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XPlite seems unable to disable Windows File Protection.

by LitePC

XPlite requires Administrator privileges and security credentials to detect the current status of, and to disable Windows File Protection (WFP).

In rare cases, the security settings for your Administrator account can be altered from the default settings and XPlite is unable to shut down WFP and therefore is unable to configure the machine.

The XPlite log will display an entry "Could not disable Windows File Protection."

Security settings can be changed by another Administrator, by poorly implemented third party software programs, or perhaps in very rare occurrences by a random corruption.

Solution 1 

1) If the windows default administrator account "Administrator" or some other Administrator account is on your machine and is not effected by the problem then you may be able to log out and then log back in as "Administrator". Assuming that the default Administrator account has the default security settings - XPlite should run properly.

2) If you can log in as Administrator - go to the control panel User Accounts applet and under your personal account change your account type from administrator account to limited (APPLY) and then change back to Administrator (APPLY). This should re-set your admin privelages. You'd have to log off and back on under your regular account to test.

3) If the proceeding methods do not work, then the following procedure should reset all your security settings back to the defaults.

a) open a command window by typing "cmd" into the run box on the start menu.

b) type (or cut and paste) the following command line (careful of any wrapping that might occur in your email or web browser):

secedit /configure /cfg %systemroot%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

This should reset all your system security settings back to the clean install defaults and create a log file as it goes in c:\windows\security\logs\scesrv.log

You should be able to ignore any error or warning messages. If it says "Task completed with error" that is OK - it just means that one or two items in the log will show an error status and you can check the log to confirm. These may be operating system features that are not installed on your system.

You should reboot after resetting your security settings, after which your user account, and XPlite should have the appropriate security clearance to monitor and adjust WFP.

 Solution 2

 In addition, Xplite and 2000lite require that the Administrator user has the "Debug Programs" privelage. The "Debug Programs" privelage is granted to the Administrators group by default when you install windows, and it is required to allow XPlite and 2000lite to shut down Windows File Protection.

To view and set privelages you need to be logged in as an Administrator.

Open the control panel Administerative Tools applet and then open the :Local Security Policy editor.

Under Local Policies\User Rights Assignment there should be a Policy entry "Debug Programs" with the associated Security Setting set to "Administrators".

In Windows XP you can double click on "Debug Programs" and the Add a User or Group to the policy. When you double click on the "Debug Programs" to open its properties you should be looking at the "Select Users or Groups" dialog.

Click the Object Types button and make sure the "Groups" checkbox is ticked.

Type "Adminitsrators" into the textbox labled "Enter the object names to select" and press "OK"

Your Debug programs policy should now apply to all Administrators as it was when you installed Windows.

If you want to limit the ability ro run XPlite to just yourself you can add yourself as the single user against the Debug Programs policy for tighter security.

You will need to log off and back on again after changing the policy settings and now it should be possible for you disable Windows File Protection.

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