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Re-installed XP - can't access old files

Posted on 2006-07-09
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My partner's laptop started acting up. (Every time it started booting it restarted the computer. After trying quite a few safemode fixes, I decided to re-install XP. All workes OK now except her files are not accessible. (She didn't enter the same username - I don't know if that would have made a difference - but trying to copy all her files from "Documents and Settings" gives "Access is denied". What do I do?
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If she is set up as an administrator on the machine she can try to take ownership of the files and then grant herself access to them.

In file permissions-> advanced there is a tab for ownership - try taking ownership and see if that helps.

Dave Dietz
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Thanks, but it took me quite a while to figure out that, before I could adjust these settings, I had to go to Tools | Folder Options | View and untick the box labelled, "Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)".

The system's still a bit of a mess, though. There's a lot more stuff assuming that link between Sign-on and "My Documents" than I'd have thought. Even installing software is a pain. It fails unable to create log files and such.

Oh well, at least I know where to go to change ownership to get around all this.

Thanks again.
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