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Old 09-13-2004, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hi, if anyone could help me with this, it would be great!

All of a sudden when I try to open my C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents folder, it says "access denied"

running xp home sp2.

any suggestions?

oh, I did a google for solutions and various pages often suggested I turn off simple file sharing, but the option is non existant under my file/view menu...
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:00 PM   #2
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It sounds to me as though the administrator has made that directory path private. Are you the admin, and if so, are you logged into a user account with admin rights? If all else fails, reboot and log into the Administrator account and go to the control panel/users and change your preferred account status. While you're there, unlock the problem path to allow all users to view.

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Old 09-13-2004, 04:14 PM   #3
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my account is the only account and has administraor rights.
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Old 09-13-2004, 05:20 PM   #4
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If your account is the Admin then you need to take ownership of this
folder to gain access to it.
https://support.microsoft.com/default...308421&sd=tech

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Make sure to pay attention to the NOTE:(Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.)

Just press F8 when you are booting up and it is at the Bios splash screen
to enter into Safemode.

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Old 09-14-2004, 04:01 AM   #6
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Thanks alot for the help man, worked great! hope this thread will help other people in the furure too.
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:25 PM   #7
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So.... whta do I do if some of teh folders when in admin in safe mode don't let you open them or edit from the security tab ?
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