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How to Backup Vista user account information

  1. #1


    Balakumar Guest

    How to Backup Vista user account information

    I am using Visa home premium, I can protect the files with individual user
    permission, after protection, if OS crashed, we can reinstall the OS, but
    user account information can not be the same to access protected folder. To
    avoid this situation, I want to keep backup of existing user account
    information, I know in Vista ultimate, we can do system backup, but in Vista
    Home premium, I just need backup the user account information, how to do that
    ? Thanks, G' Day!

    Bala

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  3. #2


    Sharon F Guest

    Re: How to Backup Vista user account information

    On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 05:36:01 -0700, Balakumar wrote:

    > I am using Visa home premium, I can protect the files with individual user
    > permission, after protection, if OS crashed, we can reinstall the OS, but
    > user account information can not be the same to access protected folder. To
    > avoid this situation, I want to keep backup of existing user account
    > information, I know in Vista ultimate, we can do system backup, but in Vista
    > Home premium, I just need backup the user account information, how to do that
    > ? Thanks, G' Day!
    >
    > Bala
    Look up "take ownership" in Help and Support. In general, any administrator
    can edit permissions for an object to add or change owners. A newly added
    owner will then have access to the target objects.

    --
    Sharon F
    MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

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  4. #3


    Balakumar Guest

    Re: How to Backup Vista user account information

    Hi,

    What I understand, if I set permission to named user (System before crash)
    and set deny to all others (including administrators), still new installation
    administrator can set the permission to new user ?

    Example:
    Drive C is windows vista having user Bala
    Drive D in another disk folder1 permission only to Bala

    now I reinstall Vista in Drive C, in new Vista, no Original account of Bala
    exist,

    Can I change the permission to new user (Bala) to the folder1 in Drive D in
    new Vista

    Thanks, to Sharon F

    G' Day!

    Bala


    "Sharon F" wrote:

    > On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 05:36:01 -0700, Balakumar wrote:
    >

    > > I am using Visa home premium, I can protect the files with individual user
    > > permission, after protection, if OS crashed, we can reinstall the OS, but
    > > user account information can not be the same to access protected folder. To
    > > avoid this situation, I want to keep backup of existing user account
    > > information, I know in Vista ultimate, we can do system backup, but in Vista
    > > Home premium, I just need backup the user account information, how to do that
    > > ? Thanks, G' Day!
    > >
    > > Bala
    >
    > Look up "take ownership" in Help and Support. In general, any administrator
    > can edit permissions for an object to add or change owners. A newly added
    > owner will then have access to the target objects.
    >
    > --
    > Sharon F
    > MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Sharon F Guest

    Re: How to Backup Vista user account information

    On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:14:00 -0700, Balakumar wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > What I understand, if I set permission to named user (System before crash)
    > and set deny to all others (including administrators), still new installation
    > administrator can set the permission to new user ?
    >
    > Example:
    > Drive C is windows vista having user Bala
    > Drive D in another disk folder1 permission only to Bala
    >
    > now I reinstall Vista in Drive C, in new Vista, no Original account of Bala
    > exist,
    >
    > Can I change the permission to new user (Bala) to the folder1 in Drive D in
    > new Vista
    >
    > Thanks, to Sharon F
    You're welcome!
    Remember: Administrators always have access to any files.

    In day to day workings, a user may set their documents to "private" and
    Vista will "block" all users from accessing them except the "owner" (the
    user that created them).

    The fact remains that Administrators have access to any files. While they
    may not be able to double click a file to open it directly , they can edit
    permissions and, bingo, they now have access too.

    Let's say I have 2 internal hard drives and have protected files on D:. I
    reinstall Vista on C:. My old user account is now completely gone - even if
    I've create a new user account of the same name on the new install. I think
    this follows your scenario above...

    I try to access one of those files on D:. Vista will still be protecting
    them for their original owner (the old me, not the new me) and will deny
    access. To regain access, I edit the permissions. When I open the
    permissions screen, Vista will show the owner as "<unknown> + a long ID
    number" since it no longer possesses the corresponding account information
    to identify the original owner.

    I'll edit the permissions to add my new account as owner and files can be
    accessed once again.

    When beta testing Vista, I was dual booting XP and various beta versions of
    Vista. I had multiple locations for files that I wanted access to:

    1) A volume of files that I kept accessible to both Vista and XP. To have
    access to these files after a new install of Vista, I would edit
    permissions whenever a new Vista version had to be installed and add myself
    as an owner.

    2) Files that I had previously backed up to CD or DVD with the intent to
    copy them to my user folders after the new version of Vista was installed.
    Since these media types use a file system that does not support NTFS
    permissions, these were accessible as soon as they were copied to my user
    folders within Vista. No editing of permissions needed.

    Permissions is really the easy part since it's just an editing exercise.
    Making sure you have your data backed up on a regular schedule is the
    important part. This part is a little more difficult but not too much once
    you work out a backup routine and *keep up with it.*

    By the way, this discussion excludes the use of encryption to protect
    files. That's another ball of wax entirely and must be added to the
    equation if it is in use. Home Premium doesn't ship with or use the new Bit
    Locker bits so I skipped over that aspect entirely. If using third party
    encryption, check that documentation for that product for maintaining
    access to encrypted files.

    --
    Sharon F
    MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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