Problem accessing my files. Reason: Lost Password!!

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I have a very important file in my laptop that I need to access. But the problem is, I forgot my administrator's password. I tried to login using my other username that has only limited access. Still. I failed to login even after I restart my computer and run it in safe mode. It is useless because I don't have an administrator account that I can use to login.

My folder is in-accessible in any way. I'm really running out of options here.

Can anyone help me on this.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #99670

Problem accessing my files. Reason: Lost Password!!

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Hi James,

I just remembered encountering similar situation like yours. I need to access files in a protected folder that keeps on telling me "Access Denied". The easiest way or shall I say the only way of accessing it is taking the ownership of that files or folder. But I think in your situation, it is not possible. Because in order for you to do the procedure of taking ownership of that said protected folder, you need to log-in first and foremost as an administrator.

When I experienced this same problem of yours, one thing that came up to my mind was to search the Microsoft support website but I couldn't find an exact situation like mine.

In order for you to take the ownership of any protected file or folder, you need to have an administrator privileges to do this. Without this, it's a dead end. I remember when I was still a green apple (beginner), I tried to log-in using a limited access user account and even try to create a new administrator account. But of course, it is not possible. From the name itself, it is only limited to user account that has limited rights, and creating a new administrator account is not included in it.

A simple solution to that is, to open your laptop and remove your hard drive and connect it to another laptop or even desktop. Connecting (laptop) hard drive to a desktop is not possible without the proper cables or some say converter or adaptor cables. You have to know what kind of cable you are going to use.

Normally, you can connect your laptop's hard drive to another desktop using the IDE Port or SATA Port. So, you have to know these things before you can successfully connect your (Laptop HDD) to any other computer. Whatever it is, you need to have those cables ready. If everything is connected, then you can now start the procedure of taking the ownership of your file.

Turn-on the new computer (desktop or laptop) and log-in as an administrator. And start doing the step by step guide of taking ownership of a file or folder, which you can find in Microsoft Support website. The procedures you have to follow depend on what OS (XP Home, XP Pro, Vista , etc.) you are using.

Good Day,

Charles Lewis

Answered By 0 points N/A #99672

Problem accessing my files. Reason: Lost Password!!

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Hi James,

If you are a domain user then let the domain admin reset your password. If not, just follow this link below to reset your password: Reset Password

Thanks.

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