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Deleted User Account - Access Denied!

Q: Deleted User Account - Access Denied!

I have a Compaq computer that came with a System Recovery feature. My Dad decided to enable the feature which wiped out most of my Win XP Home OS settings. All the user accounts were deleted, leaving me with the default Owner and Administrator. I need to access the folders for the old user accounts that were deleted. When logged on as Administrator, under Documents and Setting there are folders for the deleted user accounts. However, I am NOT able to access the folders for the users accounts that required a password to logon. I get a "Access Denied" message. I checked the ownership of this folder, and it is the Administrator. I have ran "control userpasswords2" and no accounts exist except the Owner and Administrator. I can't access this folder and really need to recover that data. Is there any way I can get to this data? It has a NTFS partition. Thanks for any input!

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WinXP, SP3
domain: Workgroup
4 user accounts
3 accounts normal
1 account shows Domain: *uknown* and will not allow access to change back to Workgroup. while this account is logged on, the computer does not appear in the local network workgroups

somehow i need to reset this account

any ideas?

A:user account denied access workgroup

Try booting into the safe mode and try and change the network from there.

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Hi,I must have downloaded a particularly nasty piece of malware on my home PC (running XP Home edition) because now I can't access things like the 'run' command, Control Panel, My Computer (they have all disappeared when clicking the Start button). Also if I press the Windows + E keys to get into Explorer I get the message 'This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator' I also get the 'Virus Alert!' message next to the clock in the system tray. I am able to get into safe mode I can also get into the 'Family' account (which has admin rights) and this works fine with access to everything I would expect. My concern, apart from the obvious lack of access, is that I cannot access my main profile from any account ('access denied') so no documents, firefox bookmarks or ability to copy my mail file. This would be a concern if I had to rebuild. From the 'Family' account I've run AV, spybot, Adaware as well as SDfix with no success in terms of fixing the access issues. They have found and cleaned some malware.I would greatly appreciate it if someone could help me with this problem as it's driving me mentalLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:59:02, on 02/10/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS... Read more

A:Malware Infection - Now User Account Access Denied

Hello. I am PropagandaPanda (Panda or PP for short), and I will be helping you with your log.I apologize for the delay in response. We get overwhelmed with logs at times, but we are trying our best to keep up. If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.If you do not make a reply in 5 days, we will need to close your topic.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favourites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.Please take note of some guidelines for this fix:Refrain from making any changes to your computer including installing/uninstall programs, deleting files, modifying the registry, and running scanners or tools. Doing so could cause changes to the directions I have to give you and prolong the time required. Further more, you should not be taking any advice relating to this computer from any other source throughout the course of this fix.If you do not understand any step(s) provided, please do not hesitate to ask before continuing. I would much rather clarify instructions or explain them differently than have something important broken.Even if things appear to be better, it might not mean we are finished. Please continue to follow my instructions and reply back until... Read more

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My wife's user account (set up as administrator) on our Dell laptop cannot access any internet sites via Internet Explorer. Each time it returns an error message: Access Denied (policy_denied) and a direction to contact the network administrator.... unfortunately, I guess that's me....

This looks like a Content Advisor problem, but it's not enabled on her account and it's set to the most permissive settings in any event. This message occurs for even the most basic requests, e.g. www.google.com

Other user accounts on the laptop are able to get to their home pages.

We recently converted to Comcast Cable internet access and noted this issue thereafter. I found some discussions regarding Comcast branding IE, which it did, so I removed their branding, but this didn't solve the problem. The laptop is wirelessly connected to a Linksys router and then to the Comcast modem. We also have a desktop which isn't having any internet connectivity problems. We're running Windows XP Home edition on both computers.

I can't detect any differences in her user account settings (Tools/Internet Options....) but maybe I'm missing something.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: User Account: Access Denied to all web sites

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Hi COursework deadlines are coming up and my acess has been denied to my folder. Please help windows couldnt find my user profile so i had to go to safe mode log on as admin create new account. I also deleted the old account and kept documents and settings. I could not access this. after searching i found out i had to go back to safe mode log on as admin and go golder options ---> view then there would be an advanced tab yet this wasnt there what do i do.. :/

A:Access Denied To files after deleting user account

Google "taking ownership of files" and follow the how to.

