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Solved: D:\Documents and Settings\user is not accesible. Access is denied. Help

Q: Solved: D:\Documents and Settings\user is not accesible. Access is denied. Help

Had probs with my PC not booting up so took it to a PC repair shop that found that the part on my hard drive that holds the boot-up info was corrupt, they istalled a new hard drive but managed to keep the old one as a 2nd hard drive as the rest of the data was good on it.
I am now trying to access my files on the old hard drive under documents and settings\user but it wont allow me to access them - how can I access the files? I did set up user accounts on this but they were not password protected...
I'm on XP...
PS I've tried info on here: but I dont have a 'security' tab once i click on properties....I'm no techy so advice in laymans terms please!!

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A: Solved: D:\Documents and Settings\user is not accesible. Access is denied. Help

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.Click to expand...

Did you follow this step? When you start the computer, and before Windows boots, you need to press F8 and select Safe Mode.
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I am trying to open a user folder on a backup image I have.

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The error I receive when trying to open the 'user' folder is:


G:\Documents and Settings\user is not accessible.

Access Is Denied


I have tried to turn of simple file sharing and add my the administrator to the permission but am not able to.

The Add... Button is greyed out.

If i go to the Advanced section and Owner tab.

I receive: You only have permission to view the current owner on user.

The only areas I can edit are the Auditing ones.

Any idea on how I can get access to my files short of re imaging this backup to a disk?


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A:Solved: Denied access to c:\documents and settings\owner folder

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
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A:Solved: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner is not accessible. Access denied.

Could be the permissions are set for the Owner account only, and not the Administrators Group.

Right click the C:\Documents and Settings\Owner folder, click Properties, then click the Security tab.
Make sure Administrators is listed -- note the s, and the icon should have two heads, not one.
You must have simple file sharing turned off to see the security tab and for XP Home, boot into safe mode, or install the XP Security tab fix from the link in this post
To turn off simple file sharing:
Control Panel | Folder Options
View tab
Uncheck Use simple file sharing (Recommended) (last item in the list)

You can also take ownership of the folder:
How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP


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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...

A:Access Denied to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents

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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Remove the hidden and read only attributes of the files you are trying to access. Someone on this forum had the same problem a couple of days ago.
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Hi possibly this may help How to set, view, change, or remove special permissions for files and folders in Windows XP
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A:Access Denied on 'Documents & Settings' although UAS is set to off

OK, I found a way. Just take ownership of the folder! Easy as that. Don't know why the UAC is still causing problems though, even though it's effectively turned off?
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A:Drive C: documents and settings - access denied

Win Vista and 7 have a different directory structure than XP. They do not use a Documents and Settings folder, and block access to it to prevent improper installations. Instead, it stores user data in C:\Users\. Try putting your data there, instead.
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A:Access Denied to Documents and Settings Folder

winbob said:

I've been using Win7 for a while and have found some quirky behavior, but this one has got me stumped. The Documents and Settings Folder now appears in Explorer as a Shortcut...I don't recall that being the case before? When I click it, I get, the pop up window, "You don't currently have permission to access this folder." Clicking 'continue' gives 2nd pop up, "You have been denied access to this folder".

There is only 1 account set up on this laptop, and it is the Administrator, and of course that is how I am logged in. The security permissions show that I have "Full Control". "Special Permissions" are only assigned to the 'System'.

If I look at he properties (at least of the shortcut in Explorer) they are set to Read-Only.

So, I'd like to verify that:

1. Access to this folder via Explorer is by Shortcut...and it was always that way and didn't magically change.

2. There should be access to the actual folder, at least by the Administrator Account.

3. and how do you access this folder dag nab it.


WinClick to expand...
If no group permissions were changed it is a simple case of ownership. Right click the shortcut>ope file location>right click folder>security>who owns it?

If the owner is not you, you can either add yourself to the group that owns it (trusted installer perhaps?) or take ownership of the folder.
That should enable access

Let us know if you need help

ken J
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Worry not ...

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Take Ownership Shortcut

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A:Documents and Settings folder - access denied

Hi Magnummaniac, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Documents and Settings in Windows 7 is not a folder, it is just a junction (link) used for backward compatibility with Windows XP; for instance when an application tries to save something as in XP to Document and Settings, Windows 7 redirects the action to corresponding folder in its own main Users folder, default at C:\Users. A user should never need to access Documents and Settings in Windows 7.

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A:Access to the path 'C:\Documents and Settings' is denied - Win7-32 Bit

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A:[SOLVED] Access Denied on old My Documents Folder

He probably had the "Make my files private" setting enabled for his account, which restricts access to the files for that account, even on a new XP install. In the future you can take ownership of the files to gain access to them.

