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User Account Corrupted - All Data Lost!

Q: User Account Corrupted - All Data Lost!

My account on the family computer was corrupted, and all my documents, pictures, MP3's, everything was lost.


I am still able to log onto my account, but it appears in the old Microsoft layout. None of my programs or anything is there, and the thing is, all five other accounts on the computer are fine. Mine was the only corrupted one.

Is there any possible way that I can retrieve all of my lost data?



Much appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: User Account Corrupted - All Data Lost!

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

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A: User Account Corrupted - All Data Lost!

It's probable that your data isn't lost, only inaccessable.

Is this XP Home or XP Pro ?

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Guys I have done this in the past but cannot recall how and don't want to botch.

I had hoped Windows 10 corrected the "rename user account" function but nope. I renamed a User Account due to conflict on the LAN [same name, same spelling] and sure enough, now I have two names for the account, one a slightly hidden original name, and permissions issues. To rid it, I will create an all new Administrator account, move everything over, and demolish the old.
How to do? the docs/files are easy... the settings for apps etc are not as I recall

thx

A:Move/copy-paste User Account data & docs to New User account same sys

Don't even try would be my recommendation.

Make a new Admin account and copy your documents. Set everything else up from scratch.

Most applications will store their stuff in %localappdata% but unless you have some specific app (Windows Live Mail or Outlook or something) tht you must move it would be much better not to try to move things.

If there is something specifically you want to move then ask about that - I've moved the 2 I mention above, for sure someone else has moved something else.

Generally it will be quicker (and cleaner) to start from scratch than trawl though everything hoping to make sure you moved the lot. You'll only end up missing some odd directory and it will not work.

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My Windows7 suddenly displayed a default desktop. I then did an unsuccessful system restore, tried the undo and got stuck.

From there on, when I want to log in I end up at the error message "The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded".

I tried to activate the administrator account by using "net user administrator /active:yes". The command executes, but administrator never shows up on the login screen.

I cannot start Windows 7 in safe mode. A few seconds after the safe mode login screen appears the computer restarts automatically. No administrator account is listed here either.

I tried kb/947215, but only S-1-5-18, 19 and 20 show up (regedit from the command prompt, since I cannot log into Windows 7 in any mode.

The startup repair doesn't find a fault. What now? I want to avoid a clean install, if at all possible...

A:User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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My user profile became corrupted after years of problem-free usage (no clue why), so now I always end up in a temporary account after a reboot.

As per Microsoft's instructions I found here Fix a corrupted user profile - Windows Help, I

1. created a new account
2. logged out and logged in again using another account (not the newly created one)
3. tried to copy the data from the account that had its user profile corrupted to the new account.

However, under C:\Users, the user folder I want to copy from is a white generic icon (not a folder) and it is padlocked and has a size of 0KB - so I can't open it to copy from. Looking at how much data is on C: it looks as if all my data could still be there (I hope).

How could I get access to copy all data from my old account into the new account?

Many thanks in advance for some hints as to what to do!

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My mom is running xp.
She had 2 accounts, one called administrator, the other called guest.

I created a new account for myself to day, made it an admin account and now the one she was using, called administrator will not let us access it. All of her files and stuff are in that account.

When we start up the computer, it only shows mine and the guest account.
HELP please!
How can I re-access it? VERY VERY important I be able to recover this for her.
Thanks for your help!
 

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Is it possible to have a corrupted account? I have two accounts and when I boot and select the one I normally use, the screen goes blank. If I reboot and choose the other one (which I don't use), I get access to the computer and can do most things. Is there a way to fix this short of an OS reinstall?

A:Corrupted user account?

Create new account: http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2006/12...count-in-vista/

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I operate under hidden Admin. On my laptop I suddenly noticed I could not access Event Viewer. According to MS problem is often attributable to corrupted User account which occurs during Forced shutdown.

I created another account and the problem didn't replicate. However since i don't want my hidden Admin crippled I ran a Repair Install which did not fix the issue.

I am now operating under new User Account with no further problems or performance issues, have hidden the hidden Admin account, but would still like to solve the issue.

