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Problems After Reinstalling Windows


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#1 Sierra

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 09:14 PM

THE PROBLEM:
A while ago I had some pretty nasty viruses and decided that formating the drive and reinstalling windows xp was the only sollution. I was having trouble with the formating but in the end I reinstalled XP which fixed the viral problem but anything on the C drive was untouched--including my old profile.

The problem is that the reinstall got rid of the ability to to access my old profile, which would be fine if it deleted the folder in Documents and Settings, which as previously mentioned it did not. The profile was password protected before the reinstall so I can't just throw it in the recycler and forget about it. This is a problem as I have several gigs of files in there that are taking up space and degrading system performance.

WHAT I'VE TRIED:
I've gone into Safe Mode under the Administrator profile and tried accessing folder from there but it tells me that access is denied.
I've gone from there to command prompt and tried accessing it from there. Same case.
Changing permissions under the folder options. Had no effect.


I'm willing to try reformating again even though I was ultimately unable to the last time, but I am hoping that there is some fix I haven't tried. I'm mad that XP must make it so the dang administrator can't even access password protected profile folders. Any suggestions would be great, including good tech guys to take the thing to as a last ditch effort.

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 10:05 PM

If you FORMAT use Active@KillDisk-Drive Wipe Utility or Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)
to wipe your drive. This will destroy ALL data on the drive including virus' and malware. You will have to FORMAT afterwards. I do this everytime I reinstall on a used drive, and recommend it as a good practice against reinfection.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:38 AM

The problem is that there is a different security descriptor used for each installation of XP - so that you can't use the credentials from one XP installation to access another one (this prevents folks from stealing your data in this way).
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