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It looks like one of the junction points that provides some backwards compatibility and which shows when unhiding files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View. There is no Documents and Settings folder in Win7, except as a junction point.

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A:Solved: Can't access Documents and Settings

Try Taking Ownership of the Folder.

Or, Unlocker.
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Document and Settings folder is a Hidden System folder that is used by the system only for the pre-Vista programs. All user data is stored under the "User Name" under the "Users" folder. A lot of the temp file folders are now system level and the users including the Admin users do NOT have access.

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Its a permissions problem due to the reinstall.
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A:Solved: Access denied to user on former master drive

Take ownership of the folders that you need to access:
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Wait... figured it out. D'oh. I must have left my brain on my pillow this morning. For future reference, you have to go to the Security properties of the folder, go Advanced, click 'Owner' and change it back.

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Hiya asd123321.

It sounds like you`ve re-installed the system from CD over the top of an existing system, giving you a fresh `Dave`. Have you recently run a repair or indeed, done a clean install ?

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Google search for "Take Ownership of Files" and you will find a KB article on how to.
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A:Access Denied for My Documents

Have you tried taking ownership of the share?

In the advanced option of the shared folder. I am fairly sure simple file sharing will have to be disabled.

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A:Access Denied to My Documents on differnt PC

This should help:
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A:My Documents Not Accessible. Access is Denied

It's probably just a matter of changing permissions.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP (Or Vista, 7)

If you have Home Edition of XP, use this to make the Security tab appear: XP Security Tab Home Edition. You will not need Safe Mode as in the MS directions. Just use this to get the security tab, and then use the "Undo" file to get things back to normal.


You could also follow THESE DIRECTIONS to add an entry to your context menu so that you can take ownership of files and folders easily.
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A:Drives D: E: & F: says Access is Denied, My Documents also

Uninstall AVG


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A:[SOLVED] Access is denied to &quot;My Documents&quot;

I would guess your system is still infected so I would suggest to you to follow this link to have your computer cleared of any Malware obtaining a clearance from the experts here.

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A:Documents and Settings\User


Firstly you can run chkdsk - hopefully that will sort out the strange file name:
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Hi Anom,

I would imagine that your data is intact and you cannot see the file-size due to the access issues, as you quite rightly pointed-out.

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Hello and welcome,

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When you go to Start>Control Panel>User Accounts do you see the old accounts?
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Take Ownership of the folders and files.
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A:Second User Folder in Documents and Settings

try creating a new user account and see if you can access that ok, and create a new document (anything will do). If you are ok accessing that, then migrate all your docs over to the new account. Hope the following will give you some idea: How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP

Can you post back and let me know if you are able to create and access a new user account.
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A:Access Denied to My Documents folder after reinstallation of windows xp please help.
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A:Deleting old user documents and settings files.

See this KB to Take ownership of the files/folders you want to delete
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A:Windows cannot find C:\Documents and Settings\user\giv.exe

Hello and welcome to TSF.

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A:Documents and Settings? User names? just a few questions :)

You'd have to make a new account. Then get on the admin account, change the new account to admin, then get on the new admin account and delete the 'valued customer.'
That should work...
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A:Moving User Folder and_or Documents and Settings?

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A:User profile on XP Pro disappeared, folder in Documents and Settings gone
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A:Same settings as 7, access denied on 8.

WOW, you give access to about anyone on the net to your stuff. If you can open and read a share folder and can't delete a files, it's a permissions problem, the firewall on your router as nothing to do so enable it. I don,t know where to start to help you, you change so many setting. First: did you have the exact user name / password on both PC ?

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A:Access denied to C:\ and security settings etc.

Has anyone run chkdsk on any of these drives?
It does sound as if the security descriptors are in some way getting affected.
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Here is a link to the different abilities that chkdsk offers.
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A:Documents & Settings Access

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A:access documents and settings

Documents and Settings is not a real folder. It is called a Junction and it is there to allow legacy programs to interface with the Windows 8 folder structure.

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A:Can't access Documents and Settings

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A:HELP: Access to Documents and Settings/

Sure this is a stupid question, but did you check Control PAnel/Users just to make sure there arnt any other users loaded
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A:user access denied

You still have the built-in administrator.

To enable please follow these steps:

Press - Windows key + X
click "Computer Management"
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click "Users" - Note: this is where you are in the screenshot
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Click "set password.."
Click "Proceed"
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Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

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A:C:\Document and Settings\<Account>Is not accesible.

Hi Pucho8 and welcome to TSF !

Don't worry, there's an easy fix for that. Follow the instructions from this link :
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A:Access denied to cookies, docs & settings, etc

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A:Windows XP User account login redirected to empty set of documents and settings folders

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