Can anyone suggest a more direct fix than Repair Install for possible corrupt User account where Event Viewer fails to load?

A:User account corrupted?

Getting good performance out of my new Greg User Account but still don't like the idea of the hidden Admin account being corrupted in such a way.

Researching it on the web has MS saying that corruption of Event Viewer on only one User Account results from corrupting User Account from forced shutdown affecting Registry.

If a Repair Install cannot fix this, then are there any other suggestions?

Is reimaging obsessive since i have good performance on my new User Account? I tend to be bugged by less than perfection with Win7.

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I see that my original thread on this issue has been marked as solved so I'll start a new one.
At startup quite often my W7 doesn't fully "wake up" as I complained about in that original thread. (Avast orb is stationary, right-click menus almost invisible, task manager empty etc). However I've found out that if I boot into the Administrator account first, which I had previously activated, it always starts properly and then if I switch user, that way it works fine.

I can only assume that my own Profile is somehow corrupted, what do you guys think?

I could create another user account I suppose and transfer everything over, but then those things that I had to give myself permission to use, such as Windows Mail, Sidebar etc. etc. - wont they be screwed up if I then delete the old user account?

I've done an sfc /scannow and it failed at 74%. That's a first for me as usually I'm fault-free. I guess I've been lucky.

A:Do I Have A Corrupted User Account?

I think a repair install will work for you but you will need to setup Windows Mail again, Sidebar etc, so it would probably be better if you just made a new user account if that works it will be allot quicker.

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PC's been acting wierd lately...did some snooping and found out that my user accounts icon is missing. Dunno what's up, when I click on it it doesn't display any options...refer to images. I'm thinking I might be infected with a virus...or is this a bigger problem?

A:User Account Corrupted

Hi Goretan and welcome to the forums. would be worth doing a scan with your AV program and Malwarebytes Anti-malware. If they don't come up with anything, open a command prompt by typing "cmd" in the run box and when it is available type in sfc /scannow and hit return. This will check your system files for you.

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Hi everyone. My first post here. I know enough about Windows to be dangerous, but not enough to solve this problem.

I have only one user account on my laptop. Windows 10, 64 bit Asus UX305.

My Pictures folder is now in my saved games folder, and I don't know why. A while ago, my computer suffered a major crash, and I managed to get it working again with a new user account. I thought I had lost the user account Kevin, and now use Kevin2. So far, so good. Everything seems to work okay, except for the Pictures folder being in Saved Games. I think something is corrupted. Whilst typing this out, I realise that both User Accounts seem to be read by Windows.

My questions - Does this matter? How can I fix it if I need to?

I am installing Adobe Lightroom at the moment, and wonder if the wrong location might make a mess of the default settings for this or other programs.
I found a previous thread here that dealt with folder names changing, but it doesn't seem to answer my issue. the link to that page here: Backup Disaster: Windows Changing Folder Names - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

%USERPROFILE% in Explorer shows the User account Kevin2, and the Saved Games and Pictures folders are separate.


echo %USERPROFILE% in a command prompt shows:

It seems as if Windows is using parts of both user accounts, Kevin and Kevin2. The User Account part of the Control Panel shows only the account for Kevin2.

Can anyone shed any light on this please? I am getting very confused.
Thanks.

A:Corrupted User Account?

I've accidently drug folders into other folders. Sometimes I've noticed it and sometime not until later. Sometime I don't even know which folder it was dropped into but I always checks the ones close to the original location. It has to do with dragging when using a mouse.

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So today I start up my computer. It goes through POST but when starting to load Windows the screen goes all black and the computer doesn't respond although it is accessing the hard drive.

Thinking it's a one off I do a cold reboot and sure enough, everything functions normally now. I decide to check the log and this is what I see.

Unable to read registry files for classes and undefined error. After some searching I find out that antivirus software can corrupt the user file but those who have had this problem have not been ablo to log in at all. Everything works but the log always record this error. Should I care and if so what should I do?

I am the only user on this computer and run as admin (W7-64 Home Premium).

A:User Account corrupted?

