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

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

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

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


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

Don't even try would be my recommendation.

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

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

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

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

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I am trying to create a non admin user account, which I know how to do the simple way, however I have been using the admin user account for a while now however I want to transfer/copy program setting, etc to this knew user account.

so I want to: create a non admin user account which is duplicate of the current existing admin account but from her on to install software etc I install under admin account.

I am using Vista too

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
David Lambie

A:How do I copy existing admin user account to normal user account

I would
> Create the new profile with admin privileges
> Transfer stuff things to the new profile (see here)
> Then remove admin privilege from the new account

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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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How do I copy documents from my main user account to my second user account on my home computer?

A:How do copy documents from my main user account to my second account

Read this for instructions.

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I have a Vista 32 system that has some corruption. Several things like the NET v2.0 framework do not work correctly and it does not do a Windows update without an error. Basically, I know some corruption must exist in the registry.

I have a new drive that I restored a backup from way back when the system was working OK. Naturally there are programs and files that need to be updated. I will have to reinstall the programs that did not exist on the old backup, but I was hoping I could restore my user account profile "in bulk" without just moving individual files. Is there anything wrong with deleting the whole content of the restored user account profile and replacing it with my present profile?

A:replacing a restored user account from backup with present user account

You could use Windows Easy Transfer, I will be back with more information.


You can also, just back up your files etc and then restore them to the new account.

You have to be careful with anything that you do, to be sure that the corruption is not transferred.

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Is there a fix for Unlocking AD User Account in Windows7 so I do not I have to use WindowsXP AD to unlock the User Account?  Is there a fix and/or update for fixing this problem?
Your help will ge greatly appreciated.

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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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I finally had to make a different user account on our Windows 8.1 computer for the business. With all of our personal and business stuff intermingled it's just getting hard to find anything. So I set up a new user account, and now I want to move some stuff to the other account. Here's a list of the things I'd like to move:
Bookmarks from Firefox
Files from My Documents
Pictures from My Pictures
Files from the Desktop
Is this something I can easily drag/drop somehow? Because I don't want to switch accounts back and forth and use a tiny thumb drive to move all that stuff over if I can possibly help it. After they are moved over, I don't want/need them to be accessible from my account anymore either.

Also, I'd like to delete the shortcuts for the games we have loaded on my account (the administrator) from the business account to clean up the desktop for things that we actually need on that account. (This is part of what finally made me decide that we needed a new account!)


A:Move files to a different user account

Yes, just go to the C drive, then to Users, then to the account you want to copy the files from open it and cut and paste the files you want. If you have passwords on the accounts you will need to take ownership first I believe: http://www.intowindows.com/take-ownership-of-files-and-folders-in-windows-8/

Or just cut and paste the files from the old account into a folder on the C drive, then log into the new account and cut and paste them to where you want them to be on the new account.

Definitely would never use a USB drive for moving files between account on the same computer.

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I have just followed the tutorial regards the moving of user accounts to a new default location.
Straight forward until i delete the original location, and i get a filecannot be moved to the bin as it is in use, how can i get round this? Do i search for the folder and see what uses it or is there any other way?

Many thanks

A:User account move(Q on tutorial)

Just tried again to delete and the folder whats preventing moving to the bin hasnt got a name, just a dialogue stating its in use by another program.

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how can it be?

a standar user turns the pc on, goes to her account and turns the general volume down and then turns the pc off

i go later turn the pc on , go to my account and i have the volume down too


A:1 user account urns down the volume and my user account gets affected

That is how Windows seems to work. I have three users on my system, and if I adjust the volume with one, the other two are affected. I did find this: How do I keep individual user volume settings on my computer?

Maybe it will help you. I will also ask others to take a look.

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I have a Dell XPS 9100 with Windows 7 Prof. I am using the user account made during the initial bootup of the new computer, to make the desired settings and adding software installations. However after I finish with the initial tweaking, I will reduce the account privileges from Administrator to Standard user level. However, before I change the account level, I will make another user account with administrator user level.

Is there a way to have the new user account have the same settings as the initial user account when it is Simimade, such as copying, etc? I am not looking forward to manually making all of the sames changes/settings that I have made in the initial bootup user account, to the new user account with administrator privileges.

I would very much appreciate any suggestions regarding the above. Thanks Sam

A:Creating a New User Account Similar to an Existing User Account

Hello Scams,

About as close as you can get to this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

It will copy most of your settings, like your Start Menu shortcuts, to the new account, but items stored in the registry, like your desktop background, would have to be reset again.

