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  • Windows XP Media Center

    Hi all,

    Similar to Picamix's dilemma (Forum thread "Windows XP Home Edition"), my windows crashed and i can't get in to recover my files. What i did was remove the hard disk and let another computer read it. I was able to recover some files but when it came time to access "DESKTOP" or any files in "MY DOCUMENTS" it says i cannot access it due to it having a password. I forgot the exact message but that is the general thing it says. Is there anway I can access these files before re-installing a clean windows? Thank you in advance for the help!
    Last edited by bummer; 20th June 2006, 19:14.

  • #2
    Re: Windows XP Media Center

    maybe reinstalling windows on top of it, or try taking the ownership.
    Marcel
    Technical Consultant
    Netherlands
    http://www.phetios.com
    http://blog.nessus.nl

    MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
    "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

    "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
    "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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    • #3
      Re: Windows XP Media Center

      Thanks for the reply, I have some further questions though. When you say "Installing windows on top of it", what does that exactly mean? Wouldn't it erase the files inside? And how do I "take ownership" of the hard drive/windows?

      Thanks again!

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      • #4
        Re: Windows XP Media Center

        Take ownership:

        http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

        Repair windows:
        http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XP...install.htm#RI
        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/
        Marcel
        Technical Consultant
        Netherlands
        http://www.phetios.com
        http://blog.nessus.nl

        MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
        "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

        "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
        "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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        • #5
          Re: Windows XP Media Center

          Thanks again

          I'm accessing the hard drive but the folders that i NEED to access (Windows, Desktop, My Documents, Favorites, etc) ironically are shaded in this bluish tinge and when i mouse over the folders it says "Folder is empty". When i double click the folders it says "Access is denied". Does this mean the folders REALLY are empty or is it a security thing (ie, i cannot view the files inside?) since the "Access is denied" message pops up. I appreciate any help to enable me to access these folders and explain what these messages mean. Thank you.

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          • #6
            Re: Windows XP Media Center

            Security thing. He Can't read how much data in it, because you're not allowed.

            Take the ownership!
            Marcel
            Technical Consultant
            Netherlands
            http://www.phetios.com
            http://blog.nessus.nl

            MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
            "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

            "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
            "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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            • #7
              Re: Windows XP Media Center

              Ok, got it. Thanks so much Dumber!

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              • #8
                Re: Windows XP Media Center

                you're welcome
                Marcel
                Technical Consultant
                Netherlands
                http://www.phetios.com
                http://blog.nessus.nl

                MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
                "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

                "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
                "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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