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

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

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 well as my windows sidebar settings were all gone. At first I thought he signed out and went to the guest profile but that wasn't the case. Needless to say I was p**ssed and decided to look at it later.

When I did I noticed that the Documents, Pictures, Downloads, Videos folders were all empty, so I signed out and checked the other users. To my surprise my gf's as well as the guest profiles were left untouched, in fact the website my gf had left up was still there, the desktop remained the same and her windows side bar was ok, and her Pictures, Documents folders etc remained untouched. same with the guest profile.

In addition to my pictures,Documents folders etc some the the programs I downloaded were also erased (the shortcuts on desktop and program files), ie itunes, youcam, and I also had to reinstall windows media player. This is constant throughout the entire laptop. The only programs that remained were skype,the sims 3 and irfanview (although its no on the desktop or program files, but when I open a picture file or folder it shows up when I right click).

Also what I thought was pretty weird was that the recycle bin still had all the crap that I deleted from before, so what I did was, I restored a video I had downloaded to the downloads folder then did a search for the file name and found it in Downloads in the user folder equivalent in c:/Documents and Settings/users/Stephen (I'm not sure if that the exact path to the folder but you get the point). There I found all of my files ( excluding the programs erased that were mentioned previously).

1. Can someone tell me what happened because I'm confused as h*ll and would love to find out the cause so that I can try to prevent it in the future.

2. Why was it that the Users folders were still ok and if this were to happen again will these folders retain the stuff that I save from now on and erase the old stuff or will it keep the new and the old, or will it just not save any of the new stuff I save.

Thanks for your time and help and my apologies if I rambled on a bit.


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

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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 bought a display model laptop running Vista that had a user called OfficeDepot defined. After a few weeks I decided to create a new user called Mark (with administrator privileges) and delete the OfficeDepot user.

In the user directory I noticed that there was only a OfficeDepot folder and there was not yet a Mark folder so I created one there and copied all the files from OfficeDepot to Mark. Then when I tried to delete the OfficeDepot folder, it started to delete all of the files I had just moved to the new Mark directory so I cancelled this action.

What am I doing wrong here? Do I have to change the file ownerships from OfficeDepot to Mark manually before I try to delete the OfficeDepot folder?

A:Deleting a USER from Vista and keeping their files for a new user?

Seeing as Mark now has administrative rights, why not rename OfficeDepot to Mark2, and use that account.

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I created a new standard account on my computer. I installed chrome and messenger onto it, then switched back to my admin account.
I opened up chrome, and my history, themes, and all customizations were gone. It gave me some error that I failed to record.
I tried to install a theme but it gave me the same error.
I decided to uninstall chrome. But when I attempted to re-install it, it wouldn't work.
I eventually gave up and tried to install firefox. It gave me an error something along the lines of "Profile is missing or inaccessible"
I also attempted to open trillian, an IM program. Usually, it automatically logs in, but this time I had to manually type it in. But it would not log me in, giving me an error "unable to read from or write to the configuration directory for this account"
I had a similar problem with yahoo messenger.
Afterwards I discovered, my music files and videos I had on my admin account would not play, and gave me an error. The songs were erased off of my media player, and even though the files were still on my computer, none of them would play.

Everything on my new account seems to work, but nothing on my admin account will work.
How do I get my files back, and get my browsers to work again.
I am guessing the creation of the new account was what caused this, but could it be something else?

A:Admin User Files Not Funtioning

What problems do you have when using Internet Explorer ??Are they the same as Chrome and FF ??

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Hi all,

My sister has been using a single account -- an administrator account -- for everyday computing. I've encouraged her to create a separate user account for everyday, and leave the administrator account alone. To avoid a messy file transfer, can she:

- create a new account and make it an administrator account
- log into the new administrator account
- change the old administrator account to a user account
- use the user account (used to be the admin account) for her everyday

Would that work, or does she have to transfer everything over?


A:Moving Files from Admin to User

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I know I can get documents as a tool bar on the right side of the task bar, but don't like it there or the way it's presented. 
In the past I was able to pin only documents (not user files) to the left side of the task bar, but can't remember how to do it.  When I try with just documents, it pins the whole user files.
Can anyone please tell me (easy steps) how to pin documents to the left side of the task bar?
Thank you.

