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Access is Denied in Window XP

I have a computer with Windows XP operating system installed in it. Due to some reason, it doesn't work now. I am not able to boot windows xp any more. But i have some very important data and pictures in it. I pulled out the hard disk and connected the hard drive to another computer. It is being used as slave. With this configuration, i am able to save many of my files but i can't access my profile which was an administrative profile. I get this error - "Access is denied". Please help me!
- Aman

This is because the folders were created on NTFS file system volume with a Security ID which doesn't match with the Windows XP on your new computer. This can be fixed by taking the ownership of that folder.

Follow the steps below to take the ownership of the folder:

1. Turn OFF the Simple File Sharing. By default, it is enabled in Windows XP Professional. (For more information, Read Simple files sharing.)

2. Then, Right Click on the folder you want to take ownership of and click Properties.

3. Click the Security tab.Click OK on the Security message if any appears.

4. Then, Click on Advanced, and after that,click the Owner tab.

5. Now, Select your user name, Administrator or Administrators group from the name list (i.e Change owner to). Select the Check box "Replace owner on subcontainers and Objects" and Click OK.

6. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box. Note: You should also change the permissions and security settings and re-apply them.