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I'm trying to transfer the data from my administrator user account (C:\Documents and Settings\Owner) to a new administrator user account (C:\Documents and Settings\Erick). But, when I try to paste the data from the Owner folder to the Erick folder, I get an access-denied error for some folders during the transfer process. I tried using the XP Home Safe Mode Administrator account to perform this task, but same result. How do I complete the data-transfer process?

A:Access-denied error trying to paste data from a user account to another.

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I have a computer running windows 7 64bit ult. I changed settings on the Network-PC\users\BOB to deny all access to BOB. Immediately after doing this my desktop disappeared and things stopped working. I thought it was a simple fix.

I went into the Admin account and changed it so that user BOB had access to the directory BOB. As far as I can tell, I've given BOB every possible ability to access anything. However, logging into BOB results in the inability to use windows search, unable to open video files in %appdata%, almost every program is broken either saying corruption (which isn't true) or out of memory or access denied.

I attempted to create a new username but certain programs will not open under this username. Is there ANY way to simply UNDO that one step. According to admin and everything BOB should have unrestricted access to everything but everything is broken. Could not even get simple things to run like Handbrake.

All permissions on every drive is set to allow BOB full control. Attempting to set permissions within the account called BOB results in the false error message that the file doesn't exist or BOB doesn't have access. Right click shows full access.

I need to figure out how to undo ONE mistake, you'd think it would be as easy as undoing what you did but apparently windows error messages are generating errors that are themselves: errors. I've tried adjusting "owners" but that is practically a field of quantum physics. Ran SFC /scannow as suggest... Read more

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I recently deleted a user account, and clicked yes to also delete all associated files...the user was successfully deleted, however, the user's folders/files remain, and cannot be deleted. Is it possible to associate that user's folder with a new user's login? If not, what needs to be done in order to delete the remaining user folder?

A:Deleted user account, but user folder was not deleted.

You will need to be signed on as a user that is part of the administrator account to delete the user account folder.

You can't associate the folder with a new user (well not easily) but you can copy the contents of documents, music etc to a new user.


Sign on as an administratorCreate a new userSign on to the new user and sign offSign on as an administrator againCopy the data you want to the new users folderDelete the old user folder

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Hi Guys,

One of our staff PC has a problem, the scenarios:

Specs: (Alias Names)
-Company Name: Contoso
-Staff PC under Domain Alpha
-PC Name: Contoso1-PC
-Local Users are: administrators and john
-User profiles:
> operations (contoso domain)
> john (local)
> administrator (local)
-MS Outlook connected to [email protected]

1. remove/uninstall chat messengers, blocked linkedin,facebook,twitter,youtube
2. change User Account Type (Local Staff John Doe) from User to Guest
3. I change the type from User Accounts > Properties > Group Membership > Others > Guest
4. shutdown the system


1. turn on the PC and staff asks for the correct username
2. provides the username, Contoso1-PC\john
3. staff login to his local account using his password


1. staff called and his desktop files are gone and document files are gone
2. IT check the Users folder there are particular folders:
3. john and john.contoso1-pc
4. both folders empty
5. outlook not connected
6. account is totally FRESh
7. IT check on webmail under Domain Alpha, not working the usual password, webmail.contoso.com/owa
8. after an hour, the usual password works
9. IT tried to connect MS outlook 2003 using [email protected] not working saying "outlook.pst is not offline file"

1. files are gone
2. Totally FRESh account

I don't know what happen, guys please help, the FIles are gone.

Hoping your best solution.


A:Solved: Changing User Account Type - User to Guest - File Deleted

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I deleted the previous user account on a laptop given to me by my friend (Joanne) and changed it to a new name (Serena). This seemed to work and when when I login it is with the new username. However there seems to be contradicting info about user accounts on my pc. The first screenshot shows my current username but the second screenshot is not showing my current usernames and all files appear to have the old username. I keep trying to delete the files associated with the old account but cannot do so. Can anyone help?

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Hello, I have a domain environment and my current windows 7 is in domain, (I'm logged in with local admin credentials) I'm using command "net user <user> /domain" which gives me access denied (<user> is domain account) Can't figure
out why, hope you can help. Thanks.

