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.
One thing to remember - I found that I had to take the opportunity to move the files to an accessible folder while still in safe mode. I'm not sure why this happened - I may not have changed the permissions correctly, even though they appeared to have been changed and confirmation appeared when the process was complete.
To be on the safe side, move the files in safe mode as soon as you have successfully changed the permissions, rather than rebooting first. It might save a bit of effort!
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