Vista Failing & Need Access

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by NC Beach Bum, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. NC Beach Bum

    NC Beach Bum Guest

    I have a laptop with Vista that is failing. I can't get accesss to my usual
    account but I have been able to create a new account. But from the new
    account I can't access my files in the usual account to back them up to the
    DVD. Of course, I never created a backup. I have no idea why I can't access
    my usual account to get to the files. How can I get to my files so I can
    reinstall the system and then restore my files?
    NC Beach Bum, Apr 19, 2010
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  2. Take ownership - although really you might want to make a disk image of the
    drive *now*.
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 19, 2010
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  3. Vista failing (corrupted?), or the laptop failing? Are you experiencing
    a harddrive failure?
    Is that 'usual account' an administrator account?
    Did you create the new account just to see if you could? Is it an admin
    account too?
    If the newly created account is an admin account, you should be able do
    a backup of the whole thing.
    I'll bet you wish you had now. :eek:)
    Neither do I, especially since you didn't explain whether there was a
    prompt or an error message of some kind.
    As admin, you can 'take ownership' of the entire drive.

    Are you using data encryption? Have you backed up the key?

    You might (as admin) want to do a disk image backup or two - it gives
    you a fallback position.
    FromTheRafters, Apr 19, 2010
  4. NC Beach Bum


    Dec 22, 2010
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    These all things are great to know about it. It can be provided so many different ideas these all things are great for the entire drive these all are good to know about it. These all are good for the data encryption.
    mactilden, Dec 22, 2010
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