Yesterday I put my old slow hdd from my laptop in an external enclosure so that I could easily access any data that I had on my computer before the upgrade. Unfortunately this plan got thwarted when I attempted to access my documents folder (ie f:UsersNick…..). This raised a security access denied error, despite the fact that I’m an administrator on this computer. Even if I ran Windows Explorer as administrator it still wouldn’t allow me to access this folder.
Luckily one of the other people in the Silicon Beach House still has a Windows XP machine so I asked them if they could open the folder, which they could no problem. Great, so Vista has added an additional level of security that is a complete waste of time since the folder can be accessed on older computer….?
To disable this security “feature” I simply selected the Users folder and forced an update of security permissions so that “Everyone” has full access. This seems to work and now I can access everything on the external drive. What a waste of an hour of my time!