Hope this helps some,

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I have a user with a machine that was setup with Win 8.1 Home. The machine has been upgraded to 8.1 Pro and joined to a domain (WinSrv 2003). I need to get the conten/configuration from their old local machine user profile to their new domain user profile. I tried to copy the contents of their ../users/<name>/.. folder from the local user profile to the new domain user profile (after they had logged in once, and then logged off). This did not work. When I did the copy, I grabbed all files, including hidden...was that my mistake, or is the issue broader?

In the end....they want their old stuff and configuration under their new credentials/profile.



A:Merge Domain User Account with Local User Account

There are 4 conventional ways of accomplishing this task.

Option 1: Simply copy My Documents, Favorites, Desktop items from one to the other. You will have to setup program options again, may or may not be a big deal

Option 2: Use the Windows Easy Transfer option. Explained here. Vista & Win7 local to domain profile migration

Option 3: Use the Copy To Feature in User Profiles, explained here: Copy a user profile. The steps are outlined for different versions of Windows, but they work the same in Windows 8.

Option 4: Use the User State Migration Tool. User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide. Here is a link to a video on using the USMT. User State Migration Tool in Windows 7 - Install | TechNet

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We are creating a PDF file in login user's local application folder (C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\folder1) through a custom .Net application and displaying the created pdf file in application.

The above functionality is working for users who are part of domain and added to local vista machine as users (both for administrator and standard user accounts).
The same is not working for local users (both administrator and standard user accounts created in vista box).

File is getting created for any user under their local appdata folder and can able to open from that location, but not displaying from app in case of local system users (admin or standard type).

Can anyone help me what security settings differ between domain users vs local users in vista business 32 bit OS?


A:domain account user vs local account user in vista

Policy that is actually causing the problem (or lack thereof) is corresponds to Internet Options control panel, Connections tab, Lan Settings button: Use Automatic Configuration settings.
Having this turned on causes IE to load a configuration file prepared by IT department which makes a whole lot of configuration changes to IE, including remapping the security zones. We can test this by unchecking this option (the default state).
Since the machine is in domain and since we are testing with domain users accounts, I have monitored domain controller pushing down a bunch of policy settings which relax the IE security settings, causing the reports to display.
First, domain settings will resync over time and this checkbox will keep getting turned back on automatically. So you can?t really turn this off, it won?t stay off. I would feel better just testing local accounts, but since the computer is also a member of the domain, machine-specific policies are applied by the domain as well.

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My Mum tried to cut a folder out of another user account and to paste it into hers, but pasting didn't work, and when she went back into the other user account and tried to paste it back, it didn't work. Has this information been lost forever, or is it stored somewhere that we can retrieve it? We're very keen to retrieve these documents, so any help anyone can offer would be much appreciated.

A:Folder lost by cutting and trying to paste into a different user account

I know when you cut and paste documents it's saved to the Clipboard. Not too sure about a folder

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I have searched the forums and can find similar issues but none seem to be the same.

I can't remember the exact sequence of events but it went something like:
I had been having problems with Sonos desktop controller and updated / reinstalled (this didn't resolve the problem by the way and am seeking resolution through the Sonos forum)
At about the same time I started getting a security message from my HP Assistant telling me the guest account was enabled but as far as I can see it wasn't.
I now only have read access to my documents and they crash when opened
Firefox thought for a while another instance was open and asked me to close it but it wasn't open
Firefox now won't open and is telling me "Could not initialize the browser's security component. The most likely cause is problems with files in your browser's profile directory. Please check that this directory has no read/write restrictions and your hard disk is not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the browser and fix the problem. If you continue to use this browser session, you might see incorrect browser behavior when accessing security features"
Windows LiveMail will not open due to corrupt calendar entry
I get a Catalyst Control Centre error also
It looks similar to registry problems others have had and I have set up a new admin account and copied over the internet security settings using regedit but it only appears to have helped marginally - I can now open files (albeit briefly) where... Read more

A:User account corrupt? Docs read only, can't open Firefox & Live Mail

Just a sugggestion: Dowunoad MalewareBytes Anti Malware and run in safe mode, also download ccleaner or glary utilities Maleware bytes will remove any malicious software and, ccleaner, glary utilities will celan up your registry. These are the two first things I do before I do any thing on a persons computer unless I know it is an absolute hardware issue. May be someone else may know more about your issue than I.

