Restoring Windows Server 2008 My Computer COM Security settings

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I have added some users and deleted more than what I have added, accidentally of course, causing it do disable displaying any property windows in the entire system and also can't launch control panel. How to correct it? I do not have any backup of the system made.

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Hi Number-1

It says that
"The use of “secedit /configure” to import the default security template, dfltbase.inf, is unsupported nor is it a viable method to restore default security permissions on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 computers."

Mine is Windows Server 2008 Standard?? I am out of luck!!

Any other solutions??

I have another Windows Server 2008 machine, SERVER2, which is also part of the domain of the SERVER1 machine, do you think I can backup SERVER2 System State and restore on the SERVER1. Will this even worth trying?
Yeah I think the backup/restore is a viable solution. Not sure if the system State would conflict with the original server so it might be best to take the good server off-line while you test the problem server.
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Actually looking at this you might want to just redo the install.

Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista and Windows 7

To restore Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista and Windows 7-based computers, the preferred method is a full system restore. Specifically, without using ASR, you can perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) to freshly formatted boot volumes and system volumes on same server that the original backup was taken from. In this case, the volumes layouts and identifiers are identical to those used during the backup of the original computer. Additionally, you can perform a BMR that uses ASR to a computer that has different hardware to the original computer.

Note BMRs may be performed only when the system is offline.
System State Recovery after a new installation of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 on new hardware or same hardware
This kind of recovery is not supported.

Windows Server Backup does not block recovery on a newly-installed operating system. Instead, it warns that this operation is not supported. This feature is used only as a last-ditch support effort to reclaim data from a failed server and is not a supported backup feature

System State Recover is only supported on the same operating system instance. It is not supported on a reinstalled operating system on the same or different hardware.


Hi Number-1,

When I trying to issue
wbadmin start systemstateback -backupTarget:C:

I get the following error

ERROR - The location for backup is a critical volume

as mentioned on this page, I need to check for the prerequisites..

How can I verify the following::
Make sure that the target volume has no shadow copy before the backup starts.



So I wont be able to use System backup made on machine as a tool to restore another machine.

So I am screwed. What other options do I have to your knowledge?

Thank You
Maybe you can retrieve data from DOS prompt using the recovery console and a external USB drive.

You are probably looking at an install from scratch. It's the surest way of getting you back to a stable state.
You could try safe mode and Last known good configuration option


Hi Number-1,

Please look at the attachment... I think my problem is that the INTERACTIVE user got deleted on the problem machine. Is there any way to get the user added through back doors. Now that the Interactive user is deleted from the list, it is preventing the logged in user from doing any thing such as launching applications or even control panel even if the logged in user is the administrator ....

BTW, the screen shot is taken from Windows 7 machine and not from the problem machine....
Try connecting via RDP.


It is not accepting RDP connections for some reason... It has worked before this problem...
I don't suppose this works either


Hi Number-1,

I dont think there is an obvious way out this mess. I dont like to pay MS $250.0 either... So I wiped out and started over....

Thanks for all the help.

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