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#1 Domenicm

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 09:02 PM

I recently re-installed my copy of Windows XP on my machine, due to issues with the keyboard, and by recommendation from Dell tech support. When I booted it up for the first time, I noticed there was only 10 GB free on a 80 GB hard drive, which I thought was weird for a fresh installation of XP. I checked folder sizes, and found that the install had left my old user folder under Documents and Settings, and that was 40 GB. I've tried to delete it, but access has been denied. I have tried changing the permissions to that folder in Safe mode, but that doesn't help either. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to what I should do. Thank you in advance!
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:02 PM

Most likely what you did was a repair install, not a clean install. Repair will leave the old folders on your computer. A clean install would wipe those out. Someone may have the solution for you, but I know from experience that it's almost impossible to get rid of them. You may have to re-install Windows again, being very careful to read the screens so a clean install will be done.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:57 PM

Thanks for the reply. I will try to reinstall Windows when I get a chance. I'll let you know what happens.
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 11:34 PM

Before you re do the computer again, try this : http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System.../Unlocker.shtml
The name says it all -- 59 and holding permanently

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 07:10 AM

When you reinstall Windows it creates a different SID (Security Identifier Descriptor) for the installation - and that's different from the original one. So even if you have everything correct, the system won't let you in it.

The fix is to go back into Safe Mode, access the security features for that folder, and click on the Advanced button, then on the Owner tab. Double click on your current User name to take ownership of it (also be sure that the box about replacing stuff on sub-containers is checked). Then exit the dialog and see if you can delete it.
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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:45 PM

Thanks usasma, that fixed it.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 06:10 AM

I'm glad that we were able to help!
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

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