Try a System Restore to a prior date. System Restore

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Hi all,

I tried to install postgresql-8.4.0. I didn't turn off User Account Control before doing that, which seems to be recommended. I think Postgres tried to create a user account called 'postgres', but it failed (I suspect because of UAC). Postgres installation could not finish normally.

When I look in the Control Panel\User Accounts, no 'postgres' user is visible. When I try to create a new user called 'postgres' however, I get the following error message:






The specified account name is not valid, because account names cannot contain the following characters: /\[]":'|< >+=,?*

Please type a different name.



It looks like I'm stuck with a corrupted 'postgres' user. Is there a way to clean this up?

Thanks,
Benno.

A:Corrupted user account

Hello Benno, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can try a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before you tried this to undo it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hey! New girl here. Anyway. My computer is a Sony Vaio 2006 model, running on Windows Vista Home Premium. Last night, it was working fine. When I opened my computer a few hours ago and tried to log in to my user account, a pop-up appeared, telling me that C:\users\myaccount is corrupted and cannot be loaded properly. I've called both Microsoft and Sony for troubleshooting help. The tech guy at Sony told me to perform a System Restore, which I did. It didn't push through because the hard disk had some errors, so we did something else. I forgot what it was called, but I had to press F10 repeatedly after rebooting the laptop. The tech guy told me that it wasn't a hard disk problem, but I might need to reformat my computer. I obviously am not doing this because I have a lot of important files on my computer, which I haven't backed up onto another device. So far, I've tried creating a new user profile to transfer all my files. However, I cannot open C:\users\myaccount because &quot;the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable&quot;. Is there another way to fix this?
 

A:Corrupted User Account help?

The best course of action now is to remove the hard drive and ask a friend to fit it inside an 2.5-inch external hard drive enclosure, then plug it into a working computer so you can get your data off the corrupted account and copy it to a pen drive or to CD/DVD.

When that's done, put the hard drive back into your laptop and boot into your new user account. Copy across your data into your new user account from the pen drive or CD/DVD.

If Windows will allow you to delete your corrupted user account parent folder, do so. It's just wasting valuable disk space otherwise.
You may have to delete it through Control Panel >> User Accounts using a working account with admin priveleges.
 

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Hi,
I recently used Malwarebytes to get rid of malware on my computer, and after doing so the internet (both Firefox and IE) is unable to connect to the internet on the main user account that I use (the one that I was logged in to when I acquired the virus). The internet works on the other logins. Is there a way to fix that account or do I have to create a new one and transfer all the files?

A:I Think My Computer User Account May Be Corrupted

Hi,

There is probably a bad proxy set in that account

*In IE: Tools Menu -> Internet Options -> Connections Tab ->Lan Settings > uncheck "use a proxy server" and "Bypass proxy server for local addresses" or reconfigure the Proxy server again in case you have set it previously.

In Firefox in Tools Menu -> Options... -> Advanced Tab -> Network Tab -> "Settings" under Connection and uncheck the proxyserver, set it to No Proxy.

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Quote:




Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps




link at the top of each page.

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Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

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After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, not here. I currently have as many open topics as I can effectively handle, but I wanted to answer your query.

Be sure to run those tools on the affected account. You can download tools to the C drive from one of the accounts with internet access, and run them from the affected account. Also make note in your new thread that you h... Read more

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I recently got my personal (administrator) user account corrupted due to a registry error. Happenned soon after I installed a free registry-fix program. I have deleted that user account because it lost the access to all my original files from "my documents". I never deleted "my documents" folder. My "C" drive properties indicate all my original personal files are still stored but I cannot find them using any other account username whether its an administrator account or not. How do I find the original "my documents" folder with all my old sub-folders and corresponding files?
 

