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    Restore Favorites (WinXP Pro SP1)

    I just had to do a complete reinstall of my WinXP after installing a new MB. The repair went OK, but an errant driver destroyed my USB, so I decided to start clean. There is one little nettlesome issue however,. I have full backups. On the backups is my "Favorites" folder with all of my relevant stuff on it.

    Windows will not let me restore that folder. Even clicking on the Favorites generates an "Access Denied" message. This is even true for Administrator in Safe Mode. There must be a way to bring back my Favorites from the backup.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Restore Favorites (WinXP Pro SP1)

    Restore to a different folder, like maybe temp-fav and then use Windows Explorer to drag and drop any url/folders your choose to your user name My DocumentsXXXXusernameFavorites.
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    Re: Restore Favorites (WinXP Pro SP1)

    <hr>Even clicking on the Favorites generates an "Access Denied" message<hr>
    Do you mean clicking on the folder in Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer? Sometimes it makes a difference which user name you're logged on with. Make sure your logon is one with administrator rights. By the way, I know Mike meant to say Cocuments and Settings, not My Documents, huh?

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    Re: Restore Favorites (WinXP Pro SP1)

    Hi Mike,
    I can restore to a different folder. Interestingly, I had tried that with a very similar destination as your suggestion. However, when I try to drag over some of the contents to the Favorites, I get the access denied message.

    I am logged on as a user with Adminstrator privilages. I also tried changing the Sharing properties, however, Windows seems to not want to let me do that either. Perhaps trying that when logged on as 'Administrator' in safe mode might work, but i doubt it. I'm sure it's a problem with a simple solution. It's just kind of annoying. Some of these web sites are professional ones that I need to access periodically.

    Thanks for any additional thoughts.

    Sincerely,

    Bob
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    Re: Restore Favorites (WinXP Pro SP1)

    Hi Big Al,
    Yes, the problem is in the Cocuments and Settings 'my user' directoryFavorites. The icon by that directory is a star, instead of the usual folder icon. Changing permissions, etc., seems not to help much.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

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    Re: Restore Favorites (WinXP Pro SP1)

    I managed to figure out what the difficulty was, although how I got there is still a mystery.

    There appears to have been an NTFS problem with permissions and an essentially duplicate user. I deleted my user and recreated it from scratch and now all appears well.

    I'm grateful for that. Thanks to everyone who gave this issue some thought.

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