A:how to pin documents (only not user files) to left side of task bar

Follow the directions here http://www.7tutorials.com/how-pin-any-folder-windows-7-taskbarI found this several years ago when I wanted to pin a specific documents folder to my taskbar. This adds Pin to taskbar to the context menu of whatever you want to pin. Simple procedure that does not take long to do.Make sure you leave the space which is mentioned or it will not work.This does work for those items which have no option to pin to taskbar.If you do this and have any problems post back. Also post back if it works for you.

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Many complaints about Msft's jumbled handling of user accounts,  but none of the fixes I found work.
Files in a folder on an external hard drive give an access denied error - you must be an admin to access. Only one account on the pc and it's an admin enabled account. Other files in this directory on the hard drive open fine, and the folder has never had
different permissions applied so it's ridiculous that I can't access these files.
One thing to note is I do get a "Windows needs to be activated" alert when I look at the admin account dialog. The only option given there is to sign into a Msft account which I don't want to do nor should I have to. Windows is clearly activated
and working fine and the need to link to a Msft account is just Msft marketing bullcr*p. 
I only use this pc for music so if this can't be fixed easily I'll just install Linux and be done with Windows. I've already wasted far too much time going down Msft's rabbit holes. 

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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate - and I've noticed that from a secondary standard account, users can access the admin's files (my files) from simply going into C:/users/xxx... or by accessing them from windows search.

I want to prevent this from happening - I've tried preventing access to my user folder, but it is still accessible from another account. Scouring Google hasn't brought me results either Can anyone help resolve this problem?

A:Standard User Can Access Admin's Files

have you given admin rights to the User account in qestion?

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I have 2 accounts on my Vista x64 installation, 1 Admin and 1 Standard User.

In Windows Explorer, the Standard User is unable to browse to the folders belonging to the Admin User (e.g C:\Users\Admin). Fine.

But.... if the Standard User uses the Search field in Windows Explorer, and chooses "Search in SubFolders", files from the whole system (which meet the search criteria) are displayed, and the Standard User can open them. This is surely a bug right?

I scratched my head wondering how my 5 year old how had managed to get my CV from my private folder to his Desktop, until I realised how he was doing it

Try it, and see if you have the same problem, and better still, post a solution if you have one.



A:Standard User can see Admin's private files

Type this command into the command prompt (elevated)

Icacls C:\users\admin\* /deny (username of user who is not supposed to access files):F

That should deny that user access to the files.

I think it was because you did not set him to either grant ot deny so the computer for some reason let him access them. Looks like a bug. However, if you execute that command above he will be explicitly denied access to the files.

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I did the following; tried to fix my user account because of network problems, so I created a new administrator account. I used this account to delete my admin user account. I thought only the files relative to the account profile would be deleted. Disaster! all my files were deleted, Word, Excel, outlook, desktop items, emails, everything. I downloaded PC Inspector to try and recover and cannot find anything. Can anybody help? Years of work and records gone!

A:Deleded admin user account - lost all files!

Try this program, it is free. http://www.recuva.com/
Also, didn't you ever backup your system. Get a portable hard drive and do monthly backups on it.

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Hi, I have a dell laptop that I want to gift to a family member. When I set it up new I linked it to my hotmail account so when it boots up it shows my email address and I login. I want to keep the laptop just the way it is but remove my login and email and assign a new administrator. Once with windows 7 I messed with the admin account and messed up everything so wanted to seek help here first. What is the proper way to remove me as a user and replace the login and administrator without loosing or changing any of the files or settings on the computer? Thank you.

A:Removing user/admin from computer without loosing files

Hello Matt, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could switch your current Microsoft account on the PC to be a local account with a name of your choice instead without losing anything.
Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
Your family member could then just continue using that local account or switch it to be a Microsoft account using their own email address.

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8
Hope this helps,

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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.

A:Solved: Recovering a deleted admin user acoount files

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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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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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My folders and files in C:/users/myname/ can be viewed and accessed from the Guest user account. How do I stop this?

A:Files in my user account can be accessed from guest user account in VISTA

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Running Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2

I have four accounts on the computer. One admin account, and three regular users. Starting today, the computer would not open exe files for one of the regular users. It began with the error message "You may not have the appropriate permissions to run this program", and some searching led me to run virus scans.

