Getting Into Security Locked Folder WinXP Home

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Bryan Bellis, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Bryan Bellis

    Bryan Bellis Guest

    Hi - I have WinXP Home with NTFS formatted partitions, and my My
    Documents folder I has password locked to prevent other snooping
    (kids) from rummaging into it.

    Then, after many months of happy use, I had a rather extreme WinXP
    crash such that no way would it boot to anywhere, not even safe boot,
    or system recovery would work. I had three partitions. Windows on C:\
    and apps on D:\ and my My documents folder on D:\ along with other
    essential stuff.

    With good forsite I had always backed up the contents of the My
    Documents, so I've not lost the contents.

    To get around my system glitch I formatted the C:\ and D:\ drives, and
    reinstalled as usual. Now I can't get into the My Documents folder. It
    won't accept my usual password and has totally locked me out, even
    with me logged on as administrator.

    Does anyone know a way for me to get around this problem please?
     
    Bryan Bellis, Dec 22, 2003
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    Simon Guest

    You need to log as administrator under safe mode and then change the folder
    permissions to give you access.

    It was a while ago when i had the same problem, but I can't remember exactly
    how I did it, so sorry for being a bit vague.

    I'm sure someone from this NG can shed more light on this, otherwise try a
    Win XP newsgroup

    Simon
     
    Simon, Dec 22, 2003
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    Lee Blaver Guest

    Bryan Bellis wrote:
    snip
    see "Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP";
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

    Lee
     
    Lee Blaver, Dec 22, 2003
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  4. That's the right answer.

    If you'd used XP Pro, and the Encrypted File System (EFS) then =nothing=
    will get you back in, unless you have exported/saved a copy of the
    encryption certificates.

    Win XP security is based on unique Security ID ('SID') which is
    generated when user IDs are created .. and they really are unique -
    adding a new user with the same name/password doesn't get you the same
    SID, or the same access rights, as one which was deleted.
     
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Dec 22, 2003
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    Bryan Bellis Guest

    Bryan Bellis, Dec 22, 2003
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