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    JuneBug Guest

    Won't let me create New Folders

    After a month or two honeymoon with my new computer last summer, Windows
    Vista quit letting me create new file folders!!! This is really, really
    annoying, needless to say. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell
    me how to fix this.

    The other thing is that Windows Vista crashed this weekend and lost some of
    my files - and the start menu quit working. I think some of the indexes got
    screwed up or something. I don't know what brought this on except that we had
    a couple of power failures - and the machine doesn't seem to run chkdsk
    automatically on restart. If I started the machine and walked away and didn't
    see the prompt, then I've been using a 'dirty disk' for a week or two and it
    finally crashed. Or I also installed wireless networking. Also Windows Update
    downloads automatically and could have downloaded something incompatible with
    my software. So who knows what might have caused this ...

    I couldn't restore either - now if I ask for Windows restore, it comes up
    with an error message.

    I've been using DOS and windows machines for 20 years and I've never had
    this happen to me before. I've always had virus checkers and been
    conscientious about backing up my data.

    I'm not too happy at the prospect of having a crippled machine.

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    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    Quote Originally Posted by JuneBug View Post
    After a month or two honeymoon with my new computer last summer, Windows
    Vista quit letting me create new file folders!!! This is really, really
    annoying, needless to say. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell
    me how to fix this.

    The other thing is that Windows Vista crashed this weekend and lost some of
    my files - and the start menu quit working. I think some of the indexes got
    screwed up or something. I don't know what brought this on except that we had
    a couple of power failures - and the machine doesn't seem to run chkdsk
    automatically on restart. If I started the machine and walked away and didn't
    see the prompt, then I've been using a 'dirty disk' for a week or two and it
    finally crashed. Or I also installed wireless networking. Also Windows Update
    downloads automatically and could have downloaded something incompatible with
    my software. So who knows what might have caused this ...

    I couldn't restore either - now if I ask for Windows restore, it comes up
    with an error message.

    I've been using DOS and windows machines for 20 years and I've never had
    this happen to me before. I've always had virus checkers and been
    conscientious about backing up my data.

    I'm not too happy at the prospect of having a crippled machine.
    Hi JuneBug,

    With that many problems, I would recommend that you backup what you can for what you do not want to lose and do a clean install again.

    It sounds like the power failures really corrupted your hard drive data.

    Sorry,
    Shawn

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    propman Guest

    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    JuneBug wrote:

    > After a month or two honeymoon with my new computer last summer, Windows
    > Vista quit letting me create new file folders!!! This is really, really
    > annoying, needless to say. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell
    > me how to fix this.
    >
    > The other thing is that Windows Vista crashed this weekend and lost some of
    > my files - and the start menu quit working. I think some of the indexes got
    > screwed up or something. I don't know what brought this on except that we had
    > a couple of power failures - and the machine doesn't seem to run chkdsk
    > automatically on restart. If I started the machine and walked away and didn't
    > see the prompt, then I've been using a 'dirty disk' for a week or two and it
    > finally crashed. Or I also installed wireless networking. Also Windows Update
    > downloads automatically and could have downloaded something incompatible with
    > my software. So who knows what might have caused this ...
    >
    > I couldn't restore either - now if I ask for Windows restore, it comes up
    > with an error message.
    >
    > I've been using DOS and windows machines for 20 years and I've never had
    > this happen to me before. I've always had virus checkers and been
    > conscientious about backing up my data.
    >
    > I'm not too happy at the prospect of having a crippled machine.
    Safe Mode - F8 key at bootup, remember? :-)

    Try booting into safe mode, see what happens, run scandisk etc. Take it
    from there. From my experience, a lot of these problems are rectified
    just by booting into safe mode and then immediately rebooting into
    regular mode.

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    JuneBug Guest

    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    Thanks, I'll give that a try - actually I think I did boot up in Safe Mode
    once or twice - but only to run chkdsk - and by then it was too late.

    JuneBug

    "propman" wrote:


    > Safe Mode - F8 key at bootup, remember? :-)
    >
    > Try booting into safe mode, see what happens, run scandisk etc. Take it
    > from there. From my experience, a lot of these problems are rectified
    > just by booting into safe mode and then immediately rebooting into
    > regular mode.
    >

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    JuneBug Guest

    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    Yeah. I was afraid of that.

