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Wrong permission on C:\, how to change it, possible OT

I have a PC that is running Cygwin 1.5.25-15 on top of Windows XP Pro, SP2. My problem is that it will not do a disk boot. If I use the Windows XP Startup disk floppy, the hard-drive comes up fully with XP Pro, but only with the floppy. I've tried using the Recovery Console "BOOTCFG" cmd but it fails when trying to write the boot.ini file. I've tried changing the mode to 777 under Cygwin but it won't allow it (no error msg).

I'm not sure if I'm on the right track but I don't know of any other reason it got changed other than Cygwin or the constant powering up/down by the grandkids. Does anyone know:
1.) If I'm on the right track?
2). How do I open up write access to everyone?

If I didn't have Cygwin installed, then I know it is OT. When I look at other systems, the mode is 1777. If I don't get a resolution, I'll have to just leave a floppy in the drive.

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