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By appus ·
I have windows XP Professional installed on my PC. I had installed win2k3 server in another hard drive in the same pc as dual booting. After installing win2k3, I couldnt access winxp administrator files. so i just removed the security from win2k3. afterwards i uninstalled the 2k3 OS and removed the Hard Disk. Now if i try to access some files in c:\documents and settings\administrator, it says access denied.
Since it is an administrative account.. i cannot delete and create again. is there anyway to get that security back? Answers will be rated and appreciated.

Thanks
appus

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by TechKid In reply to Administrator account

log in as administrator

right click on the c:\documents and settings\administrator folder>click properties>click security tab>click advanced button>click owner tab>click your name in the "change owner" box>click to put a check mark in "replace owner on subcontainers and objects">click apply

you should now have access

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by appus In reply to

there is no options

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by appus In reply to Administrator account

If i right click on administrator folder.. there is no security options .. that is why i posted this forum

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by appus In reply to Administrator account

Point value changed by question poster.

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by pctech In reply to Administrator account

Hi,
I have never been confronted with this exact problem but, you can try this. Slave the XP Pro drive into another system running XP Pro. Open Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>View and under "Hidden files and folders", check the radial box to " Show hidden files and folders". Next, uncheck the box for "Hide extentions for known file types" ( leave this unchecked ) and uncheck the box to "Hide protected operating system files". Now you can share the Administrator folder on the slaved drive and take ownership of the folder. This allows you to set the security to Everyone (Full Control)and apply to all subfolders as well. You may also need to do this for the "System Volume Information" folder as well. Reinstall the XP Pro drive back into the original computer and boot ( safe mode ) the computer to the Administrator account. You should now have full access to the all of the Administrator folders. You can reset the security on any folders that you took ownership of and remove the share. This should work for you.

I hope this helps you.

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by appus In reply to

I have options to take the files.. i dont want to install the OS. I have options to take files.. if i go thru my computers.. it will say access denied when i double click on the adminstrator folder.. i can see the desktop.. i can go to local settings.. thru typing the direct link.. i can take backup and format.. i wanted to avoid this installations..

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by pctech In reply to Administrator account

Appus,
What I offered you IS a way to avoid formating and reinstalling. Please reread my post.

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by appus In reply to

hi..some of your lines.. Now you can share the Administrator folder on the slaved drive and take ownership of the folder. This allows you to set the security to Everyone (Full Control)and apply to all subfolders as well.
For this i have to have other OS installed right.. ?? (atleast connect to other pc). thanks for your help.. but looking for help without removing the hard drive and without fixing one more drive in to it...

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by appus In reply to Administrator account

Atlast.. i transferred the data.. without removing.. and did a clean and neat format. .. for my badluck.. nothing helped.. anyhow thanks for all who tried to help.. I appreciate it

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