One of the scans - AVG - hit on jst.exe. I ended up booting in safe mode and running a full scan, which found:

\AppData\Local\jst.exe (Win32/Cryptor)
\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\59\4c475e3b-29a63525 (Win32/Cryptor)
\Documents\l54Hufy.exe Trojan horse Generic26.AGGG

all of which were moved to the Virus Vault.

After rebooting the computer, the same user still can not run exe files, but now I get a popup asking which program should open the file.

The other three users are running fine.

What can I try to get the fourth account back to normal? Thanks!!

A:Vista won't run exe files for one user

On the Admin account

Right click over My Computer > Manage > Local users and groups > Users > Add that user to the same group the other 2 are in

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Hi I had dune a system restore and that went fine, but I also took off the Wrong Account, I accidently took off my Admin Account and Lost the Access to my Data, I think it is locked and Jidden away somewhere because the There was no difference in the Space left on the hard Drive... MY D Drive is safe... Burt the Bootup Drive I lost my movies and my media player I downloaded...And all my videos...

I cant do a system restore because it asks for a admin password, I know it. I cant access anything to change because I am Stuck on Guest Mode... I have Vista Home Basic

A:I goofed and Accidently took off Admin Account and Left USER Acc and LostData

What do you mean by "took off"? And does your computer have any other administrative user accounts?

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I'm running Win 7. About the virus - at first each time I started the computer I saw an Internet Security fake scan, and it disabled all .exe. Now I see a US Courts MoneyPak screen. Safe Mode won't start. System restore doesn't work either because the restore points are too recent. I googled how to remove the virus, but most require dowloading and installing programs - which I don't want to do. I would prefer to manually delete the virus files. I found a couple videos that edit the registry, but I can't find the infected files in my reg. Which got me to thinking... Using the command prompt I created a new user which creates a new, clean reg. No problems with the computer logged in as the new user. All the programs work ok, and I've copied all the files from the infected user to the new user. If I now delete the infected user, does that also delete the registry for that user and the virus along with it (assuming the virus is in the registry)?

A:Can I remove a virus if I create a new user, copy all the files to the new user?

Hello? Anyone?

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Thank you!

I am admin ( WIN 7 Pro 64 computer 4 years old): In admin user default account, any and ALL open, and .exe functions denied.

CMD right click 'run as admin' (net user admin etc.) has no effect. Checking all folders I show FULL permission. Right click 'run as admin' has no effect on any file.

Created new USER with ADMIN functions and all works in that account.

Q: How can I trouble shoot my normal ADMIN account (it has all of my 1000s of folders, programs etc.)
Q: Or how can I transfer all of my doc to my new user internally? (Without backup to external drive etc)

This happened after a Microsoft standard update weeks ago. I tried restore, but restore fails. By now I have done much on the computer and restore not an option.
I have not been able to open or run any program files.

Any help I would be grateful!


A:Admin User Error5. CMD solutions failed. New User with ADMIN works

Wow. 2 days and not a single suggestion or reply?

Is this a really a simple common error? Is that why no replies? Or is there no help for it?

I searched the forums for hours over 2 days reading multiple posts and possible solutions and came up empty. Nothing applicable to my situation.

I have tried:
1. System restore. It always fails, even in SAFE mode or REPAIR mode.
2. Run as administrator (Both from right click and from CMD)
3. Sharing all folders (Although this ADMIN account has all privileges/permissions as it is anyway)
This created a 2nd ADMIN account. Don't know why.
4. Reset all privileges back to default settings.

Have not tried to re-install windows as I don't have a copy of Win 7. Plus I would like to avoid the reality of reinstalling so many programs and files.

Right now when the Original Admin user tries to run a .exe, I get a "Setup was unable to create the directory "...etc..." Error 5 access denied.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. It would at least get me moving trying some things. Thank you.

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I have created two new user accounts. The first I set up as a standard account, logged on, did a few things, then logged off, logged on as my administrator account and editted the account to be an administrator. When I log back on as this account, it appears that the user still does not have administrator privileges even though under the user it says "Administrator". For example, the UAC control does not appear when you click on "Change User Account Control Settings". Also, trying to install software where the installer asks for admin privileges fails. However, the second account created started as an adminstrator account and exhibits neither of these problems.

I just haven't seen anything in posts about this and wonder what the difference is and if there is anything that "second class" administrator user can do to become a "first class" administrator.