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My step-mother passed away 2 days ago and my father immediately deleted everything of hers - including her Microsoft windows 8 account. He added his own profile as administrator and then completely deleted hers. He did not back it up. Now, being a couple days later, he realized what he has done and actually needs many of the files, pics, etc in that account. Is there any way to restore it? Thanks!

A:Deleted User Account

A System Restore to before the change would probably bring it back.

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I just got a new computer. I had my User Account setup, had a password on it. I was making sure Windows was up to date, had to restart, then restarted on its own again(I'm assuming part of the update), and when it booted back up, it said my account has been disabled. Please contact your system administrator. I can sign in under Administrator, or Other User. The password I set up with my account doesn't work for Administrator. Is there a default password? Any idea what happened? I've never seen this happen before.

A:User account was deleted

I have no idea what would disable your account.

If you did NOT add a password to the Administrator account then there is NONE, just hit the "Enter key" and the account should start up.

I do NOT set a password for any account until I have it set up and running. This includes when setting up a new machine and with ALL of the updates and programs installed and them updated. Then I may set the password, but normally will run it for a few days before I do That.

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I recently downloaded the 60 day free trial of Microsoft office, when trying to install it the computer told me I didn't have admin. rights. Following the advice of bleepinncomputer, I created another user account and gave that user admin. rights (which worked btw) Anyway, later I was told having multiple accounts slows down the computer and plus it kept asking which account I wanted to use and my boyfriend who only gets on to use Ebay would have prob. been confused by this so I went to delete one of the accounts. I deleted the wrong account (the one I've been using since I got the computer) and now everything seems messed up.
I don't think the computer is saving any of my settings. Before I messed up user accounts I didn't have this problem now my desktop icons are set up a certain way and everytime I restart the computer they are back to the old way, I can't set a "home" page because it doesn't go to the one I save, also when I get that little message "do you want windows to remember this password" and I click yes, once I restart the computer it doesn't.
Thank you to anyone who can help.

A:Deleted User Account....

Hi cherylisfun You might try downloading and running this program http://www.undelete-plus.com/ It just might be able to help you rescue what you deleted if you haven't over written it yet.Let me know if it works for you OK? It saved me once already, and best of all its free.Wendy

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I followed the steps you provided to delete a user account and it is still showing up when I attempt to log on. I even restarted the computer, thinking that was what was needed, but there it is still! Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

A:user account not deleted

Hello Mitzi, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check using the tutorial below to see if one of the options may help delete the user account.

User Account - Delete

Hope this helps,

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I created new user account in Windows XP and turned off computer.And when i started windows there was only one user account(that i created last time). How can I solve this?My all files is in old account.

A:My user account was deleted

Hello and Welcome -Have a look at this post for a few ideas Lost main user account in XP -Hope something helps you -

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Hi all

I managed to somehow put in the wrong command into command prompt and deleted my user account, When i go to c;/users my name is still listed there with all my files etc, is there any way to restore my account?

Any help much appreciated


A:Help Please, deleted my user account

A system restore to a point before you deleted your account will be as good a place to start as any.

Failing that, you could just create a new user account.

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I have accidently deleted my user account off my laptop (vista home premium 32bit) but my files are still there in the user section of my hard drive. Can i recover it? If so how? I have only recently deleted it and I have another account with administrator privledges on it. Thanks in advance for your help.

A:[HELP] Deleted user account

Hello, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes, you may still be able to restore it. Try this below to restore it:
Create a new administrator accountCopy the contents of the deleted account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders. This copy all of the deleted account's settings and shortcuts into the new account.If everything checks out ok, you can delete the deleted account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder.Hope this helps,

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OOPS! I figured it out! Sorry!

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Somehow I have deleted our user account and need to know if I can restore it. I tried the system restore with no luck, please help

A:Deleted User Account

Welcome to TSF....

Please give this a try:

How to recover the damaged user profile in Windows XP


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I checked the Security Log on the current admin account, but it didn't go back far enough.
The older admin accounts files were saved (the account I'm trying to find a creation date for was created while the previous admin account was active) Is there some file that the Security log wrote to that I would be able to look through to find this info? If yes, what would be the location?
I've also been reading a bit about the possibility of finding it in a SAM file, or Shell files. Anybody know if that is true?
Any software that I can download that will find this info?

