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I have a harddrive which has my old windows vista computer backed up,but i cannot see the files even when i have chnaged permissions, what do i do?.

The files behind folders are coming up as desktopini.

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You could buy a USB holder for it and make it into a USB harddrive.

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The files desktop.ini are system files, most are hidden files and we dont usually see them. if you have plugged in your old hard drive into a diff laptop to read it ,then you should try unhiding files . tools.organize/folder and search options/tab up top "view" ..then tick show hidden files. if you made a backup of your files while it was in a working laptop the chances are it will hide them ( because there important ) the desktop.ini file dose not open

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Also, did you install whatever it was to an external drive? If so, Windows 7 is bad about changing drive letters of external hard disks every time you restart. If this is the case, click your start orb and right click on "Computer" then left click on "Manage."

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This usually means 1 of a few things..
1. Your Harddrive is bad
2. You got a boot sector virus, and your boot ini file is so badly infected, your computer can't find the boot file and you need to format your c:\ or d:\ drive....if you can get to your CMD window (command) but the way you bring it up is from CMD in start/run/CMD but since you can't even boot to your desktop...then you can choose a few options..

IF you have your your Windows Xp, or Windows Vista or Window 7 (depending on how you purchased your system, I'm thinking XP...since with Vista and Windows 7 you can reload to factory settings)

If you do have the disk....then you WILL have to reload your Operating System ....IF your harddrive isn't bad (have bad sectors or clusters) or is just "old" or was bumped severely and there's a dent on your harddrive preventing your boot ini file from being found...

There are so many things that could be wrong with it....Send me more infomation....
It's definitely NOT your motherboard...it's a harddrive issue...whether from a virus (which there are many out there that could infect or even rename your boot file....or your harddrive is BAD..
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Enable "File and Print Sharing" on the "old" computer.

Connect the IOMEGA to the "old" computer.
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Connect the "old" computer to one of the LAN ports on a router (wired or wireless).

Connect the "new" computer to another LAN port on the same router.

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Go to the properties of the harddisk you mention and in sharing and permission add your account name and every one and in that chose write and read permission.

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You have done big mistake that's why you are getting problem.

1)Regarding installation of win XP over windows vista.
You have to install first lower version and then higher version i.e. you should install first win xp and then windows vista. But vice-versa you can't do it.
So my suggestion is that format your c drive then install win XP
after installation win XP install win vista.

2) which operation system do you want to open .
You can remove it using windows tweak utility software wich is freely available on most of the website. Also you can manually edit it.
For manually do this.( i m not sure about windows vista it is available or not)
right click on my computer->click on Advanced Tab->setup and recovery framework click on settings->click on Edit button
You will see the boot.ini file. You can remove the windows XP line from that file.

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