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access is denied error on windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by yogidishman, Mar 1, 2010.

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  1. yogidishman

    yogidishman Thread Starter

    Mar 1, 2010
    As posted earlier, I have encountered a serious problem accessing my hard drive and booting up Windows XP. I am running windows XP on a Dell 8400 dimension workstation. As mentioned in my previous posting I am getting the infamous blue screen of death with the error message 0x0000007B.I suspect that I am a victim of a virus . As suggested I ran a repair from a Windows CD recovery disk and it seemed to run okay and indicated that everything was fine however when I rebooted I still received the same old blue screen. . As mentioned in my previous post, Help Mode is of no help as the options all lead me back to the blue screen. Therefore I tried something different.

    I booted up from the Windows Recovery CD and when prompted hit the letter R on the first screen which placed me into a C:\windows prompt. From there I was able to go to the root directory and I was able to list the folders that have my data in them. However when I attempted to open these folders I received an error message of "Access is denied" and could go no further. I checked the attributes on these directories and they are only showing an attribute of d=directory. I tried different things with the attrib command to see if I could get around the access problem but to no avail.

    I ran a chkdsk /p and it came back indicating that there were no problems. I am running out of options and am quickly reaching the point where I am considering doing a complete reinstall of windows, however I don't want to lose my data. Can anyone suggest how I might be able to access my data files and skirt around that "access is denied" message? Thank you
  2. Miggs


    Aug 14, 2006
    Try replacing your atapi.sys file if you can.
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