If the files on the busted c: drive are important and you have no backups I
would spend some money for a high safety option.
Determine what type of hard drive is installed. (SATA cable is narrow 1" ?
or Parallel PATA 2.5")
Purchase a external USB chassis from a Best Buy type place for your type of
Also purchase a replacement hard drive for your computer.
Remove the current drive (with the busted root) and install it in the
Install the new drive in your computer and do a complete reinstall from your
reinstall DVD you got with your machine. (If you did not get one, you will
have to discuss getting one with your computer maker, usually costs $10-20
or so, sometimes free.)
Now attach your busted drive/enclosure via the USB. You should see the drive
but maybe not any files. You will need to take ownership of the root and all
folders and then possibly set permissions to read all the files, then find
your important files and copy them to your new system (copy, not move).
After you are completely satisfied that you have everything, you can
reformat that external drive and use it as a backup destination so the cost
is not wasted.
You would also have a very good chance of recovering your system by doing a
'repair installation', again from that reinstall DVD. Make sure you say no
to anything about repartitioning or formatting the drive! While this is low
risk, things can go wrong and you can lose all contents of that drive.
You do not want to do a 'recover' from the recovery partition. This is often
accomplished by holding F11 (varies among machines and not all systems have
the option) during boot. Purpose is to restore to configuration at the time
of purchase - WILL DESTROY ALL YOUR STUFF.
Vista Home premium
"John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I can't share anything now I have no access to do so or permissions?
> John Clayton
> Phx. AZ.
> "Kerry Brown" wrote:
>> Share the folders not the root of the drive.
>> Kerry Brown
>> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
>> "John C" <JohnC@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> > OK I was trying to share my C: drive on this brand new HP computer so
>> > that
>> > my
>> > wife could access it over the small Home Office network I have. when
>> > changing
>> > the sharing options in Windows Vista Home. I am not sure quite what
>> > happen
>> > here but now I do not have access to my own C: drive and or permissions
>> > to
>> > change copy or move anything on it. I have the only user profile on
>> > this
>> > machine and it is set as the administrator. I have also lost access to
>> > all
>> > administrative capabilities and believe the registry has become corrupt
>> > somehow.
>> > My problem is how do I fix this without losing all the files and
>> > digital
>> > photos I just moved onto the C: drive from our old computer which I
>> > have
>> > not
>> > had time to burn to a CD?
>> > --
>> > John Clayton
>> > Phx. AZ.