Fresh xp install questions

  Josquius 23:41 07 Aug 2005
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I was originally going to be just trying to fix my installation of windows xp though things went pear shaped and I ended up doing a entirely new install.
This new install is on what has become my D drive though the old one which is broken remains on the C drive.
I have some questions on how to get my computer working correctly again.

1: How do I safely remove the installation on the c drive so I am not asked which one I want to boot from on turning on the computer?
2: How do I access my old files on the C drive, they appear to be protected. I will go beyond standard access routes here, surely I can at the very least hack my own computer to retrieve them (or better yet let me permanently access them)
3: How do I find out what kind of a soundcard I have (its internal on my motherboard) so I can retriev drivers for it?

Probally many more that will only hit me later...

  Josquius 23:44 07 Aug 2005

One just hit me
4: How do I purge windows messenger from my system?

  Josquius 23:49 07 Aug 2005

5: How do I put a little button next to my start bar which when pressed does the same as pressing ctrl+m?

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 23:58 07 Aug 2005

1) get rid of windows messenger click here

scroll down to shoot the messenger

2) take ownership of files

click here;en-us;308421

safley removing install on c i will have to pass to someone else but i hope the above links help

Z

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 00:01 08 Aug 2005

click here;en-us;308421

take ownership of files part 2

1st link not working hopefully this one will

  powerless 00:04 08 Aug 2005

1) Format it throught the D drive installation. But copy files and folders etc first!!

2) click here

3)Everest click here

4) click here

5) ?

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 00:05 08 Aug 2005

okay no links i'll do it this way

INTRODUCTION
This article describes how to take ownership of a file or a folder where you have been denied access.

If you must access a file or a folder that you do not have access to, you must take ownership of that file or folder. When you do this, you replace the security permissions to have access.




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How to take ownership of a folder
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.

If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File sharing when it is not joined to a domain.

For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307874 (click here) How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP
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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How to take ownership of a file
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps: 1. Right-click the file 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 Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.
5. Click Add.
6. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
7. Click OK.
8. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
9. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.

  Josquius 10:41 08 Aug 2005

Another one- where would I find the place where opera and firefox store their bookmaks?
Thanks for what has worked so far. I think I'm on my way to cracking into those files. Some points though.


In getting rid of my installation on c I do not want to format it, I just want to get rid of all recognision of a windows install on that disk.

By the little icon I mean the thing you press and it minimises to desktop, there isn't one by default this time for some reason.

That programme that shows my computer's bits only shows what is installed however I must figure out how to install my soundcard.

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