Windows 7 XP Mode The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactivaly

Posted on 2011-03-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
My net work consists of domain controllers running Windows Server 2003, and workstation clients running Windows XP Pro  SP3.  I recently was forced to get workstations with Windows 7 Pro and I have to run XP Mode.  When I attempt to log on a user who is not an administrator, or a domain administrator I get the following error;
The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactivly.
I am forced to run XP mode because the database reservations system my company uses is a Dos based system and the pervasive database will not run on Windows 7.  
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by:Bill Bach
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The current Pervasive database DOES support DOS applications.  I would guess that your problem is related to the fact that your Windows 7 operating system is 64-bit, which is what doesn't support running DOS applications.  

Can you try down-grading the system from Win7-x64 to Win7-x86 (32-bit)?

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ID: 35010854
Bill, Thanks for your quick response.  I am running the 32 bet version of Windows 7 Pro.  I am NOT running the current version of Pervasive SQL and it's not in out budget to upgrade this year.   I have to resolve this logon issue and I do not want to give all these users administrative "GOD" rights to the network.  
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Bill Bach earned 500 total points
ID: 35012280
There's a white paper that describes installing PSQLv9 onto Windows Vista.  Because of similarities, this same information may be useful to you in getting whatever version you have installed to Win7.  Get a copy from here:

To test the database, try running the Function Executor (WBEXEC32) to open a file on the server.  This will verify that the client is working.  Then, get a copy of BUTIL 5 for DOS from, open a DOS box, navigate to a directory on the server with data files, and try executing the command BUTIL -STAT <filename> on one of the files.  If this works, then PSQL is working fine from DOS.

Note that the DOS components are actually installed in CONFIG.NT and ALSO rely on the DLL's in the Pervasive  BIN folder.  If your install had limited rights, then the DOS driver may not be in CONFIG.NT, or the path may not properly be set to point to the BIN folder -- so check that first.
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BillBach; Thank you Bill.  I wil ltry that, or anything that will allow me to logon to Windows XP Mode.
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by:Bill Bach
ID: 35012586
If you can eliminate the need for Windows XP Mode by getting Pervasive to work, then I am guessing that this is best.

As for the XPMode error, there are several suggestions from Microsoft.  Have you tried these yet?

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BillBach: Again thank you, but getting the newest version of Pervasive is in our budget for the next calendar year.  I am going to bring up the purchase of same at our next managers meeting.  Are you saying that I can run a DOS based program in windows 7 without going to XP mode if I upgrade pervasive?  That would be just great.  

Thank you for the links.  I am going to try them tonight and close this question.
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by:Bill Bach
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Actually, I am saying that you might be able to get PSQLv9 working, first.  If not, then installing the PSQLv10.30 client (which is supported on Windows 7) may make sense.  (The v10 client will work to the v9 server for MOST interfaces.  It's not ideal, but certainly worth a try.)

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