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Fragger

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#1 12 years ago

I had to reinstall Windows and now I can't access my old user folder under Documents And Settings. I get a message saying "E:\documents and settings\fragger is not accessible. Access is denied." Any ideas?




DesChut3s

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#2 12 years ago

Damaged partition? Did you install over an existing installation? If you did, that was a horribly bad choice... lol! You should have done a repair via the XP disk. In either case, I don't know of any simple ways of getting that file back.




Bs|Archaon

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#3 12 years ago

Are you logged in under an admin account? If not, then you should be, because user folders are private for obvious reasons and any old user can't access them.




Fragger

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#4 12 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3405708Are you logged in under an admin account?[/QUOTE] Yes, I am. I am logged in as administrator, not just an admin account and still nothing. [QUOTE=DesChut3s;3405703]Damaged partition? Did you install over an existing installation? If you did, that was a horribly bad choice... lol! You should have done a repair via the XP disk. In either case, I don't know of any simple ways of getting that file back.

I tried the repair and didn't work, so I had to reinstall, but I installed to a different HD.




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#5 12 years ago

XP Pro has a "security" tab under file properties, but it's fiddly and it took me a good ten minutes to properly work out a systematic method to set the owner privileges to myself and have the right to see the folders (Which oddly enough, if I recall, are two different settings). I can't remember the exact procedure as I'm currently running XP Home with no desire to upgrade, but if you're on 'Pro then you may wish to invest some time getting to grips with that page.

Disclaimer: Obviously though, setting permissions through that can be...Unwise, don't play with it if you don't trust yourself with it. :p




Fragger

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#6 12 years ago

Thanks to all. I finally got the solution from here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810881