"Access Denied" error message after transfering hard drive to new computer

Hello all, my question is this (long story/short): I have changed laptops. The monitor went out on one it was going to be $200+ to fix so I bought a new one. For the purpose of information recovery I took the hard drive out of the old laptop, Vista OS, and put it in my desktop plugged up SATA to move the information over to my external hard drive.

I go to the Users folder on the hard drive and see the Owner profile and the Public profile. Unfortunatly none of my information is saved in the Public profile. When I try to access the Owner profile is says: "Access is Denied." I feel that this is probably in part to the fact that I had a password on the profile. Is there a way that the password can be deleted from this file through the registry?

Trying the drive as the primary and not a secondary was a failed attempt. The drive would not boot all the way through the startup because of hardware on the desktop. I am at a loss, I have looked on google for a resolution but with no prevail. Any help on this would be great thanks
 
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Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 1,191 Applies to:
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This Microsoft Knowledge Base article has the solution: How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP (also applies to Windows Vista and Windows 7).
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