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Retrieve 'My Documents' folders from another computer

Posted on 2007-03-20
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My comp got some water spill on it (don't ask how :) )
It is dead and doesn't even start into BIOS.

Nevermind, all I want is to recover the files on the hard disk, which fortunately is okay.

The problem is I have very important files in one user's 'My Documents' folder.
When I go here I have the 'Access Denied' message.

How to go to this folder. There should be a way.
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You will need to take ownership of the \\C&\Documents and Settings\<username> folder (except - if these are EFS encrypted (show up as green in Explorer - if so DON'T do this!)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 
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and235100 is correct you need to take ownership via right clicking, properties, security, advanced, owner. DO NOT do this if you have encrypted your files as and235100 has already stated.
click the replace owner on subcontainers and objects and take ownership. click ok and go back to the security tab. add the administrator user and give full permissions. just to make sure after doing that, click advanced again and select replace permissions on child objects and apply.
you should now be able to access the files
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by:and235100
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I don't agree with the points allocation.

I gave a link to all the information that mattyfonz gave - plus it is from an official source.

I should be allocated all the points.

Hence why mattyfonz said "and235100 is correct"

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agreed,
i just read the link and235100 provided in his first post and it does indeed cover everything i said.
so he should get full credit.
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