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How do I view a Private Folder? Locked by my "old self"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by trickyt, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. trickyt

    trickyt Thread Starter

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    I created a "Private Folder". unfortunately I lost my ID due to a hard drive problem. I can still read the drive but the hidden directory still says "access denied".

    I have tried creating a new user with the same name and password as previously, but it still does not help, - the folder still says access denied.

    How can I retrieve my old files?
     
  2. natcom

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    try and access the files in a command prompt. If you can, copy them to a new directory and see if that works

    or you can try Log in as Administrator if you aren't already. Browse to the folder in Windows explorer. Right click and select properties. Click the security tab. Click advanced. Click the Owners tab. Check the box that says Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. Click Administrator. Click Apply or OK and you should be back in business.
     
  3. trickyt

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    Unfortuately trying to access the files through DOS gives me an "access denied" message when i reach the private folder.

    Sorry to ask a stupid question, BUT how do I login as Administrator? I can login as AN Admiistrator, but not with the user name Administrator.

    You Wrote "Click the security tab....."

    On my Win XP home I cannot see any security tab.
     
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    Thanks Natcom, that solved it, but microsofts instructions are NOT easy to follow.

    So here it is in English:
    1) Start PC in safe mode
    2) Log on as administrator
    3) Right click the folder select properties, then security then advanced then owner.
    4) Take ownership...
     
  6. natcom

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    good to hear you got it to work :)
     
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