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Solved: Recovering a deleted admin user acoount files

Q: Solved: Recovering a deleted admin user acoount files

I recently did a really dumb thing. I deleted my main user account that was also the admin account and lost tons of files. The thing is even though I lost lots of music and movie files (about 200 gb) and all my email contacts and bookmarks when all was said and done there was the same amount of free space on my hdd. So that tells me those files were not actually deleted but in a Windoze pergatory type of backup file. So my question is how do I recover access to those files? As a single user on my system the reason why I deleted (well was actually a very nice lady I had just met that did it) was because of a stupid log in screen that I didnt need. She said just delete the account and make a new one and she promply did so. I've tried several things to no avail and have a fairly good working knowledge of windows files and management. Please any help would be appretiated.

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In order to solve some computer networking problems, I deleted a user account then re-created the same user on the same Windows Vista computer. All of the user's documents were already networked to another computer, so I wasn't worried about losing data ... but I forgot all of her outlook information would be deleted. How can I recover the Outlook files from the deleted account?

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Hi, hopefully you will be able to get some help here, the account may have gone depends on how you deleted it the .pst files should still be there. Vista is a rotten search machine so maybe *.pst (show hidden files and folders) could find them this is scanpst.exe explained:-


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Incredible forum and can't believe I've not found it sooner.
I'm looking for a little help with a frustrating problem which I'll try and keep to the basics.

My son downloaded a program which (I assume), deleted the administrator and my account (chris) from Windows vista. ie When I logged in the admin and my log in "icon" were still there but when I tried to log in, it informed me the user details/password weren't correct.

The details to fix this were on this forum - which were to go to the HKEY registry and delete a .BAK file. However the SID field was not there and no user account was shown. I assumed the account information had been wiped clean and therefore I was unable to log on. The files that were there were "S-1-5-18" 19 & 20

I tried System Recovery along with sf /scannow and numerous other ideas. I downloaded ultimatebootcd and tried a few things - still nothing.

I'm convinced the program must have had a virus which just deleted my accounts from the registry.
Therefore all "paths" from these accounts can't get accessed to.

I've fortunately backed up my data! ...atleast the main areas photos/videos/music.

I've now copied the 2 partitions from my laptop hard drive to an external drive (but not the boot info).

I can view all my photos etc on the external drive from my newly formatted laptop drive.

However, I can't find emails, documents etc which I would love to find - I didnt back these up prior to the e... Read more

A:Deleted user and admin account. Cant log in. Copied partitions but cant find files.

Try this software, but use the computer as little as possible until the recovery

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

If that does not work give this a try, but this one is less likely to work.

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I recently started volunteering at a veterans outreach center. The "I.T." guy before me wiped out one of their hard drives which contained their client list with over 700 names on it. I tried using Pandora Recovery with no luck. Has anyone had any luck with other software. This PC is running Windows XP

A:Solved: recovering deleted files

Some people have had success with a free program called PC Inspector.

If the guy used an actual wiping utility like DBAN, that data is most likely gone beyond recovery by any software.

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Did something really stupid the other day. Was doing a Windows install and I mistook a drive for a different drive.

In short, I deleted the partition, recreated the partition, but I haven't reformatted yet. The partition was the same size before and after so that shouldn't be a problem.

The files should still be there but I don't know how to get at them. I've already tried Recuva, UndeletePlus, Restoration, and a Knoppix boot disk but none of these were able to do anything because of the lack of a file system/boot sector.

Anybody know of a quick and dirty, preferable free software tool that I can use to recover these?

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Hi all...

i was playing with my laptop today and removed my user account. when i relogged into windows i had to login as administratorand found that all my files are gone... when i looked a little more closely i found that the files are there under my old user name but I DON'T HAVE ACCES TO THEM.. i am told that access is denied. how do i regain access to my files...

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You need to take ownership of all of the folders under the old username http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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Well, I'm in a fine mess. Someone gave a me a laptop to "clean up." It is destined for his mother. He told me to delete all the extraneous data. So, just as a deleted one of the users, I get a call from his mom saying not to delete anything since it contains informatiion for their "organization."

Is there any kind of undelete program that can retrieve a deleted user and their info or is it lost forever?



