If nothing else, can I boot into Safe Mode with DOS only, navigate to the files, and rename them? Since they're already corrupted, renaming them can't cause any more damage to anything, as I see it.
1) - Boot into Safe Mode with command prompt.
2) - Navigate to the directory with the file:
3) First, use 'takedown' to give my user name, 'mike' full ownership of the file:
takeown /f prncacla.in
4) Second, use 'cacls' to give user 'mike' full control:
cacls prncacla.in /G mike:F
5) Last, rename the file:
ren prncacla.in prncacla.in.old
My understanding of DOS is from 1980 or so. Searching around the internet I was looking for ways to rename a system file. The worst that can happen, is I need to re-install Windows, which is what several people think I should have done from the beginning.
Edit: no-go. Even when I put that long directory path in double quotes, I get "The system cannot find the path specified".