A:New admin user acting differently than standard user changed to admin

For example, the UAC control does not appear when you click on "Change User Account Control Settings". Also, trying to install software where the installer asks for admin privileges fails.

Does UAC control display a confirmation question? this is the case for administrator accounts
Does UAC control ask for username/password? This is the case for standard accounts
Change the account back (just for testing) to standard account. Does it ask for username/password when changing system settings?
system built-in admin account has admin rights always
manually made account with admin rights has only admin rights after you allow it in the UAC control popup.
manually made account without admin rights has only admin rights after you allow it in the UAC control popup (enter a admin's username and password).
That's how it should work

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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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According to the windows.microsoft.com website "Your user account prevents anyone who is using a standard account on your computer from seeing your files." My wife and I share our computer: I have an administrator account and she has a standard user account. Yet when she is logged in she can access my documents and read them via File Explorer, though she cannot delete them. This seems to contradict what Microsoft say or am I missing something? Grateful for any advice.

Since writing the above I have found that the same situation exists on the other computer that we share, but in this case she is able to delete the documents as well.

Sorry, everyone, I think I've solved this. I must have set particular sharing permissions and forgotten I'd done so.

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I have two admin accounts on my Windows 8 computer, I want to transfer everything from one of the admin accounts, to the other so I can make it my primary account.

Is there anyone who can suggest the best way to do this?


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Everything I do is Temporary and resets every time I log on.

A:Vista not saving user settings/files

Hi -

Create a new user account and see if it retains settings.

Regards. . .



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So I logged on to my computer today. And all my files were not on my desktop, the background colour had also changed.

I did a quick search and desktop files in another folder. But then things started to get weird and I could open programs or word documents. I called My IT guy and he said that vista had created a temporary account and restarting would fix the problem. What he didnt tell me was that all my files that i put onto my temporary desktop would be deleted.

Is there any way to get them back?

A:Temporary Vista User + Deleted Files


First stop using the computer, the more you use it the more difficult it becomes to restore

Try this
DiskDigger | The trusted data recovery solution
and this

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Ok so I turned on my computer this morning, put in my password in the log-in screen as usual...
Then when windows started I noticed that my wallpaper was the original vista wallpaper, all my sidebar gadgets were just the starting ones, and that about half my desktop shortcuts were missing.
On top of that, all my documents, pictures, music, and even my bookmarks on mozilla firefox were gone!!
But oddly enough when I go into C:/users/Matt everything is where it should be. But if i use the links from the start bar, it takes me to Users/Temp folder.

What is going on??

P.S. I don't have system restore on sorry!

A:Vista doesn't recognize my user files or settings!!

does it say that you are being logged on using a temporary profile? I have had this on a Vista Ultimate computer and I believe I had to change a registry setting. Let me know if it is giving you the "temporary profile" message and I will try to refresh my memory. If I recall, in my situation, there was quite a bit of info in the error log about not being able to load my profile, and loading a default one instead. On the start menu, right click "Computer", left click manage. After the UAC prompt, computer manager will come up. if you click "Event Viewer" on the left, it will display recent errors, including logon errors.

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I've been trying to get my PC to run, it now looks like the best I can hope for is to maybe recover my personal data from the hard drive.

I thought I might have more luck with a better thread title

I've slaved the SATA hard drive to a fresh vista install, but vista won't allow me to 'see' any of the user files.

The drive properties suggest that all my data is there.

Does anyone know of any way to get the data off ?


A:Recover 'USER' files from dead vista install

Take ownership of the files. http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67...ship-file.html

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From my husband's Admin account, I deleted my own User Account, but the account is still there (with a lock icon on it) and I am unable to delete it (gives me the message that the folder is open or in use by another program). I changed the owner to my husband (checked the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects") as suggested on this thread and I still can't delete it.

- My user profile was corrupted, got the message that a temporary user profile was created.
- Rather than going the route of going into the registry as suggested here, I deleted the account but kept the files (was this my mistake)?
- When I went to create a new account, it appended HOME.DESKTOP to the end of my name. And my old account with files was still there.
- So I deleted the new account.
- And I'm at the step where I am trying to delete the old account (I have a backup of the data elsewhere) entirely from the hard drive. But Windows won't let me.
- Upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit yesterday.

Any suggestions?

A:Deleted user but user files are undeletable

If you have it open in explorer it is open and may not be able to be deleted.

If it is in the left panel and not open try right clicking and delete.

