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#1 damon bach

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 09:43 AM

On boot, my son's computer kept getting error: no operating system present, boot from CD. When I booted from the CD, setup tried unsuccessfully to repair Windows XP. After re-installing XP, my son could not access his account, which contains all of his school work. Windows does not display the account. I can see that the account still exists using the dos prompt. Is there any way to access this account ?

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 10:13 AM

You'll have to go in (in an Administrator account) and take ownership of the files in order to access them. Open up Windows Explorer (Start...Run...type in "explorer.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter) and navigate to the account's folder. Right click on it and select "Properties", then select the "Security" tab...

If the tab isn't visible, then you'll have to boot into Safe Mode and use the Administrator account there to access the folder using the above directions.

...Once you're in the Security tab, click on the Advanced button
Then click on the Owner tab
Double click on your (or his) account name to take ownership
Then put a checkmark in the box that states "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects"
Click on Apply and then on OK to make the changes effective. Close the rest of the dialog and you should be able to access the files now.

Be advised that I've found this process to be a bit finicky - so you may have to drill down into the directories beneath the main one and reapply the changes. FYI - here's a guide that I wrote a while back about how to do this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/42756/how-to-fix-an-access-denied-errors/
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