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
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Rizone-Take-Ownership-Shell-Extension.shtml
    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
    http://techie-buzz.com/how-to/completely-repair-windows-xp-without-losing-files.html

    • 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.

      • ha14
        February 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

        i think make folder private option is only for folders under documents and settings.
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        You cannot make your folders private if your drive is not formatted as NTFS
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        You Cannot Select the "Make This Folder Private" Option
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        •The folder is not in your user profile (Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\User_name, where Drive_letter is the drive on which Windows XP is installed and User_name is your user name). The Make this folder private option is available only for files in your user profile (the My Documents folder and its subfolders, and the Cookies, Desktop, Start Menu, or Favorites folders).
        •The Windows folder is located on a drive that is formatted with the FAT or FAT32 file systems. The Make this folder private option requires the NTFS file system.

        How to set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions in Windows XP:
        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308419

        did you tried to log as administrator?

        How to disable simple file sharing and how to set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP
        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874

        try to boot to safe mode as administrator and see if you can get access to security tab.

        http://windowsxp.mvps.org/undoprivate.htm
        •Right-click the folder in question, and choose Properties.
        •Click the Security tab.
        •Click Add, and type in Administrators, click OK.
        •Select Administrators group that you've added now.
        •Put a checkmark near Full Control (Allow) in Permissions box.
        •Click OK.