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I have microsoft windows XP and hP laptop. I recently had to reformat my hard drive which I have done. Now when I go to my computer, C drive and click on Program Files it says access denied. It never denied me access before. Any suggestions? Thanks, Glenn

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  • nancie1186 Nov 02, 2010

    Can you open any files?

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You must log on as system administrator, if you made new user it must be administrator to access the c drive

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  • Glenn Newhart Nov 02, 2010

    How do I sign in as a system administrator?
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  • Computer Links Nov 02, 2010

    go to control panel, the in users, it will give u the users accounts detail or just log off and again log on as administrator

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