I recently had to do a Windows Recovery with my computer. I have a 2nd hard drive on which I have backed up a lot of my files and such. When I go to use those backed up files on my primary hard drive I am unable to access these files because this error message comes up: "Folder is not accessible. Access is denied." I can't even copy those files to the other hard drive. I found the following article on microsoft's website. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810881/en-us
. I am guessing that it applies only to XP pro because some of the things it recommends doing are not even on my computer. Can anyone tell me how to accomplish the same thing with XP home edition? Thanks in advance.
Here are the steps. My comments are in purple.
To resolve this issue, you must turn off Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder:
1. Turn off Simple File Sharing:
a. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
b. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
c. Under Advanced Settings, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK. Simple file sharing is not even offered in my advanced settings
2. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
3. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message, if one appears. I have no security tab.
4. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab. I have no owner tab.
5. In the Name list, click your user name, Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group.
If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
6. Click OK.
You may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory Folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
7. Click Yes.
8. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder contents."