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Hi to you all Can someone tell me how to transfer my "Main account Profiles, Settings Desktop shortcuts and Passwords etc from my Main account the ( A1 )account Profile) to another User Account on My PC called (B2) Using using Windows 8.1 I also have an Admin account and a Microsoft Account. The original account ( A1 ) just stopped loading at log-in saying "Cannot open Cannot Load - user profile" so I have had to use another Account (B2) but all my stuff Mainly all the shortcuts to my Doc.s Etc and Icons are on the ( A1 ) profile Desktop, thanks guys

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I have a user that has an account and was using a XP Pro desktop. He now wants to move his account to a different desktop which is running XP Home. I haven't been able to log him on from this XP Home desktop.

What else do I have to do to set his existing account up on the different PC?


A:Move User Account - Windows Server 2003

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I am trying to copy the Firefox addons from one Windows 7 User account to another, so I don't have to go search for them and redownload them. Anyone know how to go about doing this, or do I have to manually redownload them? Any help is appreciated.

Thank You,

A:Copy Firefox Addons from one User Account to Another

Transferring data to a new profile - Firefox - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

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I'm having some issues with a child accessing inappropriate material on a PC in our home. All of the PC's were originally setup with only Admin accounts (no user accounts).

I want to setup new user accounts and would like to copy the admin desktop and any programs on the Admin account to new user accounts. (Games, educational programs, etc.)

My goal is to lock down the PC's so only an admin (and not) a 'user' can make changes (add software, make dns changes, etc.). (I will be changing the Admin Password)

Any advice to direction to previous posts or other resources on how to do this is appreciated.

A:Copy admin desktop to new user account

From an Administrator User account you can create Standard User accounts. Standard User accounts are severely restricted in what they can do. Programs that have been installed by an Administrator User account will be usable by the Standard accounts unless they were installed "for this account only."

From the Administrator User account you should be able to copy stuff to the Standard User desktops.

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I want to create a generic account in Windows, but one that is identical to the current user account. Why? I know I can create a new user account and they'll have access to all the same programs, but I'll have to recreate all the email accounts and font sizes and countless other customizations and settings. Is it possible to somehow do this?

A:Is it possible to make a perfect copy of a user account?

This looks like it might do what you want

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When I try to log onto my user account I click on it and the computer shuts down, no error message. I can log into the administrator account, it's protected by a password. I have nortons and malwarebytes and have run them both with no malware detected. I also tried system restore but all of my restore points are gone. So, what next? Thanks

A:I click on user account and it (user account) shuts down

Have you tried creating a new user account?

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

A:Loss of User account data

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So yesterday I found that aero had become disabled.

To check whether it was a windows problem, or a graphics card problem, I created another user account and logged into that and aero still worked there confirming that it was a windows user account problem.

The fix here worked just fine.

So, what I`d like to do now is to duplicate/copy all of my desktop and program settings to the new user account, ie, icon placement, classic start menu , Startup Delayer, ShellfolderFix, Firefox setting with addons, all other program setting etc, to have as a sort of backup.
Why?, well since I installed a SSD, system restore is turned off and my last disk image was 6 months ago. (Yes, I`m going to do another one now, at some point I must pay for the full version of Macrium Reflect)

I tried copying all the files (except for the ntuser stuff) from one account to another, which worked to a limited extent, but found that none of the program settings had been duplicated, all programs were in "first run" mode.

Is this possible?


A:Possible to copy all Desktop/Program settings to another user account?

I don't know why you need Macrium paid version. The new Macrium Reflect Free even comes with WinPE and supports UEFI, GPT and secure boot. I use it as my Windows 8 image backup with USB rescue boot.

The WinPE download is around 300 MB. So you do need bandwidth. But it downloaded to my Laptop in about 15 to 20 minutes.

You can migrate stuff, but Windows isn't as seamless as Linux where you can just link to another mount point for additional storage.

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

A:Internet data restriction by User account


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

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

A:Retrieving data from deleted user account

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

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

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

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

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

A:Spontaneous user account reset, all data gone

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

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

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

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

Much appreciated.

A:User Account Corrupted - All Data Lost!

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

Is this XP Home or XP Pro ?

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

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

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

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

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

A:User Account/Data issues and FF Bookmarks

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

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


A:Internet data restriction by User account

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

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First post, new to the fora, hope this doensn't exclude me from benefitting from your expertise though.
Quite literally I've been troublehooting for almost 100+ hours (I'm an insomniac) since last "patch tuesday".

Main/initial problem: After last updates my login for my only local Admin account on Win 10 64x Home has changed from PIN to password. I've been using that PIN for 18+ months and forgot my password so I am locked out of the account.

Current phase/question: After trying numerous options to to work around the main problem as a last resort I now want to copy my user account to a newly created account but encounter troubles as well, so this is where I need your help.

