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Solved: Locked myself out

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Shelly6, Aug 9, 2006.

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  1. Shelly6

    Shelly6 Thread Starter

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    Our XP Pro computer has had a major crash and I can't get it to load. I tried to reinstall it from cd but it says it can't copy a whole lot of files. The cd is scratched and I'm thinking that may be causing it, so I have installed XP Home on the same drive to get the computer up and running, and to try to recover the personal files in the my documents folder. However, when there were two users on that machine I made one folder private. Now I am locked out. Do I need to be in XP Pro to access it or can I get in with a password?

    edit: After reading a couple of other threads I think we can trace the original problem to the missing wininet.dll
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    You may have to take ownership of the files as described here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

    If it's not actually a scratched CD causing the missing files on installing, consider that faulty RAM could be a likely cause, that is a classic symptom.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Also try softly washing cd with a sponge and warm soapy water...could be dirty cd drive which needs cleaner run through it as well.
     
  4. Shelly6

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    Thanks Kiwiguy.(y) That was exactly what I needed. I am SO in the good books. :D I think I will copy it to cd and then most likely replace the computer. It has given me grief for long enough.
     
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