A:Solved: Corrupted user account

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I have been fighting what I thought was a Win 7 home networking problem as I explained in another thread:
http://www.sevenforums.com/network-s...ml#post2873812

But I have determined that my Del Studio 15 Windows 7 pro laptop seems to have a messed up user account structure. There are have five accounts defined in user accounts:

Stan Hilliard, Administrator, Password protected
ASP.NET Machine Account, Standard user, Password protected
Barb Hilliard, Standard user
Stan, Administrator
Guest, guest account is off

I don't know what ASP.NET Machine Account is.
This list does not agree with the list of users under [user] in Windows Explorer:

Barb Hilliard
Default
Public
Stan

When I first received the laptop new from Dell several years ago I created a user "Stan Hilliard". When I noticed the user "Stan" in windows explorer I thought it was strange but considered it equal to "Stan Hilliard" Today I tried to experiment with the naming issue by creating a new user = "Stan". I did this thinking the user naming might be related to my inability to make the laptops files visible to the XP and Win98 computers on the peer to peer network. Now I have both "Stan" and "Stan Hilliard"

From the beginning, I log on to the computer through the icon "Stan Hilliard" even though I have "Stan" under [users]. Now I have both. The new Stan is Stan_2 in [user]. I have been trying to access the network use "Stan Hill... Read more

A:My Windows 7 user account system seems to be corrupted

Hello,

Are these computers all belong to you? Why not create one User Account with the same Password and use that on all your computers? This way, all shared network resources will be accessible.

btw... I have also replied in your other Thread.

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hello guys.

this is my first post on this forum, i was wondering if any one had encountered and solve this issue in the past.

-computer laptop OS is windows XP, running on atom processor.
-after installing a application software daemon tool lite, the computer asked to be restart which i did.
-upon restart, computer just display black screen after the bios stage and never reached the windows OS.
-when i transferred the hard disk to another computer as a external hard disk(for me to backup all files before i reformat laptop computer ).
-The hard disk contain the other user (Guest)accounts folder but not the account that i use to install the said software.
-This hard disk no longer contain any files (jpg,wmv,doc etc) even if i do a search on this drive that suppose to be saved from the account that i am using. the folder it self dont even exist.
-i am assuming that the account was corrupted and since thus is the primary account, that may be the reason that the OS don not boot.

My problem here is. on how can i recover the missing files from this account.

Thank you for any responce.
-respanol
 

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hello guys.

this is my first post on this forum, i was wondering if any one had encountered and solve this issue in the past.

-computer laptop OS is windows XP, running on atom processor.
-after installing a application software daemon tool lite, the computer asked to be restart which i did.
-upon restart, computer just display black screen after the bios stage and never reached the windows OS.
-when i transferred the hard disk to another computer as a external hard disk(for me to backup all files before i reformat laptop computer ).
-The hard disk contain the other user (Guest)accounts folder but not the account that i use to install the said software.
-This hard disk no longer contain any files (jpg,wmv,doc etc) even if i do a search on this drive that suppose to be saved from the account that i am using. the folder it self dont even exist.
-i am assuming that the account was corrupted and since thus is the primary account, that may be the reason that the OS don not boot.

My problem here is. on how can i recover the missing files from this account.

Thank you for any responce.
-respanol
 

A:corrupted user account, missing files.

Please do not double-post. Read the rules.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1043911-corrupted-user-account-missing-files.html
 

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In one of my user account( standard User account) i cant see folder icons ,thumbnails etc but iam able to see all folder icons etc in my admin user account? .even,my computer icon in desktop is corrupted and not properly visible.in windows explorer also,it is the same case.Please help me to fix it.Iam using windows 7 64 bit PC.
 

A:Folder icons corrupted in standard user account

if you're talking about the icons on your desktop
right-clight anywhere on desktop
hover mouse cursor over View
click Show desktop icons
 

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For some reason my XP user account has been corrupted. I was able to fix it by following some step-by-step instructions online (system restore wont work). everythings good now except my outlook express lost all information like the inbox, sent items, address book etc. All these correspendence are tremendously important since it is used for business and i have no backup for them (pretty stupid, i know)
There hasnt been any data loss (as far as i can tell), all files are intact so i assume that the communications are still somewhere in the disk. Any help on how to recover my folders would be GREATLY GREATLY GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

A:XP user account corrupted, Outlook express folders now missing

I would imagine they are not lost, just in a different user profile now.

Search your hard drive for *.DBX files, these are your OE folders.

Once you find them, you should be able to re-import into current OE.

