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    Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    My son did something clever (and frustrating). He has "locked" his personal folder in the larger collection of "Documents and Settings". We have six environments set up on our XP-Home system and I periodically have to go in and do some housecleaning of temp files and such. My son, eleven years old at the present, is a pack-rat and protective. He has somehow made his personal folder inaccessible to me. When I try to open it I get the message "Cocuments and SettingsJoe is not available. Access denied".

    Can anyone tell me how to "unlock" this folder so I can see what he has squirreled away in there?

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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    The Administrator/Owner should be able to take ownership of the folder and then change the privileges. I've never had to do that, and I think it best not to test this lest I lock myself out of something. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Maybe you can persuade him that he should keep the computer open and hide the good stuff on a USB flash drive.

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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    Hi Douglas,

    There are many third-party programs for doing just what your son has done. Although rather complex for an 11 year-old mind, it's well within the realm of possibility that he has done it. I am certain my 11 year-old couldn't, but give him a video game and a few hours.............. you get the idea. If a kid wants to figure something out, they will !!! XP Pro has built-in file encryption, but not XP Home. WinZip can lock files and folders. And once you find out what he's done, then you have to crack the code or password (almost impossible with file encryption).

    I think Jefferson's suggestion of a "Thumb" or "Jump" Drive (they can be had for less than $50 for 256 MB) for him to store his "personal" file on would make him happy. I'm not so sure it's what you're looking for though. I believe you want to see what the lad is up to. And when it comes to computers with internet access and 11 year-olds, I think it's your right and your duty as a parent to have access to what he's doing on YOUR computer. If he won't trust you, there are ways to see what he is doing without him knowing. It's your child, and only you can determine what's best and what's needed.
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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    Bottom line, you could delete his account and the files that go with it, then he will have to start all over if you were to give him another account.

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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    That was going to be my next suggestion Dave. Although I would suggest trying to move the folder into another folder and then delete the newly created folder with the one you want to get rid of inside it. Less of a "scorched earth" policy. Alternately, if it can't be moved, the other files in the folder it lives in could be moved to another folder and then the original folder, with the offending folder inside, could be deleted. Your way is more direct and through and might let the young man know who is still running the show. I would think that, as administrator, his father could simply lock him out of the PC altogether until he opens the folder. Also restoring the balance of power in the family.
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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    All,

    Son claims innocence. Says he doen't know what might cause the "lock". I did boot up in safe mode and log on as "administrator" to look at the file system. I was still unable to get into his folder. Strangely enough, my folder exibited the same behaviour and I can't remember locking my root folder up in any way.

    We are having other strange behavior as well. I usually close all programs in my environment before doing a quick sign off. Lately (the last couple of days) when I log back in, there are multiple versions of Internet Explorer open, all offering different kinds of garbage, as well as popups asking if it's ok to load such and such. Something weird is going on, but I don't know what.

    I run AdAware and am catching stuff every time I run it. I also run AVG free virus software that shows a clean report for it's nightly search. The system is connected via cable modem and sits behind a Linksys wireless router.

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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    Have your son log in using his account. go to c:/documents and Settings. Right click his folder and select the "Sharing" tab. Make sure that there is NOT a check mark in the "Make private" box.

    You may need to do this for ALL accounts. Also make sure that you "Log Out" and NOT do a "Switch User" as these files and folders will still be in use.

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    Re: Son Locked Folder (XP-Home)

    You don't say if you are connected to the internet when these instances of IE are open when you log on to your environment. If you are and you didn't initiate the connection then there is also the possibility that you have aquired a Trojan that your AV software is not picking up. You might want to get an anti-trojan program and check your system.

    I would also get a copy of Spybot Search & Destroy <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and after installing update it and then run it. After it has done it's business (and I suspect it will possibly find something like a dialer) and you have cleaned house, then open and UPDATE AdAware and then run it again. It should come up clean now. You really need to have and run both regularly (like once a week). One picks up things that the other misses. You should also check for updates to both programs before each use
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