    Unfortunately when they sell you computers these days, they don't include
    the operating system cds. So I guess I'll just have to purchase some of
    those from Best Buy or Gateway or whoever.

    However, it quit letting me create new file folders a looong time ago - so
    I'm thinking that problem is unrelated to the disk crash.

    Anybody have any ideas? Could I have inadvertently altered some setting to
    not allow me to create new file folders?

    Thanks,

    JuneBug


    "Brink" wrote:


    > Hi JuneBug,
    >
    > With that many problems, I would recommend that you backup what you can
    > for what you do not want to lose and do a clean install again.
    >
    > It sounds like the power failures really corrupted your hard drive
    > data.
    >
    > Sorry,
    > Shawn
    >
    >
    > --
    > Brink
    >
    > *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
    > them.*
    > '*VISTA FORUMS*' (http://www.vistax64.com)
    > *Please post feedback to help others.*
    >

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    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    Quote Originally Posted by JuneBug View Post
    Yeah. I was afraid of that.

    Unfortunately when they sell you computers these days, they don't include
    the operating system cds. So I guess I'll just have to purchase some of
    those from Best Buy or Gateway or whoever.

    However, it quit letting me create new file folders a looong time ago - so
    I'm thinking that problem is unrelated to the disk crash.

    Anybody have any ideas? Could I have inadvertently altered some setting to
    not allow me to create new file folders?

    Thanks,

    JuneBug


    "Brink" wrote:
    JuneBug,

    Your computer should of at least included a protected Recovery Partition. You will need to check your computers documentation, but you should be able to boot the computer into it by pressing something like F10 during boot up to reinstall. The key you press varies from computer brands, so I would check online at the computer manufacturer's help and support website to see which one for sure.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    John Barnett MVP Guest

    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    JuneBug,

    When they sell you computers these days 'they are obliged to supply you with
    an option to re-install the operating system' that means either a set of
    recovery disks or an image of the operating system on a hidden partition on
    your computer. If none came with your PC then contact the supply and demand
    to know where they are. A computer with no way of recovery is totally
    useless. You should 'not' have to pay for something that should be there by
    default.

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    --
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    Windows Desktop Experience

    Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
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    The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any
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    reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be liable for
    any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    mail/post..

    "JuneBug" <JuneBug@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ED74A54A-5B96-48D5-A640-9153535945D6@xxxxxx

    > Yeah. I was afraid of that.
    >
    > Unfortunately when they sell you computers these days, they don't include
    > the operating system cds. So I guess I'll just have to purchase some of
    > those from Best Buy or Gateway or whoever.
    >
    > However, it quit letting me create new file folders a looong time ago - so
    > I'm thinking that problem is unrelated to the disk crash.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Could I have inadvertently altered some setting to
    > not allow me to create new file folders?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > JuneBug
    >
    >
    > "Brink" wrote:
    >
    >

    >> Hi JuneBug,
    >>
    >> With that many problems, I would recommend that you backup what you can
    >> for what you do not want to lose and do a clean install again.
    >>
    >> It sounds like the power failures really corrupted your hard drive
    >> data.
    >>
    >> Sorry,
    >> Shawn
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Brink
    >>
    >> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
    >> them.*
    >> '*VISTA FORUMS*' (http://www.vistax64.com)
    >> *Please post feedback to help others.*
    >>

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    propman Guest

    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    JuneBug wrote:

    > Yeah. I was afraid of that.
    >
    > Unfortunately when they sell you computers these days, they don't include
    > the operating system cds. So I guess I'll just have to purchase some of
    > those from Best Buy or Gateway or whoever.
    As a couple of others have stated, there are usually backup cab files
    etc include but installed on a hidden partition...which is probably why
    you haven't noticed it when you've been using your file manager. There
    are programs available that will let one observe this partition though I
    can't think of any right now off the top of my head.....googling should
    return some pretty fast results though.


