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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Desktop not accessible

    I have a laptop which is running on Windows XP and I am the admin of this laptop. Recently when I logged on then my computer will not display my desktop icons. I am getting the message stating that "C:\Documents and
    Settings\user\Desktop is not accessible." I also get the same message when I am trying to access my documents. I tried t restore from an earlier date, but that didnt work. After asking the manufacturer he said that only thing that can be done is to restore the laptop? Does anyone have any other ideas.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    RE: Desktop not accessible

    Check the below article that describes how to take ownership of a file or a folder to which you are denied access:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    RE: Desktop not accessible

    Try to take ownership of the folder:
    1. Open Windows Explorer, and then locate the file or folder you want to take ownership of.
    2. Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
    3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    4. Click Edit, and then do one of the following:
      To change the owner to a user or group that is not listed, click Other users and groups and, in Enter the object name to select (examples), type the name of the user or group, and then click OK.
      To change the owner to a user or group that is listed, in the Change owner to box, click the new owner.
    5. (Optional) To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

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