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For some reason my XP user account has been corrupted. I was able to fix it by following some step-by-step instructions online (system restore wont work). everythings good now except my outlook express lost all information like the inbox, sent items, address book etc. All these correspendence are tremendously important since it is used for business and i have no backup for them (pretty stupid, i know)
There hasnt been any data loss (as far as i can tell), all files are intact so i assume that the communications are still somewhere in the disk. Any help on how to recover my folders would be GREATLY GREATLY GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
 

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After resume from hibernation, I see this in the eventlog:
"The access history in hive \SystemRoot\System32\Config\RegBack\SYSTEM was cleared updating 20861 keys and creating 1802 modified pages."
Source: Kernel-General
EventID: 16


and then:
{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): '\SystemRoot\System32\Config\RegBack\SYSTEM' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.
Source: Kernel-General
EventID: 5

And this repeats several times for the last two days after (I guess) every resume from hibernation.
What does this  mean? 
System details: 
Lenovo G50-80 laptop, Win8.1 x64 with most recent updates.

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EDIT - Found all my data but the user account is still gone.
When I boot up in safe mode the account is there but not in normal mode.
Theres probably an easy fix or solution to this but I'm not seein it
 

A:Administrator Account Gone, data lost?

Are you running Windows Vista? The "Administrator" (default admin) account can only be used in Safe Mode on Vista. If you are running a differnt OS try going to Start -> Control Panel -> Classic View -> Administrative Tools -> Computer manager -> Local Groups and Users -> Users -> Administrator -> properties -> (make sure the account isn't disabled (there is a tick box to toggle enabled/disabled)). Hope that works.
 

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I lost my user account after I moved my computer to another room. How can I restore all my lost files.user account back?
 

A:lost user account

someone please help!! all my babies pic are on there and all my log- in info are also on there.
 

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MAJOR DISASTER!!!

Please someone help me!

I uninstalled a program and then it changed how my login screen comes on. I used a tip a long time ago that allowed me to by-pass the log-in screen. After the uninstall, it was back.

Itried redoing the steps and somehow screwed up everything. I lost my main IDENTITY!

I had to create this new one just to get to you guys.

In Control Panel, under "USER ACCOUNTS", my main idenity is not there

When I tried to Create it, it says that "THIS IDENITY" already EXIST! But, it does not show up.

When I did a search of my main Identity name, only 71 items are found so it is still in here but how can I find it and get it back. All my programs and stuff is in there, and my installs!

I will try to tell you what I did that made me lose it:

I clicked RUN
Typed in something like ?controll passwords2? [not sure the exact words]

There was a way to tick not to require passwords and I clicked something else and it wanted me to create a password, duh, it made no sense, but stupid me, I did it

Can anyone help me please, I feel like crying, I want my true Identity back!

I hope someone knows what I need to do, I will truly appreciate it and would be happy to make a donation, not huge, but what I can afford.

Thanks In Advance
 

A:S.o.s Lost My User Account! - Help Please

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XP Pro SP3. I have been working at setting up a network usinga new wireless receiver, and have occasional lapses where Firefox or Thunderbird could not find the server. I restarted the machine, and when it came bask I had lost my main user account, with all the e-mail setup , bookmarks... application icons...

If I try to switch users, the account it is simply not there. Is there some way I can try to get it back?

Thanks for any advice...

A:Lost User Account

I tried to create a new user account with the same name, i.e Administrator, and I'm told that I cannot because

" An account named Administrator already exits, Type different name."

If it already exists, why can't I see it. It still exists under

"Documents and Settings/Administrator"

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This past weekend I went out of town, and my son came over. While here he used my computer and established a new user account for himself, and set that up as administrator. When I returned late the next day and tried to log on, he had left himself logged on and could not find my administrator account. Is there any way I can reclaim my account? Thanks in advance.

A:Lost user account

Whether he set himself up as an Admin or not, your account should still be offered at boot.

Is it not?

