Access protected user files in XP PRo

By ken ·
One of my clients trashed the Windows directory to the point that it could not be repaired during installation. I chose to install a new copy which went fine and everything is running. I cannot access his files (my documents,favorites, etc.) under one of his old userids which was password protected. The other userids could be accessed and files were all retrieved. How can I access the files under the protected userid. I know the password..

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Access restricted files

by millertimes In reply to Access protected user fil ...

If I'm understanding you correctly you are getting access denied when trying to go to that folder. In that case you need to log into the system with an account that has administrator access, then take ownership of the folder. To do that, right click on the folder, go to the Security Tab, click on Advanced, go to owner tab, put a check mark in replace owner on subcontainers and objects.

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No Security tab

by ken In reply to Access restricted files

You are right about what we are trying to do. Your solution looks good except that there is no security tab when I right click on this or any folder. I am logged on a "administrator".

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I think I know your problem

by Slayer_ In reply to No Security tab

You need to turn off "Simple File Sharing"
Open any window, Click Tools, then folder options

Click the View tab
Scroll right to the bottom, and uncheck
"Use simple file sharing (Recommended)"

Then you will have a security tab.

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Found it

by ken In reply to Access restricted files


Had to be in Safe Mode to work.


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