Error "windows cannot access the specified device path, or file. you may not have the appropriate permissions to access them"

I get error "windows cannot access the specified device path, or file. you may not have the appropriate permissions to access them" every time i try to access system properties or c: drive properties under every profile, already did OS repair on XP Home. Thanks in advance.
Lowell SwitzerCTO / Systems EngineerAsked:
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clarktr2Commented:
What do your security settings look like?
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Lowell SwitzerCTO / Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
They were missing until i did the os repair, now i can see them under safe mode. They look correct.
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orangutangCommented:
Or try "Method D: Reset permissions for any unwriteable registry subkeys" from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917925
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Lowell SwitzerCTO / Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
When i try to install msi I get error "the system administrator has set policies to prevent this instillation." I am under admin account and no viruses on computer.
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clarktr2Commented:
Would it maybe work to reset your local policies to defaults?  I found this command out on the web:
From a Cmd. line:  secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

More info from Microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313222
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Lowell SwitzerCTO / Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Says windows cannot find "secedit."
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Lowell SwitzerCTO / Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
"secedit" is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
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clarktr2Commented:
Ah... Might not be an option in XP Home.
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orangutangCommented:
Eh?! That should be the least likely to fix your problem. FixPolicies fixes things that say something like "This action has been restricted due to restrictions" not "Windows cannot access a file".
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