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Please help - i deleted a user account that i need! i tried system recovery but it can only recover today, which is no help. please walk me through the recovery process if there is one - i am (obviously not so great with this stuff

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In trying to streamline my wifes Laptop (Win 7 64bit), I deleted her user account as she didn't like having to login and give herself permission for various actions all the time.
Obviously this was the wrong way to go about it.
However when I went to re-create the account using the same User name, Windows 7 treats it as a different account so she now can't access any of her items including documents, favourites and hundreds of photos.

What can I do to fix this?
If I can't fix it, my arse is toast!!!!!

A:Recovering a Deleted User Account

The thing I would do if you can do it - is log in with another admin account and see if you can get all the files and move them to an external device or another location on the root directory. If you can do that -- move all the files over and recreate the account.

Hope that helps!

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Hi guys, I've deleted the wrong user account on my XP machine. I'd like to recover from this by either recovering the user account or running restore, but I can't even sign on to do anything.
Can anyone give a solution or how to boot in safe mode.

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Well, the good news is, the bootable CD worked and I got back into my Admin account.

The bad news is, before I got myself kicked out, while I was foolishly messing around with my user accounts (trying to get rid of the login screen), it appears that I accidentally deleted THE account that I'd be using for years, w/ all my data, docs, emails, photos, music, etc.

I know this is a long shot but ... does anyone know anything about recovering deleted accounts?

I know there probably isn't a way. Silly me.

I'd like to thank everyone for their input. I learned a lot from y'all!

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To cut a long story short,I deleted a file and then emptied the recycle bin rather than recovering it.
I have been trying to recover it using a variety of file recovery programs, but they all seem to require admin, which I do not have.
I not familiar with the command line interface, so will need detailed instructions on any techniques using this.
Help would be much appreciated!!

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You need to specify where you deleted it from - local HDD or server volume on a network - if local 'c: drive' then you will need a recovery program as the file would be been removed from the file allocation table (the fist couple letters of the original file name are truncated) however is restorable via commercial software such as Recuva - try searching for it on the web. It is import that you do not write any further info to the drive you have already deleted the file from, until you restore it.
If deleted on a server volume then you will need to contact the IT network department to provide a shadow copy/tape/cloud restore of the original file.

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Hello,my apologies if this was already discussed but I searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

As the title states,on my laptop, vista erased files in my user profile while the 2 other user profiles (my gf's and the guest profiles) were basically left untouched.
I use an HP dv6500 series with Vista Ultimate, 2gb ram,160gb hd and 2.0 ghz if that helps.

For starters, let me tell you what happened.As of late I have been using the Power saver option( so that the screen brightness is dulled so that I can use it in the dark when everyone's asleep) as well as the High performance option when my gf uses it (shes addicted to the sims3 and has pulled me in too ). Normally I have it on the HP recommended option.

A few nights ago I was using my laptop and instead of shutting down I hibernated as I usually do because my gf is usually still logged in. The next morning my gf started up the laptop, and the password screen for my profile came up and she switched users and logged into hers. Then later she hibernated as well, and we left to run some errands with a friend.

When we got back my friend wanted to use the laptop to play online chess(yahoo games to be exact) so I just put in my password to log into my profile so he could play without any issues if he needed to (since my profile is the administrator he wouldnt need me to put in passwords if he had to download or upgrade any software). When I came to check up on him I saw that my wallpaper, the folders on the desktop as we... Read more

A:Vista erased admin user files, other user files left relatively untouched, Help!!!!!!

I don't know what, how, when or why, what I do know is while your still able you need to make another admin account.
that way (not if ) but when it happens again, it may be worse & you won't be able to do anything without admin privileges...

good luck

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I had a program that somehow deleted all of my files on my desktop. Is there anyway I can restore the computer files? I have tried restoring to a previous time but a blue screen keeps popping up that says the computer can't restart manually.This is the another screen that pops up saying that the computer is repairing itself.

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@waltf13, welcome to the forum. If the computer doesn't boot, you may have deleted files necessary for this to happen.  There is a good chance that you won't be able to retreive your files.  You will most likely have to do a full System Recovery. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I'm not sure where this topic fits, so please move if not appropriate.

My son damaged his mac beyond repair, so I took out the hard drive to recover files for him. Being inexperienced with macs, I inadvertently deleted some of his files (music files of course). I decided the better way to do things was to get software which would read the mac (now external) hard drive on my windows 7 pc, which I did, so I was then able to copy the remaining files to my computer. However, there still is the issue of the deleted files, which I would like to recover if possible.