When a thread has a common title (like mine) or a large volume of text (as I will try to keep to a minimum though) there's always the risk people either will state the obvious or won't be bothered to read the whole thread. Nevertheless I will give a quick context and runthrough of what I've been trying as it may be needed for problemsolving.

I have a dual-boot system (UEFI) with 2 separate SSD's and OS-es. One OS (Win 8.1) is a highly tuned DAW environment and the concerned OS is Win 10 Home. These are both OEM although I do have the original Win 8.1 DVD. Thing is this set-up should be indicative for the technically adept (who I so need!) regarding SECURE BOOT/CSM enabled and the shared license between the two OS-es (build by & bought from a professional DAW-builder so please no se... Read more

A:How to copy Admin user account? (6 consecutive days of horror)

Once you have created a new Admin local account you can use it to change the password of your original account so you can then access it and it saves you having to copy everything across. Use option 3 of the tutorial below.

Password of User Account - Change in Windows 10

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My kid uses Guest Account in Windows 8.1. The Family Safety seems unable to apply to the Guest Account, right? So I have to create another account with the Family Safety applied. But, my kid does not want to lose all game data in the Guest Account. How to move all the data from the Guest Account to another account so that my kid can play the game from the new account without losing anything? Thank you for your answer.

A:How to move data from Guest Account to another Account?

I have moved data from one account to another several times. Most of the time, it goes really well! However, finding, identifying [safe to move], copying and/or moving folders' files from guest to a standard account is very geeky! If you are not properly geeky, it can go really not well at all. I recommend copying the files from folders, I do not recommend trying to move folders. How geeky, how skilled, do you regard yourself concerning Explorer [which was once called File Manager back when Fred Flintstone used windows]?

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I am the only user of my computer. I have always noticed that I have unused user account folders in the Documents and Settings folder since I have reinstalled WinXP a few times. For example, I used to have the following folders:


Yesterday I decided to find out which one I was using and remove the others. Rather than delete them, I moved them into another folder so the system wouldn't find them. If after a reboot or two it didn't find them and didn't complain, I would delete them.

The data folder my account was currently using was verTigo.VERTIGOPC.000

After doing this, I rebooted my computer and found that it did complain. I don't really know what it said or what happened, but basically I messed up my user account. I logged in as Administrator. It booted me into windows into what looked like a fresh new account, with all default settings and wanting to set up the "new mouse" it detected.

I went into the lusrmgr.msc console and created a new user called 'verTigo'. I then logged off and back on as Administrator and saw the new user data folder 'verTigo' with the generic subfolders Desktop, Favorites, etc that it creates with a new user. I logged off again and back on as verTigo. Then I logged off again and back on as Adminisrator and moved my data files and documents from verTigo.VERTIGOPC.000 to the new verTigo user data folder.

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A:Windows User Account Data Loss (CRITICAL!!)

If the stuff you lost is really that important (and you didn't back it up???!!?!?) then you need to stop using the computer right now! Any data you had could get overwitten just by using the PC.

There are some apps you can load onto a floppy to search the surface of the drive for data, this will hopefully allow you to recover a % of your work.

The other option is to take the drive to a 'data recovery' professional. This is not cheap, but will give you fighting chance of recovering your files.

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I started my desktop computer and the desktop was blank. All my files from the desktop and from my user folder have been moved to C:\Users\DH (DH is the name of my account). All the settings in my account are deleted. For example I can't access to my Outlook and so on.

It seems that the computer somehow destroyed my account (account settings) and moved my data from user folders (Documents, Downloads etc.) to C:\Users\DH.

Is there any way how to get back to my normal account? Right now I am in my account, but the account just simply is not there.

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

A:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.


A:Solved: Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

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I have a local user account that comes up as the default user when Windows10 boots up that I would like to remove.

I have tried the usual user modification menus but this account does not show up. It is annoying to have to go through this false log in every time I start the computer.


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Hey, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop and I need help getting my Standard user account back to Administrator. I can't run certain programs and I also can't install and uninstall anything. I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restore. I have already tried Safe Mode and I can't enable and built in admin either. Please help me! Thank you!

A:How can I put my Standard user account back to Administrator when the ASP.NET Machine account is admin?

How are you trying to change the type of account?I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restoreDo you mean System Restore? If you are, you don't need the installation disk to do this.To use System Restore click on the start orb. In the search box type in System Restore. In the list of results click on System Restore, if you are prompted for an administrator password type it in.Follow the prompts to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?

A:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7


Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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

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

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

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Hello everybody,

I have realized that all the laptops I installed Windows 10 in the last year (several family laptops) are running with Microsoft-Accounts which are Admin-Accounts. Now I read that this is a serious security issue. I would like to change these MS-Admin-Accounts into MS-Limited-User-Accounts?