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Hey,
I was trying to unhide folders and files in my user account at C:\Users\*username*.
In the properties of this folder i checked the hidden box, for some reason thinking this would do so.
However it resulted in the majority of my files in that user folder being (i assume) hidden. Things such as uni work, photos, games etc.
I can still access the folder but just with a lack of files.
Can anyone help me recover these files?
Thank you
 

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I need some help. I was transferring files from one external hard drive to another, being it was taking so long I left it running over the weekend. When I returned on monday my machine had rebooted and my user account was not present. I had a generic desktop. All my programs were there, but all my files music, photos etc. could not be accessed. Help

A:lost user account

Welcome to TSF!

So when you reboot, your user account does not appear on the Welcome screen? Or it's present, but logs you into a desktop similar to what a new account would look like?

Have you checked under C:\Documents and Settings\<User Name>\ My Documents to see if your files are there?

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hi there, last week i logged onto my computer (i am the only user and had previously named my user account Jennifer) and when it started up, i got the windows screen, then it said "preparing your desk top". when it completely booted up, my background on my computer was gone, just a generic geometric shape. all my files were gone from documents downloads music pictures etc. and a bubble popped up saying i have logged into a temporary user account. nothing will be saved in this account, etc etc.

so i logged off, and the only account to choose from to log back in was called Owner. like previously stated, mine was called Jennifer.

So now my computer is getting refreshed every time i go online. nothing sticks to this account. i have to install my internet stick every single time i turn it on. no bookmarks, no nothing. i finally, after panicking like crazy found all of my user files under Owner on my C drive.

but my question is, how do i restore the owner's account back to being MY account. or if i have to make a new account, how do i transfer all of my stuff over to that account?

please help. i'm not completely computer illiterate, but i'm not the most high techy techy person. more of a medium to low techy techy.

thanks!

A:Lost My User Account

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Have you tried to do a System Restore to a few days ago?

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I use a Macbook for my personal use usually, but when I turned on my PC after not using it for a couple of months, all of my user information is gone: Documents, music, everything. The only thing is I don't think it's gone, I can't access my music using iTunes on that machine, but I can access it using Windows media player. If I try to open OneNote pages, I get nothing. I have run Spybot and AVG antivirus. It seems as though my user account information is being hidden. Other user accounts (my wife's and a guest account) are working just fine. I would prefer not to return to a restor point, as I don't even know when this was lost. Any advice? I have Net+ and A+ certs, and I work in software, so any response can assume that level of knowledge.
 

A:Loss of User account data

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If someone could assist me I'd appreciate it.

This afternoon, I restarted my computer and when I tried to log onto my user account the information was "lost." And now my account is linked to a "TEMP" folder in "Documents & Settings."

My original account information is still there, it is just no longer attached to my logon. There is one other account on the computer and it appears to be fine.

When I go into "My Computer" there is a folder labled "xxx Documents" but it is not my regular folder it is the "TEMP" one. When I right click on it and look at the properties, the Location is C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP when it it should be C:\Documents and Settings\xxx

Is there a way to re-link my information to my account?

Thanks! - Dannielle
 

A:User Account - Lost Links

Nevermind - Issue still not resolved, but other issues came up and I need to get a new hard drive.
 

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When i go to turn on my computer it will load and then it will go to the log in page.
After it done that it will load my user account and it will pop up with an error saying user account cant be located.
Iv tried going into the computer via safe mode etc and creating a new account with admin permission and i wont work.

Help please

A:Cant log into my computer ( User account lost? )

Hello Trent, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Did you manually move or rename your "C:\Users\(user-name)" user profile folder, or change it in the registry?

For now, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to undo and fix this.

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HEEEEELLLLP!

I went into user accounts in the control panel as "Administrator" (the only account on my machine). I created a new account with a different name -"Jeffy" ... This account was given administrator privleges, the same icon and the same log-on password.

I then logged out as "Administrator", by clicking "switch users" from the startbar. I got the welcome page, which now showed both accounts: "Administrator" AND "Jeffy"; I logged on as "Jeffy" and, of course, the desktop and all of the stuff on it was completely different than "Administrator"s. I wanted to go back and make those things sharable from the "Administrator" account and thats where the trouble began ...

