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May 31, 2005 12:08:54 PM

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I did something jolly stupid last evening on an older PC (WinXP-Pro SP2):-
While attempting to reset permissions of multiple drives I inadvertently
clicked on "OK" to reset existing permissions on all the three drives on
that PC and....... to make it short: now none of the drives are accessible.
Every single item on the Start Menu refuses to run and the PC will not boot
up, even in Safe Mode - keeps rebooting from the logo screen. I already took
out the drives to hook them up to my current PC in order to reset the
Security Settings and retrieve certain document and media files.

Can I take Ownership of the drives while they are connected (one at a time)
to another PC through USB2? And, thereafter, can I add back the
Administrator, System, Owner, etc., accounts in the "groups and user names"
settings, and allot their respective rights? Is there a file (hidden?) on
every drive that stores the Security Settings that can be backed up for any
such eventuality in the future?

I'd certainly appreciate any pointers very much before I try to do do what I
outlined here!

Regards and thanks a lot in advance.

SKS
May 31, 2005 8:22:13 PM

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In news:ua25rKfZFHA.3132@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
SKS <info2knospam@yahoo.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> I did something jolly stupid last evening on an older PC (WinXP-Pro
> SP2):- While attempting to reset permissions of multiple drives I
> inadvertently clicked on "OK" to reset existing permissions on all
> the three drives on that PC and....... to make it short: now none of
> the drives are accessible. Every single item on the Start Menu
> refuses to run and the PC will not boot up, even in Safe Mode - keeps
> rebooting from the logo screen. I already took out the drives to hook
> them up to my current PC in order to reset the Security Settings and
> retrieve certain document and media files.
> Can I take Ownership of the drives while they are connected (one at a
> time) to another PC through USB2? And, thereafter, can I add back the
> Administrator, System, Owner, etc., accounts in the "groups and user
> names" settings, and allot their respective rights? Is there a file
> (hidden?) on every drive that stores the Security Settings that can
> be backed up for any such eventuality in the future?
>
> I'd certainly appreciate any pointers very much before I try to do do
> what I outlined here!
>
> Regards and thanks a lot in advance.
>
> SKS

"Jolly stupid." I like that. Yes you can take ownership of the drives (and I
recommend you do) and backup your data. From there you MIGHT be able to get
away with a repair installation. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.) But it
seems to me that a repair install would be your ticket and from there you
may need to take ownership once again. Seeing as you know how to do that
then I'll share the repair installation link.

How to perform an inplace upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

Galen
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with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
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