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Reset Security Settings Back to Windows Defaults

Reset Security Settings Back to Windows Defaults

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Fix it Reset Windows security settings back to defaults

Fix it Solve Internet Explorer 8 installation problems

Fix it Solve Internet Explorer 7 installation problems

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Error message: A Script Required For This Install To Complete Could Not Be Run

Error message: Unexpected error installing this package. The error code is 2738.

Technical details about this Microsoft Fix it solution
Name: Microsoft Fix it 50198
Old Name: Reset security settings back to the defaults
Version 2.0.0 - Automates steps to run Secedit.exe and apply the default settings as described in KB article
Additional Information: Localized in 23 languages

Additional solutions that use this Fix it:

  • March 18, 2009: KB 949220 - Method A to help solve Internet Explorer 8 installation problems.
  • March 19, 2009: KB 917925 - Method A to help solve Internet Explorer 7 installation problems. - runs on all versions except Windows XP Home and Windows Vista Home editions - updated to run on Windows XP Home and Windows Vista Home and not run on Windows 7 beta - updated to address an issue where Limited Users / Standard Users do not show up on Windows XP Welcome Screen or Windows Vista Logon UI
               NOTE: running the secedit command manually will still cause Limited Users / Standard Users to not show up on the Welcome Screen / Logon UI. This is due to secedit reseting the members of the Users group. – localization update - updated to address an issue where the Fix it would fail when attempting to preserve user group membership on localized operating systems

    • Wondering if you could mod your tool so that it could be used on another disk. For example a disk that was damaged by improper acl mods and will no longer function correctly. By installing the disk in a working machine and running your utility against that disk from that machine's functioning windows instance.

    • Reset Security worked like a charm on my Vista SP2 x64 box.  After installing SP2 my Network Sharing Center got an error saysing "No such interface is supported".  Ran your fixit, rebooted, and voila back to normal! Thanks!

    • Hello Matt,

      Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. I am glad to hear the Fix it worked for you. There is a large group of people working to provide automated solutions.



    • THANK YOU! I thought my registry was damaged to no avail but this program fixed my admin rights!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    • There is a way to fix permissions on another HDD. What I did was download the FixItForMe self installer and save it to the drive that needs fixing then run from the browser I downloaded it on. Works!

    • I used it and came up with an error that said program could not finish running an permission error accured?

      Do you know how to get passed this?  

    • Great progress and a most welcome step.

      Thank You

    • Hi there, I got some sort of awful virus that hosed all of my permissions, even for the admin account. I have eliminated it (as far as I can tell) but I am unable to run the tool because it says that I don't have the permissions... Even though I am running as Admin. I downloaded it on another machine and installed it via CD and still can't run. Is there anything I can do to override the permissions and run the fix?



    • I ran this hoping to fix an error with Adobe Acrobat constantly running the last bit of installation every time I right click.  It didn't seem to do the trick as it's still continuing to "configure" the installation.  It doesn't seem like I have all the permissions in the registry to allow it to finally finish its installation.

    • I just fixit on my PC and now I cannot start SQL Server on my PC which was running fine before that. Every time it says "Access denied". I fixed the access to give access to every one on everything but still error.

      Is there anybody to help me? I tried to upgrade sql server but still useless.

    • I can't seem to find a fix it for my two problems with my Win XP Home Dell PC.

      1. I can't seem to get my desktop icons to stay on my desktop. When I boot up, NO Icons appear. My Internet service connects automatically. If I let it continue to connect it will but still with no icons. But before it completes connecting, if I close it, all my desktop icons appear.

      2. When I go to play a game in any web site, before the game opens, my explorer is shut down and I find myself back to the desktop. After investigating all through the help sites I think it's a damaged Shockwave ActiveX Control.

      I did a search and found the programs. They are damaged. Where do I get new ActiveX Controls installed?

      Thank You

      Carol Pereski

    • Let me first thank and congratualte you for providing this useful FixIt! tool.

      But it doesn't help those who are having Adobe Reader 9.0 or 9.1 installed and want to install IE7 or IE8! The Adobe Reader 9.x setup removes the Full Permissions right for the Administrators(!) group for the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{34A715A0-6587-11D0-924A-0020AFC7AC4D}

      That's why the installation of IE7 or IE8 will fail in case Adobe Reader 9.x has been installed in front of IE7 or IE8.

      Any chance to include the fix in your FixIt! tool?

      TIA, Freudi

    • Yes, thank-you for bringing this to our attention.  We will add this key to the Microsoft Fix it package as well as work with the Internet Explorer 8 setup team.



    • Thanks, John! :-)

      You may want to direct the IE-Team to too, in case they have access to the EWS database.

      Bye, Freudi

    • Thanks Ottmar: can we get some more information about your Windows version? Please open and copy/paste the details displayed in blue into an e-mail to us.

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