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Hi, I accidentally deleted the wrong User account (my Main account). Distracted and kicking myself! In Win2000, I can't do a system restore, right? The files are still there in a 'Main' folder in Documents & Settings, but all my settings are gone. When I added back Main as a User account, it created one called Main-Home. This acts like a brand new account. I'm having to start from scratch with every program. Is there a way to get things put back, so computer will recognize it and can access the old settings in Outlook Express, for example?

A:Deleted user account - Win2K

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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 -

A:Deleted admin user account

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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Im running Vista and I created another User account but I deleted it. However, when I go to C:Users it still lists my previous user account. Im certain I deleted the user files but the User Account remains in C:\Users. Does anyone know how I can remove this?
Can I just drag the old User name folder from C:\Users into the recycling bin???

A:Deleted user account remains

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My OS is Windows Vista Ultimate x64. Four days ago I deleted my daughters user account. I really don't remember if I was prompted to copy files or pictures. None the less, my daughter is in tears because she does not have a backup of her documents or pictures. I am hoping that there is a way for me to restore her account. I tried to restore using the restore program. I selected a restore point and started the program. The program ran and then system restarted. After the restarted I received a message saying that the restore was not successful due to an Unspecified error. Can anyone help me?

A:Help - Can I restore a User Account I deleted?

Give us the error number for the bad restore.
Try to get the documents by this software
ShadowExplorer.com - About

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Ah, I ran into another problem! I don't want to spam the board with my topics so I hope you guys don't mind if I change the topic a little bit
Okay so I tried to make a Limited user account.
I went to control panel -> user accounts and when I tried to create the account the Limited option was grayed out. I could not make it!
So I created an administrator account anyways. I than switched to that new account (called it 2) and while inside that account (2) I went back to user accounts in control panel and than I was able to make a new account with limited access.

So the problem now is here, when I try to log off from this account (2) I was unable to go back to my original account!! The account I was using before I made the limited account and before I even made 2. I want to go back to the other account because it has all my programs, desktop, favorites and other things. How do I go back to my original account while still having another account as limited?
(I don't need the other account, the one I called 2)
This is on XP pro btw

Thanks for your time.

A:My user account got deleted? And I need it back :(

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I recently got hold of my old computer, but the files from the user account I want was deleted. (It wasn't administrative)
If I show hidden files I can see the old folder where it was along with other deleted user accounts, but nothing is contained in them save for one folder (which I can't remember what it was now)
So anyway to get those files back?

A:How to restore a deleted user account

Depending on how long the account has been deleted, you can try Recuva but I would use the portable version on a USB flash drive. Do not recover the files back to the hard drive as that could make things worse. The longer the hard drive has been written to the the less chance you will have of recovering your files intact.

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I accidentally deleted the files along with a user account and now I need to know I good application that I can use to recover the lost data files. This is a life or death issue because it was my wifes account. Please help!!

A:User Account Files Deleted

shutdown the pc immediately and go to another pc to get/buy software off the internet. Put it on a usb stick and recover your files.

The longer you use and stay on the machine expecially if you download anything greatly reduces what you can recover.

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By mistake, I have deleted the administrator user account from my Dell notebook (I am running XP Pro). All that is left in the user profile section of my user accounts section of my control panel is one guest account.

I cannot even gain enough authorization to do a system restore or defrag.

I backed up all my data and attempted to reload Windows XP to fix this, but the computer would not let me do this because I do not have administrator privileges.

How should I proceed?

A:I deleted the administrator user account

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So basically, I lent my friend my laptop for a few days.. I provided him with my password to my account.. from what I can speculate he had made his own user account under the name "guest 1". When I had received the laptop back the "guest 1" user account had already been deleted.. but under some instances the laptop began associating my files with the already deleted "guest 1" user account... in other folders it would associate me with my actual user account which is either "spadu_000" or "sean". It really bothers me how the account was merged into my account and associating my files with the "guest 1" user account.. I just want to get rid of this "guest 1" stuff.. and have it completely back to normal.. any ideas?

by the way.. the guest account has been turned off.. so that isn't an explanation or a solution... I am the only user account on this laptop..