    >
    > However, it quit letting me create new file folders a looong time ago - so
    > I'm thinking that problem is unrelated to the disk crash.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Could I have inadvertently altered some setting to
    > not allow me to create new file folders?
    >
    Not totally up to date here on all the ins and outs of Vista's
    permissions settings but it's definitely one aspect you should check
    out.......if I remember correctly, there are the general settings and
    then a more detailed subgroup of settings which can be refined. Check
    to make sure you have total administrator rights over your whole system
    and also make sure you have permissions access for making new folders
    while logged on as "user" rather than "administrator".

    PS If I remember correctly, the MS has a tutorial on Vista's new
    permissions capabilities.





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    JuneBug Guest

    re: Thanks to both you and propman for that information

    Thanks to both of you for that information. I bought the computer, a Gateway,
    at Best Buy, and I didn't realize it had that - or if they told me, I forgot.
    Geez. I will call them or get out my manual and find out how to use this.

    "John Barnett MVP" wrote:

    > JuneBug,
    >
    > When they sell you computers these days 'they are obliged to supply you with
    > an option to re-install the operating system' that means either a set of
    > recovery disks or an image of the operating system on a hidden partition on
    > your computer. If none came with your PC then contact the supply and demand
    > to know where they are. A computer with no way of recovery is totally
    > useless. You should 'not' have to pay for something that should be there by
    > default.
    >
    > --
    > --
    > John Barnett MVP
    > Associate Expert
    > Windows Desktop Experience
    >
    > Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
    > Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    >
    > The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any
    > kind, either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the accuracy,
    > reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be liable for
    > any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    > use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    > mail/post..
    >
    > "JuneBug" <JuneBug@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:ED74A54A-5B96-48D5-A640-9153535945D6@xxxxxx

    > > Yeah. I was afraid of that.
    > >
    > > Unfortunately when they sell you computers these days, they don't include
    > > the operating system cds. So I guess I'll just have to purchase some of
    > > those from Best Buy or Gateway or whoever.
    > >
    > > However, it quit letting me create new file folders a looong time ago - so
    > > I'm thinking that problem is unrelated to the disk crash.
    > >
    > > Anybody have any ideas? Could I have inadvertently altered some setting to
    > > not allow me to create new file folders?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > JuneBug
    > >
    > >
    > > "Brink" wrote:
    > >
    > >

    > >> Hi JuneBug,
    > >>
    > >> With that many problems, I would recommend that you backup what you can
    > >> for what you do not want to lose and do a clean install again.
    > >>
    > >> It sounds like the power failures really corrupted your hard drive
    > >> data.
    > >>
    > >> Sorry,
    > >> Shawn
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Brink
    > >>
    > >> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
    > >> them.*
    > >> '*VISTA FORUMS*' (http://www.vistax64.com)
    > >> *Please post feedback to help others.*
    > >>
    >
    >

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    JuneBug Guest

    Re: Won't let me create New Folders

    Again, thank you for the suggestion. I tried looking around for settings, but
    I don't have much experience with Windows system administration, and I didn't
    have any luck finding anything. I will try what you suggested.

    "propman" wrote:

    > JuneBug wrote:

    > > Yeah. I was afraid of that.
    > >
    > > Unfortunately when they sell you computers these days, they don't include
    > > the operating system cds. So I guess I'll just have to purchase some of
    > > those from Best Buy or Gateway or whoever.
    >
    > As a couple of others have stated, there are usually backup cab files
    > etc include but installed on a hidden partition...which is probably why
    > you haven't noticed it when you've been using your file manager. There
    > are programs available that will let one observe this partition though I
    > can't think of any right now off the top of my head.....googling should
    > return some pretty fast results though.
    >
    >

    > >
    > > However, it quit letting me create new file folders a looong time ago - so
    > > I'm thinking that problem is unrelated to the disk crash.
    > >
    > > Anybody have any ideas? Could I have inadvertently altered some setting to
    > > not allow me to create new file folders?
    > >
    >
    > Not totally up to date here on all the ins and outs of Vista's
    > permissions settings but it's definitely one aspect you should check
    > out.......if I remember correctly, there are the general settings and
    > then a more detailed subgroup of settings which can be refined. Check
    > to make sure you have total administrator rights over your whole system
    > and also make sure you have permissions access for making new folders
    > while logged on as "user" rather than "administrator".
    >
    > PS If I remember correctly, the MS has a tutorial on Vista's new
    > permissions capabilities.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >

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