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September 17, 2003 11:31:16 PM

Wellba, I looked ten pages back and didnt really see anything that would help, so here we go.

I need to set up another user account that has access to only one folder, located on the Desktop. It will have shortcuts to all my games. I dont want the user to have access to anything else, "My Computer" included. Pretty much nothing on the start menu would be good too.

Gracias to anyone who knows how to do this either within windows, or with some 3rd party software.

Starion

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September 18, 2003 12:11:02 AM

I have this same very urgent problem on my girlfriends machine.

I have an old winxp installation (with all her data!!!) on this one hdd and I made a fresh installation on another. Problem is that I am not allowed access to her files on the old installation using the new installation and ever since I installed the new one I can't boot in the old one; no errors, just blocks before allowing me to logon.

Even the repairconsole would not allow me access, since you are only able to log on as administrator.

What to do... what to do...?!

Ps. She will kill me!

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September 18, 2003 8:19:10 PM

Huh? Are these the same problems? Well,

*BUMP*

for the both of us.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Starion15 on 09/18/03 04:19 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
September 18, 2003 11:11:39 PM

=) *bump* indeed. I fixed it today, actually it was quite logical when you think about it.

What you do is that you rightclick any folder on you hdd and choose Properties. Here you can find a section called secrurity. Here you choose advanced and you will be able to 'take over' the permissions for the specific folder(s).

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September 19, 2003 2:41:38 AM

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You cannot make your folders private if your drive is not formatted as NTFS. For information about converting your drive to NTFS, click Related Topics.

Thanks, but I need a solution that works for FAT32. Any ideas?
September 19, 2003 11:00:45 AM

My first sollution to you is to find a thirdparty hacking software.

My second shot would to to convert your drive to ntfs to take the ownership. (you can always convert it backwards afterwards)

My third tryout is a last change do. I have no idea weither this works. But do a re-install of windows to overwrite the windows' settings for privacy and then access the folders. wide shot, I know. But it might work

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September 19, 2003 11:36:19 AM

you could always get a copy of wininternals locksmith. This lovely little tool lets you boot form a cd into a win like enviorement and change the admin password without even knowing the original. Info <A HREF="http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/" target="_new">here</A>
I have found this tool unbelievably useful may times.

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September 19, 2003 6:48:14 PM

I may look into that program just for the hell of it, sounds like it could be fun. However, I own this computer, and I'm admin, so I dont really need anything to get in. Put simply, I want to do what Mopy did, just in FAT32. I also didnt know that you could so easily convert it back. I always thought it was a one way street there.
September 20, 2003 5:35:45 AM

How to convert from NTFS to FAT32:

1.) Use a third-party tool, like Partition Magic, which might require a little preparation, as illustrated in this link: <A HREF="http://www.buildorbuy.org/ntfstofat32.html" target="_new">Converting from NTFS to FAT32 in Win2K or WinXP</A>

Or ..

2.) Delete the NTFS partitions, recreate them, and format as FAT32.

Those are your options. You cannot simply (or easily) just convert back and forth, despite what mopeygoth has said.

If you would prefer for your partitions to remain FAT32, then you might wish to look into a program like <A HREF="http://www.winability.com/folderguard/" target="_new">Folder Guard</A> for personal security.

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September 21, 2003 12:36:08 AM

I am most certain that you can do so, in case not; go for partition o magic. Just a hint: do not get overwhelmed and urge to try out ALL the cool features of this program =). I was almost ready to do the basketball trick with my 80gb disk one time... thank friends for backups!

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September 21, 2003 4:26:52 AM

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I am most certain that you can do so, in case not; go for partition o magic.

I am absolutely positive that you can't, good sir ... unfortunately. Read up on the subject and you'll see what I mean. A third-party tool is required to convert from NTFS to FAT32, or you have to recreate the partitions and start over from the beginning. You cannot make an NTFS partition become a DOS partition with nothing on hand but the default tools in Windows.

And, BTW ... converting from FAT32 to NTFS with the Windows CONVERT tool is also not a good idea, due to the size of the clusters after the operation, again, unless you use a third-party tool, which allows greater control. The resulting 512K clusters can cause a massive slow down in disk I/O performance.

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=81" target="_new">How do I convert from FAT32 to NTFS?</A>

<A HREF="http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/impl_Conv.htm" target="_new">NTFS Partition Conversion</A>

<A HREF="http://aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php" target="_new">CONVERTING FAT32 to NTFS in Windows XP</A>

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September 21, 2003 11:42:15 AM

allright, I just recal having done so. But the larger cluster size (allocation unit size) the better performance?

How can I check the current size?

Cheers..!

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September 21, 2003 4:18:08 PM

More reading for you! :) 

<A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?u..." target="_new">Optimizing NTFS Performance</A>

<A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?u..." target="_new">Cluster Size</A>

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September 21, 2003 6:23:34 PM

Thank you! =)

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