When I did the "switch users" bit again from the startbar, the only account now showing on the welcome page is "Jeffy". There was/is no "Administrator" icon.

If I go into documents, it shows an "Administrator" folder, but I can't access it without "permission" ... If I go into "system" in the control panel and click on "users", the tree shows 2: "Administrator" and "Jeffy". If I go into "user accounts" in control panel and try to "edit users", it only shows "Jeffy" and not "Administrator".

But no matter what I do, I CAN NOT get this machine to let me log back on as "Admi... Read more

A:Lost/missing User Account

I then logged out as "Administrator", by clicking "switch users" from the startbarSwitching users is not loggin out. You must 'Log Out' in order to be logged out.So, when you reboot, do you see a list of accounts to choose from, or does Windows just start up? If it just starts up, what account does it start to?Go to Start > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change an account. This should show you a list of accounts. Is Administrator and Jeffy listed there? If so, could you just delete Jeffy and get things back to normal? I am trying to understand at what point the problem lies. Report back with more details as to what you see and what is happening.

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We have three user accounts on our computer, one for me, one for my daughter and one for my husband. For some reason, this week when my husband tried to log in, he got a brand new user account and "lost" all of his settings. But when I look under Documents and Settings, I see all of our user accounts and his folders and files all appear intact. However, there is also a new folder called TEMP. When you see the list of user accounts on the login page, his user account name and picture are there, but apparently when you login to it, it's using this TEMP folder for the information. How do I get his account to point back to his folder under Documents and Settings?
 

A:Solved: User account lost but still there

His profile is corrupt so it can't be used any longer. Log in as Admin and create a new account for him in User Accounts in Control Panel. It will need a different name from the old one.

Then, go to the System applet in Control Panel, Advanced< User Profile Settings and copy the old profile to the new account.

Try the account and if it works, go back to User Accounts and delete the unused accounts.
 

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My clients lost all file. Every time when user restart the pc , it create a new user.When I check in registry , there is no .bak file.Everything is lost.Can anyone  please help me. 

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While I was at school there was a system in place where by you had to enter a user name and password to access the internet. Every student had a data limit like 3GB per month for example. I remember it had something to do with a proxy. I would like to recreate this system on my office LAN as some staff members have been downloading a lot slowing down the (very expensive) Internet connection. Limiting each users data will discourage large downloads. Thanks in advance...
 

A:Internet data restriction by User account

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I've just received a call from a panicked friend saying her Windows 7 has reset everything. When she turned it on she got the "preparing your desktop" dialog, the icons are just the default ones with hers gone, and the user document directories are empty. The user account does still have her name, so it has been reset - Windows isn't just loading another one. She tried a restore point from three days ago and it changed nothing.

I'll get the computer later today and I foresee profanity in abundance. The absolute priority is to recover the user data, then I'll probably do a reinstall just to be sure.

I haven't had this happen before, so I'm uncertain. Why would Windows just up and reset the user account, and is the data recoverable at all if the folders are all empty? I've told her to stop using it and I plan to see if FreeUndelete can salvage some stuff, but as this is the result of a total user account reset and not just an accidental deletion I have little hope that it'll actually do much of anything.

Any advice, beyond yet again stressing the importance of backups?

A:Spontaneous user account reset, all data gone

Hi Same has just happen to my computer using windows 7. Point to note system back ups have gone and its telling me there is no OS which is strange however, all the data is still there in the computer somewhere its just the desktop, internet setting and emails which have been reset, I tried a system restore and that did not work however, I have again gone into the system restore setting and there is now more options to restore to where before there was only one restore point, will let you know how it goes. It did not go well now have a black screen but AVG is working again so going for a system scan. It looks like an update is to blame as we have more than one computer running windows 7 and its only the hp computer which has reset, there was an critical update at 09:30 (ish). Well it looks like a day of red bull for me trying to fix the dam thing

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Hello,

I'm having a problem understanding how the User Accounts work and keeping certain things only for the Admin account and others for my own Safe Use (restricted) account and the Guest account.

