I am using XP Home and after a crash have had to use my original Recovery cd to restore the system after attempts to use XP's System Restore points failed. Everything is OK except for a folder which contains my personal files. When I try to open it I get: "c:\documents and settings\Owner\Desktop\personal is not accessible. Access is denied. There appears to be a workaround for this in XP Pro but not in XP Home. Anyone know how I can access this folder please?
Thanks rawprawn. This is the workaround I was referring to. I thought that it only applied to XP Pro. Following the instructions, though, I get as far as: "Under Advanced Settings, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK" Problem is I do not have a 'Use Simple File Sharing' box. Can any XP Home users please check this workaround and let me know if they get this box displayed.
I tried the Boot into Safe Mode and the other way suggested but does not seem to make any dfference. Where should I find the Security tab please? There is certainly no change to the 'Advanced Settings' referred to earlier.
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps: 1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties. 2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears). 3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab. 4. In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box. 5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message: You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes. Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of. 6. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.
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