I started looking at software (I'd like something free as this is a one-time operation), but then I realized I didn't know if I could find a program that would work on my pc to recover deleted files on a mac hard drive. So my question is:

Will pc data recovery software recover deleted files on a mac external hard drive? (if so, is there any such software available for free?)
Or, is the only way to do this is to get mac software and use a mac to recover deleted files from the mac external hard drive?
Or, is there another solution I haven't thought of?


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You could try Recuva. This says for Mac http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/recuva-for-mac.html

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We regularly use the Olympus dictation/transcription software which produces a DSS audio file. We have inadvertantly deleted one of the files and need to try and recover it - any ideas?!?


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My Dad deleted a few powerpoint presentations the other day and I managed to recover them with GetBackData

Because it didn't show the files with their original names, I recovered all of the contents and went through them all and eventually found it. All of the other files were fully working and not corrupt.

I noticed that the size of the recovered files was about 3GB which I can't understand seeing as it came from a 2GB flash drive.

Can someone explain this phenomenon?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! (I know it's a bit late, but I was away for christmas)



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Hi Tom,

For me, it's a few hours into the new day - a bit early, but not late at all. And Happy Holidays to you as well.

Chances are you recovered much more than was lost on this occasion - including data from months and maybe even years ago that was still on the drive. It isn't really deleted until it is overwritten (though how it recovered 1.5 the max size of the drive is another issue - could it be larger than it says?). Another possibility is that some of the data may have been compressed and you may have recovered the uncompressed versions. Also, the recovery software may have duplicated recoveries (tried, got most but didn't complete, tried again and succeeded - and saved both as separate recovered files) - or perhaps merely duplicated recoveries because it isn't working entirely properly (I'll bet if you check closely you find duplicates). Finally, it is possible that the conversion process somehow increased the file sizes - perhaps with recovery-related data (which may or may not be resolved by restoring the actual files) - though I don't know why that would happen and none of the products I recommend do this. This product is not one I use or recommend (not because I know it is bad, but because I've never tried it before and I always do my best to try eveything I recommend - and often keep it in case questions come up).

Also, I strongly suggest using Recuva instead as it is a much better program (and gives names) and works a lot easier (and is the most recommen... Read more

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Is it possible to recover files you have deleted? When I got my new computer, I accidently deleted some programs files that I still needed..(I'm a novice..)

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Hello everyone,please I don't really know exactly much on all these stuffs but I'm putting my effort to,so i was wondering how comes deleted files can be recovered,then i looked it up and from what i saw online i discovered that when you delete a file it doesn't actually get deleted, it's still there until another file overwrites it or thereabout.but what gets me confused is that, ok what if i have a 2gb pen drive and i have a 1gb file in it, then i delete the 1gb file to copy a 1.9gb document in the pendrive, so does that mean the 2gb pendrive is now actually carrying 2.9gb of files in it? So if i then delete the 1.9gb file i can still recover the 1gb file, so what is the actual size of the pendrive?it is limitless or its more than two gb

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A 2GB drive has approx. 1905MB (1.86GB) available for user storage (the remaining 143MB is used by the USB Flash Drive to store its firmware essential for operation).

If you have a 1GB 1024MB file of data on the flash drive and you delete it providing there is no the data on the drive you now have the total capacity shown above

If you now install to the flash pen 1.9GB of data - you have overwritten the sectors used by the original 1GB of data

I am unsure as you why you would think that a drive or any storage medium eg DVD disc can suddenly have greater storage capacity than that with which it was manufactured.

Is the answer to your question not provided by you here
it's still there until another file overwrites itClick to expand...

I do not mean that to be in any manner other than helpful - I think with respect you are looking for some deep hidden meaning to the principle of recovering data that has simply been deleted but then the drive has not been written to or of course formatted.

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Hey. Can anyone give me some info on recovering lost/ deleted files? I have accidentaly deleted some documents from my computer while performing a backup. Actually I deleted them from the backup before I reintroduced them to my computer. They were backed up on there own slave drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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hi i was wondering if anyone outhere could advise me of a program i can use to recovers files that i have deleted or anyway that i can recover the files that has been deleted,,thanx

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There are a LOT of programs out there, depending on how much you want to spend. go to www.google.com and type in "Data recovery software."

be warned..they are NOT cheap.

