Hi, I have taken a HDD out of a Packard Bell iExtreme (windows xp home) desktop pc to rescue some files. Unfortunately, the user before me seems to have locked access to all the files, it seems to only be the user accounts that were passworded... any ideas as to how i can bypass the 'access denied' dialogue boxes and get the files?
Access Files If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try “taking ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.
To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.