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How to access Windows XP files

  1. #1


    th Guest

    How to access Windows XP files

    When running a dual boot configuration with XP and Vista RC1 i tried to
    access the XP "Local settings" folder in my XP account. (after some
    searching before realising that Vista swapped the c: and d: drives!!!!!). The
    reply was that "You do not have permission to access this folder" and that
    you must change the security settings in order to do so. I have not yet tried
    to change these settings as I don't know how it will affect XP. Anyone having
    an idea about the effects?

    The c:/d: swapping is really annoying as it changes the philosophy earlier
    used in case of dual booting. When e.g. Win 98 and XP were dual booted on
    different drives XP still considered itself as running on d: and c: was still
    win98 also in XP.



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  2. #2


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: How to access Windows XP files

    Hi,

    Right click the folder and select properties, then on the security tab you
    can add full control for your user account.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "th" <th@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C1D678DC-0DC3-4E36-ADD2-789BAAC4C94B@microsoft.com...
    > When running a dual boot configuration with XP and Vista RC1 i tried to
    > access the XP "Local settings" folder in my XP account. (after some
    > searching before realising that Vista swapped the c: and d: drives!!!!!).
    > The
    > reply was that "You do not have permission to access this folder" and that
    > you must change the security settings in order to do so. I have not yet
    > tried
    > to change these settings as I don't know how it will affect XP. Anyone
    > having
    > an idea about the effects?
    >
    > The c:/d: swapping is really annoying as it changes the philosophy earlier
    > used in case of dual booting. When e.g. Win 98 and XP were dual booted on
    > different drives XP still considered itself as running on d: and c: was
    > still
    > win98 also in XP.
    >
    >



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  3. #3


    th Guest

    Re: How to access Windows XP files

    I know this, but this tab requires me to first take ownership of the folder.
    The text in the Vista dialog box warns that the previous owner may no longer
    have access to the folder and this would not be desirable (or rather a minor
    disaster if I cannot access my XP local settings from XP any longer!!)

    Is it really safe to take ownership of the XP "Local Settings" while you are
    in Vista or must the security setting be done while in XP? If the latter is
    true how to identify a Vista account in XP? I have tried to keep the same
    computer name and the same user name for both OS-es but obviously this is not
    sufficient.

    th

    "Rick Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > Right click the folder and select properties, then on the security tab you
    > can add full control for your user account.
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "th" <th@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:C1D678DC-0DC3-4E36-ADD2-789BAAC4C94B@microsoft.com...
    > > When running a dual boot configuration with XP and Vista RC1 i tried to
    > > access the XP "Local settings" folder in my XP account. (after some
    > > searching before realising that Vista swapped the c: and d: drives!!!!!).
    > > The
    > > reply was that "You do not have permission to access this folder" and that
    > > you must change the security settings in order to do so. I have not yet
    > > tried
    > > to change these settings as I don't know how it will affect XP. Anyone
    > > having
    > > an idea about the effects?
    > >
    > > The c:/d: swapping is really annoying as it changes the philosophy earlier
    > > used in case of dual booting. When e.g. Win 98 and XP were dual booted on
    > > different drives XP still considered itself as running on d: and c: was
    > > still
    > > win98 also in XP.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >


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  4. #4


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: How to access Windows XP files