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i need to recover some deleted files that were recently deleted. i have no idea how to recover them and would greatly appreciate any ideas or suggestions to do so, i know windows doesn't really "delete" files when they are deleted and i know there's a way to recover them, putting 2 and 2 together is the part i don't know. help me quickly please.

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Search google for "Recovery Software" there are lots of free and paid software you can try any of them all works fine.

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I wanted to know if I could recover deleted photos from an xD picture card I used to photograph some seagulls... well, I deleted these pictures without uploading. There was one I really liked and is there any way to recover it?

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You can try some of these free programs tht HitSquad mentioned in his post HERE. I should also mention that if you've already taken more picutres on that card, you might be out of luck totally, as the new photos might over ride the deleted photos, erasing them forever! Still, it's worth a try though! Good luck

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I was wondering if there is any way to recover files once they've been deleted from Recycle Bin in Windows 7 Professional?  I accidentally (no idea how) deleted a picture file  that took me years to accumulate.

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can someone recommend a good program for recovering deleted files?
i used to have norton undelete but if i recall correctly it only worked if installed before i deleted the file i want recover, which is no good as i've already deleted the file without having it installed.

something simple and to the point would be preferred

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Hi! I use the software "GetDataBack.V3.21", it is very good. I recuperating 90GB after I was formatting my HD.

good luck and see you later!

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Here's the story. I get a phone call from someone who had the missing NTLDR message. THey said they were on the phone with microsoft for hours. The person outsourced told them to do another install of Windows to get in so they can back up their files. They tell him to install to Windows1 instead of Windows. I guess the smart outsourced agent thought this wouldn't delete any files since my friend told him he has some very important documents on this hard drive. So he installs another Windows and guess what, his documents and settings get overwritten. Looks like these guys really know what they're talking about since any Microsoft person should know this happens no matter where you install Windows. Is there any way to recover this files?

A:Help with recovering deleted files

Did they perform a format when reinstalling Windows?

If not, the files should still be in C:\Documents and Settings

Or where else did they have the files stored?

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Any programs out there for recovering deleted files, mp3's, etc. .............IN PLAIN ENGLISH........SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND program!! Thanks, B-72.

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Alohy Tech friends,
please help me with some data recovery problems:
I have accidentally installed a program into my documents folder. I did remove said program using the uninstall option within 'programs and features' in the control panel. Sadly this action removed all my documents that where in the documents folder and not just the program itself. Apart from some save games from computer games I lost some very important text files as well as edited video files, audio recordings, audacity projects, cyberlink powerdirector projects, final mp3s I recorded and a few other things. The recordings and videos however are the huge problem, since those took hours and hours to create/record and I would really like to get them back.
Before we move on what I tried so far, this folder was on a separate partition (not the windows partition) of my 500gb SSD drive, which I use as main drive. I got another 1tg drive which I use for files and backups. Sadly, as always, the last backup is quite some time ago and I don't have the projects backed up yet. My operating system is windows 8.1 (64bit).
I checked my recycle bin but the missing files are not in there.
Knowing that there is programs to recover data I stopped all activity and checked the web. I found your website and downloaded the portable versions of Recuva and Puran File Recovery. Both seem to find loads of files when I do a scan and tell me that he have successfully recovered thousands of files. I saved those files to ... Read more

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Hi There,

I hope someone can help. I've just exported photos from my camera onto my PC. A message came up promting that I had file conflicts and in not so many words I could ignore or replace.

I clicked replace in error and I cannot restore the old photos. I haven't backed up the photos in question and they are not in my deleted items. I have run a system restore in the hope this may make a difference with no luck.

Does anyone know how to restore the lost photos?


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You could try Diskdigger.

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Last night I accidently deleted all my files while changing users on my laptop, & am curious if I can get them back.  I tried to run a restore from before the time it happened, but I guess all it restored was the windows operating files?  I've looked at numerous "free" software apps that claim to be able to recover files, & have read that w/ vista that the files are probably still present, but hidden.  I'm looking for any & all advice or guidance & greatly appreciate the help.

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Try Recuva.

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Yesterday I lost an important file and unfortunately I did not have it backed up. I have not written much to the HD since I lost the file. I am running Windows XP Pro. I understand there are a number of programs out there that can try to restore the missing file BUT I am also told that virtually all of them require the software to be installed FIRST. Does anyone know of any good file recovery programs that can be run for the first time after the file has been deleted? I would imagine the program needs to be able to excute from the CD or possibly from a web site. Installing such a program could obviously destroy the very data one may be trying to recover.

