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Denied access to files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dampfleece, Jan 13, 2011.

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  1. dampfleece

    dampfleece Thread Starter

    Jan 12, 2011

    I have recently used the Acer Recovery tool to reload Windows XP whilst saving a back up of all files (see previous thread).

    All worked really well and Windows installed fine.

    However, when I try to access the backed up files (in C:Backup) I get an error message advising that accedd is denied.

    The properties of my C drive show that there is 130Gbs of data used so the files must have been backed up, I just cant access them.

    I have an idea that this could be because I set a password on the previous installation of XP, but I would have thought that on reinstalling with a single administrator access user would not cause an issue.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I have about 100Gbs of photos that I would like to retain (and yes I will back these up afterwards - lesson is being well and truly learned!!)

  2. surferdude2


    Jul 6, 2010
    Try taking ownership of the files.

    To do that follow the instructions given HERE.
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