Accessing files on a

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January 20, 2009 at 17:02:50
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core2 Duo 2gb
I have lost my XP Pro os. I have partitioned drive and loaded XP Home. Is it possible to access my old files (even though they were password protected) I can see the folder but am denied access.

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January 20, 2009 at 21:59:22
Yes, you will have to reclaim ownership of the files first. then make sure that your user name is the same as before and you should be able to use the password to open the files.

you must be in Safe Mode
You can restore permissions or reclaim ownership in XP Home by turning off "Simple File Sharing" in Explorer under Tools\Folder Options\View. Then you can right click a file or folder, select Properties and go to the Security tab.

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