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Problem Accessing XP user accounts folders

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by windowsuser20, May 24, 2007.

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  1. windowsuser20

    windowsuser20 Thread Starter

    May 20, 2007
    Recently I had to do a system restore due to a virus infection, and it restored the computer 3 months back, only there was one problem:

    USERS before System Restore:

    Account P [Computer owner Account]

    Account X [Administrator]

    Account Y [limited]

    Account Z [Administrator]

    USERS after system restore:


    After the system restore there was only a Computer Owner/ Administrator account. After 2 weeks of trying to recreate the accounts to no avail i have given up.

    However, When I go to C:/Documents and Settings, I can still access all the folders and files of the previous user accounts P, Y and Z. All, except for Account X, which was an administrator account, and had set its sharing of files and folders to PRIVATE and unable to let other users access.

    When I try to open the documents folder using the Computer owner/ administrator account, it says "Access to C:/documents and settings/account X Is Denied". I have tried to change its properties of the folder to share, and i have tried booting the computer in safe mode and changing its permissions, to no avail. It still says "you do not have the permissions to change this".

    Can somebody help me with this?
    Much appreciated
  2. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    Sometimes when you reinstall WindowsXP, you can receive an Access Denied error when trying to open a previous user's directory.
    To take ownership of that folder again:

    1. Log on with an account that has administrator rights
    2. Right click on the folder
    3. Select Properties
    4. Click on the Security tab
    5. Click on the Advanced button
    6. Click on the Owner tab
    7. In the list of Names, click on your name
    8. To take ownership, click on Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
    9. Click OK and Yes

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