privileges:
1. Can you install the game?
2. What are the permissions on the game folder?
3. What are the permissions on the C: drive itself?

I ALREADY CREATED A A NEW ACCOUNT (I WAS THINKING ALONG THE SAME LINES
BEFORE) AND GIVE IT ADMINISTRATIVE PRIVLEGES AND DOUBLE CHECKED TO SEE IF IT
HAD FULL RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS TO BOTH DRIVES AND FOLDERS, SUBFOLDERS AND
FILE AND IT DID BUT STILL NOTHING I GOT THE SAME ERROR MESSAGE.

*FYI*
I am installing 2 other games 1 more from Microsoft, Age of Mythology and
the other Emperor Battle For Dune from EA Games, to see if I get the same
error messages. I'll update the post when that is accomplished.





"Jimmy S." wrote:

Hi Chettyson,

I've read your post, and the first post you wrote and linked to.

Let's see if we can solve this issue once and for all.
Correct any of the facts / fill facts in where necessary please:
( I'll space the lines to leave room for your input inline )

-The Symptom is an "Access Denied error when installing software"


- The Symptom Did or Did Not exist prior to installing SP 2?


- The OS is Windows XP *HOME* edition


- The "Administrator" account doesn't get the error?


- Accounts with Administrator privileges do get the error?


- All the games generating the error were installed *after* SP2?


- What are the game's folder permissions for:
1. Administrator?
2. Account with Administrator privileges?


- What are that game's registry key permissions for:
1. Administrator?
2. Account with Administrator privileges?


- What are the permissions on C: for:
1. Administrator?
2. Account with Administrator privileges?


- If you create a *new* account with Administrators privileges:
1. Can you install the game?
2. What are the permissions on the game folder?
3. What are the permissions on the C: drive itself?


--
Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
MS Assisted Support: http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=assistance
My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any rights.
__________________________________________________ _______

"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
This is funny I have the same problem and so do 10 or so others (SO IT IS NOT
UNIQUE!) but nobody seems to know why. I have a post on the Windows XP
security and administration board and knowbody knows why there either but
they do offer possible solutions but of course none of them work like yours
Jimmy S.
This wasn't an issue before installing SP2 on my system and now it's keeping
me from playing Microsoft's own games (but for some reason other games work).
I run Windows XP Home on a newer system way above the recomended system
requirements. I have had to reformat my hardrive and reinstall the OS after
I updated to SP2 because of the "Access Denied: Need administrative rights"
messages and I thought it was some other problem (virus or something) and
what do you know it went away UNTILL I installed the SP2 update! I think
that there has been enough questions about this problem to warrent a MS KB
(Microsoft Knowledge Base) article or at least an answer by a MS support
techie that knows how to fix the issue. I like some of the features of SP 2
but overall I wish I'd never installed it untill some the problems have been
worked out. Maybe Jimmy you could figure out a better answer and look at all
the other posts on this issue. I have yet to see anyone reply saying that
the suggested solutions worked (maybe they did but not for me).
Sorry if this seems like a huge gripe but this is stupid that now I cannot
use my computer to do what I used to do. This sucks!

Please see below links Jimmy (it is but a few of the many "unique" ones out
there).

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...119&sloc=en-us

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...0f3&sloc=en-us

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...95e&sloc=en-us

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...552&sloc=en-us

"Jimmy S." wrote:

Hi Meg,

There's a couple of things you can do in this situation:

1. Make sure folder permissions allow all users full access;
2. Repair Windows


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"meg" wrote in message ...
Hello,

I have tried that avenue, but it still says access denied, and to see the
administrator.
I made all accounts admin but still no go.
This all started when I restored my computer, maybe that has something to do
with it?

Thanks for your reply

"Jimmy S." wrote:

Hi Meg,

That's a rather unique situation. Can you install the game
using their user accounts after making them administrators?

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Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
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My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any rights.
__________________________________________________ _______

"meg" wrote in message ...
I have installed microsoft zoo tycoon and other games on the computer but
other users cannot seem to save their games. Some games cannot be accessed
at all by other user accounts. A box will appear stating they have to see
the administrator. Even making the other user accounts administrator it
still says thy cannont access it.


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"chetttyson" wrote:

Look at this post to see what Jimmy S. and I are doing so far.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...40e&sloc=en-us



"Steve Friedl [MVP/Security]" wrote:

"chetttyson" wrote in message
...
See the following link to see more information and I'll think about
installing more freeware (I've developed a phobia when it comes to
installing
some freeware because of really bad past problems but we'll see) to get
you
the answers you need.


Your caution to unknown freeware is very healthy, but this stuff from
SysInternals is as clean as it gets. It was written by a Microsoft MVP, and
Microsoft itself requently recommends this tool (and its sibling, regmon):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q286198/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q296647/
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;830761
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;198038

You'll need to check permissions on various files and registry keys, but
without knowing which files or keys are failing, it's hard to describe it
properly from a distance.

If it were me, I would follow the procedure in the first KB article I
mentioned and look for ACCDENIED errors: report back and we'll help you dig
further.

Steve
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