windows xp restractions - “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer”

EE,

I was testing a possible solution for a problem we have running RDP to one of our office PCs - It is running Windows XP.
> I was using gpedit.msc to set the RDP Logon to run only one application, but to test this, I selected a "Batch File".
> Now all of my users on the target PC are stuck with the same issue... when ever I attempt to run a program, or Regedit, or gpedit.msc locally, I get the following message:
=> “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer”
> I appear to be in a "catch-22" in that in need to run gpedit.msc to correct this, BUT the policy change appears to be locking any programs out.

I attempted to run gpedit.msc remotely, but I am getting a "unknown user and/or password" message.

Have not attempted Regedit remotely, bc dont know how to do that.

Any suggestions?

Rojosho
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can someone log in locally as Administrator and correct the issue?  That is what I would try.
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Hi rojosho,

I suggest you create a local Administrator account to be able to log into the system as a full administrator to fix this problem,

I've written an article that will help you with that, except that it's for Windows 10.  However, the basic steps should also work with Windows XP. Check out this article.

Creating a Local Administrator User Profile in Windows 10

If you need any help or further instruction, please don't hesitate to ask.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes but in this situation that may have to be done locally as I pointed out earlier
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RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 SupportAuthor Commented:
EE,

First, thank you for your time and assistance  :)

There are three accounts that are of the Administrator type, neither one can run gpedit or regedit - Can not run apps not event CMD or another application.
> I attempted to run gpedit from a remote PC, but I get a "Unknown user or password" response.
> There must be a way to force gpedit to run...

I attempted "Last Known Good" but that did not work either.

Any third party tools you may be familiar with that could over ride this restriction or allow remote access/changes to the GPOs?

Rojosho
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No that I know of. Did you try locally?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
And if all fails, you would need to back up the PC and reinstall XP.

I think (go back decades in my mind) when you run the XP install, there may be (should be) an option to repair and you can try repairing XP.
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RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 SupportAuthor Commented:
Hey John,

I am assuming by "locally" you mean on the problem PC?
> Yes, as well as remotely.
> The problem PC is pretty "locked out" as far as running apps.

Wonder if running one of the old Windows PE CDs will allow me to reach down to the target OS and allow me to alter the GPOs.
> I would just reimage this PC, but it has data/information on that we need first and I can not get to.

Wow, this is really a hard nut to crack...

Rojosho
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RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 SupportAuthor Commented:
@John, running the XP install is not a bad idea... worth a try..  thank you.  Will schedule myself on site tomorrow and give that a try.  Will have to dust off my XP install CDs  :)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Take the hard drive out, put in a carrier and recover the data
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RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 SupportAuthor Commented:
@John, good idea... i still have a filezilla cd someplace.
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RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 SupportAuthor Commented:
oops, clonezilla.. my bad.
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arnoldCommented:
Run ResEdit on a remote system and connect in to make changes, you could also run group policy editor on another system and connect to this one to make the changes.

You could use a GPO to override/reset the policy changes you made locally.
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RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 SupportAuthor Commented:
EE,

It was a hard fought battle, and for a bit, it was looking good for the "home team", but in the end and the time spent, I ended up finding a later PC, installed Windows 7 and started over.
> Using a niffty tool that allow me to convert my HDD to a USB-HDD, I was able to recover all of the files necessary get my user back on the air.
> I wish I had more time to try some of these ideas, which, I plan to in the future...

rojosho
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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