Saturday, January 31, 2009

Access Denied for MSC files / Administrative Tools in Windows.

Recently when I tried to start any of the Administrative Tools ( .msc files ) in my system ( Windows XP Home Edition ), I encountered a strange "Access Denied" error even though I was logged in as the administrator.

It seemed strange as Administrator, I should have access to these tools and such a response seemed odd.

The problem was the .msc file types had lost it's association. So once I ensured that msc files are opened using the Microsoft Management Console or mmc.exe, I could resolve the issue in no time.