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Windows 7: How to get access to Document and Settings?

15 Jun 2011   #11
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I will do a Restore (never done one before, but I found the Tutorial on this Forum) tonight. Then I will address the original problem again. Thank you.


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15 Jun 2011   #12
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RadxBoy View Post
I will do a Restore (never done one before, but I found the Tutorial on this Forum) tonight. Then I will address the original problem again. Thank you.
You've missed the point. There is no problem. You don't use documents and settings. You use the users folder. It is the SAME location. Documents and Settings is just a pointer for old applications to use. You can do whatever you need to do in c:\users.
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15 Jun 2011   #13
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Oh, yeah... I was distracted by the more recent posts from what I thought was the original problem. I assume I will automatically have access to the files in c:\users. Thanks for clarifying!
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15 Jun 2011   #14
James Colbert

 
 

MacGyvr is indeed correct. The only problem is that system restore does not always restore security settings to app data, as is stated here, from which the excerpt is taken:

How do I restore security settings to a known working state?

2. Restore using System Restore:(For Windows client operating systems only)

The built-in System Restore feature automatically creates restore points at regular intervals and when applications are added via supported installer methods. Each restore point contains the necessary information needed to restore the system to the chosen system state. This method can be used to recover the system back to a specific state. As mentioned earlier in the previous method, this may not be helpful to restore security settings on application data and a Complete System backup may be needed for the same.

It is worth trying, however.

Another method is to use Xcacls.exe:

How to use Xcacls.exe to modify NTFS permissions

Unfortunately, this also has been known to fail.

The only 2 definites are:

1. Never use TakeOwnership on any system drive, files or folders or user folders. Never.

2. Restoring an image of the drive (such as one created with Acronis True Image, the Free Macrium Reflect and others). But this requires that an image be created before the problem event.


Unfortuanately, not everyone is aware of the hazards of wrongful use of TakeOwnership. We see many issues in these forums due to improper application of this tool.

James
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15 Jun 2011   #15
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Oh brother... I'll try it and then...
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15 Jun 2011   #16
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Upon second thought, should I "re-install" Windows 7, or whatever is needed? The trouble is, it's an HP TouchSmart 610 that I bought at Best Buy less than two weeks ago. There is no installation disk, or any disk for that matter. Is there any way to restore it to its original state?
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15 Jun 2011   #17
James Colbert

 
 

There should be an HP program in the start menu or Control Panel that will create Factory Restore disks, although I'm not sure if that will create Factory configuration or current configuration? Someone will know, or you could ask HP.
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15 Jun 2011   #18
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RadxBoy View Post
Upon second thought, should I "re-install" Windows 7, or whatever is needed? The trouble is, it's an HP TouchSmart 610 that I bought at Best Buy less than two weeks ago. There is no installation disk, or any disk for that matter. Is there any way to restore it to its original state?
Creating Recovery Disc Set in Windows Vista: HP TouchSmart Dev Zone

The procedure should be the same for Windows 7 as well.
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15 Jun 2011   #19
James Colbert

 
 

Good link, Seavixen. RadxBoy, do note this line at the resource Seavixen provides:

If recovery discs were not created before the recovery partition was damaged or erased, obtain new recovery discs. For more information, refer to Obtaining Recovery Discs (Asia, North America, and South America)

Apparently, the Recovery Disk creation proccess creates recovery for your current config, so the security settings will likely be carried into the disk set. Try the link provided to order new factory disks.

Edit: err...that may refer only to the recovery partition, so it may be OK to create them. May want to check with HP...

James
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15 Jun 2011   #20
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I suppose now is the time to ask, is there anyway I can test the computer to see if I actually have a problem before I do any of this?
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