Why can’t I set permissions in Windows XP while in safe mode?

Brian Lawrence February 18, 2013
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I am using Windows XP. I have recently run into a problem after trying to set my permissions in safe-mode, never had this problem before. After changing my settings so that I would have full control on all partitions and drives I’m not able to:

1] copy/paste
2] drag/drop
3] Start services in services.msc (Many stopped that were running)
4] Minimized items no longer show in selected/taskbar
5] Windows Installer does not function
6] System restore will not run

I can still surf and do main tasks, the above are what I have that don’t run the way they did.

  1. Alan Wade
    February 19, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Sorry but your post is a little confusing. Do you mean you cannot perform any of the tasks listed above in Safe mode or running normally?

    I would reistate the original settings for your drives/partitions and start again.

  2. ha14
    February 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Install Rizone Take Ownership Shell Extension
    right click on the hard drive and choose Take Ownership, reboot if necessary, see if you can perform the mentioned process like copy/paste,..

    Completely Repair Windows XP Without Losing Files

    • Silhoutte james
      February 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I want to set permissions on a folder so that my son does not get in. I
      right click on the folder and go to sharing. However, the box to make it private is greyed out. I have three drives on therre and get the same problem with all three. The folder is on a different drive to my user account. I thought it might be because the folder and the account were on different drives but it doesn't seem to be. I can't put the folder onto my C drive as there is no more room left on it. Can anyone help? I am running XP Professional and not Home.