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i think i screwed up big...

by garychad / December 27, 2007 8:29 AM PST

i got a virus on my xp home edition. and re installed windows hoping to fix the problem...
now rather then restarting at the log in it fails to recognize me as the administrator and wont let me access the files (all the family pictures, music files, bookmarks... ect) any ideas?

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(NT) How did you reinstall?
by Coryphaeus / December 27, 2007 9:09 AM PST
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Do you have access to another computer?
by James Denison / December 27, 2007 10:57 AM PST

If so, considering how much you don't want to risk losing those files, I'd slave the drive to the other computer, or better put in a USB harddrive enclosure and copy the files I wanted off. First of course I'd scan it immediately on access with the other computer's fully updated virus software. Once that's done and you have your data safe, then play around with getting XP back up on it.

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When you say ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 28, 2007 4:04 AM PST
it fails to recognize me as the administrator and wont let me access the files

do you mean that you can see the files but you get an "access denied" error message?

If so, that is normal and simply requires you to TAKE OWNERSHIP of the files or the entire directories (folders) they are in. This link will guide you through the process (pay attention to the fact that you MUST do this in Safe Mode in your XP Home):

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

You should now have full access.
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by garychad / December 28, 2007 5:57 AM PST
In reply to: When you say ...

yeah excatly... ill copy this and let you know how it goes

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im going to try it but....
by garychad / December 28, 2007 6:09 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

i had a buddy try to fix it... his 'diagnosis was'

"when you repaird Windows with the instal disk, it rewrote the index and forgot to included your old files with the new index"

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