Problem that sparked these questions is that I had set everything up with a pre-install of Vista from the manufacturer. I've been running as Admin for the most part and downloaded Firefox. I've obviously created a Safe Use restricted account and enabled the Guest account. Then I copied over the the bookmarks.html file over from my old HD.

Well, using my admin account I have everything I need. The problem is that all the accounts on my system have the same bookmarks.

I also have no idea what a Roaming folder is and how it differs from a Local. Why is there a Default account AND an Administrators account? And what is a Public account.

Any light that can be shed, or online resources explaining things that can be pasted, will be greatly appreciated! Thanks

A:User Account/Data issues and FF Bookmarks

The default account has basic settings that get loaded/copied over when a new account logs on for the first time. So for example if you want a new user to have specific shortcuts in their start menu or desktop whenever they get their new account, you can put that in the default profile.
Dunno about public.

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While I was at school there was a system in place where by you had to enter a user name and password to access the internet. Every student had a data limit like 3GB per month for example. I remember it had something to do with a proxy. I would like to recreate this system on my office LAN as some staff members have been downloading a lot slowing down the (very expensive) Internet connection. Limiting each users data will discourage large downloads. Thanks in advance...


 

A:Internet data restriction by User account

Buy a firewall and shut down all unauthorized activity. Most also have application filters to block anything like downloads from torrents, limewire, etc.
 

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A very strange thing happened. I ran SP3 update this weekend and while I was away from the computer, Windows installed a second update and automatically restarted the PC. I have no idea what the second update was, but I'm suspicious that it caused a problem. The account I used to run the update is fine and the second user's account still exists, but all his data is wiped out. Documents, emails, settings--all gone. I back up regularly, so only a few very recent files will be lost. Has anyone else encountered this? At this point, I'm annoyed, but all can be recovered...I'm mostly curious. If anyone has any feedback, I'd appreciate it.

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Hello, I had some videos on my roommates computer, and I recently bought my own computer, so he deleted my user account before I transferred everything. Is there any way I can retrieve my videos? They are very important to me, and I would hate to lose them
 

A:Retrieving data from deleted user account

If he didn't delete your files you can still copy them. If they were deleted there is a possibility of data recovery programs working. One such is Recuva.
 

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I recently created a new user on Windows XP to install a speech-to-text program. Then I had to re-download my antivirus software, as it got corrupted. When I log out, and then log back in, I can only get the new user file. I can go to the control panel and find the old user file, change things about it, but it does not come up as a choice when I log in. How can I restore this user? I need to access it, as all my work is under this user, and in this user's My Documents. I am really desperate.

Sincerely,

"Tereborn"
 

A:WinXP has lost my user account; how can I get it back?

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Hello, can someone help me?!?!? One of the user acounts on my computer has been deleted, with everything attached to it! Can I get it back????

A:Lost User Account - System Admin

Here is a Microsoft Article explaining how to recover a deleted user profile.

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Hello, now I've cooled down a bit, I'd like to let you what I need help with. I recently updated Windows to windows 8.1 and all of a sudden a lot programs were going much slower than they usually ran. I went around the internet for tech support and one solution was to create a new user and delete the previous user (which didn't work). Well, I lost a Doom wad that I had spent a few months on on my new computer and a 60 hour Skyrim save, along with a lot of personal information that I had written down. Is there any way to recover a deleted profile or at least recover the files that I've lost?

Note: I stupidly had my most up to date WAD file saved to the desktop.

A:Deleted User Account; Lost A lot of Time

if you upgraded, then you may still have windows.old folder. it will have most of your files.

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I have some encrypted files that were encrypted under a windows8 account that got corrupted by the 8.1 update.

I had to delete the account and recreate it. I created the same User ID and same PW but I can't decrypt the files now...

I swore I've done that before and regained access to the files. Was that an old WinXP thing?

Even though I know the password is the cert used to encrypt/decrypt seeded by time or something else random as well?

I.E., are the files lost because I didn't back-up my cert/private key?

A:Encrypted files and lost user account

Hello James,

I'm afraid that without being able to import a backup of the EFS certificate/key, you may no longer have access to those files.

You could try and use the 30 day free trial program Advanced EFS Data Recovery to decrypt the files.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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