If that doesnt work there are applications (3rd party) that will delete almost anything. The trials for these apps are usually free.

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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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The same virus from 2 weeks ago is back when i had it before i got worried because it was putting an unknown user into files with permissions so i restored all the computers, now again it spread thru the network now all 3 comps have a NTUSER.DAT file in the user folder and the system profiles folders that arent hidden and they update every minute. on this computer I checked the firewall activity and it said that one ofd my other computers tried to access this one with the service SSDP thru UDP port 1900. this comp is a laptop so its wireless conected and the desktop in my room is wired directly from the router but the computer that this post was about has a usb linksys wireless adapter to pick up our networks wireless signal. when I found the NTUSER.DAT files on one computer I went to the other two to run MBAM scans and when I clicked update it reinstalled it then updated and thats when the NTUSER.DAT files appeaered on the other two computers.As of right now on my laptop it has passworded some processes and my pctools is saying there are 4 registry files belonging to my antivirus but it cant repair them. please help. This is the DDS log for the alienware laptop after i post this I will go run the logs on the two desktops and post them to this forum post. I didn't do the gamer log because all my computers have 64 bit operating systems..DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64 Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 Browser... Read more

A:all three computers have a virus that has made user files and believe its running system files

 Attach.txt   11.66KB
  0 downloadsHeres the DDS logs for my newer desktop which also has a 64bit windows os before going on this computer I shut off network discovery on the sharing options hoping the other computers wont have access to this one..DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64 Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.3.1Run by vaughn at 19:16:29 on 2012-04-15Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.6143.4933 [GMT -4:00].AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSSC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServicec:\Program Files (x86)\AMD\AMD Fusion Utility for Desktops\FusionSVC.exeC:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:�... Read more

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Windows 8.1
Started a new account, with admin privileges. Deleted old account also with admin privileges. Selected the "KEEP FILES" option. Deleted account. A folder pops up in desktop, with the computer's name. Under that folder there was another folder with old user name, and under that folder there was yet another folder also with old user name. Completely empty.
I don't have a restore point to which to retrieve my files. The c:\ disk says there is 600GBs of free space, previously I had only 300. All the library from my old user account have been wiped. I also checked Recycle Bin which is empty. The current account has admin privileges and is set to show hidden files. I was told that it might be under c:\Users. I checked that with CMD and two folders were titled "." and "..", they don't show under file explorer.

I am running Recuva right now, but from what I understand that won't be able to restore file names and fragmented files, which are both critical. I also had an encrypted file with a none standard extension which might be ignored by Recuva.

A:Deleted User Account, Selected Keep Files, lost all files

Hello Abe, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm not sure what went wrong, but this is a perfect example of why you should always back up anything that you do not want to lose first to be safe.

I hope Recuva may be able to recover your files for you.

Did you have any system images or Windows backups to restore them from?

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Alright here we go, I have a dell xps m1530, with windows vista home premuim. Last night I shutdown, the lappy, this morning i turn it back on, all of sudden I'm missing so many files, my desktop is practically empty, I had several of desktop icons, now theres only a couple. I went to the c drive and noticed the harddrive now has 10gigs of free space before I only had 3. Did my comp did its own cleanup, or self recovery? Never experienced this before... If anyone can give me there opinions of what may have caused this,please!

A:[SOLVED] Vista Erased my files??

hi try system restore to to a time before this occured

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So a new box recently built, when booted, defaults to the local administrator account.

This is a Windows 7 machine for a Linux guru that doesn't want to be bothered pressing more buttons than is necessary, if you get my drift.

So my question is, after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del...how do I dictate to Windows that the preferred used is "HisDomainAccount" on our company domain, as opposed to the local admin account?

If I'm not being clear, please let me know and I will try to explain a little better.

A:Strange Defult Login User Prompt - Local Admin, Not Domain User

Quote: Originally Posted by Norwood

So a new box recently built, when booted, defaults to the local administrator account.

This is a Windows 7 machine for a Linux guru that doesn't want to be bothered pressing more buttons than is necessary, if you get my drift.

So my question is, after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del...how do I dictate to Windows that the preferred used is "HisDomainAccount" on our company domain, as opposed to the local admin account?

If I'm not being clear, please let me know and I will try to explain a little better.

The above is a bit confusing. Is this computer joined to a work domain or is it not?

