User Account Control, Privileges, Permissions, Ownership, user names, file control an

Mike69440

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I inherited a Dell XP420 Computer with Vista Operating System from my stepson Pat who could never figure out the machine.

I seem to have many problems with Vista revolving around User Account Control, Privileges, Permissions, Ownership, user names, file control and directory structure. etc.

I’ve been working around UAC problems, but there has to be a way out of this. My most recent issue:

IE has problems fully loading web pages. With IE, like several programs that I run with this computer I get messages that say I have corrupt files. I get object error warnings Chkdsk does not fix problems.

While shopping for a new car battery, with many pages open, the computer completely hung up last night. I had to kill power and reboot.

IE7 did not work, I Unloaded and IE7 would not work also. Google Chrome is fine, I have internet access. I reset all defaults.

After hours of messing around, I discovered the way to start IE is “Run as Administrator”
Then like so many other programs I run, I get the screen Windows screen
“ A Program needs your permission to continue.”

When I dumped my old files on this XP420 computer from my old computer, They resided in User “Mike_W_old.” I had no permissions with this user, so I moved all the files to “Pat” I renamed user/administrator Pat to Mike _W under the desktop, but the user pat did not update under the OS C:\ drive \ Users\ Pat and there is no option to rename here.

Pat was the original administrator. Vista is telling me that
Vista creates a List of directories under the Administrator, including a “Desktop”, Downloads, Documents, Contact, Favorites, etc. When I open explore (right Click off the classic START button) The folders display in green. What is the significance of the Green colored folders in windows explorer?

Somehow I ended up creating two desktops in User Mike_W. The actual desktop, has some but not all the files from the yellow folder “Desktop” in Mike_W, none from the Green Desktop folder. How do I clean this all up?

I’ve been to the help sections of Vista and looked at permissions, ownership, UAC , etc, but when I go in to try to change anything in the check boxes, they are grayed out. I have no place to start.

Please Help me get some understanding and control of this machine, as I am desperate.
 

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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS_420
    CPU
    Intel (R) Core (TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @2.5 GHz 2.49 GHz
    Memory
    4.00 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    PCI Express Gen 2 x 16
    Sound Card
    HDA 7.1 Channel

Yard Dog

Vista Guru
Gold Member

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Emachine ET 1161-05
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640
    Motherboard
    eMachines MCP61PM-GM (Socket AM2 )
    Memory
    2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 387MHz (6-6-6-18)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Acer E181H ([email protected]) 128MB GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name Acer E181H on NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    ST316081 5AS SCSI Disk Device
    PSU
    MCP61PM-GM 9000 NVIDIA Chipset Model MCP61 Chipset Revisio
    Case
    Tower
    Cooling
    Fan Speed 1247 RPM
    Mouse
    PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1538974261.png

Mike69440

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Re: User Account Control, Privileges, Permissions, Ownership, user names, file contro

Hello, did you use the Easy Transfer method ? Transfer files and settings from another computer
No it was done for me by imaging the drive. Thank you for the link and info. It will be helpful,

My corrupt file problem and “Run as Administrator” is solved. Apparently the Drive Clone function on my computer got corrupted, I disabled it and machine is working.

I'd still like to understand the following.

Vista creates a List of directories under the Administrator, including a “Desktop”, Downloads, Documents, Contact, Favorites, etc. When I open explore (right Click off the classic START button) The folders display in green.
What is the significance of the Green colored folders in windows explorer?

Somehow I ended up creating two desktops in User Mike_W. The actual desktop, has some but not all the files from the yellow folder “Desktop” in Mike_W, none from the Green Desktop folder.
How do I clean this all up?

I’ve been to the help sections of Vista and looked at permissions, ownership, UAC , etc, but when I go in to try to change anything in the check boxes, they are grayed out. I have no place to start.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS_420
    CPU
    Intel (R) Core (TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @2.5 GHz 2.49 GHz
    Memory
    4.00 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    PCI Express Gen 2 x 16
    Sound Card
    HDA 7.1 Channel

Yard Dog

Vista Guru
Gold Member

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Emachine ET 1161-05
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640
    Motherboard
    eMachines MCP61PM-GM (Socket AM2 )
    Memory
    2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 387MHz (6-6-6-18)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Acer E181H ([email protected]) 128MB GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name Acer E181H on NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    ST316081 5AS SCSI Disk Device
    PSU
    MCP61PM-GM 9000 NVIDIA Chipset Model MCP61 Chipset Revisio
    Case
    Tower
    Cooling
    Fan Speed 1247 RPM
    Mouse
    PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1538974261.png
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