Monday, January 18, 2010

How To Get Access Of System Volume Information Folder In Windows

If you want to gain access to the System Volume Information Folder, this article will be very useful for you. It is a hidden system folder used by System Restore tool. In this folder there will be information and restore points of the System Restore tool. There will be a System Volume Information folder on every partition on your Computer. However, you have to gain access to this folder in order to troubleshoot some error messages.


The following steps are used for Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition Using the FAT32 File System
1. Open My Computer, from Start Menu or from the Desktop.
2. Now, go to the Tools menu and choose Folder options.
3. Now, you can click on the View tab, then choose Show Hidden Files and Folders.
4. Now, you should uncheck the Hide Protected Operating System files (Recommended) check box.
5. After that, click Yes, if you are prompted to confirm the change.
6. Now, click OK.
7. Now, you can double click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder in order to open it.
Steps for Windows XP Professional Using the NTFS File System on a Domain
1. Go to Start menu and choose My Computer.
2. Then on the Tools menu choose Folder Options.
3. Now, you have to uncheck the Hide Protected Operating System files (Recommended) option.
4. Then click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
5. Then click OK.
6. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
7. On the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders.
8. Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
9. Click OK.
10. After that, right click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder.
11. Then click on Sharing and Security.
12. Click the Security tab.
13. Click Add, and then type the name of the user to whom you want to give access to the folder. Choose the account location if appropriate (either local or from the domain). Typically, this is the account with which you are logged on. Click OK, and then click OK again.
14. Now, you can click Add and then type the name of the user to whom you want to give access to the folder.
15. After that, choose the account location if appropriate (either local or from the domain). Usually, this will be the account with which you are logged on.
16. Now, click OK and then again click OK.
17. Once you finish all of the above steps, double click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder in order to open it.
Steps for Windows XP Professional using the NTFS File System on a Workgroup or Standalone Computer
1. Go to Start menu and choose My Computer.
2. Then on the Tools menu choose Folder Options.
3. Now, you have to uncheck the Hide Protected Operating System files (Recommended) option.
4. Then click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
5. Then click OK.
6. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
7. On the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders.
8. Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
9. Click OK.
10. Then you have to uncheck the Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended) Check box.
11.
12. Then click OK.
13. Right-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder, and then click Properties.
14. After that, right click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder.
15. Then choose Properties.
16. Now, click the Security tab.
17. Click Add and type the name of the user to
18. Click the Security tab.
19. Now, you can click Add and then type the name of the user to whom you want to give access to the folder.
20. Usually, this will be the account with which you are logged on.
21. Now, click OK, and then click OK again.
22. Double-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder to open it.
23. This is smart enough to access the System Volume Information folder in normal mode users of Windows XP Professional.
How to use CACLS with Windows XP Home Edition Using the NTFS File System
CACLS tool is available in Windows XP Home Edition with the NTFS file system. It is a command line tool in order to display or modify the file or folder access control lists (ACLs). Follow the following steps to use the CACLS command line.
1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. Go to Start menu, click Run, type CMD and then click on OK.
3. This will open a Command Prompt in your Computer.
4. Now, you have to ensure that you are in the root folder of the partition for which you want to gain access to the System Volume Information folder.
5. Just for an example, If you want to gain access of C:\System Volume information folder, you should be in the root folder of drive C. That is C:\.
6. Now, you have to type the following line and then press Enter.
cacls "driveletter:\System Volume Information" /E /G username:F
In this command, you should enter with the quotation marks as indicated. Moreover, this command adds the specified user to the folder with Full Control Permissions. Double-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder to open it.
7. Whereas, if you want to remove the permission of after troubleshooting, type the following line at a command prompt.
cacls "driveletter:\System Volume Information" /E /R username
This command removes all permissions for the specified user.
The steps given below will also work if work in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode simple file sharing will be automatically turned off.
1. Open My Computer, right-click the System Volume Information folder, and then click Properties.
2. Open My Computer, right click on the System Volume Information folder.
3. Then choose Properties.
4. Now, click on the Security tab.
5. Now, click Add and then type the name of the
6. Click the Security tab.
7. Now, you can click Add and then type the name of the user to whom you want to give access to the folder.
8. Usually, this will be the account with which you are logged on.
9. Now, click OK, and then click OK again.
10. Double-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder to open it.
The given article applies to
• Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Operating System
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional Operating System


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