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I have a quick question. Normally I would just google it and find out, but I am in a rush. A friend of a friend is a in a bind. His thesis (very important senior paper for college) is in his my documents folder. Windows died (I have no idea about why or how bad), so he put the drive in a different machine. He has access to all folders except for the my document folders. My first thoght was back from WinNT days where you simply "took ownership" of folders to gain access. I haven't had to do this since then. This has to be a common problem. He knows the username and password but can't get a prompt for it.
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Right Click>Properties>Security>Advanced
Have a look around there, I cant remember exactly what it is....
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why doesnt he just use boot an os from disk and access the files like that - always worked for me
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Make sure the account he is loged in as is an administrator account. If it is, he should be able to access it no problem
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Where is he trying to find it? Is he looking the right directory? C:\\Documents and Settings\\username\\My Documents ?
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It is all taken care of. XP home (and for some reason my copy of XP Pro) didn't have the appropriate security tabs. However my daughters computer has Vista on it and it did. I was able to take ownership of the directory and then reset the security permissions. So it took a little more effort than I had originally hoped for, but I got it taken care of.
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