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    I run windows xp on my computer, and awhile back i ran into a bug. I didnt have my back-up cd for windows and had to send in for another copy of it. When i installed windows again on my machine my old admin account was still there with all of its info and stuff on it, which includes a very large file full of mp3s taking up loads of room. It's an admin account with password protection and i cant delete or access it from my current windows. I tried plugging in the old account name and its password into the sign in screen but that didnt work. anyone have any suggestions?

    sorry if i am unclear with my problem, ask questions if you need anything clarified.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Piecekeeper
    sorry if i am unclear with my problem, ask questions if you need anything clarified.
    Two questions:

    1) What are you ultimately trying to accomplish here? The removal of the MP3s to regain the space they occupy?

    2) What error message are you getting?

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    • #3
      If you are administrator on the current system, you should be able to take ownership of the directory/files then delete them.

      Directions for Win XP Pro
      Click on the file/folder, right-click, Properties, Security, Advanced, Owner, click on your current username, check "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" Then OK. See if that works for you.

      Good luck.
      Last edited by AlxRogan; September 1, 2004, 18:56. Reason: Got proper sequence for Windows XP Pro
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      • #4
        trying to delete them and when i try to take ownership i get access denied even though i am admin and all.

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        • #5
          Make sure you are in the administrators group for the local machine. You may need to logon as admnistrator, that account is hidden by default. Your old admin account has a different SID and may not be recognized because the domain it ruled over no longer exists. Same with the GUID.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by astcell
            Make sure you are in the administrators group for the local machine. You may need to logon as admnistrator, that account is hidden by default. Your old admin account has a different SID and may not be recognized because the domain it ruled over no longer exists. Same with the GUID.
            ...And if this is the case, your best bet is to physically remove the drive, mount it under a non-windows OS, and as root remove the offending file(s). Having said that, this is going to happen for any file on that drive where the SID for the current administrator and SID for the previous administrator don't match.

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            • #7
              last time i remember. You can only take control of files and folders if your in safe mode.

              From experience from my past problems. Look up one of my old posts. It has it in there i believe.

              But go into save mode then take control of the folder with the files in it. Then do with it as you please
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              • #8
                I think that Skroo's idea is the best for this situation, but you can take ownership of files/folders without being in safe mode. You can do this in "workgroup" mode as well as "domain member" mode.
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                • #9
                  You can get a small live linux cd (Vector linux...) and boot up with that, then mount ntfs as writeable, then delete folders.

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