I've experienced some error with my windows vista installation for reasons unknown (just a DELL from late 2008).
Whenever I try to start up, the computer immediately reboots without letting me in.
I got a new hard drive on which I installed Windows 7 (works ok). I can see my old HD, but I cannot access the user documents files to copy over. It says something about not enough permissions / security.
There's also a recovery partition on the old HD, I can see it and open the folder but don't know how to make it actually recover anything. That's actually not that important, it's just a FYI but since I have Windows 7 I don't have great desire to use the recovery option anyway.
But I definitely need to access my documents.
What can I do? Thx
You need to take ownership of the Folders. This article explains it very well: http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm
How to Take Ownership in Windows 7
Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder next part comes is Granting Permissions to that file/folder or object.
How to Grant Permissions in Windows 7
Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer
Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu
Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request.
Select user/group from permission windows or click add to add other user or group.
Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant i.e check “Full Control” under the “Allow” column to assign full access rights control permissions to Administrators group.
Click Ok for changes to take effect and click ok final ok to exit from Properties window
The Recovery partition enables you to restore your original machine back to its original configuration, including wiping all the files. i.e As it was when you bought it.