Can't access files on old XP laptop (privilege issue)

June 10, 2018 at 02:18:55
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB
So I forgot the password for my old XP laptop. Now I am trying to retrieve some files on it. I was able to reset the password for my user but now the privileges seem messed up. Most of the files I get messages like "user does not have access privileges" or "Access denied". I tried to copy the files to a usb to move to my current laptop but that doesn't work either.

Anyone know how to reset all the access to these files? Would it be that xp is not supported anymore is the reason I can't view them? Or maybe they are corrupted?


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#1
June 10, 2018 at 02:44:48
See if you have the skill level to run this tool.

FaJo XP File Security Extension (XP FSE)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securi...
http://www.fajo.de/portal/index.php...
"Please note:
Do not change access rights of file system objects unless You know what You are doing. You should know about how the settings affect the security, reliability and functionality of the operating system and applications. FaJo XP FSE does not offer any online help. I am not responsible if You lock yourself out of the system by using this tool."


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#2
June 10, 2018 at 03:00:08
Take ownership of files and folders in Windows XP
https://www.trishtech.com/2010/02/t...

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#3
June 10, 2018 at 06:32:19
"I was able to reset the password for my user"

Please explain how you did it. The easiest way is to boot off a password removal disc: http://www.chntpw.com/download/


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#4
June 11, 2018 at 03:17:39
Hi, thanks for the reply.

I installed that tool. It is saying the owner of the files is me (the user i usually log in as). However i still get the access issues. I also tried changing the ownership of the files to the "Administrator" user. But when I log in as the admin user I then don't even see the files that i changed ownership to administrator.

Is there a way to just view all files on the system and reset the privs?

I need to get rid of xp anyway so if i changed OS to ubuntu or something I wonder could I access the files then?

Thanks again


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#5
June 11, 2018 at 03:24:39
I can't exaclty remember how i did this as it was initially done about a yr ago. I think I logged in as administrator (don't think that needed a password) and then i used control panel options to reset the password of my normal user...maybe this is the issue.

What exactly does the password removal do? i can give it a go when I get home tonight...thanks


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#6
June 11, 2018 at 03:53:27
This old version of FreeCommander I used a few times & it was able to read files in your situation.

https://www.afterdawn.com/software/...
http://freecommander.com/fc_setup_.zip
http://www.freecommander.com/chm/Fr...
Install freeCommander & you should be able to see your folder/files. Copy & Paste as required.

"so if i changed OS to ubuntu or something I wonder could I access the files then?"
Use a Linux live CD first to test.

Another way, remove the drive & slave it to another comp to recover your files.

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#7
June 11, 2018 at 11:07:45
thanks. although free commander tool is useful for seeing the users I have on my machine. It's still not allowing me access them. Any other ideas? Is it possible to post screenshots in here?

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#8
June 11, 2018 at 13:51:57
You started off by saying you forgot your password. The software I linked to is a "password remover", pretty self explanatory. Create the disc, boot off it, remove the password, then reboot & you'll be able to access the Windows user account without entering a password.

Try booting off a Linux disc, I recommend Mint Xfce, then you'll have access to all the accounts on the HDD. You can then copy the files to a USB flash drive or external HDD.
https://linuxmint.com/edition.php?i...


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#9
June 11, 2018 at 15:47:17
"Is it possible to post screenshots in here?"
File Convoy ( no time delays/Captcha-I'm not a Robot/account/registration needed ) Give us the links please.
http://www.fileconvoy.com/index.php

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#10
June 12, 2018 at 11:23:51
I booted on Linux mint. Still having the permissions issues. Can any Linux experts make any sense of the rights in this? Any command to reset all these? Thanks

http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...


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#11
June 12, 2018 at 15:42:43
"Can any Linux experts make any sense of the rights in this?"
Nope.

"Any command to reset all these?"
Disable your antivirus program before running Windows Repair.
How to Temporarily Disable your Anti-virus
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...

Run Tweaking.com - Windows Repair

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/...
http://i1-win.softpedia-static.com/...
http://www.tweaking.com/
http://www.tweaking.com/content/pag...
Tweaking.com - Windows Repair (All In One) Tips (3) Run the repairs twice! (Run repairs, reboot, run repairs in Safe mode with Networking again)
http://www.tweaking.com/articles/pa...
Forum
http://www.tweaking.com/forums/

Do Step 1, this is very important > Do a Proper Power Reset First!
Right click on the exe & click on > Run as administrator.
http://imgur.com/IvnLJlG
http://imgur.com/mFvvNRO

Then go straight to Repairs. Reboot when finished.
https://i.imgur.com/iEkCjsv.gif
http://imgur.com/bBmJ2WM
http://imgur.com/BQhu2Ya

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June 13, 2018 at 05:59:47

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#13
June 13, 2018 at 11:08:18
Hi all, I have just realised that the files are encrypted (idiot). Not sure why but I must have done this a few years ago trying to be smart. When i try and un encrypt them (uncheck the encrypted box in xp) it says that it can't perform the action. So now I need a tool to unencrypt? Even though I think I am the user that encrypted them originally...any ideas?

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#14
June 13, 2018 at 16:52:35
Recover Encrypted Files From An Old Hard Drive
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2546...
Decrypting files and folders in Windows - Use the scroll bar to get to this section.
https://www.winhelp.us/encrypting-f...
http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/w...
Decrypt Your Files in XP ( scroll down )
https://mintywhite.com/xp/xsecurity...

Here are tools that may help, if more info is needed after trying the above.

TCHunt
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://16s.us/software/TCHunt/
"The purpose of TCHunt is to locate volumes that have been encrypted and hidden with software crafted for such activity. It can determine if such partitions exist on the system but it cannot be used to decrypt them."

abylon READER
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securi...
http://www.abylonsoft.com/reader/in...

Encrypt Care
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Encryp...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://www.glorylogic.com/encrypt-c...

S.S.E. File Encryptor for PC
http://www.freewarefiles.com/S-S-E-...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://paranoiaworks.mobi/ssefepc/

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#15
June 14, 2018 at 00:21:10
this is great - thanks i will give these a try after work!

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