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My Documents : Access Denied

by Pennoire / November 19, 2007 5:12 PM PST

The 'My Documents' folder is located on an alternative drive to the operating system, drive H:\.

In the 'Sharing' options for this folder, I had the 'Make Private' option set to true but no password enabled (I have no idea why I did this as the machine is neither connected to the internet nor shared with other people, but I think it is relevant to the problem).

Some days later I reinstalled (NOT repaired) the operating system (Windows XP SP2).

When I try to open the folder I get the message 'Access Denied' whether I try from command prompt or Windows Explorer.

Upon reinstallation of the O/S I gave a different user name than in the previous installation - could this be the problem?

Can anyone tell me how to access my locked folder?

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Log on as an administrator... or better yet
by Steven Haninger / November 19, 2007 7:18 PM PST
the administrator. Using explorer, change the security settings as desired. You can change ownership and access rights as you wish. Make sure the desired user is given full control over the folder, however.
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Need more information
by Pennoire / November 20, 2007 4:34 PM PST

I cannot see any option under My Documents > Properties > Sharing to change the security rights as you describe. I am using Windows XP Home edition which doesn't seem to give the same level of security options as XP Professional. In fact there is only the option to 'Make Folder Private' which is dithered. When I try to change any of the sharing options it says 'Access Denied'. In short I cannot do anything with the folder.

Is there any other way of changing security setting with XP Home?

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Boot into Safe Mode.
by Me, Myself and You / November 20, 2007 5:09 PM PST
In reply to: Need more information

That "sharing" tab becomes the "security" tab. And there's your pot of gold.

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Even if it would have been the same user name...
by Me, Myself and You / November 20, 2007 3:22 PM PST

the user IDs will always be different. Then other factors such as Domain, computer name, etc, come into play. But like Steven Hanigar said, as long as the Administrators group (that in theory means any Administrator) was given rights to take ownership of the files (thankfully this is default) you theoretically should be able to get your files back.

Unless of course they were EFS encrypted. Your chances then are just about gone. So it would be a good time to learn about backup.

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