If this is a domain computer, the user will have to use the classic log on screen (Ctrl+Alt+Delete), not the Welcome Screen. If he wants to switch to logging in to the Local computer account and not the domain, he'll have to "Switch User" then log in with the format of Computername\User Name

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I'm looking for a way to give a user admin permissions for his regular AD account on his computer.
Example: he is logged on as a regular user but needs to install software.
I want to give him admin permissions until reboot or some other point in time after which he loses his permissions again and has to ask again.

I know giving admin access to users is a bad idea and all, but that's how it goes.
with "whoami /logonid" I get an ID that I can add to the administrators group by code like this
$objUser = [ADSI]("WinNT://$id")
$objGroup = [ADSI]("WinNT://$computer/Administrators")
To my amazement, this works: now the user can enter his own credentials in a UAC box and get admin access. After a reboot/logon this ID changes so he would need to ask admin permissions again.
It's possible to ask the user for a motivation and log this and to also clean up the administrators group at a given interval or at boot as well as check if a user is allowed to elevate his rights on this computer. Of course once a user has admin rights
he can circumvent all this, but that's something we have to live with. What's most important is dat not just anyone can elevate his rights.
I'm looking for opinions on this way of working. Anyone have experience with this mechanism? Is it reliable and secure (as far as giving admin rights to a user can be secure...)? I may be missing something.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 3000 desktop using Office 365. I have had to rely on the Microsoft's free Tech Support a number of times; upgrading to Windows 10, elements of office not working, etc. Several times, rather then fixing the issue at hand the Techs have created new user profiles. This leads to my current problem. Under the "Users" file their are 10 users listed: Bob, bobhu, Default.migrated, Default AppPool, Public, Robert, Temp, Test, Test2, Test Profile with only 2 actual user accounts on the computer. This has led to multiple duplicate files in different locations on the computer. For some reason (it may be related to installation of Windows updates), the computer will ocassionally revert back to a previous user profile. If not caught immediately this can lead to updating of old files rather then the current version of a file. For example: When using Quicken it will revert back to data files that may be a year old. if not paying attention when adding new data this could lead to erroneous data.

Sorry if this is long winded but I wanted to try to fully explain the issue. My basic question is, "What would be the best way to resolve this problem permanently, keeping in mind that I do not want to lose any old data, documents, pictures, etc. I have 3 solutions in mind (listed in no particular order), (1) pay a local computer shop to fix the issue (2) Try to resolve the issue myself [some tech help/knowledge may be required] (3) Use Microsoft Support on-l... Read more

A:Windows 10-Multiple User files-Duplicate Files

Do it yourself.

Keep the two actual User accounts plus Public and Default.

Then, working on one of the others at a time, copy or move any files desired to Public or one of your actual accounts. Then remove that non-wanted account and its data. (In Windows 8.1 this would be in Control Panel - User Accounts; should be similar in Windows 10.) If the User account does not appear in the list of user accounts then you can just delete the folder from C:\Users.

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I tried to google this and it seems neither is possible but I wanted to hear the truths from the horses mouth.

I have a Win 7 Pro x64 computer with 2 users who boths needs to be able (this really is a must) install software on the computer but they can't have access to each other's private folders (user folder). Basically I see 2 theoretical options:

a) make 2 standard user accounts and give these accounts the right to install software. Is this possible and if yes how?

b) make 2 admin user accounts and prevent them from accessing to each other's user folder. I can do this but not in a way that doesn't mess with windows (basically I would encrypt the file but then windows wouldn't be able to use the folder like it is built to use it and I'm pretty sure this would cause problems). Is there another way to do this which doesn't cause problems with windows?

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help.

A:Installing rights to standard user or prevent an admin user something

a) This may be possible in theory but it would not be easy. Don't go there.
b) All administrators are equal. Any restrictions you impose can be undone by another.
The only practical way to do what you want is to encrypt the users folders. Windows doesn't care about user folders so that is not an issue.

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Interestingly on boot up I see "another user" but the picture is blank, with a frame around it (I can see through it to the boot wallpaper that I have changed to prove) ..

Who is another user?

Please help as I have been on the 2 days now

A:Created admin User but can see on 'Switch User" cntrl/alt/del

Sorry to bump but things have changed somewhat, and yes could start a new topic but will try the edit function as I am not here often. I see 110 views and that's promising

Please advise who is this "another user" icon/picture is blank, with a frame around it (I can see through it to the boot wallpaper that I have changed to prove) .. on control /alt/ delete.