    Hi,

    No, the same username is not sufficient as they still have different
    security descriptors (SID's). I didn't say to take ownership either, I said
    to give your current user account full control permissions. I'm not sure
    what affect taking ownership might have, but it should not be necessary to
    do that.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "th" <th@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:F61D75E6-6537-4F0C-A4EF-E76D74A4AE30@microsoft.com...
    >I know this, but this tab requires me to first take ownership of the
    >folder.
    > The text in the Vista dialog box warns that the previous owner may no
    > longer
    > have access to the folder and this would not be desirable (or rather a
    > minor
    > disaster if I cannot access my XP local settings from XP any longer!!)
    >
    > Is it really safe to take ownership of the XP "Local Settings" while you
    > are
    > in Vista or must the security setting be done while in XP? If the latter
    > is
    > true how to identify a Vista account in XP? I have tried to keep the same
    > computer name and the same user name for both OS-es but obviously this is
    > not
    > sufficient.
    >
    > th
    >
    > "Rick Rogers" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> Right click the folder and select properties, then on the security tab
    >> you
    >> can add full control for your user account.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Best of Luck,
    >>
    >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >>
    >> "th" <th@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:C1D678DC-0DC3-4E36-ADD2-789BAAC4C94B@microsoft.com...
    >> > When running a dual boot configuration with XP and Vista RC1 i tried to
    >> > access the XP "Local settings" folder in my XP account. (after some
    >> > searching before realising that Vista swapped the c: and d:
    >> > drives!!!!!).
    >> > The
    >> > reply was that "You do not have permission to access this folder" and
    >> > that
    >> > you must change the security settings in order to do so. I have not yet
    >> > tried
    >> > to change these settings as I don't know how it will affect XP. Anyone
    >> > having
    >> > an idea about the effects?
    >> >
    >> > The c:/d: swapping is really annoying as it changes the philosophy
    >> > earlier
    >> > used in case of dual booting. When e.g. Win 98 and XP were dual booted
    >> > on
    >> > different drives XP still considered itself as running on d: and c: was
    >> > still
    >> > win98 also in XP.
    >> >
    >> >

    >>
    >>



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  5. #5


    th Guest

    Re: How to access Windows XP files

    The problem is that I can't display the security settings of the "Local
    settings" folder without taking ownership of it. In Vista I have given myself
    full control over the complete "th" user account in XP with some error
    message occurring telling me that the operation was only partially completed
    (I just hope it works when returning to XP!) but I cannot give myself control
    over the uselful subfolders such as "Local settings" and "My documents"

    Vista seems to be quite restrictive with access rights. In the beginning I
    could not even copy stuff or drag links to my e:drive without ending up in
    the User Account control dialog boxes. Somehow this has now become easier.

    th


    "Rick Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > No, the same username is not sufficient as they still have different
    > security descriptors (SID's). I didn't say to take ownership either, I said
    > to give your current user account full control permissions. I'm not sure
    > what affect taking ownership might have, but it should not be necessary to
    > do that.
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "th" <th@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:F61D75E6-6537-4F0C-A4EF-E76D74A4AE30@microsoft.com...
    > >I know this, but this tab requires me to first take ownership of the
    > >folder.
    > > The text in the Vista dialog box warns that the previous owner may no
    > > longer
    > > have access to the folder and this would not be desirable (or rather a
    > > minor
    > > disaster if I cannot access my XP local settings from XP any longer!!)
    > >
    > > Is it really safe to take ownership of the XP "Local Settings" while you
    > > are
    > > in Vista or must the security setting be done while in XP? If the latter
    > > is
    > > true how to identify a Vista account in XP? I have tried to keep the same
    > > computer name and the same user name for both OS-es but obviously this is
    > > not
    > > sufficient.
    > >
    > > th
    > >
    > > "Rick Rogers" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi,
    > >>
    > >> Right click the folder and select properties, then on the security tab
    > >> you
    > >> can add full control for your user account.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Best of Luck,
    > >>
    > >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >>
    > >> "th" <th@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:C1D678DC-0DC3-4E36-ADD2-789BAAC4C94B@microsoft.com...
    > >> > When running a dual boot configuration with XP and Vista RC1 i tried to
    > >> > access the XP "Local settings" folder in my XP account. (after some
    > >> > searching before realising that Vista swapped the c: and d:
    > >> > drives!!!!!).
    > >> > The
    > >> > reply was that "You do not have permission to access this folder" and
    > >> > that
    > >> > you must change the security settings in order to do so. I have not yet
    > >> > tried
    > >> > to change these settings as I don't know how it will affect XP. Anyone
    > >> > having
    > >> > an idea about the effects?
    > >> >
    > >> > The c:/d: swapping is really annoying as it changes the philosophy
    > >> > earlier
    > >> > used in case of dual booting. When e.g. Win 98 and XP were dual booted
    > >> > on
    > >> > different drives XP still considered itself as running on d: and c: was
    > >> > still
    > >> > win98 also in XP.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >>

    >
    >


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