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Programs will only open with Run As

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I have an XP machine. Programs will only run if you right click and say run as. Then run as admin. I have scanned the machine with multiple tools. It has found no viruses. Any idea how I can restore normal functionality to this machine?
I cannot use System Restore because it was turned off.

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RobinHuman earned 1500 total points
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Try doing a system repair - insert your winXP disk, run the setup, and where it first asks what you want to do, select install (not repair!), and then when it asks where to install and it sees the previous install of windows, you should be able to select "R" to repair - if you don't see this option, you should cancel the install. Once the repair starts, it will prompt you for the setup details again, but it will not erase you current data or preferences
Hope this helps you
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by:BlueCompute
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You can try creating a new user on the PC.  Start > Control Panel > User Accounts > Create Account

Enter a username and password, reboot and try logging in as the newly created user.
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I created a new user. Still unable to open any programs normally.
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by:eXpeLLeD_4RM_heLL
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Run sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt (run as administrator).
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by:splitrockit
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Fixes that are required for Windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL Cache.

Insert your Windows XP Pro CD.

I get the same request on a machine that has no issues.
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by:eXpeLLeD_4RM_heLL
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you will need to the XP Cd to run the above command
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Thanks.
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