I now have admin rights back (previous problem) but this "another user" can't be found anywhere (I know of) except at login. I am stumped..

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My 2nd wife has a Toshiba Win7 Pro, 64 bit, Satellite notebook, never in a domain. I originally set her up as Admin with no additional users. We want to change or hide her account while adding new admin account before sending/giving pc to my son who would not accept it with her info obviously on the machine. I'm worried about losing losing Win7 Pro[anytime uprade] functionality & Adobe Acrobat9 std & Office 2010 when I make changes? Can I safely do this? I can do have image bkups if I need to revert from changes.

A:Renaming Win 7 Pro admin [only user] or adding new user & hiding 1st.

Don`t rename her account, it will mess things up big time, just create another account and delete hers

He should just re install windows when he gets the pc.

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Hey guys,

After spending most of the day trying to get my head around user management and getting nowhere, I'm asking for help.

I've built a PC, and freshly installed windows 7 on a computer for my girlfriends family. I want one normal-user password protected account at the welcome screen, but I want them to be able to use administrator rights when necessary.

The default profile created during instillation (lets call it User1) has administrator powers. User2 has only user rights, and of course there is disabled/hidden Administrator account with elevated admin rights.

When I tried to configure this last time by hiding User1 and Admin, I ended locking myself out of all admin access and therefore couldn't change passwords, re enable or login to UAC. I had to system restore to get back to working configuration.

Can anyone tell me how to create a system that shows only one login for a normal user, but can then access administrator options via UAC?

If I disable User1 in additon to having Admin disabled, I'm sure I will just get locked out of admin access again?

If I delete User1, and keep admin disabled, will User2 be able to use admin privileges - or will it lead to again?

I'm probably missing something very simple, but i just can't see a way to do this with having only one login visible on the welcome screen. (without the one login being User1 with admin rights)


A:[W7] User management on Family PC - Admin and user groups

In Vista and Windows Seven the default account in the Administrator group that is created, is roughly equivalent to the Operators Group that was extant in NT Server 4. You could do things like install programs, register COM dlls etc.. but you could not delete system files.

I think it's a pretty good compromise.
But then again I turn UAC off altogether. So maybe I can't be trusted.

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I have been using an unelevated admin user account since installing win 8.1 pro and I've been having problems constantly (UAC nagging me, access denied when trying to kill processes and so on) and I decided I want to use the elevated admin account as my main. I understand security risks and convenience is more important to me as I don't have any sensitive information on my laptop. I was wondering if I can merge the user account I used until now, which has all my app settings, with the elevated admin user account and use that one from now on.

A:How do I transfer main user to Elevated Admin user?


It is the same a switching from any other account to a different one except that as you'll not be able to use the Store apps using the built in Administrator account you don't even get to use the OneDrive synching of settings.

Sorry about that.

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Hello! My name is Apoorva. I am using Windows Vista which is installed on C:\ & Windows XP which is installed on D:\

I had taken a Complete PC Backup in the month of February in Vista using Complete PC Backup feature.

From the past few days, I was facing some issues with Vista and so I decided to use Windows Complete PC Restore to restore my computer back to what it was in the month of February.

Now when I started with the Restoration process, it said that it will erase all the files on C:\ & D:\.

I selected the checbox and continued with it, and my god!, when it restarted the computer after the restore process was complete, I found that all the files and folder on D:\ on which Windows XP was installed has been erased and restored with an earlier version.

Is there any way by which I can recover those files? All files including files in My Documents, Program Files & Windows have been erased and restored with what there was in February.

Awaiting eagerly for a reply...

Apoorva M. Sheth

A:Windows Vista Complete Pc Backup Has Erased All The Files.

Did you make a backup later than February that you can restore?

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Vista Home Premium SP2, Dell hardware, UAC enabled.
I noticed a few months ago that I have lost the ability to manage user accounts other than my own, despite having administrator rights on my account. Whenever I start Control Panel, and go into User Administration, either directly 'Add or remove user accounts', or indirectly 'User Accounts and Family Safety', 'Add or remove user accounts', and click on 'Add or remove user accounts', the UAC Panel window appears 'Windows needs your permission to continue', click 'Continue', nothing happens. No error is returned, just nothing happens. It seems that permission is being denied.
I enabled User Account Control some time ago, but also I find that I cannot disable it again - maybe this is the root of the problem?
I have been using a registry cleaner for some time (Auslogics, after a variety of other similar products), which has helped by clearing out dross from the registry, but I fear that some damage may have been done to UAC in the process.