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I know it is a long shot, but I had a paper I did for school back in December of 2009, and I deleted it from my computer after I turned it in. I now lost that original copy I got back, and I need the original document. Is there anyway to recover a word document from just before Christmas?

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As you said, in view of the long time, the odds are against you but try Recuva.
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

and it's free.

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I just tried the following programs....
File Scavenger
Virtual Labs (or something like that)
Master UnEraser
Jpeg Recovery Tool

What happend was the other night I accidently deleted some pictures without realizing I wanted to keep some of them. A few of them were already on my C drive and one or two of them I had just downloaded from an attachment in yahoo mail. I deleted everything in my inbox and the trash was emptied already so I can't re d/l it.

A couple of the programs listed above were able to recover the picture I wanted but theres no picture lol. The thing is, everything else in the folder with that picture in it is able to recover and work fine. What luck lol. From what I've been reading, I see that files aren't permanently deleted from your system until you use a third party program or the files get overwritten. The file recovery programs say the chances of recovery for the file are good, but in a few of the programs when you look at the pics properties it says it may be corrupt.

So I guess what my question is, since I use firefox ( and it's safer than IE7 ) can I try and locate the cookie/url of the yahoo page from the other night? Can I view my download history for firefox even after I've "cleaned up" the download box and ran Ccleaner? With the file recovery programs I found some old webpages and was able to find a few semi recent pages but not the yahoo ones. How do I locate the yahoo cookies/temp internet files/urls I don�... Read more

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My younger brother accidentally deleted a important folder which contains a lot of necessary documents.He also cleaned the Recycle Bin. I tried to recover it using some software such as.

EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard

I got some of the documents but the contents are half deleted inside them.
I also tried to "Recover Previous Versions" but there were no entry on that.

Please help me.

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Try this: ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

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I set up a user profile given I'd been using my administrator user profile all along. Now how do I copy my desktop and browser, files to my user profile? I have Windows 7 Home Office Professional on my PC

A:Solved: Transfering desktop/files from Admin to user profile

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I have home pc running on xp and I have encountered a problem where 2 out of the 3 user accounts on the pc have (what looks like) reseted themselves. The account picture is still the same in the main login at startup but everything else has changed. In the C:/Documents and settings/>>user name's<<Documents folder there is just 3 empty folders of "My Pictures" "My Music" and "My Videos" like on a new account so all of the files have been deleted. The desktop background is a default picture and all the settings are back to default. Whats wierd about this is the other account has not changed at all. All the documents are still there and all the settings are the same. All the the accounts are Administrator accounts. I tried system restore but no luck.

Also earlier in the day i had been setting up a home network and had shared the printer, External hard drive, and the pc's c: drive with my laptop via my router. I changed sharing settings on the 3 users documents so i could access them but i have no idea if this had anything to do woth the accounts problem.

Please help me out here my Dad has lost alot of important files and we would at least like to know why this has happened and if theres any way of reversing it that would be great!

A:Solved: User accounts reset? Files deleted!

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I have accidentaly deleted my administrator account. It happened because i created a new user, then I used that abit. When I logged on to my old accout I deleted the new one that I made, but then I wasnt't administrator anymore... ON NONE OF THE USERS ON THE COMPUTER. So I can't create a new account with admin rights and I can't change my account type to administrator Please help me if u know how.

- Victor27 -

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It is against the policy of BleepingComputer to provide information on methods to reset or bypass the Administrator password. Though your question is most likely legitimate, there are others who may read this topic and use the information for less savory reasons. It is for these reasons we do not provide this type of information.If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a private message or an email. Thank you for your understanding.The weathermanBleepingComputer Forums ModeratorReference: BleepingComputer Board Rules

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My pc recently was infected with a virus that deleted all of my files. I've been doing research on these programs that can restore/recover lost files. There seems to be a lot of them, so I was wondering if anyone has a recommendation?
Also, many of the files turned up corrupted when I tested a trial version. Is there any way, (a program maybe), that can fix those? The type of files I want to recover are mainly jpeg, pdf, word and zip. All of these files are on my hard drive.

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How can i get my Word and text files back from a formatted partition ?
i really need only the text files cuz they are V.important for me !
Any Help !

