File access problem

  Octoz 15:17 15 Oct 2005
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XP pro AMD 2400+
Have a corrupted xp pro installation. Have cleanly instaaled new XP and am trying to access a file under my identity. Have accessed the other three users documents and copied them over but keep getting an "access is denied" message when trying to access mine.
Mine was a password protected administrator identity.

many thanks in advance

  BurrWalnut 15:25 15 Oct 2005

If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro you may have to “take 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 if the file/folder you want doesn‘t appear.

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.

  Octoz 15:38 15 Oct 2005

Cracked it, was about 2 seconds away from major panic. Many thanks again for your help.

Octoz

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