Cannot boot after running Repair

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Because of a problem with "Search", which was not working, I decided
to run a repair (following the regular repair option offered) from the
XP intallation disc. But now, after the repair, Windows will not boot.
I get the screen telling me to use the last successful installation
and with options also to start in Safe Mode. None of the options work.
All come back to the same screen again.

I decided to reinstall XP on a different partition, which I have now
done, but one user's My Documents folder was protected, and I can't
access it.

Is there a way to do one of 3 things?

- successfully boot the first installation
- access the protected folder from the new installation
- if I reinstall XP over the first installation will I be able to
access the folder via that user's desktop? (I know the password.)


TIA.

Robin
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    When you say that the folder was "protected" do you mean that it was
    encrypted? If so, and if you did not backup the encryption key, you cannot
    recover the files.
    --
    Ted Zieglar


    <robin@despammed.com> wrote in message
    news:1qlsp091h3g0c3oqk86v07bbvg8vb7nrqs@4ax.com...
    > Because of a problem with "Search", which was not working, I decided
    > to run a repair (following the regular repair option offered) from the
    > XP intallation disc. But now, after the repair, Windows will not boot.
    > I get the screen telling me to use the last successful installation
    > and with options also to start in Safe Mode. None of the options work.
    > All come back to the same screen again.
    >
    > I decided to reinstall XP on a different partition, which I have now
    > done, but one user's My Documents folder was protected, and I can't
    > access it.
    >
    > Is there a way to do one of 3 things?
    >
    > - successfully boot the first installation
    > - access the protected folder from the new installation
    > - if I reinstall XP over the first installation will I be able to
    > access the folder via that user's desktop? (I know the password.)
    >
    >
    >
    > TIA.
    >
    > Robin
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    To access your old user folder, you'll need to Take Ownership.

    See Help and Support and search for "take ownership"

    HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=308421


    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
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    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    --------------------------------
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    Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

    <robin@despammed.com> wrote in message news:1qlsp091h3g0c3oqk86v07bbvg8vb7nrqs@4ax.com...
    > Because of a problem with "Search", which was not working, I decided
    > to run a repair (following the regular repair option offered) from the
    > XP intallation disc. But now, after the repair, Windows will not boot.
    > I get the screen telling me to use the last successful installation
    > and with options also to start in Safe Mode. None of the options work.
    > All come back to the same screen again.
    >
    > I decided to reinstall XP on a different partition, which I have now
    > done, but one user's My Documents folder was protected, and I can't
    > access it.
    >
    > Is there a way to do one of 3 things?
    >
    > - successfully boot the first installation
    > - access the protected folder from the new installation
    > - if I reinstall XP over the first installation will I be able to
    > access the folder via that user's desktop? (I know the password.)
    >
    >
    >
    > TIA.
    >
    > Robin
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 16:38:12 -0500, "Doug Knox MS-MVP"
    <dknox@mvps.org> wrote:

    >To access your old user folder, you'll need to Take Ownership.
    >
    >See Help and Support and search for "take ownership"
    >
    >HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
    >http://support.microsoft.com/?id=308421


    Fantastic Doug! It worked. That folder had all my work in it, and
    unusally for me I hadn't backed up this week.

    Thanks a million.

    Robin
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    You're welcome :)

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
    Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    --------------------------------
    Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

    <robin@despammed.com> wrote in message news:qkrsp0lailsap5n5tideumhlkf6vh3akjv@4ax.com...
    > On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 16:38:12 -0500, "Doug Knox MS-MVP"
    > <dknox@mvps.org> wrote:
    >
    >>To access your old user folder, you'll need to Take Ownership.
    >>
    >>See Help and Support and search for "take ownership"
    >>
    >>HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
    >>http://support.microsoft.com/?id=308421
    >
    >
    > Fantastic Doug! It worked. That folder had all my work in it, and
    > unusally for me I hadn't backed up this week.
    >
    > Thanks a million.
    >
    > Robin
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