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Sorry if i maybe made a unattractive title. but i have backed up somewhere along the lines of 5,000 pictures from hdd to cd and now the cd's seem to be damaged. the files i removed are deleted from the computer from the recycle bin...

now i understand that it is possible to recover these files somehow. it has been about 1 to 1 1/2 months since the delete and i need to be able to recover these pictures for an insurance company. i have read some pages on how to acheive this but none are very informative.

does anyone know a way i can recover these files? any tutorials would be awsome, im kinda in a rush as well. i have around an hour until the bell tolls me so any help would be fantastic.

also this was on win XP home edition.

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This seems to have some good reviews (for getting data off the CD's).

i can almost guarantee you won't recover everything fom the hard drive. However, if you need to try (the above doesn't work), then try out [email protected] ... I've had good luck with it.

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I goofed and deleted some picture and Word files from one of my folders on a backup drive. It's nothing urgent but just the same would like to have them back.

I deleted the files, sent them to the Recycle Bin, and then emptied the Recycle Bin.

Is there a way, either via Win XP or some other utitlity program, to recover them?


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While I attend to different computers in different locations, I often have to help users who have deleted their
Desktop.ini files in their Documents , Public Documents ,
Pictures , Public Pictures , Music , Public Music ,
Video , Public Video and Downloads folders and now complain about having lost the icons on their folders. I often resolve to different tactics to return those files such as exploring Shadow Copies and backups but I'm not always successful.
Is there a way to have Microsoft Windows regenerate those files?The greatest moment of everyone's life is the moment of positive thinking.

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I discovered that Windows will regenerate the Desktop.ini files for you if you redirect the folder to another location and then back to the original one.
Another option is to keep the different Desktop.ini files at hand. You can download the stock ones from Ramesh's site (MS MVP):

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/fix-special-folders-yellow-icon-windows-7/Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience |

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I'm attempting to recover emails from my pst files that were deleted (the pst files were also deleted). Does anyone know how to do this? I have a program (in the systems file) entitled 'recover.exe'...Would this work, and how do I use it? Thanks!

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I deleted a lot of image files by mistake about 80GB worth... then i tried recovering them with EasyRecovery? Professional http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/
i got the files back but most of them are now corrupted and have no picture to view..
are there any Apps out there that can restore or repair all or part of the pictures..??
or am i SOL..???

A:Recovering Deleted Image Files..

If the pictures are corrupt, then they probably are. Something may have overwritten the file data and it is not gone forever. Every write action you do on the drive that contained the images can destroy more data. I hope it wasn't C: where you kept them..

You could try Zero Assumption Image Recovery - it scans the disk for raw image data and should be able to get back any files that were not fragmented.

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Hello, i have a samsung qx411-w01 and i was having issues with it such as blue screen crashes, several program crashes etc. Unfortunately, my system restores got cleaned out and there was not a way to go back before the errors started. I decided to use Samsung Recovery Solutions to restore my windows files but instead of a quick restore i mistakenly did a complete restore which restored my entire windows drive (not just folder) and deleted ALL my personal files and reverted my computer to the state it was when i got it in 2012. Im currently trying to get my files back using recuva but everything is disorganized and i have no idea how to get it all back... I want to recover entire folders but the files are scattered. I mostly just want music, playlists, pictures, documents, videos, pdfs, etc. Im not worried about reinstalling the programs and settings. I havent been touching my computer much because i dont want deleted files to get overwritten. I really need help restoring my computer to what it was, what should i do? Please help

A:All Personal files deleted, need help recovering

The problem is, if the location where the data is you want to recover has been written over, during the restore, its not accessible.
With the restore to factory settings, many user data areas have already been overwritten.

I used Recuva one time to try and recover some user files after an OS corruption (caused by a motherboard failure) and my backup software failed me (Acronis at the time) would not restore. I did not do anything to the drive. Some of my user files were recoverable and some were not. I just counted myself lucky for the ones I did recover.

But, this is also a lesson on why backups are needed. Not for IF they will ever be needed, but for WHEN they are needed.

I have since dumped Acronis True Image and moved on to Macrium Reflect for backups and no more problems with restoring.

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Hi everyone,

I have an XP and I deleted a file (.doc) and I wish to recover it; from what I understand when a file is deleted it's not "wiped" off the HD, just the path to it is gone. How hard is it to recover the file? Thank you in advance.


A:Recovering deleted Word Doc files?

Sounds as though you'll need a File Recovery program.
I haven't tested any of these personally, but here are a couple of free programs:


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