0x00000024 fixed...but..

By Markojett
Mar 15, 2012
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  1. I received the 0x00000024 error yesterday after an automatic Windows update (XP). I was finally able to boot after running the "chkdsk" command, but now many programs are no longer working. My PC is fairly old, so my first thought was to do another backup of my files. It's crazy because, for instance on my desktop I can open file folders, but I cannot drag, move or copy them. Internet Explorer won't open and I'm not able to restore.

    Has anyone had this type of issue before? Thanks for your help.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,010   +218

    sounds like there was major corruption in the filesystem and while CHKDSK was
    successful, it also lost bits and pieces of the NTFS controls (aka the permissions).

    To test this, you can take ownership of
    your user profile which controls all your user data located at C:\Docs & Settings\username\*

    right-click on your username go to properties, click on security tab
    click on the advanced button near the bottom

    you get three tabs {Perms, Owner, Effective Perms}
    click on the Owner Tab
    the current owner is shown
    you can select your login in the Change Owner and [x] the Replace owner
    and click Apply.​

    If the \Program Files are is effected, you can do the same stunt as above,
    but you need:
    • Login as an Admin
    • Take Ownership of C:\Program Files
    • Add Read/Execute to the <everyone> group name

    NOW THEN: If this is way too much or too complicated DO NOT PROCEED!
  3. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 529

    Just one quick question about it:

    When you say your programs no longer open, does this mean that .EXE's just don't run? There's no error, no window pop up, nothing?

    Or does it pop up with an error message? Or possibly ask you what you want to open the program with? (Window pops up asking, "Open with..."?


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