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Well I ran the free version of O&O Recovery and it couldnt find anything wrong with those folders. It did find out files that had been deleted and werent needed anyway. Free version wouldnt let me recover anything anyway.

Gave it a virus scan and it found 1 virus, DP0913.exe I think it was.

Not sure if the whole machine is up the creek though. Whenever it is switched on it always say 'The system has recovered from a serious error' in windows.
If the hardware abstraction layer (hal) is not working its more likely a registry problem, its probably just easier to reformat the pc, however you can get his files off my documents as long as they are not encrypted. You just need to take ownership of the files when you hook up the hard drive to your other pc. This is done in XP by right clicking the folder ---> properties ---> security tab ---> advanced button -----> owner tab. You may have to fiddle with other permissions as well. In vista this is pretty much automated, it will just ask you if you want to take ownership when you go to copy the folder.
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If the hardware abstraction layer (hal) is not working its more likely a registry problem, its probably just easier to reformat the pc, however you can get his files off my documents as long as they are not encrypted. You just need to take ownership of the files when you hook up the hard drive to your other pc. This is done in XP by right clicking the folder ---> properties ---> security tab ---> advanced button -----> owner tab. You may have to fiddle with other permissions as well. In vista this is pretty much automated, it will just ask you if you want to take ownership when you go to copy the folder.
Cheers I'll get that a go this evening. Hopefully that should work and remove at least one headache
    
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Nope that didnt work either. The only options on the properties menu are General, Sharing and Customise
    
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You need to disable simple file sharing in your OS if that tab is not appearing. This is how you do it, just in case you don't know how, straight from MS's site.

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/307874
Edited by Dman - 6/20/08 at 10:03am
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You need to disable simple file sharing in your OS if that tab is not appearing. This is how you do it, just in case you don't know how, straight from MS's site.

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/307874
Cheers for the help

But its not worked.

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How to turn off simple file sharing
To disable simple file sharing, follow these steps:1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
3. In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
4. Click OK.
There is no Use simple file sharing check box

I've unticked nearly everything as well

**EDIT**

Ah poo! just saw this - Note You cannot turn off simple file sharing in Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

This is Home edition too
Edited by SpuddGunn - 6/20/08 at 10:18am
    
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I've had this problem before, but I'm not sure exactly what it was anymore.

I think maybe it had to do with the partition # changing. Did your brother just create a new partition, or install another OS next to Windows?

It's likely that a simple change to boot.ini can fix it. What does your boot.ini look like?

If this is really the same problem I had, then you need to search for some way to view the partition table (dump it into text) for the drive Windows is on.
Edited by Coma - 6/20/08 at 10:28am
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I've had this problem before, but I'm not sure exactly what it was anymore.

I think maybe it had to do with the partition # changing. Did your brother just create a new partition, or install another OS next to Windows?

It's likely that a simple change to boot.ini can fix it. What does your boot.ini look like?

If this is really the same problem I had, then you need to search for some way to view the partition table (dump it into text) for the drive Windows is on.
Nope, my bro cant install Windows let alone change the partition

One of the fixes I tried deleted the boot.ini and bootcfg /rebuild wouldnt work properly

But its sorted now

Had to boot into safe mode and use the Admin account to get access to the security tab. Then could recover the data I needed.

Thanks to all!
    
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Glad to hear you made it.

For the future maybe, you may want to consider for your bro's rig to change the location of the "My Documents" folder. It's by default on C:\\ but it can be configured on another partition. The advantage is that it is safer on another partition - if infected, C: is the first target and all the data is potentially lost.

How to change the location of My Documents folder in XP
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