Locked out of my own files after XP re-install
Posted on 2006-04-02
** I had asked this question a couple of weeks ago. There were a couple of comments back and forth, but then the thread died**
My computer was set up with two user accounts - one for myself ("Administrator" rights) and one for guests ("User" rights). There was a folder on my C: (but not within my Documents and Settings\My Profile folder) that I did not want to be accessed when logged in with the guest account. Before I made any changes, if one was logged in under the guest account one could see all the files, and could also make changes to them if one wanted to. This was no good! I didn't even want the guest user to be able to open the files (let alone manipulate them), so I tried to manually apply restrictions on the folder. After attempting this, one could STILL do whatever they wanted to this folder and its files.
I recently needed to re-install Windows for other reasons, so I made a back-up of all my profile files and also the folder mentioned above onto Lucy (external HD). I then wiped out my C: drive and reinstalled Windows (using the same disk from the previous installation). I moved all of my backed-up profile files from Lucy back to my Dell with no problem. When I tried to restore the folder mentioned above from Lucy, however, I got an error! For some reason, the permissions that were applied to this folder did not succeed in locking out a guest user in my last installation, but have succeeded in locking ME out in THIS installation.
I have tried everything I could think of - my account username is identical to what it was before, the computer name is the same as beforea, and I think even the workgroup name is the same as before. I've gone to the backed-up folder on Lucy and tried to manually re-apply permsissions, giving myself full control. I have also seemingly successfully given myself full ownership. When I do this, I get no error messages, but when I try to access the files I still get the same error message.
Is there anything that I might be able to do to regain access to these files, or am I completely screwed?