I have encountered this problem on my sons laptop. Tried reading all of this thread but head now spinning.
Couldn't down load the reg edit thing on first page, it didn't know what programme to open it with and when I clicked search the internet it didnt come up with anything useful.
Tried the sfc /scan thingy which it did but then I couldn't get to the log. unable to open something or other. Yeah I know I'm being vague but bear with me here!
So reading on I tried the suggestion to create a new admin account which I did and lo and behold I can rename and move files and folders.
So my ultimate question is.... If I create a new account for my son how do I copy across all of his stuff? If I delete his current account it gives you the option to save details on the desktop... will this contain all his game data - because heaven forbid stupid mother deletes all his hard earned achievements in killing things.
Thank you for your help and btw I love this forum, first place I look when Vista does something a bit weird (quite often then!)
advanced system options
copy to new account
This seems to have worked. My son has had a brief look at it and seems to think its all there. Is this sufficient or do I need to copy over hidden files too? I haven't deleted the old account yet in case I had made a bit of a boo boo.
As another small aside, we bought his PC with a free update for Win7 when it was released, I have recently received the disc for this. Is it a better and more stable / less weird buggy than Vista - do you have any opinion on it? Bit scared about installing it to be honest.
I saved the reg file, ran it, merged it and restarted my computer and its still doing the same thing as before! I have like 20 "New Folders" because I can not rename any one of them no matter where they are in my computer.
Do you have a quick link for setting up another admin account? and as far as the restore, i have actually been wanting to restore my computer back to factory settings but i cant even figure that out. About the only thing i can do is do these restore points, but I dont have any going back far enough. I currently own a Gateway FX7026.