A:An already deleted user account has merged with my own?

Hello Pineapple, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Please use the tutorial below to view detailed information about your user accounts on the PC, and post the results back to see what may have happened with your account.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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My sister&#8217;s husband accidentally deleted her account and so she just created a new account assuming all her files and pictures will be back to normal = NOPE

Is there anyway to retrieve all her files, mp3, and photos?

OS: Windows XP Pro / SP2

A:User account deleted > recoverable?

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So my computer received some error today upon startup. I ran my Compaq system repair which deleted all my user accounts. I logged into the administrator and found that my files are still in Documents and Settings. So, I created a new account and tried copying all the files from my previous user in Documents and Settings to the new one. Problem is, I get an error that says "Cannot Copy File: "
How do I fix this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Recover a deleted user account

try a live cd, like ubuntu. that should mount your ntfs or fat32 partition(s) and allow you to copy the files you need.

alternatively, if you log in to administrator, without first logging in to your main account you should be able to copy the profile. if you have any errors, you may need to take ownership of the folder and sub folders. let me know if the live cd doesn't work and i'll walk you through it.

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I bought a new laptop for my son and deleted his user account on my laptop. I didnt realise his minecraft worlds wouldnt carry over to his new laptop when we downloaded minecraft so he's lost all his worlds. Unfortunately I didnt have file history switched on. Is there any way to either reactivate his user account or retrieve his lost worlds? Thanks in advance.

A:Can i recover a deleted user account?

File History does not store those kind of files. It only stores profile items. The only hope that you have with any kind of recovery tool. Is if you have not used your computer at all, since making the mistake.

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I had an old user account that has long since been deleted and was wondering if there is a way to see when that account awas created and deleted. Would it be somewhere in the events log? Somewhere else?

A:Is there any way to see when a user account was created/deleted? (XP)


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My step son somehow deleted the only user account with Administrator rights. I cannot go in and create a new user because I do not have Administrator rights. How do I fix this problem?

A:Deleted Administrative User Account

If you have NOT deleted "The Administrator" account which is hidden, you may be able to login in the "Safe Mode" and then make yourself a new Admin User account.

If NOT, then you are looking at rebuilding the machine and losing ALL that is on it at this time.

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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.

A:Recovering a deleted user account

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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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I was using Fast User Switching and deleted a user account that was still logged on. It deleted the account, but the "Documents and Settings" folder for that user wasn't deleted. When I try to delete the folder, it says: "Cannot delete NTUSER.DAT: It is being used by another person or program."

Does anybody know how I can delete this folder? The user no longer appears in the User Accounts settings menu, so I'm not sure how to exorcise this "ghost" account.


A:User Account Deleted While Still Logged On

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I checked the Security Log on the current admin account, but it didn't go back far enough.
The older admin accounts files were saved (the account I'm trying to find a creation date for was created while the previous admin account was active) Is there some file that the Security log wrote to that I would be able to look through to find this info? If yes, what would be the location?
I've also been reading a bit about the possibility of finding it in a SAM file, or Shell files. Anybody know if that is true?
Any software that I can download that will find this info?

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I somehow have managed to delete the administrator user account on my wife's computer. There still exists a limited user account. How can I create an administrator account again?

A:Deleted Administrator User Account

Hey Ocra Jones, Welcome to TSF.

I'm not sure it's possible to delete an admin account (if it's the only admin account). XP usually insist's on having atleast one Admin account at all times.

You might be able to create another admin account by booting into safe mode and logging into the hidden admin account and creating another one that way.

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I know this is going to seem stupid, but my boss decided to blow away the user account on one of our HP t620 Thin Clients  (leaving only the Administrator account) running windows 10. Now, the problem lies in the fact, that I can't recreate the user account, I can't create any accounts actually. I go into other users to create an account, click on add someone else to this pc,it throws up a black window for about .5 seconds, then the cursor turns into a thinking wheel and once I move the mouse, thinking wheel goes away. Is there any way to create a new user without having to reimage the hard drive?   PLease ignore this. I figured it out.

