XP access other System's Files

Posted on 2005-04-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I had this really boring problem with lsass.exe bringing up a System Error at boot up and not allowing me to repair of fully boot up.

In the end I in desperation loaded a parallel installation.  So far so good.  Now it runs in my second XP instalation but I can't get in to the folders holding the original system's file.  I can't run the software (gain acess to my e-mail) nor open my files.

Any ideas?


Question by:johndalston
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    All your personal settings and files are stored in your profile directory, c:\documents and settings\username (from old system).  If you can't access that you need to take ownership of the files.  Please read this article CAREFULLY as the method of doing this can vary:;en-us;308421&sd=tech

    As for your programs, you have to reinstall all of them.  Your new install's registry needs to be given the information your old install had; the most effective (and only way I know of) way of doing that is by reloading the software.

    Author Comment

    Thanks so much for that.  It worked a treat.  I am going to reload the entirity of my software, I have had to do this now 3 times in 2 years on a Compaq Presario Notebook.  

    I am thinking of using my Dell OS  any reason not to do you think?

    and any thoughts on my e-mails?


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    by:Lee W, MVP
    You should be able to pull your e-mails in from your old profile directory.  Normally I could help with that right now, but I'm working a science Fiction convention this weekend and am already running late.  Will try to help more later, but you should be able to recover everything from the profile directory.

    I'm not sure what you are referring to in terms of "using my Dell OS" - OEM licensed software products are tied (legally, if not by some peice of identifying software) to the machine they are sold with.  You can't legally use them on other hardware (in most cases).

    Author Comment

    Thanks again,  have a lovely time at the convention.  Hope Dr Who turns up, just started airing here.

    Think I have found all the out look files so going to transfer those.

    I have two dell desktops both running xp home as well.  They are very stable.  Wondered if the instability I have suffered on the Compaq is the messing around they all do with their software, but as you say might not be legal to load on to the notebook

    All the best


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