New computer with new windows, but locked old windows

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by RCBogusch, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. RCBogusch

    RCBogusch Guest

    I'm stuck and need some advice. My old computer was on its last legs, so I
    had a new machine built. Rather than lose all the data on the old hard disk,
    which was fine, I had that disk slaved and a new version of Windows XP Home
    Edition was loaded on the new hard disk drive. Unfortunately, I forgot I had
    access protected a directory on the old disk drive.

    Now I cannot access my photos. Short of taking the computer back to the
    store and having them reboot on the old drive so that I can unlock the stupid
    access control, is there a way I can access the old version of Windows long
    enough to log on as admin and remove the security?

    I can't seem to get the new drive (which is set as a slave) to be the
    primary boot drive, so I am running out of options.

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

    Robert Bogusch
    Forgetful User
    RCBogusch, Jul 2, 2005
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  2. I hope you do not mean that your files were encrypted via EFS on either a
    Windows 2000 or XP Pro computer because if that is the case you will have to
    boot from the old operating system to decrypt the files. Assuming that is
    not the case then you probably just need to modify ntfs permissions to give
    your self access. Logon as an administrator account and change the
    permissions on the folder. You may have to take ownership first. The owner
    of a folder can change permissions even if he does not have any explicit
    permissions to the folder. I am a bit out of my game with XP Home but see
    the links below. With XP Home you may have to boot into safe mode to access
    the built in administrator account which may have a blank password to change
    ntfs permissions. --- Steve;en-us;308421;en-us;308418
    Steven L Umbach, Jul 2, 2005
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