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Recover password-protected Documents and Settings files from an archive?


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#1 mike18xx

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 03:22 AM

Situation: Windows XP Home system had Windows folder irreparably damaged by malware (could no longer boot to desktop under any circumstances).

1. I attached the drive to another system and created an Acronis TrueImage archive of the entire drive.
2. I then returned the drive to the original machine new-installed XP Pro.

Problem: I cannot recover any of the documents from the Desktop folder (among others) of the old Documents and Settings folder on the image archive EVEN THOUGH I KNOW THE PASSWORD.

-- How do I do this? (Note: Since this is an read-only image, I cannot modify permissions, etc; and since the D&S folder's contents are password-protected, I can't simply copy them out of the archive onto the drive.)


Has anybody just made a utility which will recover everything after you enter the password?

Edited by mike18xx, 11 December 2009 - 03:34 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:45 AM

It has nothing to do with passwords (unless you somehow encrypted your folders), it's a normal situation when a hard drive is moved to a different system or the original hard drive on a system is replaced.

Windows provides free access to all files which are not in the Docs & Settings folders on a system partition, while access to these folders takes a tad more effort.

Try Taking Ownership - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421.

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#3 mike18xx

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 02:21 PM

Please read my post -- The files are in the D&S folder of a drive saved in a read-only archive (which means I cannot change the ownership permissions).

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 03:27 AM

Anybody? Beuller?

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 08:35 AM

create a temp folder for the files you want to restore. Use acronis to restore those files to the temp folder then you can take ownership and move the files.
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