But how?

And next question: Should I set up for every laptop then a local admin-account?

Thanks a lot for your help.


A:Windows 10: How change account from admin into limited user account?

As long as you have not disabled UAC, User Account Control, or invoked the hidden full administrator, then your users are actually running as standard users and will be prompted before performing any Admin level tasks - you can if you wish create a standard user on each of the systems in addition to the administrator, but this will not provide much better security and is likely to generate complaints from the users as they will have to set-up the accounts again to how they want them.

If you have any youngsters that you wish to protect further there is Microsoft Family Safety as an option

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Hi, does anyone know what happens if I mistakenly deleted a user account?

When I open my computer, then right click on the "This pc" there is a option called "Manage". Then under manage, there are user accounts. I mistakenly deleted the "Administrators" group from my current account. Only left is standard user group.

The admin account is password protected and I have the password. Is it possible to log into the admin account and change promote back my current account?

I did try to right click "manage", but I get this window (attached file) with no place to put the password. That is slightly annoying. I was trying to reassign myself back in the admin group.

I was thinking of making an account which can modify all items, such adding hardware and items under "Device manager" etc but just limit to not being able to just make a new admin full access account. Seems that deleting the admin solves the not being able to make a new account, but in the process I'm locked out from the admin settings.

Is it possible to create a super-user account just limiting not being able to make new user accounts and have access to all such as device manager? It would be nice to not have to log into admin account just to check newly installed hardware.

Currently, on standard user, I am unable to go to "device manager" and other admin based stuff (with that admin shield logo).


A:Accidentaly changed admin account to standard user account

From desktop, hold CTRL+ALT then press DEL keyClick on Switch UserType: Administrator and enter the passwordOnce you are in, Win+X->Command Prompt(Admin)Type: net localgroup administrators username /add <======== replace username with your namesign out and sign back in with your name.

NOTE: In step 3, I Assume that you have the built in Admin turned on and you said you have the password.

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So this is probably the strangest problem I have ever encountered with Windows 7. About two or three months ago, I noticed that my user account had suddenly changed into a guest account. I get prompted for an administrator password when trying to do any tasks that require administrator privilege. It is not a huge hassle, as I know the administrator account password.

Here is where it becomes very strange. When I turn my computer on, it automatically logs me into my user account (the guest account). When I got into the user accounts section of the control panel and try to manage user accounts, it shows exactly zero user accounts on my computer. Also, when I try to change my user account (the guest account) to an administrator account, precisely nothing happens.

It gets evens stranger. When I log out of Windows, the only user account I can pick from, to log back into Windows, is the generic "Administrator" account. My user account is nowhere to be found. When I go to the control panel and try to manage accounts, only the administrator account is listed. There is an option turn on a generic guest account, but nothing related to my original user account is shown. Again, this is in contrast to when I am logged into my user account (the guest account), and see exactly zero user accounts listed on the manage accounts screen.

I feel that I am pretty good at avoiding bad websites, and I do have an antivirus program installed (not that that will prevent my ... Read more

A:User account changed into a guest account, how can I change it back

Hi and welcome to the Forum
When you refer to the generic Administrator Account do you mean the Account that is hidden in Windows 7? If so did you activate it using this:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable If you did the above then this is strange as forgetting the "Hidden admin account you must have at least one ordinary Admin account in Windows 7. You can't operate the system without one!!

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.


A:Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account


Right click Computer and click manage. On the left hand side there will be local users and groups. Go to the Administrators group and just confirm that the Owner account is in there?

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It used to be not connected to any email account but when it updated to 8.1 I chose to get an email address for it, so now as a result, the password has to be 8 characters long and I have to use a PIN number , but that's still 4 characters, and I usually use one character password.

So how do I go back to the normal type of user account to use the 1 character password?

A:My user account changed to an hotmail-email account connec

Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8

Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8

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I've just returned home after being away for 2 weeks, and something has happened to my PC while I was away.
While booting up, it tried to perform a disk check but failed as it 'could not access' the main drive. So it dropped me straight into my usual user account loin page. After entering my password it took a very long time to load my profile, then ended up giving me a generic user account.
All of the files from my actual account are still under the 'Users' folder, but this account itself is empty. It has the right name, but this account's documents folder is just called Public.
About half the desktop icons and the entire contents of the recycle bin have been retained from the old account.
Thanks in advance for any advice.

A:Personal user account replaced by generic public account

Did it come up with an error that said you were being logged on with a temporary profile?

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