Can anyone guide me through checking this out, and hopefully repairing it?

I am aware that because I have left this 'fault' for a considerable time before seeking help, I have lost the option of going back through previous OS restore points, so manual repair to the registry may be the only way to fix this. I hope I haven't locked myself out of the control room with this!
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A:Vista User Admin broken - help, please!

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I am interested in knowing how to quickly turn an XP Admin user into a limited user while preserving settings, documents, etc.. I know this will involve making a limited user and copying settings over. I have found conflicting info on this including ownership of files issues, etc..
I want to do this as I understand limited users are less vulnerable to malware, etc.. Referring to XP sp3 machines.
Thanks in advance for any insight!

A:make admin user a limited user

Create another admin account before doing anything.

You can then switch the admin account to a limited user account while logged in as the new administrator.

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Somehow I got all my installations / settings in a standard user. It IS marked as Administrator, but access is definitely limited.
There is a "real" Administrator account, though.
Basically I want "Gilad" user to have complete admin access. I don't care which way.


Accounts overview

My main account where all my stuff is

"Real" admin account

A:Merge standard user into Admin user?

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Vista x64, added a user--their screen works fine

The taskbar on the admin user is gone?

Help requested to locate/restore to working position?

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My user name is the only one with Administrator status on my PC and I've been happily running downloaded exes (such as updates) for years. All of a sudden, Vista Home has demanded that I enter password for user "Administrator". (None of the passwords I guess for this gets me in.)
This problem just started happening with auto-update downloads of backup software (both Ocster and Seagate Memeo). My own user name definitely has Administrator status.
Has anybody any idea why suddenly it should demand user "Administrator" should enter a password when my user name is an Administrator?
Any idea how I get around this?
Hope someone can help!

A:Vista stops recognising Admin user status

Originally Posted by Arkwright

My user name is the only one with Administrator status on my PC and I've been happily running downloaded exes (such as updates) for years. All of a sudden, Vista Home has demanded that I enter password for user "Administrator". (None of the passwords I guess for this gets me in.)
This problem just started happening with auto-update downloads of backup software (both Ocster and Seagate Memeo). My own user name definitely has Administrator status.
Has anybody any idea why suddenly it should demand user "Administrator" should enter a password when my user name is an Administrator?
Any idea how I get around this?
Hope someone can help!

I am a little unclear what you wrote...
Can you or can you not login to your admin account ?

Assuming that you can NOT.....
If you go to safe mode, do you see another Administrator account next to yours ?
If yes, you are lucky. That is the Built-in Admin account.
By default, it has no password.
Login to that " real " Admin account > change you own admin account password > log off > login to your own admin account with the new password > are you allowed in ?

How to go to safe mode :
Turn off computer > restart computer > immediately and repeatedly tapping F8 key till you see a black and white screen. That is your safe mode screen > Use the Up/Down arrow key and select Safe Mode.

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I am trying to clear out duplicate files in Windows 7. A scan by Duplicate Cleaner Free 3.2.1 shows copies in multiple locations, including User\Documents and User\My Documents. Since these are both showing up in this scan I presume they are actually two files, not one real file and one link - is this correct? If there aren't actually two separate files, I don't want to remove the real file. If they are actually two separate files, I would like to remove one of them, and want to know which one.

I may have confused things by restoring files from a backup program (not Windows Backup) to My Documents, being confused about the difference between User\Documents and User\My Documents, in addition to the Windows 7 "Library" called "Documents", which by the way points to "My Documents". Not to mention "Favorites". I removed the documents link from here as it is confusing enough without it - I think that was "Documents".

From other threads, I understand that My Documents is not an actual folder but a kind of library which points to the "Documents" folder. If this is the case, why does the scan show two documents? How can I be sure what's real and what isn't?


A:Duplicate files in User\Documents &User\My Documents-which to remove?

I have seen many people to brick their system because they removed duplicate files. If you don't know exactly what they are, don't touch them.

And if you want to engage in the adventure, make an image of the C partition first so that you can always backpaddle.

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