windows reinstallation problem

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  1. NCS

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    hay guys.

    i've had to reinstall XP about 3 times and i've noticed my old users (no, they do not exist as users of the current install) still have their folders in the documents and settings. I'd love to be able to get rid of these folders since there are gigs and gigs in them, but i can not delete them, move them, access them, etc. the error i get is:

    C:\Documents and Settings\user1 is not accessible.
    Access is denied


    OK.



    any suggestions? thanks!
     
  2. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    are you the administrator of the system? you need to have admin rights
     
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    yes, i am.
     
  4. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    why not format the drive next time you install XP?
     
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    1st choice - and would have solved this problem in the first place. You reinstalling Windows may not get rid of all of the gremlins if you don't format before.

    Now, on to your problem. Admin rights are good, but what you need is ownership of those folders. Right click any folder you have no access to, properties, security, advanced, owner, click on the administrator and the check mark and hit OK. Now you can do anything you want with the directory.
     
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    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    ugh, i keep forgetting that administrator to a windows machine != root to a *nix machine :ugh: stupid Microsoft
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    It does have its uses, like when you move a HD from one computer to another - this is the way around it but without knowing this, you could examine any files you wanted as long as you had admin access to your computer, not necessarily the computer the HD came from.
     
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    yes i should have formatted, i know...

    i appreciate the clear answer but i do NOT see the options your'e telling me to do. right click, properties. Fine till then but i see NO security tab (tried this on a normal folder too, still no security tab). The only tabs are :

    General, Sharing, Customize

    under General, in the Attributes area, there is an Advanced button but with none of hte choices you described.
     
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    great :) didnt know about the filesharing. seems to be working. first user is taking like 15 minutes to take ownership fo the files... lol...


    thanks :) im a happy man with more hard drive space
     

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