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Windows 7: Cannot access files from WinXP install in windows 7Ultimate

06 Sep 2010   #1
dinglesniff

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Cannot access files from WinXP install in windows 7Ultimate

I am having a serious issue as I built a new computer and installed Windows7 64bit Ultimate and can no longer access my Windows XP drive.


I have been able to gain access to some files on the partition through the GRANT FULL ADMIN control app:
Take and Grant Full Control Permissions and Ownership in Windows 7 or Vista Right Click Menu My Digital Life

However, I am still unable to access files from my external backup drive. The folder is "My Pictures" and has files from 4 years ago I would like to backup. This is the only folder on the drive I cannot access and the error I receive is:
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You require permission from "X" to make changes to this file.

X=the user, I have changed this to administrator, everyone, my user name through:

"Right Click" --> Properties-->Security-->Advanced-->Owner

When I then go to the main security tab the user has check marks under allow but they are all greyed out.

How can we go about fixing this?


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06 Sep 2010   #2
dinglesniff

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I noticed that the folders and file names are green which signifies they were encrypted. How do I remove the encryption if I no longer have access to the old windows drive?
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07 Sep 2010   #3
kituhi1234

Windows 7
 
 

do yu hav dual OS in yur drive? can yu be stil clear abt yur drives? whic partition is OS installed, yur backup is available etc..?
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07 Sep 2010   #4
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

It sounds like you have a dual boot set up. Dual boots with XP and 7 are known to be difficult. Please take a look at the tutorial I linked to below and maybe it will lead you to a fix (it has for many others on here).

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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07 Sep 2010   #5
Dick Jagger

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I am new to Windows 7, are there particularly worthwhile advantages of a dual boot XP and Windows 7 install versus running the Virtual PC version of Windows XP Professional? Thanks.
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07 Sep 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dinglesniff View Post
How can we go about fixing this?
Take Ownership Shortcut

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick Jagger View Post
I am new to Windows 7, are there particularly worthwhile advantages of a dual boot XP and Windows 7 install versus running the Virtual PC version of Windows XP Professional? Thanks.
No, way more trouble than an XPired OS is worth.
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07 Sep 2010   #7
dinglesniff

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Decrypt Encyrpted WindwosXP files in Windows7

Hey guys,

Here is the rundown;
The system is:
CPU: Intel i7930
MOBO: Gigabyte X58-UD5
RAM: 6 GB G.Skill
HARD DRIVE:
They are connected into the first HD ports(white not blue on mobo)
3 1.5 TB Seagate HD
1 1TB HD
PSU: Corsaire HX750Watt
DVD/RW: PX-800a (Is not recognized in Windows7 due to some driver issue which there seems to be no fix)
DVD2: NEC DVD drive
GPU: EVGA 460XT

Issues:
1. Dual Boot OS, I cannot boot into my old Windows XP drive(originally installed). I figure this has to do to how I am not using the old hardware anymore(E6600, DFI infinity, 2GB of ram, 1950XT GPU)

2. In the old WINXP OS I had encrypted certain files a few years back and never removed the encryption.

3. Windows 7 is unable to decrypt the files and I cannot access the old WINXP OS due to the new hardware to decrypt

Action taken:
1. Take Ownership works for re-writing permissions on everything BUT the encrypted files.
2. Tried to decrypt the files in Windows7 but my research shows I either need a cracker or a way to get back into my old windows and export the certificate


I think the simplest solution would be to somehow log into my old windows installation and decrypt the files. And/OR figure out how to export the certificate.

Any ideas?
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07 Sep 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Start up XP on new hardware by running a Repair Install: Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2

Unplug the WIn7 HD during repair.

WHen XP starts, power down to plug Win7 HD back in, then set preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, boot other HD by tapping one-time BIOS BOot Menu key, normally F12 on Giga mobos.
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