In Vista "Access Denied" when I try to open My Documents on my old XP disk

By jon1755 ·
My old XP computer broke down and I attached its hard drive to a new Vista PC. When I try to open a file in the old My Documents folder I get "Access Denied" or words to that effect.
Files in other folders can be opened as usual.

It's a big problem as all my personal files are in the old My Documents. I'm the sole user, not on a network, and the administrator. I find I can change permissions on some files [with difficulty as it seems a complex area] but it would take too long to go through the whole folder laboriously doing this.

Is there a way of changing permissions on My Documents folder so that all contained folders and files may be accessed? I've tried to do this but the files remain "Access Denied".

Vista Home Premium (32bit) seems to have too much security for someone like me. Does anyone know a way around this problem?

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Take Ownership

by jon1755 In reply to Take Ownership

Thankyou willcomp - useful information on doing this file by file and with screenshots. It led me (via comments I think) to a Microsoft help page

'Troubleshoot "access denied" when opening files or folders'

Click on "I installed a new version of Windows and now I can't open a folder." and a set of instructions apperars - number 5 " . . . . select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box." seemed to do the trick - a box appeared ( after a few ok clicks,)"Changing Ownership of Files" and this listed files as they were changed on my P drive (external) for well over an hour.

I was sure this must have worked - no, "Access Denied" or its variants appears when I try to open a file.

It seemed to work but did not - anyway thanks for the lead.

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If you don't wish to take Ownership of the Files

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to In Vista "Access Denied" ...

Instead of working with the HDD form the Old Computer with all of it's Security in place you could always recover the files from your Backup.

There are only 2 types of computer users those who have lost all of their Data and those who are going to loose all of their Data.

Use this HDD as a Backup Device by fitting it to a USB Enclosure after you have saved your Data and then wipe it and backup to it.

Do Not leave the drive running all of the time only turn it on when it is required and turn it off when you have finished. This will allow you to keep a working HDD far longer than would otherwise be possible and your Data Relatively Safe at the same time.


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Good Idea

by jon1755 In reply to If you don't wish to take ...

Just had a look at the backup drive and all files can be opened - there are a few missing but I may be able to change ownership on my P drive for these. So all should be well, hopefully.

Thanks for your help


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Your Welcome. <NT>

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Good Idea

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