A:Windows 10 user account deleted

loyal-night-lor Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about needing to recreate a User account in Win10 and wanted to help. This is complicated and there is no guarantee it will work, but it MIGHT ... I'm presuming that since the User account was deleted after the machine was configured, then the default password for the HIDDEN Admin account is the same as for the User account that was deleted. So, the procedure would be to login to the Admin account and user the tools there to recreate the User Account. Supposedly, if you login to Win10 in Safe mode, the Admin account is displayed: http://winaero.com/blog/enable-or-disable-the-administrator-account-in-windows-10/ You login to Safe mode in Win10 following these instructions: http://winaero.com/blog/start-windows-10-in-safe-mode/Good Luck

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A) While I was using it. B) On a new install of windows 7.
Explorer crashed and I received the message:
"No mapping between account names security IDs was done"
When trying to open various programs (including windows explorer) I get the above error message.
What's more it would appear my user account has been deleted! I still have a folder in C:\Users\ but when I go to manage user accounts I have no profile picture (and I cannot add a new one), also I cannot "manage users". So I have no way of adding a new user account.
This happened yesterday and I used safe mode to make a new account. Today when starting "ASUS AI Suite" (a tool for general computer hardware control) the problem reoccurred. Clearly something is seriously wrong.
When this happened before I rebooted my PC and at the login screen there was no user to click on to login, only a blank "user name" and "password" field to fill in. I tried putting my username and password in but to no avail. (that's when I used safe mode to create a new user)
I've left my PC running this time to try and investigate what the problem is.
If no one has any advice for me I planning on going back to a system restore point just after installing the new operating system
If that doesn't work, then I'm looking at a clean install...

*I have not tried to rename or in any other way alter my user account

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A:Windows deleted my user account

Welcome to the forum,

Here's a couple things to try,

System Restore

Repair Install

I was thinking about this,

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Since you can't get to a user account that wouldn't work.

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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

A:recovering a deleted user account

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I have read the messages that say that if you delete a user account you cannot get the files back... however I have seen some posts elsewhere that say it is possible.

I deleted the user account, then realized that the files were not sent to the recycle bin. I also can see the hidden file, its size, and the name of the file but the warning states it cannot be opened because the path has been changed or altered. I still see that the user has many files, and I do not seem to have gained any disk space...is it still possible to get these back.

I know when police agencies are searching for files on the computer they have software that recovers a lot of evidence...is there any out there that I can use?

A:Deleted User Account and files HELP

Hello Dionnisus, and welcome to Vista Forums.

When you delete a user account in Vista from the the Control Panel (User Accounts), the C:\User\(user name) folder will still be left behind as a backup in case you need files from it still. If you do not want it, you can safely delete that folder after deleting the account from the Control Panel.

Hope this helps,

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I have a set of folder I encrypted from my user account. I haven't figured out how to access them from my admin account.

In reverse, while logged on my admin account, I droppped some files into folder encrypted by my user account. I can't access those files when I log on as a user.

How can I get access to all my encrypted files regardless of which logon I use?

A:Access my user account encrypted files from my admin account?

Umm...if you could access encrypted files from another user that would remove the whole point of encrypting the files to begin with.

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I suspected that my Admin user account was not properly functioning. I created another admin user account, deleted my original admin user account and did not save the files ( I thought the files related to the actual user profile only).Disaster!All my files, emails,years of work..gone.How do I begin to recover all my work.

A:Recover deleted user account and files - XP Pro

Deleted files can be recovered with file recovery software. I use PC Inspector File Recovery. There are others.

First off, when files are deleted, they're not really deleted. The pointer to the file location is deleted. All the data remains, it's just that the computer doesn't know where to find them anymore without file recovery software. If you keep using the computer that has the deleted files, the space the files are using could potentially get overwritten by other files, thereby making recovery less possible. Windows constantly writes temporary data to the disk. Any of this data could overwrite your files.

I suggest you turn off that computer, take the hard drive out, and put it in another computer as a slave drive to run the file recovery program.

Once the drive is in another computer, use a file recovery program (search google for 'file recovery' or 'undelete files', etc.) to scan the slave drive for deleted files. You should be able to get most, if not all, of your files back.

If that's out of your experience level, find a good computer technician in your area to do the recovery. Don't go to your local multimedia store to find one, go to an independent computer store. They usually know what they're doing.

The important thing is to stop using the computer until your files are recovered.

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